Eight long years ago – yes 8 – Vicki Gunvalson first appeared in our living rooms through our television screen. It was a sad day for mankind because it was also around that time that Slave Smiley first graced us with his presence!
Real Housewives of Orange County started the phenomenon that has become a monster in its own right. Tonight the OG of the franchise celebrates the season 8 premiere and through this season the show will reach it's 100th episode!
For Vicki, she felt a responsibility to both viewers and the franchise to continue with the show even when it captured some not-so flattering moments, like her marital difficulties. Vicki and Donn Gunvalson have still not settled their pending divorce.
"I have a sense of responsibility," Vickiexplains to The Huffington Post. "I would've been (bleeping) at myself if I backed out of season five or six and saw the success of the franchise keep going, and I elected to pull back because I couldn't handle it anymore. There's nothing I can't handle. I just have to figure out a way not to crumble when times get tough when I'm doing this."
“I don’t know if Alexis and I will ever be true friends,” the Real Housewives of Orange County star admits to RumorFix. “I think I’m getting to appreciate her for who she is and she’s getting to know me for who I am … "
Despite the controversy, last season's cast returns in its entirety and joining them is newbie Lydia McLauglin. Below are photos and bios for the season eight cast and I am excited to see a whole lot less blonde extensions!
Real Housewives of Orange County premieres April 1 at 8/9c.
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Alexis, husband Jim Bellino and a group of her friends headed out for dinner at Andrea’s, the new hotspot inside Encore at Wynn Las Vegas. After dinner they hit up Surrender Nightclub where Alexis was surprised with a birthday cake. Alexis and company celebrated and danced to French house DJ/producer Cedric Gervais who launched his new monthly Vegas show-themed party “Le Show.” Alexis and Jim must really love it at the Wynn. It seems to be their go-to place in Vegas!
Before the festivities kicked off, Alexis shared, "Taking a bubble bath b4 a night on the town with 14 of my dearest friends! I love birthdays!!!! The only time I feel I can pamper myself…"
Jim gave Alexis some new bling for her bday. She gushed on Twitter, "Happy 36th birthday to me! A GORGEOUS eternity band from my wonderful husband! Yeeeee! Thank you jimmy!"
Our favorite reality TV stars can’t get enough of the spotlight during their regularly scheduled time slots, so they take to Twitter to share even more of their daily lives with us. And we love them for it! Here’s a roundup of some of our favorite photos from the Twitterverse this week! Enjoy!