Vicki Gunvalson has endured – and definitely contributed to – ten seasons of screaming, crying, and backstabbing on the Real Housewives of Orange County. In a recent interview, Vicki opened up about her co-stars, why newbies have an advantage, her future on the show, and more.
When asked which former or current co-stars she considers real friends, Vicki shared, “It changes from season to season. Tamra [Judge] is my friend .. right now. Alexis Bellino absolutely is my friend. She reaches out to me weekly.” She went on to say that she sees both Lynne Curtin and Jeana Keough “now and then” but has not stayed in touch with anyone else.
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Vicki shared her thoughts on reality TV’s influence on marriages, “I definitely think you need a strong bond and a strong foundation. It’s definitely tough on marriage and relationships. I’m in counseling over this because I don’t know to some days handle it: ‘Is this my reality or is this reality?'”
When asked about being the OG of the OC, Vicki shared, “The disadvantage I have is the new cast members coming in have watched me, so they’re gonna try to either be my friend or they’re gonna try to tear me down. I never watched anybody. When I started filming, there was no reality show. We were the first.”
Vicki admitted that her guard is up around new cast members, “I wonder, ‘What is their motive? Why are they coming on the show?’ The ones that are going on the show is .. they are either opinionated or they have something to say. I’m the matriarch. I’m the one they’re going to come after.”
Vicki said she doesn’t have time to watch other reality TV shows, but it works in her favor, “I think what’s good for me is when I do see other Real Housewives cast members like NeNe [Leakes] and Ramona [Singer] I have no opinion about them. I don’t know any of their storylines. I don’t know what’s going on but I like them as people. It’s easy that way.”
Will the longest running housewife of the franchise call it quits anytime soon?
“In the past three years, I’ve thought about it,” confessed Vicki. “It’s been hard to manage my personal life and then my insurance career. I weigh it out every year and there’s always been more good than bad. When there is a day there’s more bad than good, then I’m done. I don’t live, breathe, and die a TV show.”
Personally, I can’t imagine Real Housewives of Orange County without Vicki. Nor Real Housewives of Beverly Hills without Lisa Vanderpump. (On the flip side, I can imagine Real Housewives of Atlanta without NeNe Leakes, and I like what I see.) But, if it’s true that everyone turns on Vicki this season, I imagine the cons will outweigh the pros sooner rather than later. We shall see.
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