Vicki Gunvalson is “absolutely crushed” after Bravo suddenly pulled the plug on her RHOC OG role, RadarOnline.com can reveal exclusively.
The boot came as a shock to Gunvalson, 56. “Word started spreading around that she was getting the axe a couple of weeks ago, but no one really believed it until they started filming without her.”
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Although the insider revealed to Radar exclusively she’s “in negotiations right now,” Gunvalson most likely will not settle for a friend role.
As Radar reported exclusively, the O.G. from the O.C. was out out after 13 long years on the hit reality show and demoted from a full-time cast member to a “friend.”
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“She’s been demoted, but she hasn’t agreed to take the offer,” a production source snitched to Radar. The 56-year-old grandmother of two was the original Real Housewives star, making her debut on March 21, 2006.
The source said Gunvalson is up against a ticking clock: “Typically, the ladies are given a really short time, like five days, to either accept the offer from Bravo, or leave the show. There aren’t a lot of negotiations.”
“Vicki’s attorneys are talking to her,” the source told Radar.
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“RHOC has been her whole life for like 15 years and she is the O.G. for a reason,” the insider continued. “Now Tamra is going to be the longest standing housewife.”
The axe was due to the fact that Gunvalson doesn’t have a storyline. “When you added that on top of the cocaine drama with Kelly [Dodd], it was just her time to go.”
Gunvalson’s drug accusations against Dodd was critical in the network’s demotion decision. “The cocaine allegations played a part, but there was no organic story with the remaining cast,” the source said. “No one wanted to shoot with her.
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