BravoCon 2022 showed us that The Real Housewives really is more than just a TV show.
Housewives fans know that businesswoman Vicki Gunvalson is the absolute OG of the franchise. The very first iteration of the series, The Real Housewives of Orange County, premiered back in 2006 with Gunvalson on board from the start. With her spunky personality and iconic hilarious meltdowns, Gunvalson quickly became a mainstay of the cast. According to IMDb, the reality queen appeared in the second most watched episode of RHOC, 268 (that’s just one episode behind co-star Tamra Judge). After a whopping 13 seasons on RHOC, Bravo made the decision to downgrade Gunvalson to the role of “friend of.” This was a slap in the face for Gunvalson, so she left the show after season 14.
While technically not a “real housewife” anymore, the OC’s OG was invited to BravoCon 2022 to interact with her longtime fans, and a fan’s touching statement during a panel caused Gunvalson to burst into tears.
Vicki Gunvalson opened up about her mother’s tragic death
During the “Most Golden Moments Power Hour” panel at BravoCon 2022, Vicki Gunvalson was brought to tears when an attendee on the panel consisting of Gunvalson, Kyle Richards, Margaret Josephs and Sheree Whitfield said. According to a reporter from The List, the fan admitted how Gunvalson and Richards, who opened up about their mothers’ unfortunate deaths at The Housewives, helped her cope with the death of her own mother.
Gunvalson then broke down in tears as she recounted the harrowing moment she discovered her mother had died unexpectedly while filming Season 10. That day, her daughter, Briana, spent two hours trying to call Gunvalson before contacting “The Real Housewives of Orange County” production. They tried to get Gunvalson to take the call in their packing room, but cell phone reception was poor. This is ultimately why Gunvalson answered the phone in front of the cameras in her kitchen. “It was so raw and real because she wasn’t sick,” she lamented. “Treasure every day because in a moment they may be gone.”
Throughout the panel, Gunvalson was also emotional about her fond memories of “RHOC” and expressed that she missed being on the show. Page Six reported that Gunvalson filmed a one-off scene with Tamra Judge and Shannon Beador for the upcoming season, but she won’t even be returning to the cast as “girlfriend of.” Could this show of love for Gunvalson inspire a future casting decision?