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Vicki Gunvalson Officially Announces She’s Leaving The Real Housewives Of Orange County After 14 Seasons; Says “I Will Always Be The OG Of The OC”

It's an end of an era! Vicki Gunvalson has officially announced her departure from The Real Housewives of Orange County after fourteen seasons in a lengthy and heartfelt statement via her Instagram page.

“I will always be the OG of the OC, but it’s time to say goodbye to The Real Housewives of Orange County. It’s been an incredible ride for 14 years and I want thank all of you for your support, for your love and for “whooping it up” with me along the way,” she wrote.

“I’ve been working on new projects that will be exciting, empowering and inspirational. My podcast with Westwood One will be launching soon and I will have much more to say about this on “Whoop it up with Vicki”,” she continued. “I hope you will join me with my new journey so please stay tuned.”

She concluded by thanking her fans and Bravo for their “incredible” support. “I love all my fans, and I want to thank Bravo and Evolution for this incredible experience which my family and I have will never forget,” she wrote and added the hashtags, “#bravo #rhoc #whoopitipwithvicki @westwoodone @bravo @whoopitupwithvicki.”

Gunvalson told Us Weekly that she and the network are “unequally aligned,” which led to her departure. According to the source, she was not asked to return to the show. “She made it very clear that she wouldn’t come back as a friend so they wouldn’t try to offer her that again,” the insider says.

Gunvalson appeared on RHOC since its inception in March 2006. Gunvalson was the last remaining original cast member on the Bravo hit reality series and was full-time cast member for thirteenth seasons. She was demoted to a  “friend" role for Season 14.

The official cast for Season 15 has not yet been revealed, but Andy Cohen hinted last month on SiriusXM’s Jeff Lewis Live about the possibility of a cast shakeup for the show's upcoming fifteenth season.

“The casting for next season is some of the best casting we’ve had,” Cohen said, adding that he “[has] not been this excited about casting” in a long time, according to PEOPLE.

When asked by Lewis who would be getting axed, Cohen wouldn’t say, but he did stress that he thought Braunwyn Windham-Burke was “a great” addition.

“She’s got a lot going on,” Cohen said, nothing Windham-Burke’s seven children, her eccentric mother, and her and her husband’s sex-pad. “You’ve got Dr. Deb, you’ve got the kids, you’ve got the other apartment …”

“Unfortunately, you’re going to have to get rid of one of the Tres Amigas and break it up,” Jeff told Andy. “You got to keep Kelly Dodd though. I mean she’s just a wild card and I love her. And I would give Braunwyn another season. I like her.”

Cohen assured that fans will be happy with the outcome. “No matter how it shakes out, it’s going to be great because we have great casting. It’s hard to make moves when you don’t have a bench, both on the show and casting wise,” Cohen said.

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