AceShowbiz - "The Real Housewives of Orange County" has revealed first official group photo of the cast members for upcoming season 14. The new photo sees Tamra Judge, Shannon Beador, Kelly Dodd, Gina Kirschenheiter and Emily Simpson returning as main Housewives with Braunwyn Windham-Burke joining. However, Vicki Gunvalson is noticeably absent from the photo.
In the new season, Vicki's role has been reduced to a "friend" of the cast, Bravo annnounced on Tuesday, July 2. The 57-year-old addressed the casting shake-up on her Instagram account that the demotion would not stop her from having fun.
"For the past 14 years I've opened up my life, my loves, my ups and downs on The Real Housewives of Orange County and I am proud to be the 'OG of the OC,' " she said alongside a profile photo for the new season of the long-running TV series. "I am back again this season right in the middle of the action, and I hope you have as much fun watching the show as I did living it in front of the cameras."
Vicki, who started appearing on the series in 2006, recently got engaged to Steve Lodge and their romance journey will be documented in the season. This season, she finds herself in the hot seat once again after hopping on the rumor mill train. But she doesn't let that detour her way to happiness as her love tank is full when Steve finally pops the question that she has been eager to hear.
"Bravo always shakes up the cast from season to season," an insider told Page Six. "Vicki's very much a part of the drama and a part of this group."
Prior to this, "The Real Housewives of New York City" star LuAnn de Lesseps was demoted to a friend role for season 6 before returning as a main cast member. Besides her, Porsha Williams was also a "friend" during season 7 of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta".
"RHOC" returns for season 14 on August 6 at 9 P.M. on Bravo.