Lydia McLaughlin recently responded to a fan who asked about the potential end of Vicki Gunvalson‘s career with Bravo.
Speaking to her online audience via Instagram stories in a post shared by iRealHousewives, the former Real Housewives of Orange County cast members, who appeared on the reality series’ 8th and 12th seasons, said that while none of the series’ stars will learn of their fate until later this month.
“Thoughts on Vicki’s future on [The Real Housewives of Orange County]?” the fan asked.
“I love [Vicki Gunvalson] and I think she brings a lot to the show. She is real and honest and I can’t picture [The Real Housewives of Orange County] without her,” McLaughlin replied.
McLaughlin then went on to say that there are a couple of cast members who she would like to see fired from the series but she did not say which of the women to which she was referring. Instead, the reality star explained that she would prefer that certain stars got the boot because they were “mean” and were dragging down the show in general.
Over the past couple of months since Gunvalson revealed that she would not be returning to the show in a part-time role and would only go back if she was given a full-time position, rumors have been swirling with regard to Bravo’s ultimate decision.
Prior to Gunvalson’s demotion last year, she starred in a full-time role on the series for its first 13 seasons. Because of that, many, including McLaughin, could not imagine the show going on without Gunvalson being part of the cast. Her belief is based on the fact that since her colleague has been around since the franchise was first launched in 2006, she deserves to be included in a “housewife” role — and she won’t have it any other way.
Gunvalson explained that throughout the past several years, she has allowed Bravo to document the ups and downs of her life, for better or for worse.
“I have very much love for my franchise — a love for what I’ve created [and] a lot of love for my cast, we’ve been through hell and back. But truthfully, it’s our reality,” she said. “It’s what my life has gone through for the last 14 years. And it’s been some bumpiness.”