Flipping Out star Jeff Lewis has claimed that The Real Housewives of Orange County matriarch Vicki Gunvalson has been demoted to “friend” status—and her rival co-star Kelly Dodd happily promoted the rumor as well!
As Reality Blurb has reported, Lewis gave fans the news of Gunvalson’s alleged demotion on his Sirius XM show, Jeff Lewis Live. Dodd, 43, then enthusiastically piled on with her happiness about that news. But as Radar readers know, Gunvalson and Dodd have both been confirmed as coming back full time to RHOC.
On Friday morning, February 8, 2019, Lewis told his listeners that there are “rumblings” going around about Gunvalson’s role being reduced on RHOC.
“Okay, so we’re going to just jump right into it. I have some breaking Bravo news,” Lewis said on air. “I have a few Housewives friends, and there were some rumors [that] were swirling that Vicki Gunvalson was going to be demoted as a friend on the Real Housewives of Orange County. So, I have Kelly Dodd on the line. I would like to ask her if she knows anything.” Dodd responded, “Well, I cannot confirm nor deny. However, that’s the word on the street.”
Lewis, who also is in a feud with Gunvalson, added, “So, she’s been demoted. Vicki Gunvalson has been demoted. I think the way she’s behaved and the things she has done, she doesn’t deserve our respect. And I’m glad she was demoted.” Dodd agreed, saying, “Obviously I am too.” The two then explained that Gunvalson’s salary might be a reason for Bravo wanting to demote her.
“If I were NBCUniversal [Bravo’s parent company] or the higher-ups at Bravo, I would cut the bottom line. I wouldn’t be paying that b–ch that much money,” Dodd snarked. “When it comes down to it, she’s not worth that much.”
Lewis said the Dodd wasn’t his source on Gunvalson, 56, allegedly been switched to friend status, saying, “Kelly did not reach out to me with this information. I heard this information and then reached out to Kelly and asked Kelly.”
Dodd then claimed, “You heard it from one of my co-workers. We won’t name names.” As Radar readers know, Gunvalson and Dodd are locked in a nasty feud. Gunvalson took it nuclear when she accused Dodd of using cocaine.Dodd vehemently denied drug use and threatened to quit the show, not wanting to work with Gunvalson. Recently, Dodd slammed Gunvalson’s facelift “malfunction” on Instagram after seeing her look at Bravo host Andy Cohen’s baby shower with other RHOC ladies.
As Radar has reported, both women are coming back to RHOC. So far, Gunvalson hasn’t responded to Lewis and Dodd’s “friend” role claims. Season 14 reportedly will begin filming this week and no matter who gets the most TV time, the fur will fly!
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