Vicki was rumored to be facing demotion to "friend" status on RHOC during her recent contract negotiations.
Gunvalson's status is still up in the air and will not be determined until RHOC's new season is further along in filming, RadarOnline.com can reveal.
Now, "Vicki has been a total pain in the a** during the first few filming sessions that she has been back on set," a source close to the production said.
"She is throwing temper tantrums and starting fights because she is terrified of getting booted from the show. She knows that she has to bring the drama and she's been doing just that."
The source noted, "They are all non-organic fights and she is taking each one to a whole new level. It is so obvious to everyone what she is trying to do."
In early February, Vicki missed the first two weeks of filming amid her contract negotiations.
However, upon returning from a Bahamas getaway with boyfriend Steve Lodge, Vicki shared a social media video to let fans know that she will appear on the upcoming season of RHOC.
"She plans to whoop it up like never before," the source previously said.
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