The Real Housewives of Orange County stars have received their pick up offer letters for next season, revealing who is in and who's out for next season of the hit Bravo show, RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned.
Radar was the first to report that Vicki would be relegated to a demoted "friend" status again if she chooses to accept her offer, a source said.
"Vicki hasn’t decided yet if she will accept a friend role again," the insider said. "She has time to accept or decline the offer from Bravo bigwigs."
Ultimately she walked away after 14 seasons on RHOC.
"Confirmed and picked up for the RHOC cast for next season are Tamra Judge, Shannon Beador, Emily Simpson, Braunwyn Windham-Burke, and Kelly Dodd," the source dished about the letters that were sent to the ladies in early January.
However, Tamra announced she was exiting the show too, finally admitting what Radar first reported - that she was only offered a very reduced role for season 15.
Meanwhile, Gina Kirschenheiter's fate was still up in the air, the source said.
"Gina could get something last hour but she wasn't sent a pickup with the rest of the ladies," the insider disclosed.
Radar has covered all the RHOC drama as cast ouster rumors have been flying for weeks.
Amid the tumult, Vicki took a weeklong New Year's cruise with her fiancé Steve Lodge and Tamra, 52, went on an RV road trip with her husband Eddie.
Radar reported how the RHOC ladies were anxious for their new contracts as Bravo suits considered firing the whole cast, a source said.
"They don’t want the show to be boring," another source told Radar during the decision-making process.
Execs feared by bringing back the regulars, RHOC could become "redundant and stale."
As Radar readers know, Vicki, 57, was brutally demoted to a “friend” on the show last season after being an original housewife on the premiere episode way back in 2006.
Vicki promised to get engaged and then married to Steve to save her RHOC job.
Steve did propose to Vicki and she flaunted her engagement ring on social media.
Now it's her choice whether she'll accept a reduced role again or leave RHOC for good—while most of the other women enjoy their full-time roles!
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Friend Or Foe?
“I will always be the OG of the OC, but it’s time to say goodbye to The Real Housewives of Orange County,”, Vicki said on January 24, announcing her exit from the show. Vicki "was given an offer come back and make sporadic appearances if she wishes as a friend again" on RHOC, a source told Radar.
Days before the bombshell announcement, Vicki implied to her followers she'd be going to her condo in Puerto Vallarta this weekend. The getaway comes after the OG of the OC was only tendered a "friend" contract. Will she accept it?
Vicki has gone through a long journey on RHOC, but her TV time was reduced last season, and producers don't want her back full-time for season 15 either.
Tamra's new contract "was sent after everyone else's," Radar's source exclusively revealed. And she refused to take the humiliating demotion. “It’s been a wild 12 years. But it’s time for me to move on. Im sic sad to go but I’m very excited about my future. Love you guys," she posted on Instagram on January 25.
Avoiding Chopping Block
“Tamra got her pick up contract letter last, after the other ladies, and it had major conditions in it. She was even more than demoted to a friend role. She’d have very little camera time. And it meant she would earn next to nothing in reality TV terms.”
“She would go from $900,000 a season to $20,000 an episode for just three show appearances, which would add up to $60,000 total. It was humiliating.”
“So Tamra walked away,” the source told Radar.
Braunwyn Windham-Burke, who joined the RHOC cast in early 2019, seemingly confirmed her return to the show on Friday, Jan. 10, when she shared a photo of a camera crew outside of her home. “Braunwyn is going to be the star of the show now,” a source told Radar. “They’ve recruited her friends in the casting pool to build a clique around her.”
Fans have sympathized with attorney Emily as her husband Shane has flunked his bar exam several times. Expect more of their marital issues on camera as Emily's been offered a new contract.
Ready For Her Close Up
Late last year, Emily exposed her 15-pound weight loss. She's looking great and Bravo bigwigs want to see more of her.
Beador’s Big Moment
Viewers likely won't be surprised that slimmed-down Shannon got an offer to come back to RHOC.
The divorced mother of three is dating boyfriend John Janssen.
Love Is In The Air
Kelly Dodd's engagement to Fox News correspondent Rick Leventhal likely helped her get a new contract with Bravo.
Kelly and her fiancé Rick recently got ideas for their own upcoming wedding by attending his Fox News co-star Jesse Watters' nuptials. Now they could have the ceremony on RHOC.
Gina Kirschenheiter broke down in tears when recalling her alleged domestic abuse incident with ex-husband Matt during the RHOC season 14 reunion. Matt has denied all allegations and pleaded not guilty. But viewers might not see the outcome as Radar's source said she hasn't received a new RHOC contract offer.