Newbie Braunwyn Windham-Burke joins Tamra Judge, Shannon Beador, Kelly Dodd, Gina Kirschenheiter and Emily Simpson

By Michele Corriston
July 02, 2019 05:07 PM
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Bravo’s newest cast portrait for The Real Housewives of Orange County is missing a familiar face.

On Tuesday, the network released the artwork and trailer for season 14, revealing that original star Vicki Gunvalson will not be a main Housewife for the first time since the series premiered in 2006. Instead, she’s been reduced to a “Friend of the Housewives” role and will appear less frequently. Meanwhile, newbie Braunwyn Windham-Burke joins Tamra Judge, Shannon Beador, Kelly Dodd, Gina Kirschenheiter and Emily Simpson.

Gunvalson, 57, addressed her absence head-on with an Instagram post expressing her gratitude for the reality show.

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“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 wrote. “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. Stay tuned to Bravo August 6th.”

It’s not the first time a Housewife has been given a reduced role: original Real Housewives of New York City star Luann de Lesseps was demoted for season 6 before returning as a main cast member, and Real Housewives of Atlanta star Porsha Wiliams had a year-long stint as a “Friend” during season 7.

The Real Housewives of Orange County returns Aug. 6 at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.