“I felt very disrespected and I don’t deserve that,” Gunvalson, 57, told Us Weekly at BravoCon in New York City on Saturday, November 16. “I’m a cast member that created this franchise and I need that [to be] respected. If they don’t want me, I’m fine … but don’t disrespect me.”
Earlier this year, rumors spread that the longtime Bravo star had been “demoted” from full-time cast member to “friend of a Housewife” for season 14 of RHOC when she was notably missing from a promotional photo shoot. In July, Gunvalson confirmed via Instagram she would be taking a back seat in the upcoming season.
“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,’” the Coto Insurance founder wrote on social media. “I am back again this season right in the middle of the action in a different role.”
While speaking on the Bravo All Stars: OG Housewives Edition panel at BravoCon on Saturday, Gunvalson continued to open up about her reduced role, acknowledging that signing her new contract “was one of the hardest things [she’s] ever done.”
When asked by a fan whether she’d ever consider returning as a “friend of a Housewife,” the businesswoman’s answer could not have been more clear. “I’m never coming back reduced again. Let’s just say that. I’m either in all the way or out.”
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