All the old complaints about Brandi - she drinks too much; she's mean to the other girls; she's rude to the cast - eventually got to be too much for producers, and after years of problems, they finally gave her the old heave-ho.
Now, however, sources say Brandi has been offered a smaller role on the show - a "friend of the Housewives" gig that pays significantly less and would place Brandi in a handful of episodes throughout the season.
Brandi is nothing if not a proud woman, and we're sure accepting the demotion would be more than a little humiliating for her, but if she's smart, she'll take it.
TMZ is reporting that Bravo execs are looking at Brandi's new role is as a sort probation, and if she proves that she's willing to make nice with the crew and the rest of the cast, she could get her old job back.
It's happened before. Last year, Porsha Williams was demoted The Real Housewives of Atlanta. She was exiled to the friend-zone, but she did her time with a smile on her face and eventually re-gained her spot as a full-time cast member.
Of course, Brandi - a self-described "drunk a--hole" - might have a harder time putting on a happy face and doing what she's told. In any event, it'll be interesting to see her try.