Gina Kirschenheiter: Quitting The Real Housewives of Orange County?

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Gina Kirschenheiter has really made a splash on The Real Housewives of Orange County, from siding with Kelly Dodd against Vicki to speaking her mind without hesitation.

She's made a real impression with fans, who would be happy to see her return for another season.

Will Gina stay or will she go?

Gina Kirschenheiter Hat Pic

RadarOnline spoke to a network insider who explained why Bravo wants Gina Kirschenheiter back for another season.

The Bravo insider says that Gina is "absolutely" welcome back next season.

"She has gained a tremendous fan base," the source explains.

A huge factor in her immediate popularity, the insider explains, is "because people can relate to her."

She's a reality star with a reasonably glamorous lifestyle, so crossing that bridge to relatability can be tricky -- but she managed it.

Gina Kirschenheiter is Divorcing

There are some pretty simple reasons for Gina's rapid rise to popularity among viewers, and it's not the ase of spelling her last name.

"She speaks what is on her mind," the source explains. "And she doesn’t hold back anything."

That's a great quality in a reality star, but also a breath of fresh air to viewers who are tired of jaded reality veterans who pick their battles.

"She is refreshing," the insider states.

"And," the source continues, Gina "has gotten really close to several of the cast members already."

As we had mentioned, Gina sided with Kelly against Vicki over Vicki's double-dates with Kelly's ex.

Matthew Kirschenheiter and Gina Kirschenheiter

As we reported very early this summer, Gina Kirschenheiter divorced her husband shortly after the show wrapped filming.

It was said that Gina seeing parts of her life through the lens of a camera helped to put some things into perspective for her.

Though viewers have seen her acting almost as a single parent to her three young children this season, she and Matt Kirschenheiter don't seem to have any hard feelings.

The insider dishes that Gina "has done an amazing job co-parenting and will continue to be friends with Matt."

That can be a difficult line to tread -- good for her! And good for him, too!

Gina Kirschenheiter and Family

As much as fans and Bravo would like to see an encore performance from Gina, ultimately, that ball is in her court.

"It is up to her whether or not she decides to take the invite back on the show," the source explains.

That makes sense. Some contracts last for several seasons, but few -- networks or stars -- are eager to start with a multi-year contract.

"But hopefully," the insider says. "She will."

Very practically, the source says: "The paycheck sure can’t hurt her."

Gina Kirschenheiter for Season 13

Even amicable divorce is expensive, even if you're rich -- in terms of sheer numbers, especially if you're rich. 

But even if it weren't for that ... the hefty paycheck for a Housewife salary is difficult to turn down. You can never have too much money, folks.

That said, for some people, they find that they're happier when their lives aren't out in the open on television and social media.

Still, we'll keep our fingers crossed that Gina loves being on the show as much as viewers love seeing her.

She really brings a special element to the show's dynamic.

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