Vicki Gunvalson: I Salvaged My Full Housewife Status!!

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Even though reports say that Vicki Gunvalson is a holy terror on the set of The Real Housewives of Orange County, there is good news.

At least she's on the set at all, right? That was in real doubt for a while.

Now, a report says that Vicki not only fought her way back on camera, but earned her continued status as a Full Housewife.

Vicki Gunvalson for Season 13

HollywoodLife reports that Vicki Gunvalson has secured her full time status.

"Vicki is excited to be filming RHOC right now," the insider shares.

"Despite reports and rumors she wasn’t coming back," the source confirms. "She is filming right now."

"And," the insider elaborates. "Is returning to the show."

We've all known for some time that Vicki had eventually succeeded in negotiating her way back on camera.

But the report that she's no longer in danger of being labeled a mere "friend" of the Housewives is new!

Vicki Gunvalson at Home

Despite reports of high levels of drama while on camera, this report says that things are actually kind of chill when the cameras aren't rolling.

"She and all of the other ladies are having fun," the insider describes.

"And," the source notes. "Things are good right now with Shannon [Beador] and Tamra [Judge], too."

As we are aware, Vicki made nice with both Shanon and Tamra after years of squabbling, feuding, and rumor-spreading.

That left something of a drama vacuum -- which was part of why Bravo wasn't sure that they wanted Vicki back full time.

Vicki Gunvalson, Shannon Beador, and Tamra Judge at Andy Cohen's Baby Shower

Clearly, however, Vicki convinced producers that she's the OG from OC for a reason.

Just because they didn't initially see a storyline for her didn't mean that she didn't really have one.

"They started filming a few weeks ago," the insider notes.

"And," the source confirms. "All the ladies from last season are returning."

If it's drama that people want to see, Vicki's ongoing feud with Kelly Dodd is as intense as ever.

Vicki Gunvalson Goes Under the Knife

Early this year, longtime fans were shocked at reports that Vicki had been fired from the franchise that she helped make what it is today.

Vicki's rumor-mongering and her lack of storyline were said to be the cause.

Some fans couldn't imagine a version of the series without her.

Others felt that it was a welcome change -- and perhaps even long overdue.

But Vicki herself took to Instagram to share that, while others were filming, she hadn't actually been fired.

"Unless you hear it from me, then it’s simply a rumor," Vicki wrote. "I am in negotiations."

Vicki Gunvalson and Steve Lodge, Date Night

How did Vicki save her job during negotiations, when so many considered it a foregone conclusion that she was getting the boot?

Reportedly, boyfriend Steve Lodge saved Vicki's job.

Vicki has allegedly promised producers that she will get engaged to Steve on the show.

That will certainly give her a storyline with which to work.

This engagement won't be just for entertainment value, either.

Reports say that Vicki has assured them that she and Steve will have a huge, romantic wedding for Bravo to film.

That was enough for producers to let her start filming again, but her status as a "friend" or full Housewife remained up in the air.

Vicki Gunvalson Waves a Knife

However you feel about Vicki, only time will tell whether she can pull her weight on this new season.

That said, we'll take reports that she has secured her "full time" status with a grian of salt.

It is not yet confirmed.

The public at large may not know for sure until the new season premieres.

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