Even with Vicki Gunvalson's demotion, the OG "friend of the housewives" has been front and center in this season's drama.
Thanks in no small part to friends Shannon Beador and Tamra Judge.
It has been rumored that the three have a "secret project" in the works, and fans have wondering if they're getting their own spinoff.
The answer, Shannon reveals, is a little complicated - but plenty of reason for excitement for fans of the longtime Bravo hit.
Shannon Beador was in New York to promote a device that treats stress urinary incontinence, which ... we hope earned her a hefty paycheck.
While there, she spoke to Reality Blurb about her plans to make sure that she, Tamra, and Vicki keep fans entertained no matter what.
Now, it's not quite a reality TV spinoff as some earlier rumors had suggested. It sounds more like going on tour.
"We’re talking about putting a tour together," Shannon revealed.
This is the sort of event, the 55-year-old mother of three describes, "where we go out and kind of put on a show."
"Like, a really fun show," Shannon emphasizes.
We had assumed as much.
"Like, a little skit, maybe a little singing, a little dancing," she details ... we'd have to imagine some booze as well.
Shannon went on to tell the celebrity gossip site that there will soon be "a few audience interaction things and then a Q&A."
Even if those first three items sound like hell on earth to a few, lots of fans would be interested in those last bits.
Shannon, whose drama with Kelly was a major plot point so far on this season, is also defending Vicki's importance to Housewives.
Shannon describes Vicki as an "integral part of this season," in part because of the intensity of her feud with Kelly Dodd.
"It wouldn’t be the season… The main drama of the show wouldn’t be in existence if she weren’t on this show," Shannon expresses.
She adds that she is "hopeful" that Vicki will recover her Orange, regaining her full time status as a Housewife.
Whether you like Vicki or loathe her, you have to agree that her role on the show is larger than that of a mere "Friend."
Shannon has also opened up about her surprisingly fast friendship with her newest castmate, Braunwyn.
"We instantly connected," Shannon admits. "And I see her all the time off-camera."
As you may recall, last year, she had trouble bonding with Gina and Emily as she felt that they had little in common.
She has since forged a friendship with Gina as the two women share a bond over the nightmare that is divorce.
But what it is about Braunwyn that allowed Shannon to skip that probationary period and jump right to friendship?
“She’s very open and she’s authentic and she’s fun," Shannon praises of Braunwyn.
Well yeah. After Braunwyn's threesome talk, we kind of totally gathered as much.
"Sometimes you just feel a connection with the person," Shannon says.
"And I did right away."
That being said, whatever common ground they have is not infinite, the mother of three admits.
"One thing I don’t have in common with her is patience," Shannon says.
"Because I could not [parent seven children]. No way!"
That's a whole mood.