This is without question the single biggest shakeup in the history of The Real Housewives of Orange County.
Maybe of any Real Housewives show.
At first, this particular round of cast turmoil rumors sounded particularly absurd, as they often are, but they haven't gone away.
Multiple media reports and accounts from the cast itself indicates that the OG of the OC herself, Vicki Gunvalson, has been demoted.
She'll be returning as a "Friend" of the Housewives instead of as a full Housewife, but for Vicki of all people, that's a shocking move.
Take a look at how and why it went down ...
Vicki Gunvalson at Home
It has been widely rumored that Vicki Gunvalson has been demoted to a mere "Friend" of the Housewives.
This is a big effing deal
Vicki is THE OG Housewife. When she loses her orange, so to speak, Tamra Judge will be the longest-running Housewife. Can you live with that? Can you sleep with that on your conscience? Because Bravo apparently can.
Kelly Dodd is beside herself with glee
"Well, I cannot confirm nor deny," Kelly Dodd said in response to Jeff Lewis' question on Jeff Lewis Live, Flipping Out. "However, that’s the word on the street."
Jeff Lewis took Kelly's statement as a confirmation
So, she’s been demoted," Jeff, who is also feuding with Vicki, replies. "Vicki Gunvalson has been demoted. I think the way she’s behaved and the things she has done, she doesn’t deserve our respect. And I’m glad she was demoted."
Vicki took to Twitter to dismiss it all as just rumors
"Unless you hear it from me, then it’s simply a rumor," Vicki insists. "I am in negotiations." Vicki later adds: "I’m the only one who knows really what is going on."
First of all, that's not a denial
And second of all? Bravo is already filming The Real Housewives of Orange County. So if Vicki is still in negotiations, she's not filming, which means that they're filming without her. That's not great.