The Real Housewives franchise has certainly attracted its fair share of scorn, but it has also made celebrities out of many of the women who have appeared on the show. After 14 years on “Real Housewives of Orange County,” Vicki Gunvalson announced in January that she’s leaving the show. But she’s not leaving the spotlight as Gunvalson is launching a new podcast in a partnership with Westwood One.
“I’m so excited about my podcast because it allows me to speak directly to my millions of fans and followers, and to make new friends around the world,” Gunvalson said in a statement. “You definitely haven’t heard the last of me. In fact, it’s just the beginning!”
The first two episodes of Whoop It Up with Vicki were released this week where she discusses her firing from the reality TV series and how she’s adjusting after losing the seven-figure income she earned from it. On the series, Gunvalson will also share her thoughts on life, finding love, and financial freedom – a subject where she leverages her experience as the owner of an insurance and financial services company.
“It’s a side of Vicki never seen or heard before,” the network said in the announcement. Gunvalson will also welcome a wide array of friends and celebrities onto her podcast.
“Vicki captured a huge audience while on the Real Housewives and entertained them fantastically for years, creating a loyal and engaged fan base,” said Suzanne Grimes, President of Westwood One. “Fans can now experience the real Vicki behind the Real Housewives. She’s still unfiltered and outrageous, but she is also a substantial and serious businesswoman with a lot of smart things to say.”