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Vicki Gunvalson Is Leaving The Real Housewives of Orange County After Demotion. Vicki Gunvalson's run as the O.G. from the O.C. is officially over. The Real Housewives of Orange County star announced her departure from the Bravo reality TV series on Friday. In a lengthy Instagram statement, Vicki said it was "time to say goodbye" to RHOC, adding, "It's been an incredible ride for 14 years and I want thank all of you for your support, for your love and for 'whooping it up' with me along the way." Her exit comes after Season 14 saw Vicki featured as a "friend" of the cast, as opposed to a full-fledged Housewife. The unexpected demotion shocked her fellow Bravolebrities at the time, but Vicki's latest announcement isn't a bombshell. During the RHOC reunion special, Vicki said she felt like a "has-been" next to her co-stars. Vicki's defamation lawsuit against Bravo, which has since been dismissed, also left fans questioning her future on RHOC. Don't expect Vicki to stay unoccupied for long, though. She's already promised a plethora of "exciting, empowering and inspirational" new projects. "My podcast with Westwood One will be launching soon and I will have much more to say about this on Whoop It Up With Vicki," she wrote. "I hope you will join me with my new journey so please stay tuned. I love all my fans, and I want to thank Bravo and Evolution for this incredible experience which my family and I have will never forget." Andy Cohen sent his well wishes to Vicki with a heartfelt tribute to their many shared memories. "I remember the first reunion I did with Vicki Gunvalson. Occasionally our eyes would meet as I grilled the other women, and she would wink at me optimistically and effervescently as both of her deep dimples shone. She kept winking at me year after year, and it always made my heart smile. Vicki is an original, who remained her authentic self from her Family Van-freakout through her last reunion. It's so hard to remain exactly who you are after being on television for so long, but Vicki is one of a kind. Thank you for everything, @vickigunvalson - what a ride. And it's not over," he wrote on Instagram. Last season's cast starred Tamra Judge, Shannon Beador, Kelly Dodd, Gina Kirschenheiter, Emily Simpson and Braunwyn Windham-Burke. The official cast for Season 15 has not yet been revealed, but Cohen had this to say when asked about the possibility of newcomers to the franchise. "The casting for next season is some of the best casting we've had," he shared on Jeff Lewis Live. "No matter how it shakes out, it's going to be great because we have great casting. It's hard to make moves when you don't have a bench, both on the show and casting wise." Gunvalson, 57, appeared on every season of RHOC since its inception in 2006. (Eonline)
Um, Schitt's Creek Stars Catherine O'Hara and Eugene Levy Once Dated. Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara play a married couple on Schitt's Creek, but did the celebrities ever date in real life? The Johnny Rose and Moira Rose stars set the record straight on Thursday's episode of Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen. "There's nothing sexier than laughing together and having someone who makes you laugh," O'Hara explained to Andy Cohen. "So, everybody at Second City theater tried to date everybody. Like, 'He makes me laugh. I should go out with him'... So, we did maybe one or two dates." However, the 65-year-old actress made it clear it wasn't anything serious. "He's a gentleman -- has always been a gentleman -- and we get to have this working relationship because we didn't go anywhere," she said. Levy and O'Hara go way back. Both starred on Second City Television, a.k.a. SCTV, and appeared in a number of films together, including Best in Show and For Your Consideration. Fans can now watch the duo on the sixth and final season of Schitt's Creek. The show airs Tuesdays on Pop TV. (Eonline)
After So Many Jokes, The Good Place Delivered One Final and Excellent Friends Surprise. The Good Place loves Friends. There's no secret there. The NBC afterlife comedy has mentioned Friends on numerous occasions, most of them from Michael (Ted Danson), the reformed demon who previously set out to torture deceased humans Eleanor (Kristen Bell), Chidi (William Jackson Harper), Jason (Manny Jacinto) and Tahani (Jameela Jamil). In the show's penultimate episode, The Good Place took its winking at Friends even further. Previous mentions include this nugget about Michael preparing to meet the humans: "So, to prepare to meet all of you, I studied the human concept of friends. I even watched all 10 seasons of the show Friends. Boy, those Friends really were friends, weren't they? Although, and I realize this is the kind of observation that would only occur to the mind of an eternal being: How did they afford that apartment? A waitress and a chef with those Manhattan real estate prices." Then, when talking about his relationship with Eleanor, Michael said, "Well, since we're becoming friends, like Ross and Phoebe." And a more recent reference to sending humans to the Good Place vs. the Bad Place: "Are you gonna sit there and say that every single Friend belongs in hell? I mean, maybe Ross and Rachel, and Monica and Joey, and definitely Chandler... but Phoebe?" Well, it turns out Phoebe is in the Good Place. Sort of. Lisa Kudrow guest starred as the titular Patty in the penultimate episode of The Good Place, "Patty." More specifically, Kudrow played Hypatia of Alexandria, a philosopher, one of the few who made their way to the Good Place. While experiencing ages of endless bless, her mind wasn't what it used to be. "When we designed the character we knew she had to be foggy-brained and carry that comedic tone, and Lisa was the only person that made sense for this," series creator Mike Schur told Variety. "I used to work on The Comeback a million years ago, and I sent her an email and asked her if she could do it. She was vacationing with her family, ironically I think in Greece, and she was like, 'This is a sign.' So, she came and did it and was delightful, as she always is." Kudrow's appearance was well-guarded secret. On Instagram, she thanked Schur. "Look what I got to do!! Thanks for asking Mike Schur! You all made it a good place to be for a week," she wrote. The Good Place series finale airs Thursday, Jan. 30 on NBC. (Eonline)
How Station 19 and Grey's Anatomy's Season of Crossovers Will Work. Finally, our month-long nightmare is over: Grey's Anatomy is back, with Station 19 in tow. Both shows return Thursday night with a crisis to deal with, and it's quite the doozy, if you can remember all the way back to the fall finale. While several of the Grey Sloan doctors and a couple Station 19 firefighters were hanging out in Joe's Bar, a car suddenly plowed through the wall. We don't yet know the extent of the injuries, but we know it ain't good. Those we know who were in the bar include Ben (Jason George), Captain Herrera (Miguel Sandoval), Helm (Jaicy Elliot), Parker (Alex Blue Davis), Schmitt (Jake Borelli), Nico (Alex Landi), and Jackson (Jesse Williams), and what we can bet on is that somebody's gonna be injured, since it's a crossover between a firefighter show and a hospital show. It's the first of what we've been promised is an increase in crossovers, now that the shows are both run by showrunner Krista Vernoff, but if it's any indication of what's to come, it's not quite as crossover-y as you might be thinking it is. The most crossover happens during the first hour, Station 19, when the team has to work to free the people (mostly a lot of doctors) stuck in the bar before the car falls any further, and in the Grey's Anatomy hour