Vicki Gunvalson is the longest-running Real Housewives star in the franchise's history. So, it makes sense that she played a vital role in the series' creation. However, not many know that the longtime reality star actually named the show.
During a recent interview with the Windy Times in Chicago, the Real Housewives of Orange County star opened up about the beginning moments of the series and revealed that it all started after she answered a casting call for a show called Behind the Gates.
As Gunvalson explained, according to a September 15 report by All About the Real Housewives, the show was going to feature the lives of privileged kids and their families in Southern California.
“The creator of the show, Scott Dunlop, had a little article in our local newspaper and my son answered it,” Gunvalson explained. “It was going to be called Behind the Gates. I had an insurance business out of my home, and they came over with little hand cameras. This was 13 years ago.”
Months later, Gunvalson learned she and her family had been chosen -- and also that the concept of the series had evolved.
“Six months later, I got the call. I told them I thought the show was about my son coming home from college to a privileged life. They said they were switching it,” she recalled.
At that point, Gunvalson admitted that she wasn't a fan of the show's title and suggested they change it to Real Housewives.
“I told them I didn’t like name Behind the Gates because what would happen if I moved? Desperate Housewives was on at the time, so I suggested the Real Housewives,” Gunvalson revealed.
“It was a collaboration. Scott and I sat down to talk about it,” she added.