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Vicki Gunvalson Is Receiving a Big Award at BravoCon 2023 and Here’s How She Reacted

Andy Cohen made the announcement about the prestigious honor on WWHL.

By Allison Crist

Get ready to “whoop it up” at BravoCon 2023, because The Real Housewives of Orange County’s Vicki Gunvalson is set to receive the top award at The Bravos, a night of glitz and glamour honoring Bravo’s most iconic stars.

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Andy Cohen made the exciting announcement during Vicki, Tamra Judge, and Shannon Storms Beador’s joint appearance on Watch What Happens Live on September 13. Keep scrolling for details and to see how both Vicki and her fellow Bravolebs are reacting to the big news. 

Andy Cohen’s Wifetime Achievement Award Announcement

Andy began by declaring that “there’s no better place than Las Vegas” for BravoCon and The Bravos. Specifically regarding the latter, he shared that the categories and nominees will be announced on October 5. The Bravos will take place on Friday, November 3, and air on Sunday, November 5.

“I’m gonna be counting on all of you to vote for all of your favorites and see their reactions on November 5, including our highest recognition, the Wifetime Achievement Award!” Andy told WWHL viewers. “The recipient of that prestigious honor will be a person who embodies Housewives; someone who is willing to show herself as exactly who she is and have fun while doing it; a Housewife who has exceeded our wildest imaginations.”

This year, that Housewife will be none other than Vicki!

Vicki Gunvalson is a guest on Watch What Happens Live.

Vicki Gunvalson’s Reaction to Winning the Wifetime Achievement Award

Upon hearing Andy’s announcement, Vicki immediately teared up. Tamra and Shannon screamed in excitement and hugged her, and Vicki eventually did the same with Andy, telling him, “I love you.” 

“So, work on your speech!” Andy told her. “It’s gonna be great. It’s gonna be all about you, Vicki.”

On the WWHL After Show, Vicki continued to express her elation. “I have to get a new dress!” she quipped. 

Tamra Judge, Shannon Beador, and Vicki Gunvalson pose in black dresses with Andy Cohen at Watch What Happens Live in New York City.

Tamra, meanwhile, revealed, “She just said to me, she goes, ‘I don’t even know what I just won, but I’m crying.’”

“It’s the big award of the night,” Andy explained. “You are our big honoree. It’s the Wifetime Achievement Award, it’s like a lifetime achievement award for all of the work that you have done on Bravo. It’s a nod of appreciation to you.”

Getting emotional once more, Vicki replied, “I’m so blessed to be a part of this family. I really am. You know how much I love you and our legacy, which we built together. We did this together as a family.”

Vicki later expressed a similar sentiment on Instagram, writing, “Wow! Thank you [Andy] and [Bravo] for this incredible award. I love my Bravo family and am so thankful and grateful for this ride I’m on.”

Bravolebrities’ Reactions to Vicki Gunvalson Winning the Wifetime Achievement Award

Like Tamra and Shannon, many Bravolebs were quick to offer their congratulations to Vicki, including two of her castmates on The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip, Cynthia Bailey and Phaedra Parks, who both commented on her Instagram post. The latter noted that the honor is “well deserved,” as did The Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Margaret Josephs. “Congrats!! Well deserved!! I cried happy tears,” Margaret wrote.

The Real Housewives of Dubai’s Chanel Ayan also admitted to getting emotional, as she commented on Bravo TV and WWHL’s joint Instagram post about Vicki, “I teared up for Vicki[,] she deserves it.” 

Tamra, meanwhile, took to X (formerly known as Twitter) to continue to congratulate her longtime bestie. “The most deserving,” she wrote. “All hail, Queen Victoria. My friend, my soulmate, my sister! Love you, [Vicki].” 

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