Vicki Gunvalson might be an original Housewife, but that doesn't mean she gets her way with Bravo! During an exclusive interview with Us Weekly, the Real Housewives of Orange County vet admitted she continued to bring her boyfriend Brooks Ayers on the show because Bravo made her.

"It's really frightening bringing back Brooks into my life publicly," Gunvalson told Us when asked why she continued to film with her on-again boyfriend after receiving backlash following her daughter Briana Culberson's famous clash with him. "[Bravo] basically put the gauntlet down and said, 'If you don't film with Brooks, then we are reducing your role.' And I was like, 'Oh no! You did not just say that!'"

As previously reported by Us, Ayers is battling stage 3 cancer. Gunvalson and Ayers, who opened up exclusively to Us about his health last month, admitted the scare has brought them closer than ever before.

"[Cancer] either will tear you apart as a couple or bring you together. And with us, without a doubt, it's brought us together," Ayers explained. "So, yes, we are exclusive, we are dating, we are together," Gunvalson confirmed. "It's official."

Despite Bravo forcing the reality star to reveal her personal life on air, Gunvalson tells Us that after nine seasons, she's still nowhere near being done with the franchise. "I am not going to throw in the towel on the Housewife franchise," she said, laughing, "I will be in a walker with my botox and my false eyelashes. I mean, at the end of the day, they're going to have to kill me off!"

Watch the exclusive video above to find out which former Housewife Gunvalson would love to bring back and more!