Vicki Gunvalson: Why I've Never Been Fired from Real Housewives of Orange County

Entertainment Apr. 4, 2012 AT 8:45AM

Vicki Gunvalson is the last housewife standing!

The recently divorced insurance executive and mom, 50, first starred on The Real Housewives of Orange County -- the debut of the Housewives franchise -- when it premiered on Bravo in 2007.

Five years, seven seasons and five additional Housewives spinoffs later, Gunvalson is the only original housewife still starring on the show.

What's the secret to her longevity while other housewives from the OC, New York, Atlanta, New Jersey and Miami editions of the franchise have left or been fired and replaced? (Real Housewives of D.C. was cancelled after one season.)

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"I signed up for this!" Gunvalson told Us Weekly during a recent visit to our NYC offices. "This is my reality -- come on in through all the issues and struggles and trials -- and good times!"

Lately, Gunvalson's not-so-good times -- her daughter Brianna's very serious cancer battle, her painful 2010 split from husband Donn after 18 years, her tenuous friendship with Tamra Barney -- have dominated her story line on the currently-running season.

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One bright spot? Her boyfriend, Brooks Ayers! "My love tank is full," she gushes to Us.

Watch our exclusive video interview with Gunvalson -- why she'll "never" forget Tamra's recent betrayal, the latest on Brianna's health and the origin of "woohoo!" -- now.

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