The Real Housewives of Orange County alum, 61, was honored on Friday at BravoCon 2023 with the first-ever ‘Wifetime’ Achievement Award, in celebration for her 18 years on the network.
The television personality received the award during The Bravos, the parody awards show hosted by Andy Cohen.
She was surprised by RHOC alums Jo De La Rosa, Lauri Peterson, Alexis Bellino and Gretchen Rossi, who presented her with the trophy.
Taking the stage — to a standing ovation from a crowd full of her Bravolebrity peers — Gunvalson held back tears as she accepted her trophy.
The reality star continued by quoting some of her infamous lines before pulling an orange out of her sleeve and handing it to Cohen.
“And Andy, for you — here’s my orange, should you need to give it to anyone,” she cheekily quipped.
Cohen first announced that Gunvalson would be an honoree at this year’s BravoCon when she appeared on Watch What Happens Live alongside Tamra Judge and Shannon Storms Beador in September.
Gunvalson expressed her emotions during the aftershow, telling Cohen, “I am so blessed to be a part of this family. I really am. You know how much I love you and the legacy that we built together. We did this together as a family.”
Gunvalson had been a member of the beloved series since its debut in 2006. After being moved to a reduced role, she announced her exit from the show in a touching post on Instagram in January 2020.
Since her departure, Gunvalson has appeared on The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip Ex-Wives Club and returned as a guest star for RHOC’s 17th season.
BravoCon 2023 is taking place through Sunday at Caesars Forum in Las Vegas.