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RHOC cast on 'media lockdown’ over Brooks Ayers’ cancer lies

A celebrity gossip junky, Caroline Goddard has been writing entertainment news for longer than the world has known Kim Kardashian's name. Follow her on Twitter at @GoddardCaroline.

Was it Shannon Beador's video rant about Vicki Gunvalson that made Bravo step in?

The Real Housewives of Orange County is all about the drama, but even they have their limits.

Sources say that the vitriol between the women on the show, caused by the belief that Vicki Gunvalson's ex, Brooks Ayers, is lying about having cancer, is getting to be too much and rather than drumming up great publicity, could actually be hurting the show — and producers want it stopped.

"Right now, the ladies are forbidden to talk about each other and the entire cast is on media lockdown," an insider told Radar Online.

More: Vicki Gunvalson reveals the extent of what Brooks Ayers did to her (VIDEO)

"This was done as a means of damage control," the insider added. "They have all been talking so much shit about each other that Bravo had no other choice then [sic] to step in and put a lock on it."

Most of the cast has been directing their anger toward Gunvalson, even stating they will refuse to film with her and think she should be fired — but that doesn't look likely, and producers are trying desperately to salvage some of the relationships.

More: Vicki Gunvalson is so over people asking her questions about Brooks Ayers

"There is a good chance that Vicki will be returning next season," the source told Radar. "The network simply cannot have any more of the other ladies badmouthing her when they are going to get ready to start shooting the new season."

The move comes just days after Shannon Beador posted a vitriol-filled rant against Gunvalson on her Facebook page after her co-star's appearance on Watch What Happens Live!

"I'm really, really angry about what happened tonight. There were so many lies," she said during her 10-minute rampage. "It was calculated, it was premeditated," Shannon exclaimed. "She wanted sympathy for her boyfriend because for two [or] three seasons… nobody liked him!"

Gunvalson maintains that she had no part in Ayers' alleged charade.

Was it Shannon Beador's video rant about Vicki Gunvalson that made Bravo step in?

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