Vanderpump Rules

Jill Zarin

As much as I am entertained by pretty much everything I watch on Bravo, I can’t help being even more intrigued by what happens behind the scenes to make my favorite reality shows happen. I want to know if Housewives actually do “amicably part ways” with the network or if that is just a go-to line, like I suspect.

Even though I watch Bravo whenever possible, I still can’t get enough content and I want to know more about how it all works.

Tom Sandoval & Ariana Madix

At this point Tom Sandoval is a reality TV veteran. Heading into his fifth season of Vanderpump Rules, he’s seen and heard it all and is still impressed that the show has managed to retain so much realness despite the influence of fame, money, and cameras. In a new interview, Tom sheds light on the role of production and editing and how the show changed friendships and perceptions.

“I’m really proud of it, because I feel like it’s one of the realest shows on television. Especially in our environment.” What makes Pump Rules different, according to Tom,  is the “deep feelings” and “love/hate relationships,” which doesn’t occur on shows when castmates meet each other on camera or hang out only when filming. “Like even when I watch Housewives, they’ll have this drama, and something really small, but it just like carries on – like five episodes. And it’s like something that would not even make it into our show.”

Kristen-Doute-Stassi-Schroeder-Katie-Maloney-Pride

Even though the dynamics on Vanderpump Rules are constantly changing and whatever we know about the drama can be outdated at a moment’s notice, it seems pretty clear that there’s a divide in the cast. Opposing cliques aside, the one thing this cast always seems to agree on is their involvement in LA Pride every year.

Everyone came out (well, not exactly) for the festivities, went all out with their looks, and posted all about the Pride 2017 activities on social media.

Lala Kent

Love her or hate her, you have to admit that Lala Kent definitely knows how to keep things interesting. A lot of the time when I say “interesting,” I actually mean frustrating because it’s just so hard to know what to believe with her. From the (possibly married) boyfriend, to the nondisclosure agreement, to whether or not she’s back on Vanderpump Rules next season, the story is constantly shifting with Lala. Even though she recently said the show started filming without her, she majorly hinted that she was back in the game in a recent post on social media.

Honestly, I would not be shocked if Lala returned to the show. She is working at SUR again. She is constantly showing off her renewed best friendship with Scheana Marie and Ariana Madix. She is in a prime position to (actually) have a story line…. aside from discussing her mystery relationship with a person who refuses to appear on camera.

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Even though Lala Kent (supposedly) is not returning to Vanderpump Rules, she has been doing a ton of interviews about the show and her (former?) costars. I don’t believe for one second that Lala’s time on Vanderpump Rules is done with.

Even though Lala refuses to reveal anything personal about her personal life on the show, she does say some outrageous shit and she finally has friends, so it just makes sense for her to return. Whether she comes back or not, one thing is certain: she will always have a lot of shit to talk.

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Lala Kent

At this point, I’ve come to terms with the fact that I will be perpetually confused by Lala Kent and her status on Vanderpump Rules. One second she’s storming away from the show and avoiding everyone, then she’s coming back to play the anxiety card.

Lala is besties with Scheana Marie and Ariana Madix now, so I figured that she would be back for some girl drama next season, but apparently I was wrong. Just like everything Lala says, I take this with a grain of salt and know that her status on the show can change at any moment, but apparently she’s not going to be a part of the next Pump Rules season.

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Just when you thought it was safe to hand Stassi Schroeder her official Vanderpump Rules spinster papers, she goes and screws up the storyline reconciles with her old boyfriend! Yes, Stassi and ex-boyfriend Patrick Meagher are an item again.

She can hang up that Steve Jobs turtleneck swimsuit, stop bemoaning her single gal fate to engaged and married friends far and wide – because Stassi is back in a relationship, people! And this time, it looks like we may get to see it play out on camera. According to rumors, Patrick is finally willing to film with Stassi on Pump Rules – a drastic shift from his previous stance on the matter. (Is this, perhaps, why they’re back together? Hmm? Rekindled Relationships by Bravo!)

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Ariana-Madix-haircut

Aside from the her inexplicable beef with Stassi Schroeder, Ariana Madix got a lot of attention during the last season of Vanderpump Rules because of her braids- specifically the braid guy that she and Tom Sandoval paid to come to their apartment and do their hair. I’m not sure if she put her braids at jeopardy or if she just has the opportunity for more looks now, but Ariana has revamped her look with a major haircut.

Ariana is stunning, so I feel like she would look good bald, but I loved all of the intricate styles she was able to do with her long hair. She kills it though. Plus, I feel like having your hair chopped off can be pretty cathartic. Maybe she’s getting ready for some sort of fresh start to film Vanderpump Rules? Maybe I’m just reading too much into an Instagram post. Either way, she looks dope.

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