It seems like a lifetime ago that we last had new episode of Vanderpump Rules on our screen. A lot has changed. Lisa Vanderpump’s restaurants dealt with closures due to the pandemic, and a few legal issues here and there. Stassi Schroeder, Kristin Doute, Max Boyens and Brett Caprioni were fired for alleged racist behaviors. Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright also “left” the show (read: probably also got fired). Stassi, Brittany, Lala Kent and Scheana Shay are new moms. Even Lisa’s beloved Giggy crossed over to doggy heaven.
After the whirlwind of an offseason, it was starting to feel like VPR was done for good. It even had Scheaners worried. Several alums (aka the one’s who “left’) were calling for a new spinoff show with just the OGs. It’s probably because they, especially Jax, could use a boost in their bank accounts right about now. And while Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix gave us hope for a return, it seemed like the Pump Rules train came and left, never to return.
But never underestimate LVP’s power to make her businesses, and her TV shows, successful. Bravo announced that Vanderpump Rules is officially returning for a Season 9. Production is set to begin next month, with the COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines that Bravo’s been handling so well. And while Dayna Kathan recently announced she won’t be coming back, Bravo gave us a hint at who is returning.
So far, LVP, Tom Schwartz, Sandoval, Katie Maloney-Schwartz, Ariana, Scheana, Lala, James Kennedy and Raquel Leviss are returning. And to be honest, that sounds totally boring. It’s expected that Lala and Scheana’s feud will continue next season, as they’re the only two pot-stirrers left. But it will definitely be toned down now that they’re real ass adults and moms. Katie and Schwartz are trying to have a baby of their own, so we’ll get to see that for them. DJ James Kennedy and Raquel seem to be doing the best they’ve ever been, which is good for them, bad for TV. And while it seemed as though Charli Burnett got the last laugh in her feud with Jax, it’s unclear whether or not she’ll return as a SURver.
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Andy Cohen says he’s excited for the shift in VPR after the cast overhaul, but it’s definitely going to have to be a big one to stay interesting. We know LVP wishes the fired cast members got to redeem themselves and learn, but alas she doesn’t have the last word when it comes to casting calls. Let’s just hope Scheana doesn’t stop wearing crop-tops, Schwartz doesn’t stop taking baby shots and Sandoval doesn’t stop killing the costume game now that they’re all adults. And at this point, who even is the No. 1 guy in the group anymore? Like, is it really Ken Todd?
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