If you are like me, you probably are anticipating Season 9 of Vanderpump Rules to be a bit of a snoozefest now that half of the cast has been fired or is entering an entirely new phase of adulting. Lala Kent and Scheana Shay are new moms who definitely are past their days of clocking in at Sur. Katie Maloney-Schwartz and Tom Schwartz are trying for a baby of their own, and I wouldn’t even be surprised if James Kennedy and Raquel Leviss were next. As for Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix, let’s just hope they’ve at least bought some furniture during the past year and a half.
What’s left of the OG cast truly seems to have settled down from their days of Vegas getaways and back alley fights. But apparently, that doesn’t mean they’re going to hold back on the drama. Lala and Scheana Marie’s back and forth feud boiled over, with Scheshu claiming Lala was not being supportive during her miscarriage last year. Now that they’re both moms, they’ve apparently been talking strictly about mommy stuff. But it seems like this feud will have to come ahead as Season 9 preps for filming.
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.
It seems like at least one person on every reality TV show ends up facing tax issues at one point. On Real Housewives of Potomac, we’ve (sort of) seen Karen Huger and Ray Huger owe “millions” in back taxes and Robyn Dixon make a $90,000 mistake on her reports to the IRS. Nene Leakes, Porsha Williams and others from the Real Housewives of Atlanta have had tax issues of their own. And in Beverly Hills, Dorit Kemsley and Lisa Vanderpump, despite their separate successes, have both been caught up with tax issues of their own.
It’s no doubt that the financial issues surrounding reality stars are more high profile no matter the situation. Hey, filing taxes isn’t easy for an everyday person, let alone someone on Bravo with several businesses, assets and expenditures to keep track of. And while there are honest mistakes, it is fascinating to read that those we think of the rich and famous might be facing financial woes off-screen, even if their on-camera appearances show otherwise.
Several members of the Vanderpump Rules cast traded liquor bottles for baby bottles this past year. Lala Kent and Randall Emmett just welcomed their baby girl a few days ago. Fired star Stassi Schroeder and her boo Beau Clark recently became parents (and already started a podcast about it). And Brittany Cartwright and Scheana Shay are also expecting babies this spring.
The OG Pumpers are all grown up and have had Lisa Vanderpump as a maternal figure to guide them along the way. While LVP expected some of her employees to start families, other pregnancy announcements were more of a shock.
The fate of Vanderpump Rules remains in limbo – or does it? No one seemingly wants to officially cut the cord of the popular Bravo show that hasn’t filmed since last year. The program didn’t return to it’s regularly scheduled season because it needed to fill some casting gaps left open by
racism firings and then the Rona came and shut everything down. Most of the crew has kept busy by creating babies or writing books no one asked for and it seemed all held hope production would begin at some point.
Now here we are, still waiting. Most of our shows are back to their normal pace and in the interim, Lisa Vanderpump got a whole new gig. Yet Pump Rules is still sitting in time out, seemingly teetering on the edge of cancellation but never quite falling over. Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix are two long-term members of the show who are still technically employed by Bravo because they didn’t get canned. Recently the #1 guy in that group hinted the show will in fact be back, but it’s not even close to being on anyone’s watchlist.
Remember Vanderpump Rules? If this were an ordinary year (where did those go?) we would be watching our once favorite SURvers right now as they made fun of Scheana Marie, fought over petty BS, and got sloppy drunk. Alas, the reckoning of 2020 put a stop to all that. Production for Season 9 is still halted due to COVID and Bravo fired OGs Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute for racist actions against Faith Stowers. Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright also got the ax “parted” with Pump Rules in 2020.
So, who’s left? Lala Kent, Scheana, Tom Schwartz, Katie Maloney, Tom Sandoval, Ariana Madix, James Kennedy and newbie Charli Burnett. That sounds like enough for a show to me. But it seems like Bravo is slowly backtracking on last year’s exodus. First, Andy Cohen publicly mourned the changes. Now, it’s Lisa Vanderpump’s turn to plant the seeds for redemption.
Even though Vanderpump Rules (inexplicably) gave Stassi Schroeder’s book much more screen time than Ariana Madix and Tom Sandoval’s book, theirs did get some shine on the series.
Originally, Ariana wanted to write a cocktail book on her own, which became a point of contention between her and Tom. Then, Tom got on board and they ended up doing the book together, along with co-writer Danny Pellegrino. However, he wasn’t the original co-writer involved. Now, Tom and Ariana are being sued.
The Vanderpump Rules reckoning is an ongoing movement. Since OGs Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute were fired this summer for racist behavior (along with newbies Max Boyens and Brett Caprioni), people have been waiting for Jax Taylor to get the boot. Jax and his wife, Brittany Cartwright, made headlines this year when it was revealed that they were totally apathetic about having a homophobe marry them on TV. It was also revealed that Brittany used racial slurs against Faith Stowers.
Jax and Brittany got booted off Pump Rules last week. In spite of the fact that Stassi didn’t want them to get fired. Brittany’s meemaw can’t churn out the beer cheese fast enough to sooth either of them. This was a long time coming for Jax. His absence will shift the show, and even Andy Cohen is ready for the change.