Lala Kent knows how to ruffle some feathers. But maybe it’s not all her fault since she wasn’t exactly welcomed with open arms to Vanderpump Rules. The Witches of WeHo gang hated her instantly and Lala didn’t do herself any favors when she decided to go topless in Hawaii. How would she know Katie Maloney-Schwartz would blame Tom Schwartz’s wandering eye on her alone?
From that point on, it seems like Lala put up a shield, and anyone who attempts to penetrate that shield is met with total vitriol. That’s not say Lala isn’t entertaining. We have her to thank for James Kennedy’s famous “not about the pasta” freak out and for the phrase “bambi-eyed bitch.” For anyone wondering if motherhood has given Lala any pause in calling people out – it hasn’t!
Lala Kent has been a firecracker since she first stepped off her PJ and onto the scene of Vanderpump Rules. She’s always been a little eccentric — whether it’s showing a little (or a lot) of skin or drinking a literal baby bottle in her bed at night. Lala had a rough start at the beginning of VPR, with her other ousted co-star James Kennedy the only one on her side. But now they’re both sober, engaged and wayyyy more palatable to watch as people when they’re not fat-shaming anyone or being the textbook definition of a hot mess. And I’m actually excited to watch them both in the new, and maybe improved, VPR. My how the tables have turned.
Lala is also a bonafide Bravo lover just like the rest of us. She loves to binge Real Housewives and share her opinions online, despite being a Bravolebrity herself. And while she’s always ride or die for her boss/friend Lisa Vanderpump, she’s not afraid to give her unfiltered opinions about other Bravolebrities who aren’t her favorite. Namely, the always controversial Kelly Dodd. Excuse me, FORMER Bravolebrity in this case.
DJ James Kennedy has been a polarizing figure throughout his time on Vanderpump Rules. He had a rough start, but ever since he embarked on his sobriety journey, he seems to have changed for the better. VPR is heading into unchartered waters next season, with many of the OGs getting pink slips from Bravo. And I never thought I’d say this, but James and his new fiance Raquel Leviss might be my new favorite couple on the show. That’s called growth, hunny.
And while James and Raquel may have not been in on the Pump Rules pregnancy pact, they’re truly growing up for the better. James is back DJing at Sur now that pandemic restrictions have subsided and Raquel is SUR-ving. He and Lala Kent have worked out their differences now that they’re both sober now and it’s a much more positive experience to watch James thrive on TV. While the next season of VPR could be a hit or a bust, I’m excited to see more of James and Raquel’s wedding planning and day-to-day lives. And something tells me James won’t be half of the groomzilla Jax Taylor was when he married Brittany Cartwright last season. OMG does this mean that James is now the No. 1 guy in the group? My my, how times have changed.
After what seems like an eternity, we are almost to season 9 of Vanderpump Rules. I, for one, and semi-excited to see what this rearranged crew has in store. Viewers will no longer have to cope with the likes of Jax Taylor, Stassi Schroeder, and Kirsten Doute. While Jax would love everyone to think he is on to bigger and better things, he and Brittany Cartwright were recently seen on social media mingling with the likes of Angela Deem from TLC’s 90 Day Fiance. Just….why?
Fans of VPR already know to expect to see an engagement storyline from remaining cast members James Kennedy and Raquel Leviss. We also anticipate seeing some motherhood journeys served up by Scheana Marie and Lala Kent. Speaking of Lala, it will be a wonder how she worms her way back into the group without the main Witches of Weho at her side. Since the filming break, she’s been doing a lot of apologizing for past actions, as well as a lot of self-promoting press.
Vanderpump Rules is getting ready for a comeback – if you can call it a comeback. The show isn’t going to be the same as it once was when it premiers, even if we’re going to see some familiar faces. Tom Sandoval, Tom Schwartz, Ariana Madix, Katie Maloney-Schwartz, James Kennedy, Lala Kent, Scheana Marie, and Raquel Leviss are all returning.
We won’t be seeing Beer Cheese Moguls Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright because they “stepped away.” We also won’t be seeing OGs Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute – 2/3 of the Witches of WeHo – due to racist actions. And thankfully, we won’t be seeing any of those one-season wonders no one cared about to begin with. The faces might be changing on Pump Rules, but so are the lifestyles of these former SURvers. Everyone is either married, engaged, and/or a new parent. The most shocking change of all though is that James got sober and is now engaged to bambi-eyed b*itch Raquel.
Who’s ready for Vanderpump Rules? It’s been a while since we’ve seen our favorite messy SUR-vers make pump-tinis, but we know they’re finally filming Season 9 after a long hiatus. We also know things are going to look a little different this year since half of the OG cast has been fired.
Scheana Marie, Lala Kent, Ariana Madix, Tom Sandoval, Tom Schwartz, Katie Maloney, James Kennedy and new fiancé Raquel Leviss are returning. Writing their names out you realize how many people are still a part of the cast. We do know we can expect a lot of parenthood talk from new moms, Scheana and Lala, and we can bet on a lot of talk about TomTom. But what else might this very different season hold?
The stars of Vanderpump Rules have really undergone a lot of change throughout the past year or so. There’s been firings, engagements, weddings and lots of babies. The rag-tag Sur group has gone from waiting tables and giving Lisa Vanderpump anxiety with their drunken antics to becoming parents, writing books and being real-ass adults. Season 9 is currently filming, and who even knows what it’s going to look like. Scheana Shay is a new mom, but will probably still be waiting tables at Sur in her crop tops and high ponytails that we know and love. Katie Maloney-Schwartz and Tom Schwartz are trying to jump on the VPR pregnancy train as well. Raquel Leviss and James Kennedy just got engaged and might be the new fan-favorites next season.
The one thing that’s sure to be the same is that Lala Kent, who debated even returning to VPR as a mom, will cause some drama. She’s always been one to speak her mind and defend herself to the end, whether she’s sober or not. She and Scheana, who were feuding while pregnant, have apparently made up now that they’re new moms. Lala has some beef with Ariana Madix that the show will likely dive into. And she’s continuing on her journey of sobriety and dreaming of having more babies with Randall Emmett rather than devising drunken plots to ruin his vacation by defiling his toothbrush, among other things.
Vanderpump Rules is entering into an entirely new era now that half the cast is gone, new parents or both. And even less of the cast even still works at Sur anymore, but that doesn’t mean they’re all not ride or die for Lisa Vanderpump. But, of course, they are, she propelled them to C-List celebrity status, leading to book deals, podcasts and more, so they have to be thankful.
Our little Pump Rulers are all grown up. Ariana Madix and Tom Sandoval can actually use their air conditioner and microwave simultaneously, but no word on if they’ve bought furniture yet. Scheana Shay has a new baby, and seemingly has bonded with Lala Kent over motherhood, pausing their feud. Tom Schwartz and Katie Maloney-Schwartz are no longer fighting over Vegas girls in muumuus, and are looking to join the Pump Rules Parents Party.