Jax Taylor truly made a name for himself as the No. 1
douchebag guy in the group on Vanderpump Rules. He made good TV in the original seasons — slacking off at his bartending job, being the worst boyfriend ever and his love/hate relationship with Tom Schwartz and Tom Sandoval was entertaining to watch. But now that he’s been fired “left” the show ahead of Season 9, along with several other OGs, it’s time for a new era of Pump Rules. Maybe this time with people who actually still work at Lisa Vanderpump’s restaurants, and don’t just pretend to clock in.
Jax is finally settling down and doing the adulting thing at the ripe age of 41. He’s married, a homeowner and is expecting a baby soon with Brittany Cartwright. It’s still unclear what he does for a job now that he’s done making watered-down drinks at Sur. But recent news claiming that he owns $1.2 million dollars in back taxes to the state and the feds definitely didn’t come at the best time — when he’s no longer pocketing those big Bravo checks anymore.
Who even knows what’s going to happen to Vanderpump Rules. The entire cast went and had a baby or got “left” the show last year, in some cases both. We hear Season 9 is set to happen, but several OGs will not appear. Stassi Schroeder, Kristen Doute, Jax Taylor, Brittany Cartwright, to name a few. It seems like time is up for Pump Rules, especially considering most of the cast hasn’t worked at Lisa Vanderpump’s famed restaurants in years.
Long gone are the old days of the VPR stars throwing drinks at each other or sneaking wine on the job. They’re real ass adults now — Jax loves to mow the lawn (and allegedly not pay his taxes). Lala Kent is a new mom and Scheana Shay’s baby is on the way. They all bought fancy houses where you can use the air conditioner and microwave at the same time. And some of the old antics just make us cringe now, particularly Jax’s bad behavior.
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.
While several members of the Real Housewives of Orange County cast have been involved in their fair share of controversies, no housewife is more divisive than Kelly Dodd. It started with her low-blow attacks on her castmates regarding their age, appearances and more. Last year, she took it to another level when she made insensitive comments about the coronavirus pandemic and wore a hat that mocked the Black Lives Matter movement. She’s since apologized for her “stupid” comments, but even Kelly thinks she’s probably getting the boot before Season 16. But who knows, because Andy Cohen doesn’t necessarily think she’s problematic.
And now Kelly has found herself in a controversy with former Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Vanderpump. But, somehow, LVP was the one admitting to a lie and apologizing to Kelly. I know, it’s very off-brand for these two.
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.
After a questionable amount of time off, rumor has it there will be another season of Vanderpump Rules coming our way. Unless you’ve been under a rock, you know the next go around is going to look very different. Basically half the season 8 cast has left and/or made a baby in the last year.
After being fired for her racist behavior, Stassi Schroeder’s new PR team worked swiftly to get her baby news out. Not a bad deflection, I guess. She even doubled it down with her statements about wanting to turn to drugs following the public criticism of her behavior. She claimed her pregnancy “saved her.” I love the part where Stassi wants sympathy for public scrutiny which only happened because she publicly (and incorrectly [and racistly]) scrutinized someone!!! Miss me with this self-inflicted struggle.
Lisa Vanderpump of the Dahling That’s Just My British Humor Vanderpumps, has been doing media for her new show over on the E! channel. While she “overserves” d-list celebrities at her home, people continue to wonder about the fate of Vanderpump Rules, which continues to hang on a very thin thread. The show has struggled to make a return since half the cast was fired for past racial indiscretions. It might be time to give this horse a nice ceremony and let it die in peace.
Along with Stassi Schroeder, Kristen Doute, and two rando guys no one remembers, Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright also departed the program. But how they left is up for debate. If you ask Jax and Brittany, they voluntarily left to “work on their growing family“. Recently Lisa gave an interview on the possible future of VPR, and ended any speculation of how Jax and Brittany went out. Now it seems Lisa could very well become a member of the #blockedbyjax club.
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.