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.
For the most part, none of us really know what to expect from Vanderpump Rules Season 9 since so many key players are missing from the equation. But now, we at least know of one major storyline.
James Kennedy proposed to Raquel Leviss. And considering that the cast just started filming, it’s safe to assume the big moment was captured by the Vanderpump Rules cameras.
The silver lining in the mess that was 2020 was that Bravo gifted us with the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City. And they didn’t just launch a new show, they knocked it out of the park with Season 1. Jen Shah’s outbursts. Heather Gay’s loyalty. Meredith Marks’ disengaged attitude. Mary Cosby in her closet with her step-grandpa. We loved every minute of it.
The show stood so well on its own after Season 1, fans probably forgot that a few Vanderpump Rules stars made an appearance at the beginning of the show. Katie Maloney-Schwartz and Lala Kent, both from Utah, are pretty tight with Whitney Rose and Heather. They made an appearance at the Shah Chalet, which may or may not have been just a set up by production. It opens the doors for more VPR cameos in future seasons, now that we know Pump Rules isn’t dead and gone for good.
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.