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.
There’s that saying, “Don’t yuck my yum.” In this case, some people’s yum is a racist. Just calling it like I see it. Brandi Redmond was aired out a little over a year ago for her brazenly offensive video mocking an Asian accent. She checked herself into a wellness center. Then, against better judgement, Brandi returned to this season of Real Housewives of Dallas. It hasn’t gone exceptionally well.
This season, Brandi has continuously burdened the newest Dallas Housewife Tiffany Moon, who happens to be Chinese. Not with giant dildos, like we’re used to, but with her personal struggle of being constantly ignorant. I’m still baffled that Brandi openly told Tiff she was struggling to be her friend because she’s afraid to say the wrong thing in front of an Asian? Which part of that is anyone else’s burden to bear? Can she not hear the words that come out of her own thin lipped mouth?
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.
Lisa Vanderpump’s days as a cast member of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills are way behind her. After claiming to be “bullied” by her castmates, back in the #puppygate days, she left the show without looking back. Literally, she didn’t show up to the reunion.
For LVP stans, the ending was not a satisfying way to say goodbye to an OG housewife. It’s easy to wonder what it’d be like if she returned to the cast today. Could her longtime friendship with Kyle Richards be salvaged? How would she address Erika Girardi‘s legal situation? We already know she has a few feelings about that. And what would she think of newcomers Sutton Stracke and Garcelle Beauvais?
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.
Whenever Lisa Vanderpump and Ken Todd think they’re off the hook, someone sues them again. The former Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star was sued back in August for not paying SUR employees. Then in February of this year, Lisa and Ken were sued for not paying their fruit and vegetable bills at Villa Blanca.
Another class action lawsuit was filed over a year ago, alleging that Ken and Lisa did not pay employees minimum wage or overtime and failed to give employees breaks. This lawsuit named all four of their restaurants (TomTom, Villa Blanca, Pump and SUR). Five years ago, Lisa sued her former attorney because she and Ken lost a judgment against a former waitress. That waitress was awarded 1.6 million dollars, which is a pretty big settlement. Big enough to say that case was totally legit. Have we noted a pattern?