Below Deck’s Captain Lee Rosbach has had a hard year. Last year around this time he lost his son, Joshua, way too soon, to a battle with addiction. He recently shared some sweet reflections on Instagram about Joshua’s passing a year later. On top of this painful tragedy, the captain’s identity was recently stolen. Apparently, scammers were attempting to extort money from people applying for cruise liner positions and used his name.
Days after this scam was exposed, another a**hole (Captain Lee’s words) assumed his identity to exploit the death of his son. Who does that? The captain excoriated the impersonator on social media, ending his outcry with, “sleep well tonight.” Seriously, why do something so disgusting? And to this man, who would no doubt crush you if he ever saw you? Needless to say, Captain Lee is going through it and fans will be happy to see him doing something meaningful for himself.
The news coming out of the Vanderpump Rules universe has been bleak. And that’s an understatement. OG cast members were fired. If they weren’t fired, fans were calling for their firing. Finally, Villa Blanca closed its doors for good. I know Villa Blanca isn’t technically VPR stuff but if you respect your history, it all started there.
Just when it couldn’t get any worse, sad news from my personal VPR favorite came out. Scheana Marie recently revealed she had a miscarriage. I’m so sad for her because she seems so happy with boyfriend, Brock Davies. Her TikTok is full of them doing challenges and synchronized dances. It’s actually really adorable content. And Scheana has always been really open about wanting to have kids. Whether you love Scheana or not, it’s hard not to feel touched by her loss.
Listen, I get it. The Vanderpump Rules kids (and their boss) are relentless when it comes to staying in the spotlight. They all want a name drop no matter what it’s attached to. That’s sort of what happens when a 7-year old show suddenly drops four cast members for racist behaviors. Especially when two of the four have been around since the beginning. Don’t forget they have suddenly hired relentless PR firms who are churning out any press that they can. All the while these assholes continue to whine about cancel culture. Let’s not even use names here, you all know who I’m talking about. I’m just as sick of seeing them mentioned too. Trust.
So on to some good news. James Kennedy is a year-plus sober. Tom Sandoval is endorsing a new make up line for men. Oh, and it looks like there’s a possible new cast member willing to step up and face this spiraling franchise.
Vanderpump Rules viewers have watched James Kennedy struggle with his sobriety and in his relationships with his co-stars and friends. The beginning of Season 8 of Pump Rules was tough to watch because of the way James was treating his ride-or-die chick, Raquel Leviss.
He sent Raquel nasty text messages, calling her a “slut” and a “whore” because she nearly missed his DJ appearance at TomTom during Pride. James insisted he was sober during the gig, but that wasn’t true. Not cool, James. Not cool.
At one point, very recently, two Vanderpump Rules OG cast members were pregnant, Stassi Schroeder and Scheana Shay. Stassi revealed that she and Beau Clark are expecting a baby girl, who’s due in January 2021. Unfortunately, Scheana just revealed that she lost her baby six weeks into her pregnancy.
Scheana emphasized that she’s so happy for Stassi in addition to sharing that Stassi has been very supportive while Scheana struggles to cope with her loss.
Vanderpump Rules star Scheana Shay has been very open about her fertility journey, which has included freezing her eggs.
Recently, she found out that she was pregnant, naturally, something she never expected to happen. She was very excited, however, she just revealed that she miscarried.
Honestly what is left to say about Vanderpump Rules? Is there any point in discussing this? Can I bow out now with just a sayonara to the OG’s. We know that at least a 1/3 of the cast won’t return. Bravo hasn’t announced it yet, but I doubt we’ll see Lala Kent, Brittany Cartwright, or Jax Taylor next season. Well, not if they expect me to watch anyway. And we alllll know Bravo is catering things to my specific wants!
With sponsors and D-list celebrities cutting ties with Jax in response to his not-so-secret Twitter behavior, it’s only a matter of time. Like Ariana Madix pointed out during the season, Brittany is collateral damage.
But truly, after Jax got on national television, smugly insulted his boss and tried to call Andy Cohen out, I think it’s time for ‘his show’ to end. Jax’s ego is out of fucking control! He’s gross, slimy, a liar, a racist, a homophobe, and emotionally abusive to his wife. He’s also emotionally abusive to his castmates. Stassi Schroeder, who really has no room to talk, said at this point everyone is afraid to confront Jax because he’s so vicious.
At this point, it’s tough not to think “what’s the point” when it comes to finishing out this season of Vanderpump Rules. We all know that Stassi Schroeder, Kristen Doute, Max Boyens, and Brett Caprioni got fired. Without Stassi, it’s obvious that Beau Clark won’t film next season. Rumor has it that Jax Taylor might be next on the chopping block. Or at least that’s what some fans want in addition to some disgruntled VPR alums.
So, it just feels a little bit fruitless to watch this final reunion episode. However, the TV options during the coronavirus pandemic are rather limited, so here we are.