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.
There have been a ton of changes for the cast of Vanderpump Rules since Season 8 wrapped. In June of 2020, “OG” stars Kristen Doute and Stassi Schroeder were fired for their alleged racist behavior.
Pump Rules viewers also wanted Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright held accountable for their past racially inappropriate behavior. In 2018, Jax implied that his co-star, Faith Stowers, was “AWOL” from the military and stole a car. Faith alleged that Brittany made racist comments about her appearance.
In case you somehow haven’t heard, several Vanderpump Rules OGs (half of whom “left” the show) have become parents throughout the mess that was 2020. Scheana Shay is the most recent mama in the group and joins Stassi Schroeder, Lala Kent and Brittany Cartwright. The pregnancy pact was real AF. And yes, Jax Taylor is embracing dad life now and combatting fake Instagram accounts for his baby boy Cruz Cauchi. And I truly wouldn’t expect anything less.
Britt and Jax have been fully enjoying the beginning of their parenting journey. And honestly, good for them. Pump Rules is moving on with Season 9 without them, but they are unbothered and enjoying their little family. They’ve taken Cruz on playdates to meet some of the other VPR babies, and truly seem very happy entering into this phase of their lives.
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.
The stars of Vanderpump Rules have really undergone some intense changes throughout the past year. Stassi Schroeder, Kristen Doute, Jax Taylor, Brittany Cartwright, Max Boyens and Brett Caprioni all “left” the show. Stassi, Britt, Lala Kent and Scheana Shay are all new moms. Sur is open for business after a coronavirus pandemic and a few legal issues here and there for Lisa Vanderpump.
As I said, the Pump Rules cast are mostly parents now. And the newest mommy in the pregnancy pact gave her child the most Scheana Marie name ever — Summer Moon Honey Davies. Are we really surprised? Lala gave birth just before her to her first child with Randall Emmett, named Ocean. And if they’re not changing diapers, giving parenting advice on a podcast or posting on their newborn babies’ Instagram accounts, the VPR cast is trying to get pregnant like Katie Maloney-Schwartz and Tom Schwartz. No more Vegas getaways and back alley fights for the OG Pumpers.
Vanderpump Rules star Lala Kent and Hollywood producer Randall Emmett kept their relationship under wraps when they first got together because Randall was still officially married. His divorce was finalized in 2017. Randall proposed to Lala in September of 2018 in romantic Cabo San Lucas.
Then Lala shocked Pump Rules viewers when she divulged that she is an alcoholic. In November of 2020, Lala celebrated her second year of sobriety. Unfortunately, the duo had to postpone their wedding, which was originally scheduled for April 18, 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Vanderpump Rules is finally returning after an extended hiatus. It has been a long time coming, but the Rona dictated most of our actions over the past year and definitely put a crimp in some of our favorite shows. Lala Kent is one of the few veteran cast who wasn’t pink-slipped during the Pump Rules exodus. You can say a lot about Lala because she doesn’t hide much, and that’s what keeps viewers interested.
Lala has definitely provided some shocking television moments over the years. Mistakes have been made and lessons have been learned, but we’re all human. We see people navigating life, love, and the abundance of vodka through the lens of a camera during an edited 60 minutes, thanks to Bravo. It’s easy to forget the struggles or emotional turmoil anyone on our televisions might have suffered prior to playing the fame game. In her new book, Lala revealed an extremely sensitive decision she made during a particularly dicey time in her life. Now she shares why she opened up about a personal choice, and her hope that it will help others.