It’s been more than three months since the network cut ties with Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute, but Scheana Shay confirmed on July 20 that production on Vanderpump Rules season 9 has yet to begin. The longtime Bravo personality spoke out after speculation surfaced that she was done with the show as she made moves from Los Angeles to San Diego with boyfriend Brock Davies.
“Y’all just bc I’m moving now, does NOT mean I’m quitting the show. I love my job!!” Scheana tweeted. “We aren’t filming right now. SUR/LA is closed. I’m wasting so much $ on rent and I’m lonely all the way out in PS. It just makes sense. Once work opens/picks back up, I will too have an apt in LA!”
Vanderpump Rules has followed the employees at Lisa Vanderpump’s West Hollywood restaurant during the summer months since 2012. After the coronavirus pandemic forced the cast to film a virtual reunion for season 8 in April, news broke that Stassi, Kristen, Max Boyens and Brett Caprioni were fired after their past racially insensitive remarks resurfaced. All four former Bravo stars have since apologized for their past comments.https://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.426.0_en.html#goog_985867241Volume 90%
“Stassi and Kristen acknowledged what they did was wrong, have apologized and been punished,” their rep, Steve Honig, told Us Weekly in a statement on June 12. “Without casting aside their actions or the impact of those actions, they want to move forward as part of the solution in ways that are productive, meaningful and sincere. Both of them recognize actions speak louder than words and that is what will guide them as they move forward.”
While Stassi, who is pregnant with her first child, and Kristen plan for their future offscreen, their former castmates remain in limbo.
“Cast members still have not heard anything from Bravo regarding picking back up filming VPR again,” an insider told Us in July, confirming that they were set to film again “this summer.”
Scroll through for what we know about season 9 of Vanderpump Rules:
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“Obviously, we would be seeing the births of Lala, Scheana and Brittany. … It’s a pretty compelling story that half of them are pregnant and having babies,” Ariana said of a potential season 9 on the “#NoFilter with Zack Peter podcast” in November 2020. “I think you probably would see possibly some more new cast members. I don’t have any real information on that, but I can only imagine that given that they’re not going to have a couple of the new ones back that they would probably want to pick that back up with some new new people. And I’m open to all of it … I know people love the drama, but for me, I’m not mentally stable enough for drama sometimes. Especially in the world that we’re living in. So, I might be excited to have a season that’s a little a bit, like, some positive, and super fun, uplifting, like let’s go party and try to be in a better place.”
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The Boss Weighs In
Lisa seemed confident that the show would be back for season 9 during an August interview with Entertainment Tonight.
“There are new cast members,” she said before acknowledging the lack of the show. “It’s really up to people that want to be front and center. I mean, I’m always all about that. Our companies are like the United Nations.”
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A Jax Update
While some Bravo viewers have called for Jax Taylor to be fired as he has also made racially insensitive remarks in the past, a source told Us in July that he “definitely plans” to return for season 9.
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With the exception of boss Lisa, the TomTom co-owner was the first current cast member to react to the firings.
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The Status of LVP’s Restaurants
As COVID-19 cases surge in Los Angeles, Lisa and husband Ken Todd were forced to close SUR, TomTom and Pump again in July. Their restaurant Villa Blanca has also closed for good amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“SUR began reopening two weeks ago but ended up locking everything down again after Governor Gavin Newsom announced reclosures in L.A. including indoor restaurants,” a source told Us in July, noting that “staff has not heard from Lisa or Ken.”
A second source previously told Us that Max and Brett’s jobs at TomTom and SUR, respectively, were still to be determined after Bravo fired them from the show.
Scheana tweeted that she isn’t “confirming nor denying anything” when it comes to season 9 amid questions about her move. “I know as much as y’all know. And all I know is we aren’t filming or open right now so I have no reason to be paying rent in La for the time being,” she wrote. “Brock’s lease is up. It’s the smart move to save $$.”
Scheana’s friend Jasmine Goode, who appeared on season 21 of The Bachelor and season 4 of Bachelor in Paradise, hinted that she’s spoken to production about possibly joining the cast.
“I think it’d be great! One, I think it’d be great because you guys do not have anybody that looks anything like me on the show. So No. 1, you need some [Black] representation there. … The thing about Vanderpump which I love, the reason I would consider it is because it’s not like The Bachelor where it’s all about love. This is your life. You’re filming your life, everyday things, and I think that’s so cool,” Jasmine told Scheana on her “Scheananigans” podcast in July. “I’m friends with [the cast], of course. … It’s like, if I’m filming, yes, I’ll film with Scheana. It’s not a big deal. … This is what we normally do.”
Faith Stowers, who was the one who initially called out Stassi and Kristen for their past behavior, previously told Us that she would be down to return too.
“I would love to go back on Vanderpump Rules. I don’t have a problem with Vanderpump Rules. I don’t have a problem with Bravo in general,” Faith, who appeared on season 4, told Us. “I love their shows. I think it’s really cool. I would love to join their cast again and to be able to showcase my life to people because I know people can relate to it. It’s unfortunate that I didn’t get to show my military career with Vanderpump Rules and you know, my dating life. … I respect the network even more now.”
Restaurant Reopening Plans
The former Beverly Hills Housewife gave an update on how she envisions her Los Angeles restaurants reopening amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re lucky with the fact that when we do decide to open we have really good-sized patios, which is very unusual. Pump is, you know, 90 percent garden. TomTom has two big gardens; we’d be able to put the tables and chairs outside. It has a great big garden in the back, and we’d probably be able to go out on [the] pavement as well,” she explained on the “Give Them Lala…With Randall” podcast on September 2. “So, we’re very fortunate with that, but we’ve just been waiting for it to be safe. … When I keep seeing the numbers going up, I want every single person — do not let this be political — [to] wear a mask.”
Vanderpump said she believes that they’ll be able to return “soon,” but noted how “it’s been tough having a business closed this long” due to the global pandemic. “We’ve just been, kind of, waiting … [We’re] just watching it, and we want to see the numbers kind of really slide down, ‘cause it kind of had a bit of a spike,” she added.
Katie Maloney Gives a Filming Update
According to Katie, she has “no idea” whether the Bravo series will come back for season 9. “Every day, I’m being like, ‘Maybe today we’ll get the phone call!’ But, no … I’m hopeful,” the “You’re Gonna Love Me” podcast host told Entertainment Tonight in September. “They haven’t canceled it, so there’s hope still. At least there’s not, like, anything definitive in that regard.”
Katie pointed out that if the show returns, it will look different after the firings earlier in the summer. “I try to picture and think about it, and it’s so weird,” she said, referencing the exit of pals Stassi and Kristen. “It’s weird. Yes, it’s definitely gonna feel different and look different, but it’s not like they’re not a part of my life, you know? So, it’s gonna be weird to have this part of my life that was very much on the show not on the show anymore.”
source: Us Weekly