Coachella planners would by no means casually drop Ariana Grande on a Friday afternoon, so it was surprising (and, maybe, a little bit of a reduction?) that BravoCon scheduled the forged of Vanderpump Guidelines just some hours into day one.
The panel marked the primary time the group spoke in a public discussion board since that contentious, three-part reunion particular — dubbed “a shitshow” by Lisa Vanderpump — that concluded the “Scandoval“-rocked season. In the event you nonetheless want a primer on that, I’ve no clue why you’re studying this, however do please proceed.
Former couple Ariana Madix and Tom Sandoval have been each on the stage, as have been castmates Brock Davies, James Kennedy, Lala Kent, Ally Lewber, Katie Maloney, Scheana Shay, Tom Schwartz and, matriarch and Las Vegas restaurateur, Vanderpump. The 45-minute session didn’t have the “fuck your self with a cheese grater” acrimony of the reunion, however issues did get testy. Sandoval, sporting a kilt and fairly apparently nonetheless a pariah for his uncovered philandering, was booed completely each time he spoke. Typically, it was deafening. The one respite from his viewers scolding got here when he and Kennedy, each apparently sober now, engaged in a push-up competitors.
“I really like [the cast] all individually, they usually’ve all screwed up,” stated Vanderpump, gesturing to Sandoval after among the boos. “Possibly to not this extent. I can’t decide them on one episode of their life. I perceive folks have reactions; it’s as a result of they’re invested.”
On the flip aspect, Madix was greeted just like the late Princess Diana rising from an lively minefield. She spoke fastidiously about her expertise filming the latest eleventh season, together with scenes with Sandoval, which wrapped manufacturing in September and the community introduced would bow in January. “It’s what it’s,” she stated. “It’s bizarre. It was tough and I’m glad it’s behind me.”
There was little or no discuss of what went down whereas filming the upcoming season, largely as a result of these exhibits reside and die by secrecy — “I used to be given express directions to close the fuck up,” provided Kent — however Vanderpump was completely satisfied to tease it out to the very best of her skills.
“This season was terribly tough for Tom and Ariana to get again into it,” she stated, the lone diplomat amongst them. “It is extremely totally different from some other season. It was tough to navigate. However that’s Vanderpump Guidelines. It’s not Little Home on the Prairie.”
When requested to explain the season in a single phrase, practically half of them stated “unhappy.” Schwartz, for his half, stated “Shakespearean” — extra boos! — in one in every of his solely feedback of the panel. Probably the most memorable was when he informed ex-wife Maloney that she seemed fabulous. Maloney, in flip, knowledgeable him that he seemed like a sofa.
Fairly conspicuously, there was not a single point out of Raquel/Rachel Leviss, the third get together within the dishonest scandal who seemingly by no means got here to phrases with Bravo on a approach for her to return for the latest season. However there was a cryptic teaser of the brand new season, which included possibly 10 seconds of footage. In it, Madix accuses Sandoval of making an attempt to kill her canine and informs he’ll be listening to from her lawyer. So, I assume there’s that to sit up for!