Tom Sandoval, Ariana Madix on Raquel Claims

The Vanderpump Rules reunion kicked off Tuesday night time with the primary a part of what guarantees to be a fiery three-part particular. When the forged gathered one 12 months after Scandoval, former companions Ariana Madix and Tom Sandoval lastly sat in the identical semi-circle and addressed one another’s presence for the primary time since final season’s reunion.

The trailer for the annual post-finale sitdown had teased that twists can be in retailer when the primary forged filmed in Los Angeles to hash out the occasions of season 11, which started filming shortly after final 12 months’s Scandoval season had wrapped. The finale, which aired Could 7, ended on an explosive word when Madix exited a forged occasion early after refusing to movie with Sandoval, who had approached her for an tried filmed apology. The exes talk through a 3rd celebration and haven’t instantly filmed collectively all season.

Everything of season 11 has explored the fallout from what grew to become a nationwide scandal after the key affair between co-star Sandoval and former castmate Rachel Leviss was uncovered. Consequently, Leviss left the hit Bravo sequence, which reached scores data with its finale and reunion final 12 months addressing the controversy.

As Andy Cohen sat down with Sandoval, Madix, Tom Schwartz, Katie Maloney, Lala Kent, Scheana Shay and husband Brock Davies, and James Kennedy, the reunion host dove proper into a few of the lingering authorized points for this now-fractured group.

One of many greatest storylines that fascinated viewers this season was that Sandoval and former companion Madix have been cohabitating underneath the identical roof following their explosive break up over the Scandoval affair. Madix beforehand filed a petition motion to pressure the sale of their $2 million house. Throughout the reunion, the previous companions stated they legally couldn’t discuss whether or not or not the home goes up on the market. However Madix, who has reportedly bought a brand new house in L.A., did say, “I’ve been in an Airbnb after which dwelling in New York. On the present second, no [I’m not living there], I didn’t spend the night time there final night time.”

Sandoval additionally responded to accusations which have been leveled in opposition to him from Leviss.

“Trying again, I feel she’s a fucking coward. And I feel her sitting right here and preaching to all people that she’s transferring on, however nonetheless speaking relentlessly about me and all people is simply ridiculous,” stated Sandoval, referring to her iHeartMedia Rachel Goes Rogue podcast (she stated she finally left because of each her psychological well being and never receiving equal pay to co-stars Sandoval and Madix). “We each did this. We each selected to do it. We’re each accountable.”

Govt producer Lisa Vanderpump famous that she doesn’t hearken to Leviss’ podcast, however introduced up a current declare from Leviss within the press accusing Vanderpump of “victim-shaming” her. That prompted Cohen to ask Sandoval about Leviss claiming that he “groomed” her. (“I do really feel like I’ve been groomed as a result of I used to be in a really susceptible way of thinking,” she stated on a current podcast episode.)

Sandoval known as that “past fucking slander” and when he argued that it “implies pedophilia,” Kent stepped in to appropriate him. “It’s taking somebody who’s youthful than you and extra impressionable than you, and somebody who’s at the next degree of energy than the opposite particular person,” she stated.

To which Sandoval replied, “Properly, guess what? I used to be very impressionable when she took all of her garments off and jumped in my fucking pool.”

Sandoval and Madix have been additionally unable to touch upon the revenge porn lawsuit that Leviss filed in opposition to them, claiming invasion of privateness ensuing from the alleged dissemination of the specific video (that Madix discovered on Sandoval’s cellphone) that Leviss claims Sandoval filmed without her consent.

Shay stepped in to say on their behalf, “Ariana didn’t ship that video to anybody. She was not distributing it. It’s so ridiculous that she is being put by this once more, as if Raquel [Rachel] didn’t put her by sufficient final 12 months.”

Madix added, “I don’t perceive — I’ve by no means completed something to her — why I’m continually being [brought back into this].”

And Sandoval got here to her protection: “It’s one factor to return after me. However to return after Ariana, I’m questioning if she has a fucking soul.”

The forged largely stated they don’t have any regrets over how they dealt with Leviss’ exit. Govt producer Alex Baskin had defined at the start of the season to The Hollywood Reporter why talks broke down with Leviss, citing cash as a sticking level of their negotiations. “I stand behind every part I stated at that reunion,” stated Kent, of which Madix agreed. “I had braveness to face as much as my perpetrators and can’t imagine I even confirmed up that day.”

Lala Kent, Scheana Shay, Tom Sandoval and Tom Schwartz within the Vanderpump Guidelines season 11 finale.

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Sandoval additionally addressed his struggles with melancholy, which he has spoken about in the course of the season, saying now, “I’ve my ups and downs. … I’m not excellent. And I’m not the neatest dude. However yeah, it may be very tough at occasions.” His opening up about previous suicidal ideas have weighed on each Kent and Shay in contemplating learn how to deal with their relationships with their former good friend.

However Madix stated she remembered rapidly after final 12 months’s reunion when Sandoval weaponized her melancholy by speaking about her suicidal ideation on the present. “I didn’t wish to be part of these conversations,” she stated.

Sandoval additionally broke the fourth wall even additional when reacting to how scorching the highlight was on the Bravo sequence amid real-world information. Significantly, he addressed his viral feedback in February, when he compared Scandoval to George Floyd and O.J. Simpson in a New York Instances interview.  “I’m not defending something I stated. I used to be simply speaking in regards to the absurdity that this scandal acquired, and I simply considered huge issues in information. These have been the primary huge issues; clearly, they’re approach larger,” he stated. “My shit was not newsworthy. I’m seeing the scandal fucking sandwiched between the battle in Ukraine and another shit. Why is CNN fucking speaking a few dishonest scandal on a responsible pleasure actuality present?”

The forged admitted that none of them learn the Instances article, and solely noticed the headlines. Cohen, who did learn the article, stated, “It was a nasty article. You need to fireplace your PR group.”

The primary parter then ended with speak turning to Madix’s fan-favorite standing and post-Scandoval success, in addition to her relationship with Maloney and their delayed opening of their sandwich store, One thing About Her. Throughout the reunion, they stated they deliberate to open by the point the reunion aired. The enterprise companions just lately introduced a Could 22 opening date whereas visiting Cohen’s late-night show Watch What Happens Live.

Updates on the forged had come initially of the episode, with Cohen highlighting milestones throughout, together with Shay and Kent shopping for new houses, Kent being pregnant with a child woman due on Sept. 1, Sandoval courting Leonardo DiCaprio ex Victoria Lee Robinson, and Madix starring on Broadway’s Chicago (she’s additionally hosting this summer’s Love Island). The busy forged is taking a pause on filming this summer earlier than heading into manufacturing on season 12.

With the reunion having filmed earlier than the finale aired, viewers know the way the season ended. However the forged doesn’t know all of what was stated after Madix swiftly exited the ultimate scene, together with Kent accusing Madix of gaining a “Beyoncé-like standing” from her Scandoval fame in a fourth wall-breaking confessional.

Cohen, as was teased within the trailer, will play that the footage for the forged later within the reunion. And all of will probably be new to Madix, who revealed that she has not watched any episodes of the season.

“I didn’t wish to get dragged again to this time of my life after I felt I used to be actually attempting to reside within the current and concentrate on the long run,” she stated.

Half 2 airs subsequent week on Tuesday, 8 p.m. on Bravo. Prolonged and uncensored variations can be found to stream the subsequent day on Peacock. 

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