The tension was at an all-time high when the Vanderpump Rules reunion aired on Tuesday evening.
Lisa Vanderpump walked out, Andy Cohen yelled ‘shut the f*** up’ at the entire cast, and James Kennedy and Jax Taylor got into a monster fight as season seven was discussed.
The biggest problem is that Kennedy and his girlfriend Raquel Leviss don’t really get along with anyone else on the show.
Her big show: The tension was at an all-time high when the Vanderpump Rules reunion aired on Tuesday evening
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As the episode opened, he began by apologizing for once having performed a rap hurtful to castmate Brittany Cartwright.
‘It feels like you say sorry because you’re just now not included,’ said Cartwright’s friend Stassi Schroeder, 30, one of his many detractors, pointedly.
The rest of the cast seized the moment to pile on. Lala Kent, who had once been close to Kennedy, tried to explain to him where he’d gone wrong. ‘Can you give me a look? Because I am using breath that is precious, and I don’t want to waste it,’ Kent said to Kennedy, explaining that she missed their friendship. ‘To watch you burn every bridge, and look behind you, and not even try to put it out with your p*ss…’
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‘You were the last bridge,’ an unrepentant Kennedy retorted. ‘Consider it burned.’
‘I’ve been sinking with your ship since last season,’ Kent said, infuriated.
‘Oh, and you’re so afloat now. It’s probably the ring on your finger,’ he replied, rolling his eyes.
Later joined by his girlfriend Raquel Leviss, 24, wearing an entrance-making sculptural grayish pink lace dress with huge ruffles down the arms and a belt that dragged on the floor, he denied cheating on her with a castmate’s friend. When Leviss referred to herself as a beauty queen, Jax Taylor laughed. ‘You just called yourself a beauty queen.’
Bad boy? James Kennedy and Jax Taylor got into a monster fight
‘She is,’ Kennedy said nastily, looking at Taylor’s fiancée Brittany. ‘Is yours? Nope.’
The situation devolved. ‘I watched you suck on a girl’s b**b right in front of me in Canada,’ said Kent to Kennedy, as Leviss’s heart broke on camera.
‘They’re all just trying to take James Kennedy down, and it’s not going to happen,’ Kennedy said, to himself more than anyone else.
Kent then accused James of cheating of his girlfriend and incredibly the girlfriend admitted that she is not totally sure she trusts Kennedy.
Lala was hated on too. Raquel said she didn’t feel supported by the beauty. Kent shot back, ‘Just because you have a vagina doesn’t mean I’m going to support you.’
On a happier note, Kent, 29, confirmed that she had just gotten engaged to film and TV producer Randall Emmett, 48, whose beef with rapper Fifty Cent has been in the news (and is now reportedly squashed).
Messed up: ‘She is,’ Kennedy said nastily, looking at Taylor’s fiancée Brittany. ‘Is yours? Nope.’ The situation devolved. ‘I watched you suck on a girl’s b**b right in front of me in Canada,’ said Kent to Kennedy, as Leviss’s heart broke on camera
Lisa looked tired: She was fed up with her stars who are cruel to each other
It was a glamourous beachside proposal with a video montage and fireworks display, she said, flashing her enormous round engagement ring. ‘We’re shooting for 2020,’ Kent confessed, admitting that her fiancé was in a more of a hurry to get married than she was. ‘I am just so happy being a fiancé.’
Unlike her castmates Jax, 39, and Brittany Cartwright, 30—due to be married in three months—Kent said she would be getting a pre-nup.
‘He’s worked for a very long time, and I want him to know that no matter what happens, that he’s going to be okay; that I’m not going to come for him.’
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While the cast nodded encouragingly at this, they balked at the fact that Kent keeps her fiancé off the show. ‘He’s a part of your life,’ said Scheana Marie, 33. ‘We all give 100% of our life, except for you.’
(To the cast’s surprise, former SUR server Kristen Doute, 36, admitted that she was single, having recently left boyfriend Carter, behind.)
Teased by her friends and host Cohen, 50, about her choice in men, serial dater Scheana Marie smiled as she said: ‘I’m just dating f***boys because they’re fun to hang out with and hot to look at…
Meow: Lala was hated on too. Raquel said she didn’t feel supported by the beauty. Kent shot back, ‘Just because you have a vagina doesn’t mean I’m going to support you’
‘I feel like the next relationship I’m in will be my forever, hopefully, and I don’t feel like I’m in that place right now… I want to just enjoy this time in my life being single.’
Vanderpump didn’t buy it, mentioning Scheana’s love for her friend Adam, who did not return her affection on a recent episode. ‘I think inside your heart was breaking and you wanted something more.’
Talk turned at one point to the opening of the new L.A. bar TomTom, co-owned by Vanderpump and cast members Tom Sandoval, 35, and Tom Schwartz, 36.
The men recounted feelings of being dismissed by the restaurateur as they set up their new bar, into which she said $2.5 million had been poured.
More anger: Here is (L to R) Brittany, Jax, Kristen and Lala are side by side
Sandoval’s girlfriend, Ariana Madix, 33, agreed the men had not been taken seriously.
Vanderpump bristled: ‘I think I play with them a lot, but they give me a lot to play with,’ she said. She even offered to give the money back to Sandoval to avoid negativity.
The cast also spoke about recent losses of loved ones: Lala Kent lost her father to a tragic accident; when Jax Taylor’s father passed away, he had not been told how sick the man had been.
Vanderpump became visibly upset when her brother’s suicide in May 2018 was brought up. ‘I struggled through, but then I thought, ‘The best way for me to get through it is to get help,’ she said, admitting that she’d seen a grief counselor and taken antidepressants… I’ve always been British stiff upper-lip, but I guess I have feelings, too.’
Mad as heck: Jax was not taking any guff from James, who was not into making people happy
She had to walk off the set to compose herself as she did not want to cry on camera.
When a Tweet from Kennedy being offhanded about the deaths of Kent and Taylor’s fathers was brought up, the two men began shouting at one another and almost came to blows.
Within minutes, Kennedy had called Taylor’s fiancée, Brittany, a ‘disco ball,’ saying to her: ‘Have your babies and go [back] to Kentucky. You belong there with those hillbillies.’
Soon everyone was tossing around insults about, among other things, James’ DJ career and mother; Taylor’s age; Raquel’s intelligence, and more.
‘I feel like I’m going to be bleeding by the end of the day,’ says Stassi Schroeder.
‘Guys, shut the f**k up!’ screamed host Cohen.
Vanderpump Rules Reunion Part Two continues May 13 at 9pm ET on Bravo.