Prepare yourself for a life without goat cheese balls or Pumptinis as the fate of Vanderpump Rules hangs in the balance.
According to a new report from E! News, filming for season 9 of Pump Rules is still up in the air as no date has been set for when production will begin.
“There is now no timeline for the show’s return,” a source reveals.
The insider continued, “With so many uncertainties during the COVID pandemic, showrunners are telling the crew that the show has not been canceled, but the upcoming season is currently on hold, and asking them to please sit tight until the future is more clear.”
Since the inception of Pump Rules, Bravo has spent the summer months filming the lives of our favorite SURvers. However, his summer was different. As we’ve previously reported, all of Lisa Vanderpump’s West Hollywood-based restaurants, including SUR, were closed this summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
SUR and PUMP have since re-opened yet for some reason filming for Pump Rules hasn’t started to date. In October, Jax Taylor insisted that filming for season 9 was set to start that month however a Bravo insider quickly shut down the claim.
“Uhh, we’re supposed to go back to filming,” Jax claimed in October. “Vanderpump Rules is supposed to go back to filming. In fact, we are supposed to go back to filming this month. I think – that’s the last I heard.”
He continued, “It just a matter of when they are going to allow us.”
“According to Bravo, neither of these things is true,” Kate Aurthur, Editor-At-Large for Variety, tweeted on October 6.
Meanwhile, the current Pump Rules cast is experiencing a baby boom making many fans wondering if the show should be renamed Bump Rules. Scheana Shay, Brittany Cartwright, and Lala Kent are all pregnant. Stassi Schroeder is also expecting her first child in January.
Speaking of Stassi, she and Kristen Doute will not be returning for season 9 of Pump Rules. they were both fired from the show in June after their past racist actions against former co-star Faith Stowers was brought back into the spotlight.
Bravo also cut ties with Max Boyens and Brett Caprioni for their past offensive tweets which resurfaced in January 2020.
While some fans might not be happy with the casting shakeup on Pump Rules, Andy Cohen thinks this show will be just fine without Stassi and Kristen.
“People were really [harping] on what was real and what was maybe a leap about the last season,” Andy said on the Thursday, November 5, episode of the “Everything Iconic With Danny Pellegrino” podcast. “I think that what has been so brilliant about Vanderpump Rules and why that show is so hard for all the other people who tried to do it, to replicate it … these people all knew each other for so long, and all worked for Lisa [Vanderpump] for so long. … It seemed like people were [focused on], ‘Does [this] person really work there and why are they going to Lisa’s to make Pride signs?’ … I think where it goes is … I think they’re going to have real drama built into her reopening this restaurant after a pandemic.”
“I actually think in an odd way that’s going to create a lot of story that is absolutely real, and they’ll be able to lean into it. And frankly, Stassi and Kristen didn’t work there anymore,” he added. “And they’re both brilliant characters on television. I think it will be interesting to see whose there and whose not and what’s really happening. I think they’ll have a better time doing that, and they’ll be a lot of built stuff that’s actually happening.”
It’s unclear when or if Bravo will begin filming for season 9 of Vanderpump Rules.