Lisa Vanderpump has entered the chat.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills alum appeared on Wednesday’s Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen, addressing the cheating scandal rocking the Vanderpump Rules cast and the Bravoverse.
As previously reported, Tom Sandoval and Raquel Leviss have been engaging in a seven-month-long affair. Tom’s longtime partner Ariana Madix discovered the affair last Wednesday and broke up with Tom two days later. The news of Tom and Raquel’s affair broke last Friday. As a result, Bravo re-launched production for season ten of Pump Rules to capture all of the drama on camera. The footage will be added to the current season of the show.
Since the news of Raquel and Tom’s affair broke, Lisa has remained mostly silent until now. On WWHL, Lisa addressed everything from the affair to allegations Scheana Shay punched Raquel to whether or not Tom Schwartz knew about his best friend’s dirty deeds.
Let’s dive in!
To start, Lisa says Bravo fans need to chill out a bit and give Tom and Raquel a little bit of grace.
She addressed the backlash the two have received, saying, “Actually, I really want to talk about this because this kind of vigilante justice I don’t agree with at all. “I think these are people that are living their life in a public forum, which is very difficult. There’s so much infidelity in the world. It’s not like they murdered anyone.”
Lisa went on to claim that Tom and Raquel are “hurting” too, just like Ariana.
“I’m not saying we should let them off the hook. Condemn their actions, but don’t condemn the people. All this aggression … it can have serious ramifications. I really mean that. I think everybody should be careful with that. I don’t like it, and I don’t want to see it,” she added.
Speaking of aggression, Lisa also reacted to the allegations that Scheana punched Raquel after learning of her affair with Tom.
Scheana and Raquel reportedly got into a “heated confrontation” after last Wednesday’s episode of WWHL. Following last week’s WWHL, the two went out for drinks which is when Ariana called Raquel to reveal she knew about her affair with Tom. Raquel then confessed the affair to Scheana while Ariana was still on the phone crying.
The mom of one allegedlly punched Raquel in the face. Raquel has since filed a restraining order against Scheana and has released pictures of her rocking a black eye with a cut on her eyebrow.
So, what does Lisa think of this all? Well, she thinks Scheana probably hit Raquel.
“I think she slapped her around the chops,” Lisa confessed. “But you know what, her feelings would be running really high because Ariana was her best friend for like 12 years.”
“You forget it’s not just the show. They were together working four or five years before the show. They grew up together. She very much kind of has Ariana’s back,” she continued.
As for whether or not Tom Schwartz knew about his bestie and business partner’s affair with Raquel, Lisa believes he knew something and hints that it will all play out on the show this season.
“I think they are so close he knew something, but we’ll find out,” she shared. “I think they are so close, I mean, I’d of been less surprised if you said Schwartz and Sandy got together rather than Sandoval and Raquel. I think he sits on the fence so tight it’s up his ass … He tries to placate everything and play both sides.”
Vanderpump Rules airs on Wednesdays at 9 pm on Bravo.