Ariana Madix has no intention of ever filming another season of Vanderpump Rules with Tom Sandoval or Raquel Leviss following season ten of the hit Bravo show.
During an interview with The New York Times on Thursday, May 18, Ariana Madix was asked whether she was “open to filming with” Sandoval and Raquel for season 11 of Vanderpump Rules.
The 37-year-old explained:
“No. I have nothing to say to either of them. Our show is very real and follows a real group of friends, and neither of them are in the group of friends, so good luck.”
“When he sat down on that couch [during filming] and tried to give the sad sack act, I knew he was going to try to sell a bit. I knew he was trying to be that person so that I would be the angry person; I could see what was happening in front of my face, and it was really frustrating. Honestly, when he started yelling at me, I felt a little bit satisfied that he was finally going to be the real him.”
The longtime reality TV star also opened up about resuming filming for season ten after the news of Sandoval and Raquel’s affair became public knowledge.
“A lot of times I feel as though with our friend group and with our show, I’m in a position where someone said something or there was an argument, and I wasn’t there to see it, so I struggle to know how I feel about that kind of situation. In this situation, I felt so strongly. I knew exactly how I felt,” Ariana Madix said of resuming filming.
“I think at that point my blood was 80 percent rosé and nicotine because I was burning the wick at both ends. [Kristen Doute] was asked [by producers] if [she would film], and she said, ‘This is up to you.’ I love her dearly. Their relationship was much different than my relationship with him, but at the same time, I think there is a common denominator when it comes to certain problems. What’s crazy is their relationship ended 10 years ago, and yet, somehow, he’s managed to not grow in those areas at all.”
Ariana Madix also notes that Sandoval and Raquel‘s post-Scandoval actions and interviews really sealed the deal for her future relationships with both.
“I think any chance that either of them separately had for that ended when they started giving trash interviews victimizing themselves, her TMZ [interview] and his Howie Mandel [interview],” she said. “I think had they not done or said all of those horrible things, maybe one day, but I think the answer ultimately is no. In our friend group, the answer is no.”
Meanwhile, Vanderpump Rules executive producer Alex Baskin teases that the upcoming three-part season ten reunion won’t be just a recap of the drama and Sandoval and Raquel’s affair. Baskin insists that the reunion will reveal new information to both fans and cast members of the show.
“The reunion is not just a recap of what you know, and it’s not just an intense version of the emotions. There is new information,” Baskin told Variety. “I will put it this way: There are revelations, and they are revelations that not all of them know now. So we need a little space. “I had thought that we needed cameras on them right away. And I now think we need a minute.”
Part one of the Vanderpump Rules season ten reunion airs on May 24 at 9 pm on Bravo.
Ariana Madix gave Bravo an ultimatum to address and rectify the toxic work environment and behavior on the set of Pump Rules before she agrees to return for Season 11.
Ariana Madix, along with other cast members, expressed concerns about the unhealthy work environment, discrimination, and inappropriate behavior that were reportedly present during previous seasons of Pump Rules. To ensure a safer and more respectful workplace, she decided to issue an ultimatum to Bravo.
If Bravo takes appropriate actions to address the issues raised in the ultimatum and creates a more positive and inclusive environment on set, Ariana Madix has indicated that she would consider returning for Pump Rules Season 11.