Bravo has announced that Season 11 of “Vanderpump Rules” — which became a sensation earlier this year during its 10th season because of the #Scandoval, a cheating scandal within the cast — will premiere on Jan. 30. Two of the three #Scandoval principals, Ariana Madix and Tom Sandoval, who broke up in March after she learned of his months-long affair with fellow castmate Rachel Leviss, will return to the show.
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On Dec. 12 at 10:15 pm PT, also premiering on Bravo will be a new “Vanderpump Rules” special, “A Decade of Rumors and Lies,” which will revisit the many previous scandals on the show, presumably culminating in the #Scandoval. The next day, NBCUniversal’s Peacock will stream an extended version of the special, which will include a sneak peak of Season 11.
In the summer of 2022, Leviss and Sandoval began a sexual affair, which was happening during (and long after) the filming of the show’s 10th season — hiding in plain sight, as it turned out — and a few members of the cast voiced their suspicions of them on camera. But it wasn’t until Madix went through Sandoval’s phone on March 1 and found an intimate video of him and Leviss that the story exploded into the open. Madix called production the next day, cameras went back up on March 3 and TMZ broke the story about the cheating scandal later the same day.
Along with Sandoval and Madix, Lisa Vanderpump, DJ James Kennedy, Katie Maloney, Lala Kent, Scheana Shay and Tom Schwartz are also coming back for Season 11. Kennedy’s girlfriend, Ally Lewber, and Shay’s husband, Brock Davies, return as well.
In addition to the premiere date, Bravo released first-look images from Season 11, which contains an extremely photoshopped-looking cast photo of the group, which places Madix and Sandoval next to one another. At BravoCon in November, the former couple appeared far apart onstage — and Sandoval was booed continuously.
Bravo also dropped the trailer for Season 11 of “Vanderpump Rules,” during which Kent tells a newly bleached-blonde Schwarts he looks like “Dad-bod Ken,” Kent tells Vanderpump she’s looking for a sperm donor, and Schwartz speculates that Sandoval is still in love with Leviss. Additionally, former “Vanderpump Rules” star Jax Taylor and Vanderpump get into it, presumably in order to set up “Vanderpump Valley,” the forthcoming spinoff starring Taylor, his wife Brittany Cartwright and Kristen Doute, all of whom were fired from “Vanderpump Rules” in 2020.
Most explosively, divorced couple Schwartz and Maloney appear to be hooking up with the same woman, and Schwartz confesses to Kent that he and Shay made out while he and Maloney were married. “No one even knows that,” he says as Kent’s eyes grow wide.
— Bravo (@BravoTV) December 11, 2023
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