After months of silence from Bravo, Lisa Vanderpump is still confident that her golden goose Vanderpump Rules will live another day.
Speaking with Cosmo, Lisa said,
“We’ve lost a couple of people recently, you know, from the cast, but for the most part, the cast was very big. There’s a lot of original players there, and the restaurants just opened, so as soon as we could do something safely.”
“They haven’t announced it, but I think it’s a show that is a beloved part of people’s lives.”
To say she’s lost “a couple of people” is certainly an understatement.
Max and Brett were deadweight anyways, so no big loss there.
But Stassi, Kristen, and Jax were the show. They were horrible human beings but they made for exceptional television.
Who can forget Stassi telling her then-boyfriend Jax, “I am the devil, and don’t you forget it” in season one? Or when Kristen told her manager Diana to “Such a dick”? Or when Jax cheated on Stassi with her best friend Kristen?
Seriously, you can’t write this stuff.
The show was reality tv gold. But if you looked beyond the surface, if you looked at the cast too closely, you would see that Stassi, Kristen, and Jax had been doing racist and other horrible things for years without repercussions.
But Bravo didn’t care. Bravo knew the show couldn’t survive without them. While it’s always been an ensemble show, those three were clearly the glue holding the cast together. So they turned a blind eye. And they would have continued turning a blind eye if it hadn’t been for the summer of racial reckonings.
Now, Lisa Vanderpump wants to find a way to save her show. She thinks she has enough other cast members to keep this thing going.
But who does she really have?
She has Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix, who are way too together to create much drama. They have Tom Schwartz and
Tequila Katie Katie Maloney who, despite their constant bickering, aren’t enough to sustain an entire show. And they have James Kennedy and Raquel Leviss, who, without Jax to fight with, have little to offer.
And then there are the newbies, who were introduced last season: Dayna Kathan and Charli Burnett. They’re so forgettable that I had to look up their names just for this article.
Oh yeah, and there’s also Scheana Shay. Enough said.
Sure, Vanderpump Rules can try to squeeze out one last season. But it would be like giving mouth-to-mouth to a dead horse: utterly useless.
Unfortunately, Vanderpump Rules hasn’t been truly great for years. So if they think they can resuscitate it now, they’re just fooling themselves.
Do us all a favor and let it die. Let it die and never look back.
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Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, and Tiger Beat. Her favorite Housewife is Bethenny Frankel and when she’s not watching RHONY, you can probably find her obsessing over her tuxedo cat Tom or hoarding drugstore lipsticks.