After a bunch of delays and controversies last year, Vanderpump Rules is finally back in the Bravo races, albeit in last place. Fans have been anxiously waiting for updates on Lisa Vanderpump and her cohort of former and current restaurant staff, as well as all of their drama. So it's good news that Season 9 has officially wrapped filming, and Vanderpump herself is celebrating.
The queen of reality TV, Lisa Vanderpump, has been weathering a lot of legal and personal issues this past year. But it won't likely be the focal point on Vanderpump Rules, given her primary role is the matriarch of advice for a bunch of L.A. misfits. Still, the Queen V apparently decided to celebrate on the waterfront after Season 9 wrapped up, which she called “crazy” and “fun times.” See her post below:
Supposedly, the very last thing filmed for Vanderpump Rules’ ninth season was James Kennedy and Raquel Leviss’s engagement party. As seen on Kennedy's Instagram, the whole main crew is there, including Tom Sandoval, Tom Schwartz, Katie Maloney and Lala Kent. Kennedy and Leviss have definitely come a long way since the last season, considering they almost broke up over Kennedy's alcoholism.
We're fresh into it and I didn't know what to expect, but it's going to be a great season just based off of what we filmed so far. Like, shit has already hit the fan, and it's awesome — awesome for viewers, not so awesome for us who have to face each other daily.
Lala Kent also revealed that her bond with co-star Scheana Shay grew during filming for Season 9 of Vanderpump Rules. Both women gave birth to their daughters within a few weeks of each other in March and April of this year. Kent said that due to production restrictions that only allow babies 20 minutes of camera time, her and Shay connected over motherhood and being separated. In fact, the two “shed a lot of tears” together.
So Lisa Vanderpump is kicking it like always, and Lala Kent and Scheana Shay are new mommy BFFs. But what about their obviously missing and fired former Vanderpump Rules castmates from Season 8? According to Kent, they sort of had to power through filming Season 9 without them. She said:
It’s hard when your job is also like hanging out with your best friends, and then they’re no longer a part of it. That was the thing I enjoyed the most… [getting] to hang out with my friends and work at the same time. A piece of my friendship pie is gone, and that’s really hard.
A new Vanderpump Rules era seems to be manifesting in Season 9. One that isn't steered into disaster by Jax Taylor – but don’t worry, he’s happy he’s no longer part of it anymore. Now, Bravo fans just have to wait a few months until the show finally sees some air time.