Vanderpump Rules plans to hire new cast members for season 11

Season 11 of Vanderpump Rules has already started filming. There were some pap shots and bystander videos of the cast out and about and filming recently. All of the main cast is returning and Raquel Leviss was the only holdout until her team finally began negotiations. But apparently Bravo is still working on the cast list and plans to introduce some new faces. Lala Kent and Katie Maloney have some friends who might join the show. Hm.

Bravo is shaking up the cast of Vanderpump Rules! At least according to a source who spoke to Entertainment Tonight, saying that the show “is looking to bring in some new cast members” for season 11 and “have started having outbound conversations.”

Before you panic that a bunch of total randoms are about to show up at Sur, the source explained that Lala Kent and Katie Maloney “are looking in their external friend groups to see who might be a good fit for the show.” So, this is a friends-of-cast situation!!!

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Vanderpump Rules’ upcoming season will cover the aftermath of Scandoval—aka Tom Sandoval cheating on Ariana Madix with Raquel Leviss—but as of now it doesn’t look like either Tom or Raquel are filming.

While Tom has signed on to do the show, he’s been MIA due to working on another reality show. According to TMZ, “multiple sources with direct knowledge” say Tom’s filming season two of Special Forces: World’s Toughest Test in New Zealand, but he’s “expected to start shooting” VPR when he’s back in Los Angeles.

Meanwhile, Raquel still hasn’t signed a contract, but TMZ recently reported that she’s in negotiations and that production wants to start filming soon since “the longer VPR rolls cameras, the harder it’s gonna be to integrate Raquel into the storylines.” That said, no one wants to “pressure” Raquel, who’s been in a mental health treatment facility since April.

[From Cosmopolitan]

Hiring from the cast’s wider friend group is a good move and I think the cast does need some new faces at this point. I know, it’s already a huge cast, but they didn’t really hire replacements after firing all those racists in 2020. So even without Scandoval, I think the show was due for some new faces and who better to add than friends who have been on the periphery this whole time. At least they’ll know how the whole deal works. And Lala in particular is a great reality star so any friends of hers will likely bring it. I am a little skeptical about the vibes of Katie’s friends though. And I wonder if the folks they ultimately bring in will be faces we’ve seen on the sidelines before. I do expect Jax and Brittany to pop up at some point. Also, I didn’t realize Tom Sandoval hadn’t started filming yet. He’s probably glad to start late and make an entrance now that he’s in his villain season. It’s nice that Ariana is getting time to be in her house, film, and hang out with her new bae without the threat of a run-in hanging over her head.

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  1. Joanna says:

    I think Raquel’s mental health visit is an attempt to rehab her image. I bet the sources are Scheana and Lala 😂

    • BeanieBean says:

      I’m trying to figure out why on earth she would need in-patient care for so long? Or is it really rehab?

  2. Torttu says:

    I hadn’t watched this show before the Scandoval season, but now I have watched past episodes.
    I think Tom Schwartz is the most inauthentic and plays a “cute absentminded professor.” I think he’s the most calculated of the bunch.
    I can’t stand Lala and her endless screeching.
    Unpopular opinion I don’t really like Ariana and Kate who always seem to be in a low mood. But I wish their sandwich shop luck, I believe it will be a success.

    • kgeo says:

      I agree with all of this. I don’t like Ariana and Katie either, but I think that’s because they seem to want authenticity out of a bunch of people that signed up for a reality show, and I’m not watching for that. I get why Katie has been so angry with Schwartz this whole time, but she’s been beating a dead horse, and if she were my friend, I would have told her ten years ago, ‘you don’t have to stay with this man’.
      Oh, and Lala, whew, she’s a lot.

  3. shanaynay says:

    I think they need to get rid of the Tom’s and Scheana can go as well.

    I read somewhere that Jax is coming back? I don’t expect him to add anything to the show. Why on earth would they be bringing him back. Personally, I think the show has run it’s course. I think it’s to to put an end to the whole show.