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Scheana Shay Reveals How 'Vanderpump Rules' Began, Explains Why Kristen Doute Didn't Like Her

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By Lindsay Cronin

Scheana Marie is revealing how "Vanderpump Rules" was launched eight seasons ago and explaining why her friend and longtime co-star, Kristen Doute, who was dating Tom Sandoval at the time, didn't like her at the time the Bravo reality series began.

While appearing on the "Behind the Velvet Rope with David Yontef" podcast this week, via a May 27 report from The Cheat Sheet, Scheana looked back on the premiere episodes of the show, which began airing in January of 2013.

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'Vanderpump Rules' Was Built Around Scheana Shay's Friend Group

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“The show was kind of built around our friend group,” Scheana explained. “So it wasn’t like there were auditions for servers to be on the TV show. They knew I had a public scandal going on and coincidentally, Brandi [Glanville] was on the ['The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills']. And then Kristen [Doute] was working at SUR and Tom [Sandoval] was at Villa Blanca.”

As "Vanderpump Rules" fans will recall, Kristen and Tom had been dating for years when the show began.

Kristen Doute Thought Scheana Shay Like Her Now-Ex Tom Sandoval

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While Scheana and Kristen are quite close today, Scheana revealed Kristen didn't like her at first because she thought she had a crush on Tom.

“Kristen didn’t like me because she thought I liked Tom,” Scheana explained. “And then Kristen was best friends with Stassi [Schroeder] and Katie [Maloney-Schwartz]. And they’re with Jax [Taylor] and [Tom] Schwartz. It just naturally came together very easily.”

Scheana then revealed that Lisa Vanderpump's role on "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" made it easy for the series to be launched.

The 'Vanderpump Rules' Cast Was Previously Featured On 'RHOBH'

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"They would be filming [Lisa] at the restaurant [for 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills'] and see that she would have to deal with drama like girls hiding alcohol in the bathroom and all of these things they used to do,” Scheana recalled.

After being seen in the background on "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," Scheana and her friends became a part of Lisa's spinoff, "Vanderpump Rules," which was and continues to be based out of SUR Restaurant in West Hollywood, California.

Scheana Shay May Not Be Making As Much As People Think

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According to Scheana, she doesn't have it as good as some might think, despite the fact that "Vanderpump Rules" is a major success.

“I think people think we make a lot more [money] than we do and that everything’s paid for,” she shared. “I paid for my wedding. We pay for a lot of our own stuff.”

To see more of Scheana and her co-stars, don't miss the upcoming three-part reunion special for "Vanderpump Rules" season eight, which begins airing next Tuesday night, June 2, at 9 p.m. on Bravo.

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