Ahead of their latest interview with Page Six, the longtime couple admitted that they were taken aback by Jax’s announcement, which was shared last Friday night on Instagram.
“I mean, it was definitely something that we found out via Instagram. I think along with everyone else, we were not expecting that,” Ariana admitted to the outlet on December 8 of Jax and wife Brittany Cartwright‘s sudden exits.
Jax Taylor’s Absence Changes Things With The ‘Vanderpump Rules’ Cast
“I think we’re still kind of processing all of that and just thinking about what the future is going to be like,” Ariana continued.
While Ariana didn’t begin starring in a full-time position on “Vanderpump Rules” until the series’ third season, Tom had been appearing alongside Jax since the show began airing its first season in January 2013.
“It definitely changes things,” Tom told Page Six of the series’ upcoming season without his longtime co-star. “And obviously, you know, like everyone else, we’re just gonna have to wait and see what happens.”
‘Vanderpump Rules’ Season Nine Remains Unconfirmed
“With everything closed down too, you know, everything’s still up in the air,” Tom continued, giving a nod to the potential start of production on the upcoming ninth season of “Vanderpump Rules,” which has yet to officially be confirmed by Bravo.
Although Tom didn’t have any updates to share in regard to when filming might begin, a source close to production told Page Six that “it has not been determined when ‘Vanderpump Rules’ will return, but they hope to begin production once restaurants in Los Angeles can safely reopen.”
Tom Sandoval And Ariana Madix Are Returning To ‘Vanderpump Rules’
While SUR Restaurant, where the cast of “Vanderpump Rules” films, reopened weeks ago, they were recently forced to shut down yet again after Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti issued a new emergency order.
As some might have heard, Los Angeles experienced a wave of COVID-19 cases that prompted new closures in the area and restricted all restaurants from offering in-person dining both indoors and outdoors.
Although season nine is unconfirmed at this point, Tom and Ariana said they will both be returning to the show if it is renewed.
TomTom Has Been Closed Since March
As fans may know, TomTom was opened in August 2018 and celebrated its one year anniversary during the season eight finale of “Vanderpump Rules.” Then, as COVID-19 arrived in the United States, it was forced to close down in March and has remained shutdown ever since.