Fans expressed disappointment, referencing Sandoval’s past affair with Raquel Leviss. Some speculated financial incentives influenced their reunion.
Ariana Madix refused to film with Sandoval and Leviss, asserting they weren’t part of the real group of friends.
Keep on reading to learn more.
Tom Schwartz, Scheana Shay Hangout With Tom Sandoval
Tom Schwartz and Scheana Shay recently faced criticism for their seemingly close bond with their disgraced “Vanderpump Rules” co-star, Tom Sandoval.
According to Page Six, the trio embarked on a cast trip to the picturesque Lake Tahoe, California, where Season 11 of the “Vanderpump Rules” series is currently being filmed.
A sneak peek into their escapades was provided on Shay’s Instagram Stories, where a video captured the group’s joyous laughter en route to Lisa Vanderpump’s new restaurant, Wolf. Interestingly, fans could detect the presence of Sandoval in the group by his voice in the background of the footage.
Fans Call Out Tom Schwartz And Scheana Shay
Many fans expressed their disappointment with how warmly the “Vanderpump Rules” stars seemed to embrace Sandoval, especially after he had cheated on their close friend Ariana Madix with co-star Raquel Leviss.
A fan account on Twitter posted a clip of the reunion, captioning it with, “Is that Sandoval’s voice??? All is forgiven, I guess,” sarcastically alluding to his “Scandoval” affair with Leviss.
Some fans couldn’t help but notice the seemingly comfortable dynamic among the group as if nothing had ever happened.
One person commented, “Most definitely is Sh*tSandwichSandoval, the group sounds rather comfortable, kinda like nothing has happened,” while another wrote, “And if all is forgiven, I won’t be watching Vanderpump Rules.”
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Some fans speculated that the “VPR” stars’ substantial paychecks from the reality TV network might have influenced their reunion with the disgraced bar owner. A third viewer remarked, “She must have gotten paid big…,” suggesting that financial incentives might be at play.
One fan claimed that the friendly outing was no surprise because none of them were “ride or die” for Madix. They wrote, “The fact that anyone thought Sandoval would be permanently ousted is amusing. They’ve all cheated, AND none of them have ever been ride or die for Ariana.”
Ariana Madix Says She Won’t Film With Tom Sandoval & Raquel Leviss
According to Page Six, Shay had previously made it clear that she had no interest in sharing screen time with Sandoval or 28-year-old Leviss, who was still in the process of negotiating with Bravo.
“I can picture [us filming together] because I’ve had to picture it. That’s the name of the game. But I can’t envision what type of event that would be at. It would have to be something Lisa Vanderpump hosts,” Shay revealed to Us Weekly back in May.
She added with a hint of humor, “[Because] they’re not getting invited to any birthday parties, that’s for sure.”
On the other hand, Madix had a short and direct response when asked about the possibility of filming with Leviss and Sandoval. “I’ve got nothing to say to them,” Madix stated, leaving no room for ambiguity. “Our show is very real and follows a real group of friends, and neither of them is in the group of friends, so, good luck,” she quipped confidently to the New York Times.
Raquel Leviss Spending Time With Family In Tucson
On the other hand, Leviss has resurfaced for the first time after her stay at a mental health facility, but she isn’t joining the “Vanderpump Rules” crew at Lake Tahoe. Instead, the 28-year-old reality star was spotted in Tucson, Ariz., where she spent time with her family on Tuesday despite sources saying she might join the cast trip for the right compensation,
Photos obtained by Page Six show Leviss donning a baseball cap with the uplifting message, “Be a good person.” Her casual outfit included an oversized white tee, a stylish striped blouse, black shorts, and comfy Nike sneakers.
Leviss is currently in the process of re-negotiating her “VPR” contract for better pay. Still, a recent report by TMZ claims that the model is “contractually obligated” to appear in the new season whether she likes the pay or not. However, if a doctor decides it would affect her mental health, Leviss could pull out of the show.