Is Thomas Ravenel Coming Back to ‘Southern Charm’ Amid Turbulent Season 7 Filming?

Southern Charm Season 6 has wrapped, but it remains unclear what the current status is of Season 7. While fans are waiting with bated breath, it seems as if there may be some trouble in paradise. As it stands now, Shep Rose has claimed that filming on Season 7 hasn’t even begun. 

Meanwhile, there are rumors that Haymaker tried out two new cast members, but had to scrap some footage. And another rumor claims that Thomas Ravenel might be jockeying to get back onto the show — which would be odd, considering his previous claims against Bravo. 

Shep Rose says filming hasn’t begun 

Thomas Ravenel
Thomas Ravenel | Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU

Typically when Southern Charm wraps up a season, the next season begins filming in fall. However, Shep Rose says things are different this time. It may also be worth noting that Bravo has yet to officially announce Season 7 of the show. 

On The Ross Bolen podcast, Shep Rose dished on a possible upcoming season. When Bolen asked Rose if the Southern Charm cast usually gets a break, or much downtime between seasons, Rose replied, “No, we’ve rock and rolled.” 

This is telling, since Rose goes on to claim that they’re not currently filming for another season just yet, despite their usual pattern of starting up again right away. “Usually we film in the fall. I don’t know if we are going to do another season. But we’re not doing one now,” explained Rose. 

“If I had a gun to my head, I’d say that they’d want us to do another season. The ratings were pretty good,” claimed Rose.

Thomas Ravenel wins primary custody

Thomas Ravenel
Ashley Jacobs, Thomas Ravenel | Paul Cheney/Bravo/NBCU

Meanwhile, as filming allegedly wallows, Thomas Ravenel and Kathryn Dennis have been quite busy. Fans of Southern Charm will remember that the former couple began their acrimonious custody battle in 2016. Well, the court has finally made a ruling. 

Thomas Ravenel has been granted primary custody of Kensie and Saint, though the two will continue to co-parent. Ravenel has been tasked with finding and paying for a nanny for the children, as well as with paying for their healthcare. 

Additionally, the two are not to allow their children to watch anything Southern Charm related until they’re at least 13 years of age. Ravenel and Dennis have also been ordered to refrain from speaking ill of one another in the presence of their children, or on social media. They are also to insist that others do the same. 

Ravenel and Dennis are not allowed to have partners overnight at their house when the children are present unless the partner is a spouse. 

Rumors of a Ravenel return, Ravene’s previous comments

Thomas Ravenel and Kathryn Dennis
Kathryn Dennis, Thomas Ravenel | Paul Cheney/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

Among this legal victory, it might seem odd to suspect that Ravenel would return Southern Charm. However, Reality Blurb suggests that Ravenel might be jockeying for a return. This seems unlikely, given that Ravenel has previously railed against both Bravo and Haymaker as a result of his legal difficulties, including the sexual assault claims laid against him by nanny Dawn Ledwell. 

In fact, Ravenel has previously claimed that Southern Charm was one of the worst mistakes he’s ever made. In court documents obtained by The Blast, Ravenel is cited as saying, “It amplified my past notoriety, showcased my wealth I accumulated through decades of hard work, and made me a walking target for men and women eager to get in front of the camera. Most importantly, it caused embarrassment and pain to my parents, my sisters, and my children.”

Ravenel, when previously demanding a gag order against Bravo on his sexual assault case, said, “Bravo and Kathryn will be at liberty to control the public narrative of this litigation and shape the story as it suits them, and my children will bear the shame of being fathered by a man the public believes is a monster, an abuser and a narcissist.”

Meanwhile, Dawn Ledwell and Ravenel have seemingly become unlikely allies against Bravo and Haymaker. In fact, Ledwell has already lodged charges against Bravo TV, NBC Universal, and others. She claims they, “created, permitted and encouraged Southern Charm plot lines that focus on alcohol, sexual encounters, and the concept that male cast members, including Defendant Ravenel, suffer from ‘Peter Pan Syndrome’ and they are the ‘Lost Boys’ and Charleston is their ‘Neverland.’”

Meanwhile, Ravenel has said, “Southern Charm producers sought to elicit entertaining story lines in a variety of ways, including encouraging participants to participate in public and private gatherings in which alcohol and other intoxicants were in copious supply. Numerous story lines revolved around the show’s stars, including Kathryn and me, being or appearing to be intoxicated.”