Is ‘Vanderpump Rules’ Fake? Jax Taylor Reveals the Show Is Scripted

When it comes to reality shows, there is always the question of how real a show is. When Vanderpump Rules first premiered on Bravo, it showcased the lives of servers, bartenders, and hostesses who worked at Lisa Vanderpump’s restaurant, SUR. But over the course of the seasons, the show has expanded to the point where most of the Vanderpump Rules cast doesn’t even work at the restaurant anymore. How much of the show is real? Well, former cast member, Jax Taylor, just let fans in on the answer. So, is Vanderpump Rules scripted?

Jax Taylor on 'Vanderpump Rules'
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Brittany Cartwright and Jax Taylor left ‘Vanderpump Rules’

2020 was a year of reckoning for several members of the Vanderpump Rules cast. Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute were fired from the show due to past racially insensitive incidents and newcomers Brett Caprioni and Max Boyens were also let go for similar reasons. Then in Dec., Taylor and wife Brittany Cartwright announced they would no longer be on the show.

“The last 8 years on ‘Vanderpump Rules’ have been some of the most challenging, rewarding and fulfilling years of my life,” Taylor wrote in a post on Instagram. “Although this is difficult to share, Brittany and I will not be returning for another season of ‘Vanderpump Rules.’

“We are excited to take this time to focus on our growing family and share with you our new endeavors,” Taylor continued. “@bravotv, @evolutionusa and our ‘Vanderpump’ castmates will always remain close to our hearts. Thank you to all the fans who have shared our journey with us and supported us through everything. We love you. Stay tuned, We can’t wait for to share what we have planned.”

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Jax Taylor says ‘Vanderpump Rules’ is scripted

Though Taylor is looking forward to new projects, he did take some time to shade his old job earlier this month.

“I was 100 percent checked out at the end,” he told Us Weekly in a May 5 interview. “I was just very irritable on the show. It was getting a little bit too scripted for me and I just couldn’t do it anymore. It wasn’t fun.”

Cartwright spoke to the outlet as well, saying their new baby factored into their decision.

“We put a lot of our heart and soul into that show and we’re very open and very real,” she said. “Having a kid changes your perspective on how much you want to put out there. People are mean and they mom-shame and everything else. I would be scared for that part.”

What is Jax Taylor doing in the future?

In his departure announcement, Taylor alluded to doing more projects. What exactly those are, he hasn’t specified.

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“I want to it be more comedy, family-oriented. I’m really done with the drama and the arguing with people half my age,” Taylor said. “We’re excited for our future. It’s nice to sit back … and take our time deciding how we want to do it and what we want to do.”

So far, Ariana Madix and Tom Sandoval are set to return for the Vanderpump Rules new season, as well as Lisa Vanderpump, Tom Schwartz, Katie Maloney Schwartz, Scheana Shay, Lala Kent, James Kennedy, and Raquel Leviss.