‘Vanderpump Rules’: Lisa Vanderpump Reveals the Fate of the Show

A lot of shows have been put on pause due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. And while some of them are finding ways to get creative with filming and get back to work, Vanderpump Rules is going to have a much more difficult time. SUR, the main restaurant that the show centers, around is closed due to the pandemic and four of the show’s cast members were fired from Bravo. Honestly, it’s not looking too good for Vanderpump Rules. But Lisa Vanderpump recently addressed the show’s future.

 Tom Sandoval, Tom Schwartz, Lisa Vanderpump
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SUR is closed

When Vanderpump Rules first started, it centered around the staff of Vanderpump’s restaurant SUR. Though more than a few of the cast members no longer work at the restaurant, it is still a focal point of the show. On March 16, the restaurant announced that it would be closed until at least March 31. Now, almost five months later, the restaurant is still closed.

“After Governor Newsom’s announcement yesterday on July 1st and the new protocol received from the Public Health Department today, we have decided to stay closed until August for the safety of our staff and our community,” they shared on Instagram in July. “Stay healthy / Be positive.”

The restaurant has not given an update on their opening since then.

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Key cast members have been fired

Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute have been a part of the Vanderpump Rules cast since the very beginning. Recently, they were both fired due to an incident where they called the cops on the only Black cast member, Faith Stowers, and falsely accused her of stealing. Vanderpump would have rather Schroeder stayed on the show.

“I think it’s sad, really, what happened, because I do think that people can learn from their mistakes, and I’m all about that,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “I think you’ve seen that on the show. Of course, we do know that we’re in this momentum of really people kind of standing up for what’s right, and I’m all about that and embracing that — and I do believe in zero tolerance for that — but I also believe that you can come back from that and you’re young and you can learn from it.”

Newcomers Max Boyens and Brett Caprioni were also let go by Bravo after tweets of them using derogatory language resurfaced.

“So, if it were up to me, I would like to see them go on, but really have a better understanding of where they went wrong and really, you know — I’m not into just kind of getting rid of people, because they get it wrong,” Vanderpump continued. “Otherwise, I’d probably have nobody working for me at this point.”

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What’s going to happen to ‘Vanderpump Rules’?

The show is currently on hiatus due to the filming restrictions and closing of SUR. Vanderpump says the show will come back and there will be new cast members. Fans have been calling for Vanderpump to make the show more diverse for years, and this season it might actually happen.

“It’s really up to people that want to be front and center,” she said of why the show hasn’t featured more people of color in the past. “I mean, I’m always all about that. Our companies are like the United Nations.”