In an interview with Hollywood Life, the Bravo star reflected on the fired former cast members, which includes veteran stars Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute. The ex-SURvers were fired from the show due to their past racially insensitive behavior. Six months later, Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright also left the show.
For season 9, the surviving “Vanderpump Rules“ cast includes Kent, Tom Sandoval, Ariana Madix, Tom Schwartz, Katie Maloney, Scheana Shay, James Kennedy, Raquel Leviss, Charli Burnett and of course, Lisa Vanderpump. Shay’s fiance Brock Davies has also joined the cast of the Bravo reality show, and Kent’s fiance Randall Emmett has made several cameos.
Lala Kent Said ‘Vanderpump Rules’ Is Not the Same Without the OGs
In the new interview, Kent said the show is still “great,” but she admitted that things are not the same for season 9.
“We obviously miss them tremendously,” Kent told Hollywood Life of her former castmates.
The “Give Them Lala” author added that she “really” hopes that the old gang can return to the show in the future, especially Schroeder and Cartwright, who, like her, both had babies earlier this year.
“I really want moments like that to become teachable for everybody and I would obviously welcome them with open arms should that ever be a conversation,” she said. “I’ve seen both Brittany and Stassi as moms. It’s so beautiful and amazing to watch them. I wish that other people could see how their lives have changed and how different our relationships are now that we’ve added kids into the mix. Four moms, I think it would be such a fun thing to show.”
Ariana Madix Does Not Agree
Kent previously told the “Behind the Velvet Rope with David Yontef” podcast that filming without her whole friend group felt strange.
“It’s s hard when your job is also like hanging out with your best friends and then they’re no longer a part of it,” she said of filming the 9th season of the show. “It just, it changes…. A piece of my friendship pie is gone and that’s really hard.”
But while Kent is missing her former castmates, co-star Ariana Madix said she likes the “fresh” vibe of the show without the scene-stealing veterans.
“One is not better than the other but it does feel exciting and different [without them],” Madix admitted to Page Six. “I do think it has potential to show a different side of everybody. They used to cut to their interviews and it would be them narrating this moment that meant a lot for both of us.”
Madix noted that the smaller cast leaves “more room” for moments for the rest of them.
“Vanderpump Rules” boss Lisa Vanderpump has said multiple times that she feels the fired cast members should have been able to do penance on TV.
“I would have preferred to chastise them and see them learn from their mistakes as we’ve seen so many youngsters do on the show. But that was Bravo’s decision,” she told Page Six about the firings.
During an appearance on “The Skinny Confidential’s Him & Her” podcast, Vanderpump said Schroder and Doute’s actions, which included falsely calling the police on Black cast member Faith Stowers, were “stupid and ignorant” and had bad timing, but she didn’t consider the two women to be racist.