Bravo show won’t film this summer following Scandoval fallout but insiders insist show isn’t being axed

Bravo show won’t film this summer following Scandoval fallout but insiders insist show isn’t being axed
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By Adam S. Levy For Dailymail.com

07:02 01 May 2024, updated 07:02 01 May 2024

  • series typically films each summer from May to July
  • Producers are encouraging cast to recharge after Scandoval drama
  • Dailymail.com has reached out to Bravo reps for comment on the story

Vanderpump Rules will not be in production this summer for its upcoming 12th season, breaking from past tradition.

The hit Bravo series, insiders told TMZ, typically begins production each May and films through July.

Bravo executives ‘feel they need to give the cast a break and let their lives breathe a bit’ following the long-running scandal on the show in which Tom Sandoval, 40, cheated on Ariana Madix, 38, with Rachel Leviss, 29, leading to more than a year of headlines, as well as ongoing litigation, resulting from the messy split.

The storyline surrounding the cheating scandal, sources told the outlet, ‘has run dry at this point,’ following 14 months of the fallout of the affair.

Producers on the show want to let the cast relax before cameras begin rolling again, sources told the outlet, leading to new storylines to explore in its post-Scandoval reboot.

Vanderpump Rules will not be in production this summer for its upcoming 12th season, breaking from past tradition. The show’s season 11 cast was pictured in a group shot last year
Tom Sandoval, 40, and Ariana Madix, 38, pictured in LA in 2023
Leviss, 29, pictured earlier this month in LA

The change in schedule is not an indicator the series could be in peril, as insiders stressed to TMZ that the show is NOT canceled.

Madix has been earmarked to host the series Peacock reality series Love Island USA, the outlet reported.

Production sources told the outlet that Madix’s schedule for that series, based in Fiji, was ‘an additional factor in the decision’ Bravo made to delay Vanderpump Rules filming.

The show’s 11th season reunion was called ‘incredibly intense and electric’ by Bravo’s Andy Cohen, according to the outlet.

Dailymail.com has reached out to Bravo reps for comment on the story.

In the latest in the scandal, Leviss has sued Sandoval, accusing him of violating California’s Revenge Porn law by recording a sexually-charged videos without her permission and keeping them on his phone.

One was a FaceTime video Madix reportedly saw when she was looking through Sandoval’s phone the night she discovered the Tom Tom co-owner had been cheating on her.

Leviss is also suffering for eavesdropping, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress. She claimed in her suit that it was her former lover who recorded Ella’s explicit FaceTime call.

In the latest in the scandal, Leviss has sued Sandoval, accusing him of violating California’s Revenge Porn law by recording a sexually charged sex videos without her permission and keeping them on his phone
Sandoval has responded to Leviss’ lawsuit against him, calling it a ‘thinly veiled attempt to extend her fame and to rebrand herself as the victim instead of the other woman’ (Pictured in Las Vegas in November 2023)

Sandoval earlier this week slammed Leviss’ lawsuit against him and Ariana Madix in his response to the filing of his own legal documents.

The reality star branded it a ‘thinly veiled attempt to extend her fame and to rebrand herself as the victim instead of the other woman’ as he responded to the suit.’

Sandoval, who cried on camera after Leviss claimed she never loved him during their seven-month affair, took issue with the suit labeling him as ‘predatory.’

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Sandoval also said he denigrated his ex-partner Madix as a ‘scorned woman,’ according to legal documents obtained by People and Page Six.

In his counterclaim, Sandoval said, ‘These videos were created by Leviss and published by Leviss to Sandoval via a consensual exchange on FaceTime… based on Leviss’ own allegations, Sandoval merely saved private copies of the videos that Leviss filmed and shared with him. ‘

He has asked for the case to be dismissed or that Leviss’ lawsuit be amended.

In response to those assertions, Leviss’ attorneys countered with ‘Sandoval’s response in the face of irrefutable evidence that will be presented in court is disturbing,’ in a statement to People.

‘Leveraging such claims for media attention and perpetuating victim-blaming is not just deplorable but actionable.’

Leviss, 29, has sued Sandoval and former girlfriend Ariana Madix, 38 for eavesdropping, revenge porn, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Madix has not responded to the lawsuit. Pictured in Los Angeles in July 2021
Leviss has admitted her fault in the seven-month affair with Sandoval and apologized for her behavior. Pictured in June of 2021 in LA
The former pageant queen alleged she was ‘a victim of the predatory and dishonest behavior of an older man, who recorded sexually explicit videos of her without her knowledge or consent’

Although she has not named Bravo or production company Evolution Media in her lawsuit, Leviss asserts that they, along with other members of the Vanderpump Rules cast subjected her to ‘public skewering’ making her ‘without exaggeration, one of the most hated women in America .’

She also claimed she was lead to believe she was ‘contractually barred from speaking out about her mistreatment,’ while the rest of the cast benefited from a huge ratings boost and ‘unseen levels of public recognition and professional opportunity,’ while Leviss ‘suffered in silence.’

Leviss apologized for her part in the affair, but alleged she was ‘a victim of the predatory and dishonest behavior of an older man, who recorded sexually explicit videos of her without her knowledge or consent.’

She claimed the videos ‘were then distributed, disseminated, and discussed publicly by a scorned woman seeking vengeance, catalyzing the scandal,’ forcing the former pageant queen to seek treatment at a mental facility where she stayed for three months.

Leviss is seeking compensatory, special, general and consequential damages.

She wants Sandoval and Madix to cease distribution and destroy all copies of the alleged explicit video.

She’s also asking to have her attorney fees compensated and that the court grant any other relief it sees as appropriate.

Madix has not yet responded to the lawsuit.

Leviss asserts the public skewering she received after news of the Scandoval was revealed made her, ‘without exaggeration, one of the most hated women in America.’ Pictured in Los Angeles April 1
In the March 5 episode of Vanderpump Rules cast member LaLa Kent accused Sandoval of being a predator. You isolate. You groom. You lie,’ Kent said

Leviss is not the only Vanderpump Rules cast member who has accused Sandoval of bad behavior.

In the March 5 episode of the reality show, which was shot several months in advance of the airdate, LaLa Kent said, ‘You know what triggered me was when [Leviss] said [during the final part of the season 10 reunion]”If I don’t fall in line with Sandoval then I have nobody.”

She added: ‘You isolate. You groom. You lie. I don’t want to know you. You are scary.’

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