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All the Indications That Scandoval Was Staged

Tom Sandoval and Raquel Leviss’ affair rocked the Bravosphere, but many are wondering if Scandoval was staged for ratings.

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At first, it seemed like Season 10 of Vanderpump Rules might be ending when Lisa Vanderpump gave a speech to her SUR employees that felt like a finale. However, a few weeks after filming ended, Tom Sandoval revealed that he had been having an affair with Raquel Leviss while in a relationship with Ariana Madix. This news broke the hearts of viewers and caused a stir in the Bravosphere. There was a lot of uncertainty and tension among everyone about whether the event with Scandoval was planned or not.

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Tom Needed a Storyline

 
 
 
 
 
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Tom had been playing the nice guy for ten seasons on Vanderpump Rules, but it became clear he was getting tired of it. Throughout his time on the show, he alternated between being single and being in a relationship with Kristen Doute, but never really committed to either one. In the early seasons, there was a lot of drama between Tom and Kristen as they tried to play house.

It has been observed that Tom cheated on Kristen and started a relationship with Ariana. Since then, the co-owner of Tom Tom has not made much progress and has tried several hobbies without much success.

Tom Could Be in a Midlife Crisis

 
 
 
 
 
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Tom Sandoval, who is known for being the lead singer of the band Most Extras, is approaching his 40th birthday and appears to be experiencing an existential crisis. He has invested a significant amount of his own money and his parents’ retirement funds into opening a new restaurant called Schwartz & Sandy’s (which he is not fond of the name). However, the venture has not yet generated any profits, leaving him feeling stuck and possibly needing a compelling storyline for the show to keep earning a salary.

Tom expressed that he felt unwanted, which may have motivated him and Raquel to devise their plan. They both had difficulty finding their place in the Vanderpump Rules circle and thought that engaging in the affair and the resulting drama would bring them attention.

Was Scandoval Staged For Ratings?

 
 
 
 
 
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The ratings of the long-running Bravo series were declining due to the departure of popular cast members such as Stassi Schroeder and Jax Taylor, leading to a loss of loyal viewers. Therefore, something needed to be done to address the situation.

According to Variety, the show’s ratings increased significantly after news of the cheating scandal between Tom and Raquel broke out. The first episode after the scandal attracted 2.2 million viewers, twice the number of viewers from the previous week. It is unclear whether Tom and Raquel’s romance was genuine or simply a marketing tactic to boost ratings.

Were Producers Working on a Storyline?

 
 
 
 
 
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There were rumors that Vanderpump Rules producers had planned a storyline about Tom and Raquel for a while, suggesting that they knew about the affair before it was publicized. Some viewers noticed some discrepancies while watching the rest of the season.

It is clear that Raquel and Tom’s relationship was too close for comfort. In September, Ally Lewber mentioned seeing them together at The Abbey, which fueled doubt. Raquel even confessed to staying the night at Tom’s while Ariana was away at her grandmother’s funeral. However, it should be noted that Bravo has not re-edited the episodes to include this information.

Kristen Hinted at Her Return

 
 
 
 
 
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Kristen gave an interview to @Vanderpumprulesparty before the news was made public. The host, Hollie Bohorquez, shared her suspicion that producers were planning to focus on Scandoval. She also suggested that the rest of the Vanderpump Rules cast may have known about the scandal.

The hosts cited a past interview with Kristen as evidence. Kristen was informed that she was missed on the show and in response, she almost revealed she would make a comeback on the season finale to console Ariana. The finale featured a scene of Kristen and Ariana disposing of souvenirs of Tom, as if no time had passed since they last hung out.

Filming Permits Are the Real Clue

 
 
 
 
 
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According to the podcast host, Bravo claimed that the cameras started filming after the news of Scandoval broke, but this may not be accurate. Hollie and her co-host, Sarah Cee, discovered that some of the talent’s homes had Los Angeles permits with an end date of April 2, which is well beyond the season’s supposed camera shutdown. As a result, some fans are questioning whether Scandoval’s incident was planned.

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