Vanderpump Rules’ Tom Sandoval ‘could be fired’ after ‘bumping’ Bravo with unauthorized interview with Howie Mandel
VANDERPUMP Rules star Tom Sandoval has slapped Bravo in the face after circling the network to discuss his affair on Howie Mandel’s podcast.
For the first time since his affair became public, Tom, 39, answered questions about the scandal on the podcast Howie Mandel Does Stuff.
The interview was conducted by Howie, 67, and his daughter, Jackelyn Shultz, 39, who admitted she’s a big Vanderpump Rules fan.
After the interview went live earlier this morning, The US Sun spoke exclusively to an insider about the impact Tom’s interview had on Bravo.
According to the insider, the network had no idea Tom would be speaking out about the affair, and it has caused several problems for the producers.
“She [Bravo] had no idea he was doing that, of course not. They would never have let that happen,” the insider said.
“They put so much time and energy into making sure the rest of the season is better than any other season and are heating up the reunion.
“So him making that damn move is basically the producers’ worst case scenario.”
Producers found out about the interview when Howie announced it earlier in the week, “and they’ve been freaking out and confused ever since,” the source said.
“They have no idea what he’s going to reveal, so they’re watching with the fans in shock.”
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The source claims the producers are “so f**kp***ed” because everyone on the show has become “family” since filming began, “and for him to do that is a big ‘f** k you’ for all them.”
It’s currently unclear what ramifications Tom will face for this interview, but the insider claims, “No one in the cast would be shocked or upset if they were fired.”
The US Sun reached out to Bravo for comment.
Tom’s interview with Howie and his daughter began with lots of small talk and discussions about his band, Tom Sandoval & The Most Extras.
Then Howie decided he’d had enough of the pleasantries, saying: “Well, I’ll be totally honest. I can’t follow that. What’s up?”
The former game show host then asked Tom if he had seen the interview of Tom Schwartz from Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live.
Tom admitted he hadn’t seen it, but overheard what the other Tom said, who he claims “had a lot of accuracy”.
“I finally have time to think about the situation because I never thought I would end up in a situation like this. I never would have dreamed of it,” said Tom.
He goes on to say his relationship with now ex-girlfriend Ariana Madix, 37, felt more like a “best friend” or “roommate” than a couple.
“The relationship just lacked the intimacy, the connection,” he said.
He continued, “We wanted to make sure and maintain the look that we’re a solid, strong couple because it’s part of our brand.”
DON’T BLAME RAQUEL
The US Sun had an exclusive interview with Tiger Woods’ ex-lover Rachel Uchitel after she slammed VPR fans for “slandering” Raquel Leviss, 28, after the affair.
Rachel spoke to The US Sun about her new podcast, Miss Understood, with country legend Jana Kramer, Thursday’s guest, and how they approached Scandoval.
Rachel opened up about the cheating scandal amid her own alleged affair with Tiger Woods, which catapulted her into the spotlight 14 years ago.
She told The US Sun: “I don’t sympathize with Raquel but I understand how she feels.
“I know how it feels when the whole world is discussing you as a villain and people are triggered by your actions. I do not in any way deny what she has done. And our situations are different.
“But I’m shocked after we’ve come this far in 14 years that people still take their problems out on women.”
“That people feel so entitled to be angry. Bashing women for being shunned,” added the stunning mother-of-one.
She also said she believes Raquel’s situation has a silver lining, despite the public backlash.
“They live in a reality TV show world and they shouldn’t have done this unless they didn’t expect to get caught, but let’s be realistic their ratings have gone up.
“Their paychecks are going up and they’re in greater demand than ever. That’s a silver lining.”