Is Vanderpump Rules real or just SUR-real? The Bravo reality show is currently in its sixth season, and tensions between Lisa Vanderpump’s SUR staff are still sky high — so fans can't help but wonder whether the never-ending drama is scripted or not.
The answer, according to Katie Maloney, is somewhere in the middle. “It’s pretty not-scripted,” she told Galore in 2016. “You see, our relationships are real. We all have our history. There are plenty of shows out there that are kind of [cast] in ways where people don’t have any kind of history prior. But it’s also hard when making a show, as they can’t show everything, and they don’t show everything that’s positive but they definitely show everything that’s negative, and that can paint people in certain lights that aren’t true to form, but it still is real.”
Tom Sandoval, meanwhile, might wish it was all a little more scripted. Apparently, he has a fight on-camera with Ariana Madix later this season, and he doesn’t come out looking so hot. “Obviously, I’m not thrilled, but Vanderpump Rules follows our real lives, and sometimes Ariana and I have fights, like anyone else,” he tells In Touch exclusively. “We’ve been together for almost four years and stuff happens and the cameras are always there.”
Jax Taylor also feels ashamed over some of his on-camera behavior, such as conflicts he's had with girlfriend Brittany Cartwright on the Vanderpump Rules spin-off, Jax and Brittany Take Kentucky. “I pride myself on [the fact that] we have a real show and I’m not going to sit there and sugarcoat things,” he tells In Touch. “With cameras there or not, this is how I am. Do I regret some things? Yeah, of course. I wish I didn’t talk to Brittany the way I did, and I kind of mistreated her a little bit. I kind of caught myself off-guard and the way I spoke to her was uncalled for."
He added, “But that’s just real life, though. It’s real. Just because there are cameras I’m not going to be like, ‘Oh, I’m going to do this and act like this.’ That’s just not how our show works. I think that’s why our show works so well — because we are a real show.”
So, there you have it. Vanderpump Rules is “pretty not-scripted,” and it doesn’t shy away from showing the SUR staff at their worst. We wouldn't want our Bravo shows any other way!