‘Vanderpump Rules’ Wedding Drama: Tom Sandoval Back In As Best Man

Vanderpump Rules Tom Sandoval, Jax Taylor and Tom Schwartz Instagram

Vanderpump Rules fans had a bit of a scare last week when Jax Taylor announced he relieved Tom Sandoval of his best man duties. Jax is marrying SUR server Brittany Cartwright on June 29 in her home state of Kentucky. A blow-up at the Season 7 reunion between Jax and James Kennedy had Tom’s role in doubt. Tom and girlfriend Ariana Madix were the sole defenders of James at the reunion.


During the first part of the Vanderpump Rules reunion, Brittany Cartwright was heard yelling to Tom to stop defending James. She said, “Stop! You’re his best man,” which some fans viewed as a veiled threat. Jax amped up the drama by telling host Andy Cohen on an April 29 episode of Watch What Happens Live that Tom Sandoval wasn’t included in his wedding party anymore. Tom was supposed to share the best man duties with Tom Schwartz.

Tom Still In Wedding Party

In a new interview with US Weekly, Tom Sandoval confirms that he will still share the best man duties with Tom Schwartz. Tom Sandoval went on to say that this season’s reunion was “extra ratchet” compared to previous seasons. As for his defense of James, he explains his policy of having an open mind going into the reunion. He said, “Have an open mind and hear everybody out, try to see everybody’s side of the story, put yourself in everybody’s shoes and go from there.”

Jax wasn’t Tom Sandoval’s only blow-up this season. He got in a drunken argument with Katie Maloney-Schwartz, James’s biggest target this season. Tom Sandoval brought up Katie’s bullying past in response to James being excluded from the Vanderpump Rulescast trip to Mexico.

While James fell out with the rest of the cast, Tom Sandoval and Ariana continued to be friends with him. They felt that everyone else had a double standard of turning a blind eye to Jax’s behavior while shunning James. This played out at the reunion when Jax and Brittany gave James’s girlfriend, Raquel Leviss, a hard time for staying with James after he cheated on her.

Fans were not happy with this double standard, either. Brittany faced a lot of backlash on the internet after Monday’s reunion. People pointed out that the Jax cheated on her but she stayed with him anyway.

Last Minute Bridesmaid Addition to this Vanderpump Rules wedding

The season finale of Vanderpump Rules featured Brittany telling co-star Lala Kent that though she cherishes their friendship, she won’t be asking Lala to be a bridesmaid. Katie, Ariana, Stassi Schroeder, Scheana Shay and Kristen Doute were all asked to be bridesmaids. Lala took the news well at the time. She later revealed that Brittany changed course and asked Lala to be a bridesmaid after all.

Tune in to Part 2 of the Vanderpump Reunion to see what other crazy antics go down. It airs on Mondays at 9 p.m. on Bravo.

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