Vanderpump Rules fans rage after Tom Sandoval is given ‘cringe’ redemption arc despite affair

VANDERPUMP Rules fans have shared their brutally honest opinions about Tom Sandoval and his redemption arc.

During season 11 of the hit Bravo reality series, Tom, 40, has been trying his best to get back in with his old friend group after his affair with Rachel (Raquel) Leviss, 29, went public in 2023.

Vanderpump Rules fans were left 'cringing' at Tom Sandoval's redemption arc during this season

Vanderpump Rules fans were left ‘cringing’ at Tom Sandoval’s redemption arc during this seasonCredit: Bravo

During season 11, Tom has been trying his best to get back into his friend group

During season 11, Tom has been trying his best to get back into his friend groupCredit: Bravo

In 2023, Tom cheated on his girlfriend Ariana Madix with her co-star and best friend Rachel Leviss

In 2023, Tom cheated on his girlfriend Ariana Madix with her co-star and best friend Rachel LevissCredit: Bravo

During Tuesday night’s episode of Vanderpump Rules, the gang – minus Ariana Madix, 38, and Katie Maloney, 37 – headed to Lake Tahoe for some fun in the sun.

Tom saw the trip as an opportunity to try to get everyone on his good side.

He wants to make amends with the ones that he has hurt from his problematic past.

In one scene, Tom invited an instructor to their home to teach Lala Kent, 33, James Kennedy, 32, Ally Lewber, 28, Tom Schwartz, 41, Brock Davies, 33, and Scheana Shay, 38, some useful meditation skills.

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From left to right, James, Ally, Brock, Schwartz, Sandoval, and Scheana were instructed to sit against the person’s back and do some breathing exercises.

Meanwhile, Scheana was partnered with Sandoval and she ended up having to leave due to her crying about her anger towards the former Sur bartender.

The Good As Gold singer eventually came back and was truthful to herself and explained that she needed to let go of the hate she has against Sandoval because it wasn’t good for her overall health.

However, she is still having trouble with that since she still wants to be Ariana’s friend.

In previous episodes, Ariana clearly stated that she would not have any mutual friends with her ex-boyfriend.


On X, formerly Twitter, fans weren’t convinced of a Tom Sandoval redemption arc.

“Did Lisa Vanderpump really sit with her team and say how do we get this Sandoval redemption arc to hit? Because these episodes have been so cringy. It’s hard to watch. Do better Bravo,” one exclaimed.

Vanderpump Rules’ Brock Davies grants wife Scheana Shay sole ownership of their new $2.5m Sherman Oaks home

Another chimed in, discussing a scene that showed Tom writing in a journal, “We are 2 min into the episode and we don’t need to see Tom ‘journaling.’ Stop with this ‘redemption’ arc.

“Playing sad music when Tom is trying to be spiritual isn’t great either. Producers, do better, stop trying to force storylines.”


Last week, Rachel filed a shocking lawsuit against Tom and Ariana.

“Leviss became an object of public scorn and ridicule,” after Raquel and Tom’s affair broke last spring, the 19-page lawsuit claimed according to Deadline.

At the time, Tom was in a relationship with Ariana, whom he began dating in February 2014.

“To be clear, Leviss has repeatedly acknowledged that her actions were morally objectionable and deeply hurtful to Madix. She has offered numerous apologies,” the report claimed.

“There is more to the story, however. Lost in the mix was that Leviss 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, which were then distributed, disseminated, and discussed publicly by a scorned woman seeking vengeance, catalyzing the scandal.”

“Leviss ultimately checked herself into a mental health facility and remained there for three months while Bravo, Evolution, and the cast milked the interest her excoriation had peaked,” the documents read.

The filing closed with a statement regarding Rachel’s “tattered career,” reading, “To make matters worse, Leviss was misled by Bravo and Evolution into believing that she was contractually barred from speaking out about her mistreatment.

“As a result, she suffered in silence as Bravo and Evolution watched viewership explode, and the rest of the cast enjoyed unseen levels of public recognition and professional opportunity.”

During Tuesday's episode, the gang - minus Ariana and Katie Maloney - headed to Lake Tahoe

During Tuesday’s episode, the gang – minus Ariana and Katie Maloney – headed to Lake TahoeCredit: Getty

Tom saw this as an opportunity to make amends with his friends

Tom saw this as an opportunity to make amends with his friendsCredit: Getty

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