Like many shows, filming for Season 9 of Vanderpump Rules was indefinitely postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. But that doesn't mean fans of the show won't get their fix. Brittany Cartwright, Katie Maloney-Schwartz, Ariana Madix and other stars of the hit reality show recently reunited for Scheana Shay's baby shower.
Scheana Shay posted several pics with her Vanderpump Rules co-stars on Instagram as they celebrated the coming of “Mini Scheana,” due next month. In one of the pics, Shay poses back-to-back with her ex-castmate and likewise pregnant friend Brittany Cartwright. Other (non-pregnant) costars were there, too, such as Kristen Doute, Raquel Leviss and Charli Burnett. Take a look at the Instagram pics here:
The mini reunion of sorts offers a brief glimpse into the lives of Lisa Vanderpump's restaurant servers and proteges who have been off our screens for over a year. But, the ones noticeably absent from Scheana Shay's pictures are just as intriguing as who is present in them.
Longtime Vanderpump Rules star Stassi Schroeder was missing from Scheana Shay's baby shower. The two often would not get along on the show because of their warring personalities, but they, at least, were very good at pretending to be friends and going to each other's events. Schroeder was fired last year from the reality show after her and Kristen Doute’s insensitive treatment of a former black castmate came to light.
Likely, Stassi Schroeder wasn't at Scheana Shay’s baby shower because she just recently had her first daughter, Hartford, in January. Interestingly, though, Schroeder's best friend and godmother to her child, Katie Maloney, was present at the baby shower. It is a sign of potential goodwill amongst the Vanderpump Rules girls, most of whom, miraculously, became pregnant around the same time. Seven months pregnant Lala Kent was also missing from the shower.
Another shade-worthy point of interest for Scheana Shay's event was that relative newcomer Charli Burnett was included on the guest list. Burnett’s role was rather small in Season 8. She and others, like Brett Caprioni and Dayna Kathans, were presented as the new generation SUR and Pump workers who were slated to take over the show. Even without the pandemic, it was unlikely that Vanderpump Rules could continue in the same direction, as most of the older stars weren’t even working at Lisa Vanderpump’s restaurants anymore.
Due to the controversy surrounding Max Boyens and others, things didn't turn out the way Lisa Vanderpump or Bravo maybe hoped for. But Charli Burnett held her own, even calling Vanderpump Rules veteran Jax Taylor “a grumpy old man.” Taylor’s wife Brittany Cartwright was not seen posing with Burnett in the pics.
But Scheana Shay never misses an opportunity to work herself into the storyline on Vanderpump Rules, which she’s been on since 2013. With Charli Burnett, Shay is possibly ensuring a friendship with one of the new generation.
Speculation about Scheana Shay’s guest list intent will have to remain as such, though. Surely, I can’t be the only Vanderpump Rules fan doing deep dive interpretations into baby showers…right?
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