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Vanderpump Rules' Lala Kent And Randall Emmett Reveal Why We'll See More Of Him In Season 9

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The ninth season of Vanderpump Rules has been a long time coming. What with COVID-19 delays and cast shakeups, fans weren't even sure at one point if it would return at all. But finally, filming commenced earlier this year and ultimately wrapped this month. Now, Lala Kent and Randall Emmett are revealing why we will see him more on the show than we ever did in the past.

For the most part, as fans well know, Randall Emmett has only been on the periphery of Vanderpump Rules over the years. When Lala Kent was first dating him, she wouldn't even say his name out loud, referring to him only as “my man” on the show. But things will apparently be different in Season 9. At the Midnight in the Switchgrass premiere, which Emmett directed and produced, Kent told Variety that they use to “get away” with his lack of presence but having a child together kind of put the kibosh on that. Emmett added:

This season, I think you’ll see a lot more of me. I don’t know if I’m prepared for that, but it’s her life and they want to see all that stuff.

So it seems the birth of their daughter, Ocean, in March is the reason behind Randall Emmett now being much more visible on Vanderpump Rules. (The most fans ever saw of him in seasons past was during the orchestration of a fake arrest prank on Tom Sandoval.) Lala Kent has previously shared on the Behind the Velvet Rope podcast (opens in new tab) that Season 9 features plenty of drama, but there will also be a lot of touching moments through her and co-star Scheana Shay's newfound motherhoods.

Season 9 of Vanderpump Rules only just wrapped filming over a week ago, and Lisa Vanderpump took the time out of her increasingly busy schedule to celebrate it. But before the final curtain call came, the show managed to sneak in DJ James Kennedy and Raquel Leviss' engagement party as the closer. Judging from Kennedy and other cast members' testaments, fans should expect something totally new and different in the long-awaited season. (Hopefully, they don't just mean Randall Emmett’s increased camera time.)

Something that wasn't caught on camera in Season 9 (because it happened a little too late) was how the entire Vanderpump Rules cast got invited to the Midnight in the Switchgrass premiere. All of the current cast was in attendance, as well as ousted and fired castmates like Stassi Schroeder, Beau Clarke, Kristen Doute, Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright. The film stars Bruce Willis as an FBI agent tracking down a serial killer, alongside real-life couple Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly, the latter of whom isn't too pleased with the final outcome.

Apparently, there was even more drama at the Midnight in the Switchgrass premiere, as fans speculated that Lala Kent was shading star Megan Fox for missing the premiere by posting a pic of herself blocking the actress on the poster. Fox herself responded to the hoopla to USA Today (opens in new tab), saying that Kent is a “lovely person” and someone she couldn’t imagine intentionally doing “anything negative like that.” Kent told Access Hollywood that she wasn’t shading Fox at all and that she was just getting her picture taken by her mom.

The whole ordeal is proof that drama and shade isn’t reserved for the likes of just Bravo reality shows. It's universal. Midnight in the Switchgrass is available in theaters and on demand now, but we’ll have to wait a bit longer for Season 9 of Vanderpump Rules.

Lauren Vanderveen
Lauren Vanderveen

Freelance writer. Favs: film history, reality TV, astronomy, French fries.