Kristen Doute is officially making a grand return to Vanderpump Rules with Bravo confirming the news on its main Instagram page on Friday.
The TV personality, 40, was fired from the series back in 2020, along with Stassie Schroeder, amid a racism controversy involving former costar Faith Stowers.
The podcast host will make an appearance on the reality show amid the latest cheating scandal involving Tom Sandoval, Ariana Madix, and Raquel Leviss.
Doute has stuck close to Ariana amid the drama, who split with the business owner after he reportedly had an affair with Leviss, which ended their nine-year relationship.
Kristen also recently spoke out and slammed Tom Schwartz for remaining silent during the latest cheating scandal, and called him a f*****g p***y.’
She’s back! Kristen Doute, 40, is officially making a grand return to Vanderpump Rules as Bravo confirmed the news on its main Instagram page on Friday
Bravo uploaded a photo of the star from her previous time on the show, and announced in the caption, ‘Spotted: Kristen Doute filming for this season of #PumpRules.’
The media personality was spotted earlier this week visiting the home of Ariana Madix while cameras rolled to shed her support to the star after ending her relationship with Tom on March 3.
Kristen, who also previously dated the TomTom co-founder, is ‘completely supporting Ariana’ amid the drama, reported People on Monday.
The star has been by Ariana’s side since news of the affair came to light, and a source recently told the entertainment outlet that ‘Vanderpump Rules producers have approached Kristen to come back on the show to talk about this.’
‘She’s had her fair share of ups and downs with Sandoval over the years, but right now she’s completely supporting Ariana.’
The insider continued, ‘Kristen has put the show behind her, but she’s considering it. It’ll depend if Ariana wants her to do it and is comfortable as that’s the only way she would ever go back on the show.’
‘It’s a conversation she and Ariana are having right now. The girls have all been spending time with Ariana.’
Doute notably was in a relationship with Tom, and after joining Vanderpump Rules, was involved in cheating rumors that she was having an affair with co-star, Jax Taylor.
Previously was let go: The TV personality was fired from the series back in 2020, along with Stassie Schroeder, amid a racism controversy involving former costar Faith Stowers; seen in 2021 in Los Angeles
Asked to return: The podcast host, who has been supporting Ariana amid the cheating scandal, was asked by Vanderpump Rules producers ‘to come back on the show to talk about this,’ a source told People on Monday
Ariana Madix was also involved in a cheating scandal with Tom after becoming a cast member in the series in 2013, and the two later admitted to sharing a kiss when Sandoval was still in a relationship with Doute.
Earlier last week on Friday, Kristen shared a reel on her Instagram stories and announced that she was ‘Team Ariana,’ People reported.
‘I don’t know why I feel like I need to make this clear, but there’s so many people right now wondering if this is making me happy,’ she explained. ‘You guys, Ariana and I have been really good friends for many, many years now so I am Team Ariana, all day, every day. That’s what’s up.’
In a caption towards the bottom of the clip, Doute had written out, ‘Karma is indeed coming, so Raquel should just move home.’
On Tuesday, Kristen jumped to her Instagram stories and told Leviss, ‘Pick a lane b***h and make that lane be not in the United States. Bye. Girl. Bye. Jesus F***ing Christ.’
Last week on Wednesday, Madix discovered the affair upon finding an intimate FaceTime video on Tom’s phone between him and Raquel, as well as text message exchanges between the two, reported the outlet.
While Vanderpump Rules stars have spoken out about the affair, Doute slammed Tom Schwartz, who is close friends with Tom Sandoval, for remaining silent during the drama.
In the past: Doute notably was in a relationship with Tom, and after joining Vanderpump Rules, was involved in cheating rumors that she was having an affair with co-star, Jax Taylor
Current cheating scandal: Last week on Wednesday, Madix discovered the affair upon finding an intimate FaceTime video on Tom’s phone between him and Raquel, causing the two to split on March 3, reported People
Slammed: Kristen slammed Tom Schwartz, who is close friends with Tom Sandoval, for remaining silent during the drama
She spoke out about her co-star, 40, pretending to give his honest thoughts but not backing them up with actions while she was on an episode of Dear Media’s Shenanigans podcast.
‘Tom Schwartz is a f*****g p***y, and he needs to man up,’ Doute said as she was joined by host Scheana Shay and Lala Kent.
‘Enough is enough. He’s just burying his head in the sand and thinks that things will just go away and things will happen.’
Schwartz has been close friends and business partners with Sandoval for several years and recently the pair opened a restaurant together in Los Angeles called Schwartz and Sandy.
Doute, who previously dated Sandoval, went on to say: ‘It’s like he can be honest with us in real-time and texting, ‘I don’t stand for this’ or ‘I really feel this way,’ but he doesn’t do anything about it.’
Calling out: ‘Tom Schwartz is a f*****g p***y, and he needs to man up,’ Doute said as she was joined by host Scheana Shay and Lala Kent on the Dear Media’s Shenanigans podcast; Schwartz and Sandoval seen in July 2022
Not ‘doing’ anything: Doute, who previously dated Sandoval, went on to say: ‘It’s like he can be honest with us in real-time and texting, ‘I don’t stand for this’ or ‘I really feel this way,’ but he doesn’t do anything about it’; the two pals seen in October 2022
Kent, who also stars on Vanderpump Rules, chimed in with: ‘Words don’t mean s***. Actions are everything.’ It hasn’t been confirmed whether or not Schwartz specifically knew about the affair, but Lisa Vanderpump recently added her thoughts on the situation.
The Vanderpump Rules matriarch, 62, appeared on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen days after Shay and Leviss made their appearance and suggested Schwartz must have been aware.
Given Schwartz’s close friendship with his business partner and co-star, those close to him have speculated that he had to have known.
‘I think they are so close he knew something, but we’ll find out,’ Lisa said of the forthcoming 10th season of her show. Sandoval, who issued a public apology on Tuesday, denied Schwartz had any knowledge of the affair in his apologies.