'Vanderpump Rules' Showrunner Details Explosive Season 11 Ending and Reunion Shake-Up

In a new interview, showrunner Alex Baskin dishes on the shocking finale, emotional reunion, and uncertain future of the Bravo reality show ahead of season 12.

AceShowbiz - "Vanderpump Rules" producers surprised the cast during their three-part reunion, which concluded on Tuesday night. While stars receive episodes before air, host Andy Cohen revealed that the final minutes of the finale were withheld so they could watch together and capture real-time reactions to a pivotal San Francisco scene.

The May 7 finale left the cast deeply fractured, with flashbacks throughout the 11 seasons serving as a poignant ending. The reflective episode sparked speculation about whether it could function as both a season and series finale.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, showrunner Alex Baskin addressed the show's status: "Just because we really closed the book on Scandoval does not mean necessarily that the show is over." He noted the challenges of producing Season 11, given the group's divisions.

Baskin was surprised by the audience's reaction to certain storylines, particularly the backlash against Ariana Madix's decision to move on after her partner Tom Sandoval's affair was exposed. He explained that the cast's struggle to appreciate the different experiences involved, as well as the intensity of the audience's reaction, contributed to the drama.

A meta conversation emerged about the intersection of real life and the show, with some cast members arguing that their actions on the show were their true lives, while others insisted on maintaining boundaries. Baskin emphasized that producers do not force cast members to do anything they don't want, as group harmony cannot be mandated.

Baskin's decision to withhold the final moments of the finale was strategic. He wanted to ensure all cast members saw it together, hold them accountable for their words, and create a powerful emotional experience for viewers.

While there is no official renewal for season 12, Baskin does not believe the show is over. He sees potential for a continuation with a mix of returning and new cast members.

As for Ariana, Baskin is respectful of her decision to determine if a return makes sense. Post-reunion comments from Lala Kent indicate she may also be reevaluating her involvement. Baskin cautions against making assumptions based on immediate reactions, as decisions can change over time.

Baskin acknowledged Ariana's significant growth since last year's reunion, where she faced Tom Sandoval directly after discovering his affair. He believes she is now in a different place, with new opportunities to consider.

The reunion also raised questions about Tom Sandoval's future on the show. Baskin believes there is still much to explore in his storyline, but acknowledges the impact of his controversial New York Times interview on audience perception.

Regarding a timeline for season 12 decisions, Baskin stated that while not indefinite, they are not under any immediate pressure. He expects to have more information later in the fall.

Despite speculation about a potential ending, Baskin believes Vanderpump Rules has many lives left. The ratings remain strong, and he is confident that with a fresh approach, the show can continue to deliver compelling storylines.

The reunion also addressed the spin-off "The Valley", where Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright's recent split has added drama. Baskin believes the situation is different from Ariana and Tom's, as Jax and Brittany share a child and are more connected in their lives.

Baskin is optimistic about "The Valley" 's future, but does not anticipate major cast transfers from Vanderpump Rules due to its full roster.

As for "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills", Baskin teased an exciting upcoming season with a mix of new additions and established cast members, promising bonding, healing, and unexpected relationship shifts.

Regarding safety and responsibility on reality shows, Baskin emphasized that ongoing efforts are being made to ensure the well-being of cast and crew members. He believes that although negative headlines can arise, there are systems in place to address them and promote a safe and healthy environment.

Fans eagerly await the explosive "Vanderpump Rules" season 11 finale and three-part reunion, as well as updates on the show's potential future.

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