Reality TV show Vanderpump Rules has been impacted by the affair between Tom Sandoval and Raquel Leviss, with most cast members being affected one way or another by the salacious romance. Sandoval’s ex-girlfriend, Ariana Madix, stands out as the most obvious victim, but Raquel’s former fiancé, James Kennedy, has also been affected, and many people have been involved, willingly or not, in the cover-up of the affair. Tom Schwartz specifically has suffered a loss to his reputation as one of the stable members of the Vanderpump cast due to the Scandoval scandal, and he also faces questions about his own behavior.
Schwartz has faced criticism for aiding the cheaters in getting away with their affair and for defending Sandoval. Some VPR fans arrived at the conclusion that he was not such a nice guy to begin with. Schwartz made an appearance on Watch What Happens Live, encouraging viewers to give Sandoval a hug if they saw him, while Schwartz’s former wife Katie Maloney expressed her frustration, saying: “You’re the only one that wants to hug him, dude. READ THE ROOM!!!” Maloney previously faced scrutiny from the Toms, but she is now getting the redemption arc she deserves.
Katie Maloney explains in a recent appearance on Nick Viall’s podcast that just about everyone knew about Sandoval and Raquel’s affair, citing several examples. She also noticed that they were wearing matching lightning bolt necklaces, which Schwartz would have noticed as well. By that time, Sandoval had become embroiled in the affair and was equally as involved as Schwartz. Overall, the affair has caused a significant disruption to the Vanderpump cast, with friendships being reevaluated, reputations being damaged, and scandals coming to light.