Jax Taylor Shares SUR-prising Update on His Relationship With Lisa Vanderpump

Vanderpump Rules alum Jax Taylor revealed where things between him and former boss Lisa Vanderpump stand today three years after he left the Bravo series and his answer might shock you.

By Brett Malec Oct 13, 2023 5:42 PMTags
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Nothing brings people together like burying the hatchet over a few Pumptinis.

Vanderpump Rules alum Jax Taylor is sharing a surprising update on where things stand between him and former boss Lisa Vanderpump nearly three years after he left the Bravo series in 2020.

"It's actually pretty good," the reality star said of the relationship on Watch What Happens Live Oct. 12. "Recently we just started talking again. We haven't really spoke in a really long time and then we just met up for lunch, actually at one of James [Kennedy]'s See You Next Tuesday parties. So, we met up I would say about four weeks ago and we had a really good conversation for like an hour and a half. It was emotional, there were tears."

Prior to their reunion at Lisa's West Hollywood eatery SUR, Jax credited the coronavirus pandemic as one of the main reasons for their falling out. That, and starting a family with wife Brittany Cartwright.

"A lot happened over COVID," the 44-year-old explained, "we lost touch, the baby, things happened, there was some miscommunication, but now we're good."

A History of Vanderpump Rules' Biggest Cheating Scandals

During the WWHL appearance, host Andy Cohen also grilled Jax about some of his most infamous moments during his eight seasons on VPR. And while he did admit to regretting some of his past transgressions—like having ex Stassi Schroeder's name tattooed on him, cheating on her with costar Kristen Doute and getting arrested for stealing sunglasses in Hawaii, just to name a few—there's one thing he stands by: Insisting he's always been "the no. 1 guy" in the cast.

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As for who he thinks is top dog these days following Scandoval? Though he mentioned James, noting sarcastically of the DJ, "We'll see how long that lasts," he more definitively responded, "I think Ariana [Madix] is the No. 1 guy in the group."

And while Ariana's ex Tom Sandoval is definitely not on great terms with his castmates following his controversial affair with costar Rachel "Raquel" Leviss, Jax admitted he's reached out to his former BFF amid the scandal, noting, "We have talked."

Don't miss Jax and more infamous reality TV baddies on E!'s new competition series House of Villains Thursdays at 10 p.m.

And keep reading for everything we now about the new season of VPR.

Season 11 Filming Begins

Filming for Vanderpump Rules season 11 began in late June just weeks after the explosive three-part season 10 finale finished airing. Ariana Madix was even spotted letting loose while shooting at her ex's restaurant TomTom.

"Dj James Kennedy is playin' a set at tomtom," TikTok user audpen wrote June 30 with a video of Madix dancing inside the West Hollywood eatery. "Ariana is as gorgeous as ever living her best life, and the whole crowd chants for her. The world is good." 

Tom Sandoval Films With Lisa Vanderpump

On July 6, Tom Sandoval was seen filming for the first time since Scandoval. The 40-year-old dropped flowers off at Lisa Vanderpump's now-closed West Hollywood hot-spot PUMP, which shut its doors this summer.


Something About Ariana Madix & Katie Maloney's New Business

Season 11 will surely highlight the opening of Madix and Katie Maloney's new West Hollywood sandwich shop Something About Her, which is supposed to open this summer amid filming. The BFFs have shared plenty of sneak peeks inside their latest business venture on social media.

Tom Sandoval & Ariana Madix Reunite

Four months after filming their shocking season 10 reunion showdown, the exes were spotted filming together on July 11 at SUR's weekly See You Next Tuesday event with several of their costars. 

Bravo fans will have to wait and see as to whether Madix and Sandoval actually interacted during the outing.

Raquel Leviss Not Returning

After checking out of a mental health facility in Wickenburg, Arizona in July, Rachel "Raquel" Leviss confirmed in August she is not returning for season 11. In fact, she stated that she won't be coming back to reality TV at all. 

"Oh, hell no," Raquel told Bethenny Frankel. "No because I refuse to not respect myself on that level where I would endure that emotional abuse any longer."

The Cast Trip to Lake Tahoe

On July 18, Scheana Shay and husband Brock Davies, James Kennedy and girlfriend Ally Lewber, Tom Schwartz, Sandoval and Lala Kent jetted off to Lake Tahoe for a summer getaway, marking the cast's first post-Scandoval vacation.

Shay and Kent shared Instagram Stories from their luxury lakeside rental. As for where they stand with Sandoval…

Scheana Shay Has Not Forgiven Tom

Although Shay and Sandoval were photographed posing with a fan alongside their costars in Tahoe, the "Good as Gold" singer clarified she has not totally forgiven the TomTom co-owner for his affair.

Retweeting a video of Sandoval from her Instagram, Shay wrote July 19, "Who said all is forgiven?? We are all here for Lisa."

She added in response to another social media user questioning if they were friends again, "I'm posing in a photo for a fan. I take photos w strangers on the daily and have my arm bent up behind ppl. End of story. Should I look miserable in a group fan photo I got thrown in walking to our car?"

Lisa Vanderpump's New Tahoe Club to Be Featured

While in town, the cast checked out Vanderpump's new club Wolf at Harrah's, meaning fans will definitely get a look at the restauranteur's new Tahoe business venture next season.

In videos shared to social media, Shay, Davies, Kent, Sandoval, Schwartz, Kennedy and Lewber even helped knock down walls inside the venue during renovations.

James Kennedy Reunites With His & Raquel Leviss' Dog

Several weeks after Leviss finished her stay at a treatment facility, Kennedy announced their dog Graham, who they rescued in 2018 while still dating, was back in his custody.

"Look who made his way back home, back into my life," the DJ wrote in a July 19 Instagram along with two adorable photos. "I'll take care of you forever and I love you."

Ariana Madix's Dancing Debut

As it was announced in early July that Madix is officially joining season 32 of Dancing With the Stars, we can only hope we'll get a behind-the-scenes look at her ballroom prep.

Ariana Madix Makes Her Love Island USA Debut

While the cast was filming their Tahoe trip, Madix flew to Fiji to make a special appearance on her favorite show Love Island USA.

Sandwich Celebrations

On Aug. 6, the whole cast (minus Sandoval) was pictured enjoying a tasting at Something About Her ahead of the shop's opening.

Ariana Madix & Tom Sandoval Pictured Together All Smiles

While they made sure to keep their distance from one another, Madix and Sandoval were photographed together for the first time since the explosive season 10 reunion.

The exes reunited for an Aug. 8 water tasting with the rest of their season 11 castmates.

Tom Schwart'z New Look

Schwartz debuted bleach-blond hair in August.

San Francisco Cast Trip

Season 11 culminates with a group vacation in San Francisco. Madix, Sandoval, Schwartz, Maloney, Kent, Shay, Kennedy and Lewber were all in attendance according to their Instagram Stories touring the Golden Gate bridge and other landmarks.

Daniel Wai's Debut

Madix's man joined the cast on their season 11 trip to San Francisco and it seems he's set to make his debut on the show.

Coordinating Couple

Madix and Wait coordinated for a night out in SF.

That's a Wrap

On Aug. 3, Kennedy announced "that's a wrap" on season 11 with a cute pic with Lewber in San Francisco.

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