Jax Taylor, 41, and Brittany Cartwright, 31, are exiting “Vanderpump Rules,” Taylor announced Friday via social media.
“The last 8 years on ‘Vanderpump Rules’ have been some of the most challenging, rewarding and fulfilling years of my life,” Taylor’s Instagram post began. “Although this is difficult to share, Brittany and I will not be returning for another season of ‘Vanderpump Rules.’
“We are excited to take this time to focus on our growing family and share with you our new endeavors. @bravotv, @evolutionusa and our Vanderpump castmates will always remain close to our hearts,” he continued, before concluding, “Thank you to all the fans who have shared our journey with us and supported us through everything. We love you. Stay tuned, We can’t wait [to] share what we have planned. Have a great weekend.”
Cartwright’s post featured almost the exact same statement, but with her time on the show adjusted; she joined the Bravo hit three years after Taylor. She and Taylor announced that Cartwright was pregnant and expecting a boy in September.
TMZ used the word “canned” in their post on the news, adding that “honchos at Bravo confirm the couple won’t be returning to the show.”
“Vanderpump Rules” has yet to resume production as coronavirus cases continue to climb across the country. For a show based as heavily in the restaurant and bar industry, filming in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic is a dicey proposition, which Vanderpump herself addressed recently, tweeting that “many restaurants will not reopen,” though Page Six was told that she was making a general statement, rather than referring to any of her own properties.
“There is now no timeline for the show’s return,” a source told Page Six earlier this month.
Pandemic aside, it’s been an eventual year for the show, with seemingly every other couple announcing a pregnancy in recent months, to say nothing of the debacle over the summer when cast members Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute were fired for making a false police report about Faith Stowers, the show’s sole black cast member (now working on her own reality show). Cast members Brett Caprioni and Max Boyens were also fired over racist posts from their social media pasts.