Lisa Vanderpump defends Tom Sandoval at reunion after affair

Lisa Vanderpump makes an eyebrow-raising decision to defend cheater Tom Sandoval in a new clip from the “Vanderpump Rules” reunion.

The restaurateur sticks up for the bar owner, who had a months-long affair with Raquel Leviss while in a nine-year relationship with Ariana Madix, after Lala Kent calls Sandoval a “dangerous human being” and compares him to her allegedly unfaithful ex-fiancé, Randall Emmett.

“Sandoval is Randall,” Kent says in the sneak peek Bravo released Wednesday. “Give it 10 years. He is Randall Emmett. It’s absolutely terrifying. I couldn’t get Randall to stay home, and then when s—t hit the fan, I couldn’t get him the f–k out of the house.”

Madix, who is still living with Sandoval, agrees as Kent continues to slam their embattled co-star as a “f—king narcissist” who people need “to be warned about.”

Lisa Vanderpump talking on "Vanderpump Rules"
Lisa Vanderpump defends Tom Sandoval’s affair in a “Vanderpump Rules” reunion clip.
Lala Kent talking on "Vanderpump Rules"
Vanderpump’s comments come after Lala Kent calls Sandoval a “dangerous human being.”

“Lala, that’s actually a ridiculous stance to start saying Sandoval’s a dangerous person,” Vanderpump, 62, interjects.

Kent, 32, claps back that she “didn’t ask for anyone else’s opinion,” but the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” alum asserts it’s “my opinion” nonetheless.

“Well, that’s great. I reject it,” Kent responds. “He was sleeping next to [Madix]. This was his life partner. If he can do that to her, there’s something wrong with this person.”

Lisa Vanderpump talking on the "Vanderpump Rules" reunion
Vanderpump fires back that Kent’s assessment of Sandoval is “ridiculous.”
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Tom Sandoval talking on the "Vanderpump Rules" reunion
“If you’re gonna judge my character, you need to get in line somewhere — near the back,” Sandoval tells Kent.

But Vanderpump once again defends Sandoval, 40, by pointing out that there’s “a lot of other people” who have cheated on their significant others and it doesn’t make them “dangerous people.”

“Absolutely. I have a baby with one. They are dangerous,” Kent says of Emmett, with whom she shares 2-year-old daughter Ocean.

Sandoval then chooses to stand up for himself and fires back at Kent, saying, “If you’re gonna judge my character, you need to get in line somewhere — near the back.”

Lisa Vanderpump and Tom Sandoval sitting on "Vanderpump Rules"
Vanderpump has previously faced backlash from fans accusing her of going too easy on Sandoval.
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“Shut the f–k up, shut the f–k up, shut the f–k up!” Kent screams back at him.

Vanderpump — who has faced backlash in the past for going too easy on Sandoval after the affair was exposed — encourages Kent to “calm down” since they had been filming the reunion “for like 10 hours” at that point.

“I’m not gonna calm down,” Kent replies before the clip ends. “We’re ready to go.”

Ariana Madix sitting on "Vanderpump Rules"
Ariana Madix, meanwhile, agrees with Kent’s description of her ex.

The heated argument began after host Andy Cohen asked Kent to share her thoughts on Sandoval and Madix, 37, continuing to share their home since the “Give Them Lala” author previously claimed Emmett, 52, would not let her leave their house after their breakup in October 2021.

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Kent is just one of the many cast members who come for Sandoval in the highly anticipated three-part reunion.

James Kennedy, who was previously engaged to Leviss, nearly gets into a physical brawl with Sandoval at one point after comparing the cheater to a “worm with a mustache.”

Andy Cohen, Lisa Vanderpump, Tom Sandoval talking on the "Vanderpump Rules" reunion
Madix faces off against Sandoval in the three-part reunion, which begins airing Wednesday.
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Tom Sandoval, Tom Schwartz, Raquel Leviss sitting at the "Vanderpump Rules" reunion
Madix also slams Raquel Leviss as “diabolical, demented, subhuman.”
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Meanwhile, Leviss also faces backlash from her cast members — especially Madix, who calls her “diabolical, demented, subhuman.”

Leviss and Sandoval’s dalliance (aka Scandoval) first made headlines on March 3, two days after Madix discovered it and dumped him.

“Vanderpump Rules” airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.

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