The fallout continues. Kristen Doute is still sharing her unfiltered thoughts on Tom Sandoval and Raquel Leviss‘ cheating scandal — and continuing to stand up for Ariana Madix.
The former Vanderpump Rules star, 40, dove into the drama during the Thursday, March 16, episode of the “Viall Files” podcast. “He needs to flee the country,” she joked of Sandoval, 40, whom she dated for several years before he moved on with Madix, 37, in 2014. “But I don’t know what country would want him right now. … You would think that nobody could ever be worse than Jax Taylor on that show or, like, me back in the day. But this just takes the cake.”
Host Nick Viall didn’t shy away from sharing his take on the situation, joining Doute in throwing shade Sandoval’s way. “We all have made mistakes in life. We all have been selfish at times,” the former Bachelor, 42, said as he encouraged Sandoval “to do the right thing” amid the scandal. “You have a trail of destruction, there are people lined up out the door — people you have hurt and scarred.”
Us Weekly confirmed on March 3 that the Missouri native and Madix split after nine years together due to his affair with Leviss, 28. At the time, a source exclusively told Us that the former couple’s issues “came to a breaking point” when Madix uncovered Sandoval’s infidelity.
Both the musician and Leviss have spoken out as the controversy continues to develop, with Sandoval initially addressing the backlash his and Tom Schwartz‘s businesses received in a March 4 Instagram statement. He later issued a public apology to Madix, who broke her silence via social media on Thursday after briefly deactivating her Instagram account.
“Hi. where to begin? i want to express my most sincere gratitude for the outpouring of love and support i have received from friends, family, and people i’ve never even met in the last two weeks,” she wrote. “When i have felt like i couldn’t even stand, you all have given me the strength to continue and seen me through my darkest hours. to say i have been devastated and broken is an understatement. however, i know that i am not in this alone.”
She added: “So many of my closest friends are also grieving this loss right now and reeling from this betrayal on so many levels. i am so f–king lucky to have the best support system in the world and i hope i can repay every single person for the love you have shown me. what doesn’t kill me better run. love, ariana.”
Bravo cameras were picked back up to film additional content for season 10 amid the scandal — and Us confirmed that Doute joined her former costars for a scene. (The He’s Making You Crazy author was fired from the reality series in 2020 for past racist behavior.)
“I filmed that scene because Ariana specifically said, ‘I really need you to do this for me,'” Doute told Viall. “I told her, ‘I have nothing to gain from this. I, in fact, will probably look like an opportunist or thirsty.’ I specifically said to her, ‘This has nothing to do with the network, the production, the ratings, whatever. What do you need?'”
Despite their past ups and downs, Doute has been there for Madix since news of the affair made headlines. When it comes to Leviss, the Michigan native admitted that she “can see why” Sandoval made his move.
“Ariana has a backbone. Raquel does not,” she claimed on Thursday. “Raquel validates everything that Tom needs to be validated.”
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