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VPR’s Raquel Leviss Wants to See Ex Tom Sandoval’s Manipulation ‘Tactics’ on ‘The Traitors’

Why VPR s Raquel Leviss Wants to Watch Ex Tom Sandoval on The Traitors
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Rachel “Raquel” Leviss has kept her distance from ex Tom Sandoval — but that doesn’t mean she isn’t interested in his upcoming stint on The Traitors.

Leviss, 29, was asked about Sandoval, 41, participating in season 3 of the Peacock series during the Wednesday, June 12, episode of her “Rachel Goes Rogue” podcast. “I think I might have to tune in to watch that. I don’t know why,” she said. “I mean, I watched [Sandoval on Fox’s] Special Forces. … Tom was trying to convince me to go on Special Forces with him.”

The former Vanderpump Rules star admitted she had fun watching Sandoval compete on the survival series, adding, “I did watch that and I did kind of have a little bit of joy seeing him go through painful experiences. I may have to tune in for Traitors.”

According to Leviss, she had a vested interest in The Traitors even before Sandoval joined the cast.

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“I have been watching last season’s Traitors, and the dynamic is interesting. I don’t know many of the people on the [season 3] cast, but I may have to tune in for this,” she explained. “Because I feel like he is a master manipulator, and it would be very interesting to see his tactics in a situation where it’s encouraged to be manipulative. Like, more of a ‘put on your psychology cap’ for this one because it sounds very entertaining.”

Sandoval’s casting was announced earlier this month in addition to Housewives Robyn Dixon, Dolores Catania, Dorinda Medley and Chanel Ayan, Bachelor Nation stars Wells Adams and Gabby Windey, Summer House’s Ciara Miller and Selling Sunset’s Chrishell Stause. The competition series will feature Survivor’s Rob Mariano (Boston Rob), Jeremy Collins, Carolyn Wiger and Tony Vlachos, RuPaul’s Drag Race star Bob the Drag Queen, Big Brother’s Britney Haynes and Danielle Reyes, The Biggest Loser alum Bob Harper, Zac Efron’s brother Dylan Efron, British aristocrat Lord Ivar Mountbatten, Britney Spears’ ex Sam Asghari and former WWE star Nikki Garcia.

The Traitors is the third show offer Sandoval received in the aftermath of his cheating scandal with Leviss. In March 2023, news broke about the duo’s affair, which led to Sandoval’s split from Ariana Madix after nearly a decade of dating. Madix, 38, landed the most professional opportunities amid the controversy, but Sandoval threw Us for a loop when he participated on Special Forces: World’s Toughest Test and The Masked Singer.

Why VPR s Raquel Leviss Wants to Watch Ex Tom Sandoval on The Traitors
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Leviss, for her part, checked herself into a mental health facility and subsequently exited Vanderpump Rules before they started filming season 11. Once she left the treatment center, Leviss chose to share her side of the story on her podcast. She has surprised Bravo fans by dropping some bombshells about what led to her split from Sandoval after their affair.

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“The amount of times that Sandoval called me selfish while I was in the Meadows and [said] that I’m running away from my problems. And [said] that I’m dependent on this place that’s basically an assisted living facility,” she claimed in February. “Knowing how important mental health has become in my life and how much of a priority that is to me, there’s no question that Sandoval and I will never be friends again.”

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Leviss more recently accused Sandoval of grooming her, which he has continued to deny.

“I don’t want to label Tom anything either. I know I have called him a narcissist in the past and, maybe, I shouldn’t have done that. But you start seeing these patterns and this type of behavior,” Leviss claimed. “There are terms that psychologists use to explain this behavior because once you are able to pick up on it, it becomes predictable. The terminology is used as a tool and not as an insult to somebody.”

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Sandoval weighed in on Leviss’ comments during the VPR season 11 reunion, which aired in May. “Looking back, I think she’s a f–king coward. Like, I’m sorry to say it,” he said. “And I think her sitting here preaching to everybody that she’s moving on but still talking relentlessly about me and everybody is just f–king ridiculous.”

The first part of the special featured Sandoval directly addressing the grooming claims, saying, “She used the word ‘groomed’ which is beyond f—king slander considering she is not underage. That implies pedophilia. … I was very impressionable when she took all her clothes off and jumped in my f—king pool.”

Sandoval has since moved on with Victoria Lee Robinson while Leviss has remained tight-lipped about her relationship status after sparking romance rumors with Matthew Dunn.

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