‘Vanderpump Rules’ recap: Sandoval explodes at producer in meltdown over Raquel chat

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Tom Sandoval seemingly forgot the rules of reality TV while filming part two of the “Vanderpump Rules” Season 10 reunion. 

The veteran Bravolebrity, 40, exploded at production during a meltdown over his desire to chat with affair partner Raquel Leviss off-camera. 

“I want to talk to her, like, I don’t want a camera in my f–king goddamn face. You’re not understanding,” an irate Sandoval told producer Patrick McDonald. 

But McDonald fully understood Sandoval. “You’re saying that you want to talk to her off-camera,” he replied.

Moments prior, McDonald explained to Sandoval that “cameras are up” if anyone is gathered and conversing — even during a lunch break from the grueling onstage portion of the taping. 

Tom Sandoval, Raquel Leviss and a "Vanderpump Rules" producer
Tom Sandoval unleashed on a “Vanderpump Rules” producer after he was disallowed from having an off-camera chat with Raquel Leviss.
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Tom Sandoval, Raquel Leviss and a "Vanderpump Rules" producer
“I want to talk to her, like, I don’t want a camera in my f–king goddamn face,” Sandoval fumed.
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“Dude, no man. I’m taking my mic off,” Sandoval said in frustration as Leviss, 28, watched on. 

Though the retired beauty queen didn’t say much during Sandoval’s tense exchange with the producer, she admitted that a private discussion with the wannabe rockstar would “be nice.”  

McDonald told the TomTom co-owner that he was more than welcome to “take a break” and “go eat lunch,” but reminded him that his estranged castmates — including ex-girlfriend Ariana Madix, Katie Maloney, Lala Kent and James Kennedy — were eating as cameras rolled. 

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The pair briefly caught up in Leviss’ trailer before Sandoval’s blowup.
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Raquel Leviss
At one point, Leviss admitted that a private conversation with Sandoval would “be nice.”
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“We legally have to have a break,” Sandoval said, later raising his voice to shout, “I need a break from filming! … You’re filming me!”

Leviss sat down with the cast for the first time on Wednesday’s episode, because she obtained a temporary restraining order against co-star Scheana Shay after accusing her of punching her upon learning of her affair with Sandoval.

Page Six previously reported that host Andy Cohen served Shay, 38, with a document with “no legal meaning” stating that Leviss was dropping the restraining order during the reunion, but Shay still had to attend the court hearing on March 29 for the charges to be formally dropped.

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The “Pump Rules” Season 10 reunion taped on March 23.
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The “Good as Gold” songstress broke down in tears when Cohen handed her the document because of the emotional toll it took on her.

Due to the restraining order, Shay filmed the first half of the reunion alongside her co-stars before swapping out with Leviss — who was watching the live feed from a trailer at least 100 yards away.


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A majority of the reunion has centered around Sandoval and Leviss’ months-long affair, which was exposed in early March.

Madix, 37, found out that her partner of nearly 10 years was having a dalliance with one of her best friends after seeing a sexually explicit video of her on his phone on March 1.

The Something About Her co-founder dumped Sandoval and has since faced off against him and Leviss at the intense reunion.

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Upon discovering Sandoval’s tryst with Leviss, Ariana Madix dumped the musician after nearly 10 years together.
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Several of Madix’s co-stars have had her back — with Kent, 32, slamming Sandoval as a “dangerous human being” and a “narcissist” and Kennedy, 31, trying to physically fight his ex-friend twice.

Meanwhile, Lisa Vanderpump defended Sandoval and later doubled down on her stance, telling E! News that she “can’t write him off as a person.”

The third and final part of the “Vanderpump Rules” reunion airs Wednesday, June 7 at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.

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