Shortly after the married couple revealed that they are exiting the long-running Bravo reality series, Ariana Madix shared a joyful post to Instagram as she announced what’s next for her and Tom Sandoval.
In a photo shared with Ariana’s 1.3 million followers, the reigning Vanderpump Rules couple posed in front of a rainbow heart made of flowers as they announced a special holiday edition of their popular cocktails book. Tom and Ariana were dressed in black as they posed in front of the colorful background and pointed to their book to announce a cocktail-making contest for fans.
In the comments section, many followers marveled over the timing of Ariana’s post on the heels of Jax and Brittany’s announcements about their joint exits from Vanderpump Rules.
Several commenters referenced Jax’s past comment that he was the “number one guy in the group” and that Vanderpump Rules was his show.
“Who’s the#1 guy in the group now?” one fan wrote.
“Dancing on Mr. Taylor’s grave,” another added.
“Y’all made it out in top!” a third fan wrote of Tom and Ariana
Other fans called Tom and Ariana the “#1 couple” on the show.
Some suggested the two just take over Vanderpump Rules without the rest of the cast. And others were ready for a switch from SUR, the Lisa Vanderpump-owned restaurant where the reality series has been based for eight seasons, to TomTom, the West Hollywood bar that Sandoval and Tom Schwartz currently have a stake in.
“So ready for a TomTom spinoff!” one viewer wrote.
On Twitter, other viewers agreed. One Twitter user predicted that Lala Kent will be the next to go and suggested that Bravo should just scrap the original series and launch a TomTom spinoff. Others also felt a rebrand could be in the works.
Longtime best friends Tom and Jax butted heads all last season on Vanderpump Rules. Jax also did not like how Tom handled his duties as best man at his wedding and nearly “fired” him from the job. He has also been extremely critical of Tom and Ariana’s relationship and their decision not to get married or have kids.
Vanderpump Rules has not yet been renewed for a ninth season. In addition to Jax and Brittany, original stars Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute have also been let go from the cast.