For the first time ever, Bravo shows are filming reunions remotely amid the coronavirus pandemic

By Aurelie Corinthios
May 13, 2020 10:27 AM
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The stars of Vanderpump Rules weren't able to come together in person for the reunion, but it doesn't sound like that got in the way of a juicy conclusion to season 8.

Via video chat on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen on Tuesday, Andy Cohen asked guests James Kennedy, Raquel Leviss, Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix what they thought of the virtual reunion. The episode, which was filmed earlier this month, will bring the cast back together from their respective homes as they all self-isolate amid the coronavirus pandemic.

"I thought it was great," said Sandoval, 36. "I thought it was amazing. I loved that whole setup. I mean, I was so impressed [with] what production did — they brought over these TVs, everything was completely connected."

"Yeah, I thought it was really good," added Kennedy, 27. "I thought that it was going to be boring in the beginning, but after it was done, I was like, 'This is the best reunion yet.' I just didn't know [if] we were going to get our true emotions across the screen, but it worked."

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Cohen, 51, has also promised good things, recently telling listeners on his SiriusXM show, Andy Cohen Live on Radio Andy, that fans are in for a "great reunion."

Producers had originally intended to shoot the reunion on April 3, but they had to postpone it due to the pandemic.

Cast member Stassi Schroeder first revealed on her podcast Straight Up with Stassi in late March that the special had been delayed, per Hollywood Life. She also admitted she "dreads" filming the reunion episodes.

"The reunion is the worst day of the year," she said. "It's a f----ing 14-hour day. It's all day of just rehashing s---."

The Real Housewives of Atlanta season 12 reunion was also filmed remotely, as well as the Summer House season 4 reunion.

Vanderpump Rules airs Tuesdays (9 p.m. ET) on Bravo.