New details have emerged of Raquel Leviss’s negotiations for her return to Vanderpump Rules next season.
Last season he found himself at the center of “Scandoval,” the explosive controversy in which his co-stars Ariana Madix and Tom Sandoval bitterly broke up after nine years over his affair with Raquel.
Raquel was subjected to such a ferocious onslaught of backlash that she retired to a mental health facility for two months.
Claims have been circulating that Raquel is “playing hardball” to get a higher salary from Bravo for her future work on Vanderpump Rules.
However, TMZshe’s discovered a roadblock in her path: she’s contractually bound to return to the show, which Bravo could force her to do at her old fee.
Coming out: New details have emerged of Raquel Leviss’ negotiations to return for the upcoming season of Vanderpump Rules
Uh oh: TMZ has discovered a roadblock in her path: She’s contractually bound to return to the show, which Bravo could force her to do at her old rate.
His ace up his sleeve is his stint at the facility, as he could exit the program if a doctor confirms the job would be detrimental to his mental health.
A representative for Raquel commented that she “has been under contract” and at this time “is just renegotiating possible terms.”
Earlier this week news broke that Raquel had gone back to using her birth name Rachel after some time in therapy during her stay at the mental health facility.
The star, 28, checked into the facility in April amid the fallout from her affair with Tom Sandoval, 41, who at the time was in a nine-year relationship with Ariana Madix, 38. Both Sandoval and Madix have since returned to film season 11, but Leviss has been absent.
sources said TMZ The star has been out of the Arizona facility for a week and has been staying at a friend’s house due to being “uncomfortable” about venturing out, and has racked up a $200,000 bill for her care.
The star, who is said to be a “totally different person,” reportedly had an “epiphany” in therapy and decided to go back to his birth name after he was “armed” by trolls in the wake of Scandoval.
Sources told the publication that the star had figured it out with the help of therapists, that by “retrieving the name and accepting it, she neutralized the people who used it as a weapon.”
Leviss had been called Raquel by loved ones from an early age.
DailyMail.com has contacted representatives for Raquel and Bravo for comment.
Taking back the power: Earlier this week news broke that Raquel has gone back to using her birth name Rachel after time in therapy during her stay at the mental health facility.
Scandoval: Leviss, 28, checked into the mental health facility in April amid the fallout from his affair with Tom Sandoval, 41, who at the time was in a nine-year relationship with Ariana Madix, 38 (pictured together)
This comes after claims surfaced that Leviss representatives are ‘talking’ to the Bravo network, with a source saying the beauty’s mental health is at the forefront of any potential comeback.
However, it has also been claimed that Raquel is “playing rough” with Bravo in an attempt to get as much cash as possible for her return.
An informant said page six: ‘She wants to get as much money as possible.’
They added that the expectation is that by the time the cast leaves for a trip to Lake Tahoe next week, Leviss and Bravo will have “come to an agreement and she will appear.”
The source added: “But for the right price, she’ll be there.”
She made her last public appearance during the explosive three-part reunion in which Madix and her co-stars publicly criticized her.
Possible return: The upcoming season began filming last month in June, with all of the cast members signed on to return, aside from Raquel.
The show’s matriarch, Lisa Vanderpump, 62, also revealed to Extra that she was eagerly awaiting the start of the new season, with “another situation” developing.
On Wednesday, the show earned two groundbreaking Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program and Outstanding Picture Editing for an Unstructured Reality Program.
Lisa said of the nominations: ‘Overwhelmed. Very excited. But you know, to get a nomination, two nominations, one for editing as well, it’s been a long time coming… in the tenth season. So, I’m very grateful.
Speaking of season 11, he added: “It’s a bit of a beast, you’re right.” In fact, we’re right in the middle of another situation right now,” Lisa joked before continuing.
‘I’m not going to share that… I’m not going to give anything up.’
He also expressed his displeasure at “how hard” fans had come for Tom Sandoval online, saying he thought it was “too much.”
The upcoming season began filming last month in June, with all cast members signed on to return.
“Raquel will be out of the mental health facility in the next 10 to 15 days,” a source said. us weekly end of last June.
However, the source emphasized that Leviss “could choose to stay on longer” and that the producers of Vanderpump Rules “have remained committed to supporting Raquel’s treatment.”
Awkward: Vanderpump Rules exes Tom and Ariana awkwardly reunited to film season 11 of the hit show in West Hollywood on Tuesday for the first time since the show’s bombshell reunion
Most notably, he checked into the facility shortly after Tom’s ex, Ariana Madix, discovered intimate FaceTime videos on his phone in March between Sandoval and Leviss, prompting Madix’s split with Tom after nine years of dating. .
The cheating scandal has notably been labeled Scandoval and played out at the end of season 10, with the cast reuniting for a very heated three-part reunion afterwards.
Asked if Raquel is likely to definitely return to the show, the source told Us Weekly: “Nothing has been decided yet and it’s all up in the air.”
“Both parties hope they can work something out so Raquel gets the treatment she needs and can still be included in the program.”
Sandoval confirmed to photographers Friday that he has been busy on the set of the reality series, despite the past drama that has recently unfolded. “I’m filming right now,” he stated.
Tom then teased that the upcoming season is “going to be interesting no matter what.” It is always. When asked if he had contacted Raquel, he replied: “I can’t comment on that.”
He also spoke briefly about his friendship with his business partner, Tom Schwartz, which turned rocky during Scandoval. The star revealed that they were “cool,” adding, “Just saw it today.”
According the united states sunboth Sandoval and Schwartz were seen filming Thursday at a bar and appeared to be having a serious conversation with each other.
Tom has also been busy filming a second project and recently spent time in New Zealand filming the second season of the competition series Special Forces: World’s Toughest Test.
Sandoval’s ex, Ariana Madix, also revealed Friday that she will be joining a competition series of her own.
She excitedly announced that she would be appearing on Dancing With The Stars season 32, and made the big reveal alongside DWTS judge and professional dancer Derek Hough on Good morning america.
“This season of Dancing With The Stars, we’re going absolutely crazy… Madix crazy,” he said. ‘Say goodbye to drama and hello to the dance floor!’
The beauty could be seen happily standing next to him adding, “That’s right, I’m Ariana Madix, and I’m joining the cast of Dancing with the Stars this season!”
Both stars later appeared in a humorous parody shared on Instagram in a joint post as they further celebrated the news. In the comments section, Madix wrote: ‘I am beyond grateful, excited and nervous all in one! absolutely thrilled!
Since splitting from Tom, Ariana has also moved on with fitness instructor Daniel Wai, and the two were first linked at the Coachella Music Festival in April. The two were also seen spending time together over the Fourth of July vacation.
The most recent season of the show has been recognized with its first Emmy nominations. The show will battle Indian Matchmaking, RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked, Selling Sunset and Welcome To Wrexham in the Outstanding Broadcast Reality Program category.