Raquel Leviss is firing shots at Bravo, taking aim at their profit-making tactics off Scandoval. She claims that despite all the success, she hasn’t seen a dime of that money.
“The network is running to the bank — like, laughing, running to the bank with this scandal — and I haven’t seen a single penny,” the Vanderpump Rules star said on Bethenny Frankel’s Just B podcast Wednesday.
During her first sit-down interview since the explosive Season 10 reunion of the reality show, Leviss became emotional, describing her situation as “exploitation.”
“It’s not fair,” she continued. “And I feel like a toddler saying, ‘It’s not fair!’ But it really isn’t. And I feel like I’ve been portrayed as the ultimate villain. My mistakes that I’ve made on-camera live on forever.”
In March, news broke that Leviss, aged 28, had been engaged in a months-long affair with her co-star Tom Sandoval while he was in a committed relationship with Ariana Madix for nearly a decade. The revelation stirred up a storm of intense backlash from “Pump Rules” fans.
Following the revelation, Madix, who is 38 years old, wasted no time in ending her relationship with Sandoval, aged 41.
Following the taping of the Emmy-nominated series’ reunion, Leviss made the decision to prioritize her mental health and check into a long-term treatment facility. Meanwhile, some of her co-stars viewed the scandal as an opportunity for personal gain.
One co-star, Madix, seized the moment and landed a role in a Lifetime movie, secured numerous sponsorships, released merchandise, and even opened a sandwich shop called Something About Her in West Hollywood. According to estimates by The Daily Mail, Madix’s various deals have generated over $1 million in earnings for her.