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It looks like Bravo’s upcoming Vanderpump Rules reunion is set to be the wildest one yet!
ET Live’s Lauren Zima caught up with Jax Taylor and fiancee Brittany Cartwright on Monday and the pair described the three-part special as “insane” and “chaotic.”
“I’ve seen some Housewives reunions and I don’t think I’ve ever seen or heard of a reunion this bad. This was bad,” Taylor dished. “The amount of times that [I thought] ‘I don’t know how they’re going to edit it. I really want to talk to the editors about the amount of cussing and drama and the amount of times Andy [Cohen] had to say, ‘Shut the f*** up.’ It was going crazy. The amount of walkouts, crying, breaks.”
“Our season was fine up until this!” he pointed out. “I was walking into the room thinking, ‘This should be easy.’ I never saw it coming. Everybody was holding everybody accountable for their actions this year.”
Cartwright added that conversations got so crazy that viewers will see a new side of her when the special kicks off at 9 p.m. PT/ET on Bravo on May 6. A preview clip shows her screaming at Tom Sandoval.
“This reunion is insane,” she shared. “People are going to see a side of me they’ve never seen. I scream at Sandoval and it was because he was [taking] James [Kennedy’s] side, but James was being very, very rude to me that day and I got very offended. When you’re someone’s best man you should have his back, so that’s why I screamed at Sandoval and he knows that.”
Cartwright said Kennedy was a major source of drama during the reunion, explaining how she went off on him because he was taking digs at her family.
“You can only be picked at and say so many things before you go off, and once he started calling my family hillbillies, I was like, ‘Oh no, no, no, no,’” she said. “That’s the one thing I cannot stand. I will ride or die for my family!”
Family jibes from Kennedy are also what set Taylor off, with the 39-year-old reality star admitting that the only thing stopping him from lashing out during a heated moment where Kennedy mentioned his late father was “a lawsuit and losing my job.” Reflecting on the tense exchange, Taylor said he believes Kennedy needs an “a**-kicking” and that he would pay money to give it to him.
“Anytime anyone mentions my father, I see red,” he said. “All I want to do is start punching. It doesn’t matter who says it, I just get so irritated. It was like, ‘Man, it’s just one thing after another with this guy.’ He’s just so relentless. He doesn’t stop. It’s almost like he’s playing roulette because he’s dodged a bullet so many times in the last seven years with so many different people. It angers me. I have a hard time turning my head.”
“I’m not going to let him affect me anymore like he did at the reunion,” Cartwright added. “It’s not worth it.”
While the cast often grabs a drink after 10+ hours of filming their reunion specials, Taylor admitted that things were so “tense” and “brutal” this time that they mostly went their separate ways. He and Cartwright did, however, grab Taco Bell with Tom Schwartz and Katie Maloney.
Reunion fireworks aside, Taylor and Cartwright are doing well as they prepare for their upcoming wedding, which Cartwright said will be triple the budget of their lavish engagement bash.
“We're really, really ready,” Taylor said of the nuptials. “It's very exciting. All this lead up to it, she's done the majority of the work but I'm very excited. I've seen everything. I cannot wait -- we're pumped!”
The couple confirmed they don’t have a prenup, will have around 220 guests, won’t be inviting Kennedy and that Taylor’s mom also won’t be at the event.
And, once the wedding is wrapped, chances are they won’t be wasting any time before starting their own family!
“After we get married and everything, it'll be in the hands of God,” Cartwright said.
“She wanted to have a baby like two years ago,” added Taylor. “It'll be our wedding night! I’ll be 40 this year, so by the time my kid gets to college, I’ll be 60. It needs to happen now.”
In preparation for their family’s future, the couple are settling into into their new house in an area of Los Angeles known as “The Valley,” where several other Vanderpump Rules stars are also living.
“We’re going to call it Valley Rules,” Taylor joked about converging in the area. “We all want to make sure our kids grow up together, so we all want to go to the same schools. We all have been friends for 15, almost 20 years, some of us, so we want our kids to grow up together.”
“And, I‘m already homesick,” added Kentucky native Cartwright, whose mom may be relocating to town soon. “So, if we’re going to get a house and settle down, I need to be close to my friends. I can’t be way in West Hollywood with all my close friends in the Valley!”