Following the announcement of her castmates’ pregnancies and the firings of several of her co-stars, including Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute, Ariana admitted things will be much different during the new season as she also spoke about her most and least favorite moments of her time on Bravo.
“Hopefully when we start filming again, we’ll be in a place where we’ll have a really solid idea of how we’re going to stay safe and what we’re going to do,” Ariana explained on The Take On With Amir Yassai. “I don’t know what regulations will look like at that point but hopefully, we will be in a better place so we can pick it up and just do it.”
While Ariana didn’t know any details about the safety regulations that will be in place when she and her castmates begin production on the new episodes, she noted that there will be plenty of change ahead in terms of content due in part to the pregnancies of Lala Kent and Scheana Shay.
“We have [two pregnant] cast members. Who knows, timeline-wise, if maybe they’ve already had [their babies]. Obviously, it would have to be somewhat different because they’re in a different phase in their lives,” she shared. “But I think that while it is different… it [will] be really interesting to see that growth.”
As for whether or not the exits of her former castmates, including Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright, will be addressed on season nine, Ariana admitted she wasn’t sure before saying she’d prefer to “move forward” with the remaining members of the show as well as the potential newbies.
“I assume there would be new cast members as well. I think it’s time to move forward. Hopefully it’s not the kind of thing that keeps getting dredged up. There’s so much going in all of our lives with everyone who’s left and I think there’s more than enough to have an amazing next season,” she stated.
After joining the series in a full-time position during season three, Ariana was a bit hesitant to let her guard down. However, after establishing friendships with her castmates and her producers, she was able to open up much better on-camera.
“I had to really understand that I have to talk to [the producers] because if I don’t talk to them, they have no idea what’s going on in my life. So building that relationship [helped],” she explained.
Ariana then revealed the highs and lows of her reality TV experience.
“Getting to be part of [Tom Schwartz] and [Katie Maloney]’s wedding, that’s a rose for me. The growth of my friendship with Scheana has been a rose for me because we had a low point and then we bounced back and really have such a great relationship now. Another rose for me is the people, fans of the show that I’ve met, that’s such a huge rose,” Ariana gushed.
“I think a low point is moments where I felt my story wasn’t being told,” she continued. “If I could tell you my story, not to make excuses for sh*tty behavior that I’ve had, because I have, but I really wish sometimes that I could have been able to really tell my story.”