Even Bravo fans don’t love Tom Sandoval.
The “Scandoval” contestant was part of the “Vanderpump Rules” panel at BravoCon, which kicked off its first day of programming on Friday.
The audience at Caesars Forum in Las Vegas initially seemed supportive. Sandoval took the stage immediately after his ex Ariana Madix, so any boos were drowned out by the thunderous applause and cheers for her.
But every time host Karamo Brown asked Sandoval a question, the day’s largest audience voiced their displeasure.
“We’re not going to boo here,” Brown pleaded with the crowd. Later, Tom Schwartz echoed Brown, saying, “Don’t be the mob. Don’t be the mob.”
Near the end of the panel, an audience member urged the crowd to “show grace” and reminded him that he was “human.” She was also booed.
Another viewer bluntly asked Sandoval why he didn’t simply leave the show following the fallout from the cheating scandal.
“I could have run away, but I would rather stand here and face it,” Sandoval replied.
Sandoval found a defender in his castmate Lala Kent, who said: “While everyone really hated Tom, he was still going out, he was still performing, the life was going out. He sits in front of all of you while you boo him. I have to be honest, if I were him I would tell you all to fuck off.” Kent was also booed by the audience.
After the panel, Sandoval told Access Hollywood he was “really glad it’s over.”
“I didn’t see you lose your temper,” Schwartz said. “Never let them see you sweat. That’s what they say in Hollywood.”
“I was sweating a little bit, but I think it had to do with the push-up competition,” Sandoval replied.
The push-up competition he is referring to is a challenge that James Kennedy took on during the panel discussion. Both men took off their shirts and did push-ups on stage, with Kennedy ultimately coming out on top (though both lasted a surprisingly long time).
It was perhaps the only time the crowd cheered for Sandoval, or at least at the sight of two shirtless men.
Watch the clip below:
Season 11 of “Vanderpump Rules” returns to Bravo in January 2024.