WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA: Peter Madrigal is the latest ‘Vanderpump Rules’ actor to slam Raquel Leviss. The SUR manager told the former starlet to “fuck” herself for calling him a “starting pony” on a recent episode of “Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen.”
In the “Alison Rosen is your new best friend” podcast on Thursday, March 9, 2023, Madrigal said, “I’m not anybody’s starting pony. I always keep an even keel, but, my God, who the hell do you think you are? … Who the hell do you think you are?” Around the time her private affair with her friend Tom Sandoval began, Leviss and Madrigal went on a few dates, according to Page Six.
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“An excellent starting pony”
The “Vanderpump Rules” star was referring to the March 1 “Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen” show in which Leviss, 28, opened up about his summer 2022 affair with Madrigal. In an episode of ‘Do You Regret It??’ with host Andy Cohen, the former pageant queen said she had no regrets about going on a date with Madrigal that left her in tears.
After calling off her engagement to DJ James Kennedy, who also appears in “Vanderpump Rules,” the SUR waitress began dating her boss a few months later. When Leviss called Cohen a “starting pony,” the 54-year-old backed off and covered his face with his cue cards. “I feel like Peter is a great starting pony to come back into the dating world,” Leviss remarked.
The reality star, however, tried to mitigate the damage by praising Madrigal and remarking, “That was such a beautiful shoulder to cry on. I mean, look at those shoulders.” “He asked me out after I broke up, obviously, and I was like, ‘Well, why not? Right?’ I’m a yes-man now,” the SURver said. “I think it was more about saying yes to him asking me to come out and try all of this,” she added.
After that date, Lisa Vanderpump urged Madrigal not to continue seeing Leviss because he was legally her boss, and Leviss independently acknowledged that she was not interested in continuing the relationship. In a conversation that took place during a February “Pump Rules” episode, the couple opted to stay platonic, according to Us Weekly.
The restaurant manager, however, was visibly unhappy with his ex-girlfriend’s comments and more so with the infidelity scandal between her and Sandoval. Rosen asked Madrigal on his podcast if he believed the controversial pair were in love, and Madrigal replied, “They might be.”
“I am very team Ariana”
On March 3, Page Six confirmed that Ariana Madix, Sandoval’s longtime girlfriend, had broken up with him over his affair with Leviss. On Rosen’s show, Madrigal commented, “I’m really on Ariana’s team, and I’ve been friends with Tom forever, but, man, this is beyond crap,” adding that the identical lightning necklaces the betraying couple wore were similar to a “wedding ring”.
Leviss and Sandoval have reportedly been having an affair since July 2022, according to a former insider who spoke to Page Six. A second source said the two plan to “be together” right away. Still, Leviss later acknowledged that she “cares” for Sandoval and needs to “heal” to “understand” her decisions and choices and “learn how to make better ones.”