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If you watched Season 3 Episode 1 of Vanderpump Rules last night, then you know about the addition of Kristen’s much-younger boyfriend James Kennedy to the cast.

James, to put it bluntly, is a douche. In fact, he may be the biggest D-bag on the SUR staff, which is really saying something.

Rather than wondering why his new girlfriend remains obsessed with her ex, James gleefully assists Kristen in sabotaging Tom Sandoval’s relationship with Ariana.

It’s worth noting that James was previously “best friends” with Tom before he began shacking up with his ex.


The situation leaves viewers with the question of why this guy would jeopardize his job and betray his former BFF just to win the affection of the eternally scowling, scheming, chain-smoking Kristen.

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The answer, of course, is that James is desperately fame hungry and will reportedly do anything to get his DJ-ing career off the ground.

The 22-year-old Brit claims he came to LA with an impressive resume and several music industry connections, yet he somehow found himself bussing tables. 

So now James is using Kristen to help his career, but it’s actually okay, because Kristen is just using James to make Tom jealous.

The whole situation is ugly, but fortunately, on last night’s episode, it led to one of the SUR staff brawls for which the show has become famous.

Was it as good as the Tom Sandoval-Jax Taylor fight? Sadly, we’ll have to wait until next week to find out.

In the meantime, check our full recap of Vanderpump Rules Season 3 Episode 1 and jump into our refresher on the SUR staff’s good, bad, and ugly in the gallery below: