Vanderpump Rules Season 5: Which Cast Members Are Back & Who's Been Axed?!

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Good news:

We're just over a week away from the premiere of Vanderpump Rules Season 5!

Not so great news:

Vanderpump Rules Season 5 Image

It seems one castmember has seen her last dinner rush at SUR.

Rumors about a cast shake-up have been circulating for months, and now it seems our worst fears have been confirmed.

Fan favorite Lala Kent will apparently not be bringing her snarky hotness back for a second season.

Bravo unveiled the opening credits for the show's fifth season last night, and fans have taken note of the fact that Lala is not one of the beautiful people shooting Blue Steel gazes at the camera and sloshing perfectly good booze all over the place:

Interestingly, however, Stassi Schroeder has made her return to the EDM spill-fest.

Perhaps there's only room for one sassy blonde in WeHo?

(We kid. West Hollywood is roughly 118% sassy blondes. Look it up.)

Back in August Lala "quit" Vanderpump, but reality stars (particularly those with plenty of time to pursue other career options) quit the shows that made them famous all the time.

Lala Kent and James Kennedy

However, in this case, the decision seemed to be more than a melodramatic bargaining tactic.

Last month, Lala took on the entire cast (In a Twitter feud! get your mind out of the gutter!) and seemed to put the final nails in the coffin of her career as a SUR girl.

Or did she?

Take another look at the panoramic, ever-expanding group shot at the end of the credits:

Vanderpump Rules Season 5 Photo

There's Lala, sporting underboob for days, and still standing in close proximity to James Kennedy, as though his douche stench isn't bringing tears to her eyes. 

Also of note:

It seems couples will be taking center stage this season, as the newly-married Tom Schwartz and Katie Maloney are flanking Lisa V., along with Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix.

Apparently we're still pretending Ken Todd matters, as he's posted up directly behind Lisa.

And Brittany Cartwright has joined boyfriend Jax in the opening credits!

It's recently been rumored that Jax and Brittany will be starring in a Vanderpump spinoff, in which they'll spend time with Cartwright's family in rural Kentucky.

Should be amusing, but it's also a reminder that a guy with a shaky grasp on how many days are in a year is making way more money than you!

Happy Friday!

Watch Vanderpump Rules online to get caught up in time for Season 5.

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