Vanderpump Rules star James Kennedy is a strong contender for the very worst person to ever appear on a reality TV show.
Hear us out on this one:
Sure, pre-sobriety Mike Sorrentino engaged in some deplorable behavior.
And Jenelle Evans continues to make the world wonder how she still has custody of any of her kids.
Hell, you could even make an argument for Kennedy’s castmate Jax Taylor being the biggest POS that’s ever gained fame on basic cable.
But to our minds, no one has combined abusive behavior, constant self-pity, unchecked addiction, and rampant infidelity quite like James Kennedy.
Fortunately, the Vanderpump cast has become fully fed up with James’ douchiness, including his former friend and apologist Lala Kent.
For a long time, James manipulated Lala into believing that she needed him.
(Apparently, Kennedy was instrumental in helping her to land her gig on the show.)
This is a tactic that’s common to abusers, and fortunately, Lala now sees James for what he is.
Sadly, Kennedy’s girlfriend, Raquel Leviss, is still under his spell.
This, despite a mountain of evidence that James is cheating on Raquel with any warm body in his vicinity.
“I don’t know that I feel badly for her anymore because … it’s like seeing the murder scene and still needing more evidence,” Lala recently told Us Weekly.
“It’s like, ‘OK, girl, I can’t even deal.’ Like, you’re killing my brain cells at this point, and I don’t have a lot of those to lose!"
Like Stassi Schroeder, Lala is a fan favorite because she’s aware that self-deprecation and likability often go hand-in-hand.
The brain cells remark might be a reference to the fact that Kent spent a good number of years boozing and blazing with the rest of the SUR staff before getting sober in October.
In speaking with Us Weekly, Kent also jokes that Raquel appears to not be the sharpest tool in the shed — and that’s exactly what Kennedy likes about her.
“He is drawn to that because he can get away with everything,” Lala told the tabloid.
It’s a sad situation, and it seems that Kristen Doute remains committed to helping Raquel see the truth.
But for now, at least, Lala won’t be participating in that mission:
“That’s like a dead horse, I wanna let the horse rest in peace,” Lala said.
It’s an unusual stance for the star of a reality show that thrives on drama, but like most of the rest of the Vanderpump cast, Lala is growing up.
Here’s hoping James can one day join them in that.