James Kennedy Isn't Alone: A History of Vanderpump Rules' Fired Cast Members

It’s all sexy and unique until someone gets fired at SUR.

In last night’s episode of Vanderpump Rules, DJ James Kennedy joined the elite club of SUR employees who’ve been fired by Lisa Vanderpump, one that includes his ex-girlfriend, Kristen Doute, after being caught drinking on the job and for his erratic behavior.

But James and Kristen are far from the first SURvers to leave the restaurant, as fans have seen many hostesses, bartenders and members of the wait staff come and go over the last five seasons. 

Vail Bloom, Laura Leigh, Former Vanderpump Rules Cast Members

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Laura Leigh (season one)
How long she worked there: A few months
Reason for leaving: Booked a role in a film, We’re the Millers
Most memorable moment: Where to begin? There was Jax dumping her just after he attended a 12 Step meeting for her drug problem. There was also her going off on Stassi at a staff meeting over nasty texts. And then there was her confronting Jax over their sex life in the middle of the restaurant.

Vail Bloom (season three)
Position: Hostess/Daytime Emmy Award nominee  (?!)
How long she worked there: A few months?
Reason for leaving: Dignity/dating Chris Pine
Most memorable moment: Making her “coffee” with manager Peter into the most awkward date ever.

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Tom Schwartz (season three)
How long he worked there: One shift, though he’s still a main cast member 
Reason for leaving: Anxiety attack within seconds of starting first shift at PUMP, LVP’s other West Hollywood haunt. 
Most memorable moment: Um, having an anxiety attack and walking out. Oof. We still love ya, Schwartzy, as does LVP.

Kristen Doute, Vanderpump Rules

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Kristen Doute (season three)
Position: SURver
How long she worked there: Over seven years and is still a main cast member/SUR lingerer 
Reason for leaving: Um, she was infamously fired for going off on management. And for having daily meltdowns at the restaurant over having to work with her ex, Tom, and his new girlfriend, Ariana.
Most memorable moment: Telling the manager Diana to “suck a d—k” at the restaurant.

Stassi (season three)
Position: SURver
How long she worked there: Five years and is a main cast member again in season five 
Reason for Leaving: She quit to move to NYC with her boyfriend, Patrick, burning most of her bridges with her cast members and Lisa on her way out, leading to season four’s apology tour.
Most memorable moment: Hiding wine in the bathroom to drink during her shifts.

Frank (season one)
Position: Bartender/The Worst
How long he worked there: A couple of years
Reason for leaving: Fired by Lisa for getting into an argument with a customer, and saying he would pull the man’s underwear over his head in front of his girlfriend. The man then threw a beer on him.
Most memorable moment: Being the complete loser who tried to sell a sex tape of Stassi, who he dated for a hot minute in season one after she broke up with Jax.

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Jax Taylor (season four)
Position: Bartender
How long he worked there: Still works at SUR, but was suspended without pay for two weeks
Reason for suspension: While on vacation with the SUR gang in Hawaii, Jax drunkenly stole a pair of sunglasses, and was arrested for shoplifting. Lisa was not amused, and suspended the troublemaker. I would think very carefully about my future if I was you,’
Most memorable moment: A secret diner once sent back a drink, saying it wasn’t quite right, prompting Jax to wait a beat and  then just send back the same drink, saying people usually don’t even notice. (He was right, she said it was better the second time around). 

Vanderpump Rules airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on Bravo.

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