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Why Tom Sandoval Was Missing for Most of the Vanderpump Rules Season 11 Premiere

Where exactly was Tom Sandoval when the cameras picked back up for Vanderpump Rules Season 11?

By Shannon Raphael

Less than a year after Ariana Madix and Tom Sandoval's breakup rocked the friend group, Vanderpump Rules officially returned for Season 11 on Tuesday, January 30. 

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While cast members Ariana, Lisa VanderpumpLala Kent, Katie Maloney, Tom Schwartz, James Kennedy, and Scheana Shay were all present on the premiere, as were friends Ally Lewber, and Brock Davies, Sandoval only popped up just a few seconds before the episode concluded. 

Ariana, Katie, and Schwartz briefly discussed why Sandoval was missing, but, if you missed the moment, we have you covered. Look below to find out where Sandoval was when the cameras initially picked back up for Vanderpump Rules Season 11

Why Tom Sandoval Was Missing on the Vanderpump Rules Season 11 Premiere

When Katie went to Sandoval and Ariana's home to get ready to go thrift store shopping, she noticed that something felt different about the house. "It's quiet in here," Katie pointed out.

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"He's in New Zealand shooting some sort of competition show," Ariana responded, referencing Sandoval's recent career venture.

Then later on in the episode, when Katie met with her ex-husband to grab Gordo and Butter, the dogs they continue to co-parent, the pair discussed Sandoval's latest gig. 

"He's with a drill sergeant," Schwartz told Katie about the experience. "He's going to boot camp." 

After missing most of the episode because he was in New Zealand, Sandoval returned to his home in Valley Village in the final moments of the Season 11 premiere. 

"Hello?" Sandoval said as he rolled his suitcase in and went up the stairs. The episode concluded before viewers could find out what would happen next. 

Tom Sandoval wearing a white suit while in a purple room overlooking LA.

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According to his official bio for the new episodes, Sandoval is "working on bettering himself" on Season 11. 

"In a fragile state, he focuses on repairing the foundations of his friendships," his bio continues. "When he isn’t on the road touring with his band, Tom Sandoval and the Most Extras, he and Ariana live under the same roof... locked in a stalemate for the house."

Watch new episodes of Vanderpump Rules Season 11 on Tuesdays at 8/7c on Bravo. Stream episodes the next day on Peacock

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