I alluded to this in a not so blind, blind item recently. I was waiting for all of the particulars to be worked out before making an official announcement. I was hoping to hear more details about the discussion between Bravo and Thomas but the information is sparse. He will definitely not be returning next season. I’m told that the decision was made at the Bravo level (Not the Haymaker or NBCu level although all three levels of production have been discussion this issue in depth since the allegations broke.)
Bravo doesn’t plan to make any statements on the issue until the reunion films. Decisions have not been made regarding whether or not Thomas will be on the reunion or not. However, that will be the first time anyone will be allowed to speak publicly on the subject. It sounds to me like Thomas will decide if he wants to be on the reunion or not. Thomas’ lawyers may have the last word on that. UPDATE! THOMAS WILL NOT BE AT THE REUNION.
Either way, Bravo is going to make their first public statement at the reunion. At that time, cast mates will have the gag order lifted and be able to say what they want to say about the situation, if they choose to discuss it at all.
I’m trying to decide what I think Thomas will do if the decision is in fact left up to him. Should he sit there with a lawyer who constantly repeats that his client has not been charged with any crimes, if in fact he still has not been at that time? Or constantly repeating something like, “my client looks forward to the truth coming out in trial” if by that time he is charged? Or would it be better for him to just skip the reunion all together?
Thomas hired a “crisis manager” a couple of weeks ago after two news reports aired on the local Charleston news channel. There are now three women who have made allegations of varying degrees of assault by Thomas Ravenel.
There is no precedent for this. No one has ever been fired prior to the reunion before. Do you think he will show up for the reunion this season or not? The reunion should film sometime later this month.