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Season 2 of Vanderpump Rules has focused mainly on Tom Sandoval and Kristen Doute’s tumultuous relationship, cheating, and lying. Not only have they both been unfaithful with each other, but it was revealed that they did so with fellow SUR workers. Kristen hooked up with Jax Taylor and Tom got a little friendly with Ariana Madix. Basically it’s been a wild ride.

If you came into Season 2 not knowing who Ariana was, you’re not alone. Lisa Vanderpump brought the sexy bartender over from Villa Blanca this season, much to the surprise of the entire cast. When a fan asked Ariana why she didn’t want to be on Season 1 of Vanderpump Rules, the blonde bombshells responded by saying, “bc I didn’t want the drama but I had to avoid my friends.”

The question is definitely warranted, considering how involved she has been in the drama this season, including showing up to the reunion special to confirm that she and Tom are now dating. As much as Ariana says she didn’t want to be a part of the first season’s drama (which mainly focused on Jax and Stassi Schroeder’s volatile relationship), she definitely succeeded in making a splash this year.

We do admit that the fact that she had to avoid friends to not appear on the show does make us a little sad. We love seeing her hang out with Scheana Marie and love their bestie moments, so it must have been hard to see her friend filming a show while she sat on the sidelines last year. Hopefully Ariana will join in on the fun next year. We can dream, can’t we?

Are you surprised to hear why Ariana wasn’t on Season 1? Hit the comments and let us know!

Carson Blackwelder is an Assistant Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow him on Twitter and Google+!