Say hello to the good ‘ol boys and girls! The cast of Southern Charm is switching it up once again for season 8 — with an old cast member coming back and the possibility of a few new faces.
The Bravo series, which premiered in 2014, has hooked fans in for years thanks to the charming nuances of Charleston, South Carolina, and the wild and crazy ways of some of its residents.
Kathryn Dennis, Shep Rose and Craig Conover are the only original stars still standing after Cameran Eubanks walked away from the series ahead of season 7. Thomas Ravenel also exited the show after being arrested and pleading guilty to assault charges in 2018.
Despite losing some big names, Southern Charm has kept the drama high, and fans continue to tune in to see what will happen next thanks to the additions of Austen Kroll and his ex-girlfriend Madison LeCroy. Last season, fans also met John Pringle and Cameran’s pal Leva Bonaparte.
When it comes to season 8, however, the stars have been hinting that more change may be coming.
After Craig and Austen made headlines for their friendship with Kristin Cavallari in late 2020, the lawyer exclusively told Us Weekly that Cavallari could pop up on the reality series.
“It’s not ruled out at all,” Craig said in April 2021. “If [she and BFF Justin Anderson are] at the party, then yeah. I think some of our friends from the past six months, you’ll get to see a decent amount of them, which will be really fun.”
The Laguna Beach alum, for her part, told Us that she has no plans to make a cameo.
“They say, ‘Never say never,’ but I can confidently say I’m never going to do Southern Charm,” Cavallari exclusively told Us the same month. “I love Craig. I don’t know! I don’t know why he was saying that stuff.”
While the Hills alum isn’t gearing up for another Charleston visit just yet, Craig’s girlfriend, Paige DeSorbo, and some of their Winter House cast mates may join for an episode or two.
“Bravo is kind of the new Marvel universe [with] everyone becoming friends,” Craig told Us in October 2021, hinting a crossover on Southern Charm could happen. “I think everyone that likes to watch it has some really exciting stuff to see in the next several months coming up.”
Scroll down to see what we know about Southern Charm season 8:
According to Bravo’s cast lineup, OGs Shep, Kathryn and Craig are set to return. Season four addition Austen and season 6 star Madison are also coming back, as are season 7 newbies John and Leva.
Naomie Olindo Is Back!
Us confirmed in September 2021 that Naomie will be showing up from time to time this season after exiting the show after season 6 in 2020. “The understanding is Naomie will be on the show, but not as a full-time cast member,” a source close to production exclusively told Us at the time. “Her role is more of a friend on the show.”
Will Paige DeSorbo Make an Appearance?
“Well, I am in a relationship with someone who is on Southern Charm. So you probably will see me pop up here and there, but we’ll see,” Paige exclusively told Us in October 2021, teasing her romance with Craig. “Everyone that Craig hangs out with could not be nicer to me. I’ve met pretty much everyone.”
‘Winter House’ Drama?
Craig, who filmed Winter House with Austen in February 2021, hinted that the mens’ drama on the spinoff series could carry over to season 8 of the Charleston-based show.
“What’s fun is that you have Winter House, you have Summer House and then you have Southern Charm. So, it’s a little nerve-wracking, but I’m also really excited to be back with everyone,” the Sewing Down South founder exclusively told Us in October 2021. “You’ll see our dynamics from Winter House then carry into this summer and who knows how that’s going to go.”
Us reported in July 2021 that Naomie — who used to date Craig — split from boyfriend Metul Shah after three years of dating.
Austen’s ex Madison, for her part, confirmed in October 2021 that she is engaged to Brett Randle after seven months of dating
Filming Has Begun
Craig and Austen confirmed in October 2021 during their Winter House watch party that they were filming the new season in Charleston. The duo missed the spinoff series’ premiere party so they could stay in town and shoot.