Oliver Saunders is defending “Vanderpump Rules” star Raquel Leviss amid the fallout of her affair with Tom Sandoval, who was dating her pal Ariana Madix at the time.
The eldest son of “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Garcelle Beauvais gave his “two cents” on what’s been dubbed Scandoval, repeatedly referring to the months-long dalliance as a “mistake” on Leviss’ part.
“It wasn’t the right thing to do to one of her friends,” Saunders, 32, said in Monday’s episode of the “Behind the Velvet Rope with David Yontef” podcast, for which Page Six obtained an exclusive sneak listen.
“It’s not the right thing to do to somebody, but it’s like, she’s living her life. Everybody makes mistakes, you know?”
The father of one went on to call it “crazy” that “so many people want to try to crucify her” for the dalliance, adding, “I don’t think that you could really judge somebody’s whole character by just one action that’s happened.
“It’s as if they’ve never made a mistake or they’ve never made the wrong choice before, you know? It’s a human thing,” he continued. “Yes, she shouldn’t have been hooking up with her friend’s dude. … But like I said, we all make mistakes.”
The Vanderpump à Paris employee was still married to his now-estranged wife, Samantha Saunders, when he made out with Leviss, 28, as cameras rolled for the currently airing 10th season.
All the while, the former beauty pageant queen was secretly hooking up with the 40-year-old Tom Sandoval & The Most Extras frontman.
Though Oliver insists he was “separated” at the time, Samantha claims they were not. He filed for divorce two weeks after the controversial kiss.
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Unlike “Pump Rules” cast member Peter Madrigal, who also smooched Leviss around the start of her affair with Sandoval, Oliver doesn’t necessarily feel “used” as a decoy.
However, he acknowledged that there are “pros and cons” to appearing on reality TV.
“Your life is exposed. And because you put yourself in this certain light, you are able to get comments from other people and opinions on stuff like that, so I guess it is just a part of it,” he told host Yontef.
“But you know, it just rubs me the wrong way how many people I feel like are so quick to judge or say negative things about somebody without really genuinely knowing the person.”
Oliver noted that “if you watch somebody on a TV show for 10 years … you do feel like you have somewhat of a connection with this person.”
Ultimately, he asked that fans “give [Leviss] a break.”
Oliver’s episode of the “Behind the Velvet Rope” podcast drops Monday.
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