'Southern Charm' Season 8: Why did Bravo demote John Pringle? Madison LeCroy also absent from cast photo
Bravo's new cast photo ahead of the release of Season 8 of 'Southern Charm' sees the father-of-two missing and listed as guest
'Southern Charm' will return for its eighth season shortly, but the cast will be a bit different this time. Season 8's teaser and cast images have just been revealed, and they contain both new and familiar stars.
With the return of the previous star Naomie Olindo, who sat out Season 7, the Bravo reality program about a Charleston-based buddy group will still feature Shep Rose, Leva Bonaparte, Austen Kroll, Kathryn Dennis, and Craig Conover. Taylor Ann Green and Venita Aspen are also new additions to the cast as are Chleb Ravenell, Marcie Hobbs, and Olivia Flowers. According to People, the show will also have John Pringle, Whitney Sudler-Smith and Patricia Altschul as guests. But why is Pringle, who successfully blended into the ensemble of 'Southern Charm' during Season 7, demoted to a guest appearance on the show?
After joining the cast of 'Southern Charm' during season seven, Pringle made an immediate impression. The program has a rotating cast of characters, with supporting characters being upgraded to the main cast or whole new characters introduced. Pringle was a new character on the program, but people welcomed him. Pringle works in the family business. He works as an energy trader and has a net worth of about $1.5 million. This puts him on par with the rest of the characters, all of whom are shown as rich. Pringle seemed to be a genuine character, which immediately endeared him to spectators.
Since the conclusion of Season 7, Pringle has been working on many side projects. He is a composer and performer. He has several CDs to his credit, including 'Simple Act' and 'Midnight Mass on the Williamsburg Bridge'. While he hasn't released any records in a while, he continues to perform and has uploaded photographs of himself rehearsing for shows on Instagram. He also mentioned how strange it is to play gigs through Zoom rather than in person. Pringle also began designing clothing for fans, taking a leaf out of fellow cast member and buddy Shep Rose's book.
Pringle collaborates with Haver Supply to release shirts and caps he created. A loving father who co-parents with his ex-wife, he even designed a cap with a duck sketch by one of his two boys. Pringle is now capitalizing on his popularity, opening a Cameo account to generate even more money. After only one season on 'Southern Charm,' Pringle has amassed a devoted following. There's little doubt that his new job is benefiting him in his music and clothing ventures. Pringle's business knowledge allows him to turn his time on 'Southern Charm' into a valuable experience that may be carried over to money-making prospects between seasons.
Is John Pringle demoted in the new season?
Bravo surprised fans by releasing a cast photo ahead of the Season 8 premiere, with Ravenell, Flowers, Green, Aspen, Olindo, Rose, Bonaparte, Kroll, Dennis, and Conover prominently featured. Even if the true cause for Pringle's disappearance from the cast photo is unknown, fans will have to wait until the new season to find out what happened to the songwriter when his love triangle ended last season. Pringle was involved in a love triangle with costars Austen and Madison during his first season on the program, which aired in 2020. Last season, when John Pringle first came on the 'Southern Charm' set, he was immediately captivated by Madison LeCroy. Patricia Altschul seemed to be pushing Pringle in the direction of LeCroy, so he assumed he was good to go. However, Pringle subsequently discovered that Austen Kroll was still madly in love with Madison LeCroy and backed down from the whole thing.
LeCroy, who has been on the program since 2015 and has been a key cast member since 2020, was also absent from the official cast photo. LeCroy did feature in separate 'Southern Charm' cast images released by Bravo. People reports that LeCroy's "bio" for the forthcoming season indicates that she is busy preparing for her wedding and dividing her time between South Carolina and California. LeCroy, ecstatic with the success of her Charleston-based salon, refuses to let angry ex-lovers ruin her party. LeCroy got engaged to her new beau Brett Randle less than a year after finalizing her divorce from Kroll.
Don't miss the Season 8 debut of 'Southern Charm' on Thursday, June 23 at 9/8c. Each episode will be available on Peacock the following day. You can now watch all prior seasons of 'Southern Charm' on Peacock or via the Bravo app.