Unpopular opinion, they need James IMO. They need conflict. They need people who aren't buying million-dollar mansions and who don't all get along. The rest of the cast, great that they're in good (? - well that's how they want to portray it) relationships and have money now, but it doesn't work with the premise of the show, which was to watch poor, struggling waiters in LA who have unstable relationships.
I think they need new blood without all the money/fame and more people that hang out with James. At least he's funny. Take him out of the equation and what's left of the show? Stassi going to a fake oracle and the girls sucking up to Lala? Zzzzz. Oh and Stassi, yeah, Lala "worked to" be your friends because she essentially bought your friendships. Do you think for one second if Lala's boyfriend was another waiter at Sur the women would have given her the time of day? Nope. They only are good with her because of the PJs/status and money of Randall.
Because they gang up on James, it makes me root for him. Can't believe I'm on team James/Tom/Ariana/Scheana. That said, Raquel is super grating to listen to. But it is a total double standard. They can all attack James/Raquel and it's fine, but if James dares say something about Brittany, suddenly he's attacking her family? WTF?