‘Vanderpump Rules’ fires four amid cry for racial equality: Stassi Schroeder, Kristen Doute are out


“Vanderpump Rules” is taking a stance against racism by firing four cast members.

The Bravo series, which debuted in 2013, centers on the lives of employees past and present of restaurants owned by Lisa Vanderpump, formerly of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.”

“Bravo and Evolution Media confirmed today that Stassi Schroeder, Kristen Doute, Max Boyens and Brett Caprioni will not be returning to Vanderpump Rules,” a statement issued by NBC rep Paige DuBois reads.

Schroeder and Doute made their debut in the reality series’ first season and have appeared in numerous episodes since. Former cast member Faith Stowers, who is black, spoke out about their past behavior during a chat over Instagram with Candace Rice of MTV’s “Floribama Shore.”

Stowers alluded to becoming personally involved with a “Vanderpump Rules” cast mate during her chat with Rice, which she said angered some of her co-stars. Stowers said in retaliation, Schroeder and Doute called the cops to identify Stowers as a thief written about in a Daily Mail article.

“They called the cops and said it was me,” Stowers recalled. “The police say, ‘Oh, that’s sounds crazy. We’re not coming. That’s not Faith. We looked it up, that’s not her.'”

Stowers said she’s been getting messages about the incident as her former cast mates “are screaming Black Lives Matter… when I know some of them, and I know they definitely don’t care about black people like that. There’s a few of them that do, but there’s a lot of them that really don’t give a damn… So, it’s pretty weird that they’re screaming Black Lives Matter…”

Schroeder took to Instagram earlier in the week to speak about her mistakes.

“Racially insensitive comments from my past have resurfaced. It is important that I continue to take accountability for what I have said and done, while pushing myself to do better,” she wrote in a statement shared Sunday. “I have grown significantly from the person I was then, and I am still filled with remorse and regret for the hurt I caused. I am grateful for the people in my life that continue to check me and push me to evolve into a more educated person.”

Specifically addressing Stowers, she acknowledged her actions were “wrong.”

“I did not recognize then the serious ramifications that could have transpired because of my actions,” she wrote. “I apologize and I do not expect forgiveness.”

Doute also apologized for her part.

“Although, my actions were not racially driven, I am now completely aware of how my privilege blinded me from the reality of law enforcement’s treatment of the black community, and how dangerous my actions could have been to (Stowers).”

“I’m ashamed, embarrassed, and incredibly sorry,” she added. “I will do better. I have to do better.”

Boyens apologized in January for racist Twitter posts from 2012, which have been deleted. “It is not a representation of who I am,” he said in a statement to NBC News. “I am shocked I ever tweeted that – and I am disgusted and embarrassed – I am truly sorry.”

In a June 4 Instagram post, Boyens addressed his past remarks again, sharing he is a quarter black and “proud to be African American.”

Boyens said he was “so invested” in the Black Lives Matter movement and asked people to avoid shaming him for wanting to be involved.

“Please let me move forward,” he pleaded. “I have learned what I said was wrong before you even found out about it.”

Caprioni expressed remorse for his racist tweets that allegedly use the N-word, to People magazine in January.

“I want to express my deepest apologies for the insensitive, ignorant, and hurtful comments I made,” he said in a statement to the outlet. “I am incredibly ashamed and accept full responsibility, and acknowledge that this language was as unacceptable then as it is now. Please know that I have learned and grown since then and would never use this language today.”

USA TODAY has reached out to reps for Stowers, Vanderpump, Doute and Boyens for comment, but was unable to contact Schroeder or Caprioni.

After Bravo shared the news about the firings in an Instagram post Tuesday, some of the network’s stars took to the comments section to react to the decision.

NeNe Leakes, who has starred on the “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” since 2008, responded to Bravo’s announcement saying she has more questions.

“Well alrighty then!” Leakes wrote in a comment. “Now we have a few more questions to ask about in other areas where there’s a major difference. Should we talk privately or publicly.”

Candiace Dillard Bassett of “The Real Housewives of Potomac” called the firings “a great step.”

“But I Think it would be helpful to accompany these terminations with a thorough explanation as to why they were let go,” she added. “Especially given the fact that their racial indiscretions took place months, and in some cases years ago and they were allowed to keep their jobs.”


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