“Vanderpump Rules” is taking a stance against racism by firing four cast members.
The Bravo series debuted in 2013. It centers around the lives of employees’ past and present of restaurants owned by Lisa Vanderpump. She was formerly a part of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.”
Bravo is making big changes to Vanderpump Rules after multiple cast members’ past racist actions have come to light.
Former ‘Vanderpump Rules‘ cast member, Faith Stowers, revealed that two of the show’s original cast members, Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute, had reported her to the police for a crime she’d had nothing to do with. A Bravo spokesperson confirmed that Schroeder and Doute won’t return to the show. Additionally, new cast members Max Boyens and Brett Caprioni, whose past racist tweets unearthed after the most recent season premiered in January, also will not return.
On Tuesday, Bravo issued a statement saying,
“Bravo and Evolution Media confirmed today that Stassi Schroeder, Kristen Doute, Max Boyens and Brett Caprioni will not be returning to Vanderpump Rules.”
Stowers tells her story
Stowers appeared on 18 episodes of the Bravo show, from 2015 to 2017. After she decided not to take the show up on its offer to continue, she said in an Instagram Live session last week, cast members “used the opportunity to really just lay into me instead of letting me speak for myself.”
Then, Stowers said, Schroeder and Doute apparently saw a picture of a light-skinned black woman with long hair with a story from the Daily Mail. The woman was a wanted criminal in a crime spree. The “Vanderpump Rules” ladies made a call to the police and falsely accused Stowers.
The police dismissed the report, but Schroeder and Doute then started claiming that Stowers was AWOL from the military. Stowers had been honorably discharged.
“They thought it was me because it was a Black woman with a weave,” the 31-year-old mom told Rice.
Being the only Black woman in an otherwise all-white cast was “a lot,” she went on. However, she added later that she “loved” Lisa Vanderpump and respected her style as a businesswoman.
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.
Stowers went on by saying 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…”she continued.
Stassi Schroder and Kristen Doute
Stowers did not come back to the series. She was only shown in passing as the drama went on. She later appeared on the MTV reality shows Ex on the Beach and The Challenge. Meanwhile, Schroeder and Doute became closer friends with Cartwright, going on to serve as bridesmaids in her 2019 wedding to Taylor.
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.
Schroeder and Doute both came under fire last week after protests over recent police brutality-related deaths. This led to a more open conversation nationally about workplace discrimination.
‘It is important that I continue to take accountability’
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,” she said.
Schroeder continued, “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.”
Kristen Doute apologizes
Doute also apologized for her part.
Kristen says her actions were, in fact, not racially driven. Doute clarifies that she is completely aware of how her privilege blinded her from the reality. Kristen reassures that she is aware that her actions were dangerous to Stowers and she realises that.
“I’m ashamed, embarrassed, and incredibly sorry,” she added. “I will do better. I have to do better.”
As for new cast members Max Boyens and Brett Caprioni, they were not invited back to the show because of racist tweets that had resurfaced earlier this year.
The two friends were new additions to season 8, spending most of their time competing for the affection of castmate Dayna Kathan.
‘It is not a representation of who I am’-Boyens
However, right before the season premiered last December, Twitter unearthed racist tweets from both Caprioni and Boyens. The tweets that included multiple uses of the N-word. The one from Boyens read “Something about Asians that just makes me want to punch them in the suck hole.”
Racist tweets about Black and Asian people that Boyens posted in 2012 came to light, prompting him to apologize. He said in a statement that he was “disgusted and embarrassed” by what he’d done.
“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. He did share that he is a quarter black and “proud to be African American.”
Boyens said he was “so invested” in the Black Lives Matter movement.
He asked people to avoid shaming him for his involvement in the movement. “Please let me move forward,” he pleaded. “I have learned what I said was wrong before you even found out about it.”
‘I am incredibly ashamed’- Caprioni
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.”
Taylor’s last “Vanderpump Rules” episode ran in 2018.
All four stars posted multiple apologies for their racist actions online. A segment of the Vanderpump Rules reunion last week, was all about the two men apologizing for their tweets again. Their boss Lisa Vanderpump explaining why she still employs them.
The second part of the pre-recorded season 8 reunion to air soon on Bravo. Vanderpump Rules has not yet been renewed for season 9.