By | Rachel Brooks
Staff | Telegraph Local
Above, Stassi Schroeder was one of the castmates to be fired. Image license CC By SA 4.0 _
The Vanderpump Rules production has fired Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute for “racist actions” citing Variety Magazine. Schroeder and Doute allegedly reported fellow cast member Faith Stowers to the police for a crime she had no part in. Variety states that a Bravo spokesperson confirmed the firing of the two reality stars.
In the wake of the firing of Schroeder and Doute, Lisa Vanderpump from the show and Andy Cohen from the Bravo network have spoken out. This is also citing Bravo and Variety Magazine. Bravo announced that it would fire a total of four actors for the alleged crimes against Ms. Stowers. This list includes Stassi Schroeder, Kristen Doute, May Boyens and Brett Caprioni.
Andy Cohen was more directly vocal about the incident. He stated that he had absolutely nothing to do with the show creatively, but he supported Bravo’s decision to cut the stars from the lineup.
Mrs. Vanderpump, who is the reason for the reality show and whose restaurants are the starring feature at the center of it, released an official statement. Her statement is written in the passive voice and addresses her love for her employees, and the “deep sadness” she felt for the incident.
Ms. Stowers has yet to feel any vindication in the wake of the firing of some of her fellow cast personalities. Stowers has received public apologies from her costars, citing E! News.
In the interview regarding public apologies that were posted to E! News, Ms. Stowers stated that there was an article circulating regarding an African-American female robbery suspect. The photo in the article was difficult to discern. Schroeder and Doute decided off-screen to use the article’s request for information regarding the thief as the opportunity to turn Stowers over to law enforcement.
Ms. Stowers states that the public apologies of Schroeder and Doute read more like statements than personal apologies for personal attacks. She stated, however, that Lala Kent delivered apologies privately.
People Magazine reported that Ms. Stowers has been vindicated, at least in part, by the firing of her former castmates. She does not feel, however, that it was fair that cast mate Jax Taylor was not fired as well, citing Us Weekly.
People Magazine went into further detail regarding Stowers’ account of the incident. Ms. Stowers spoke on live air via Instagram with the Floribama Shore star Candace Rice. Ms. Stowers relayed to Ms. Rice. during a June 2 conversation how her two co-stars used the tabloid incident to target her.
“There was this article on Daily Mail where there was an African American lady. It was a weird photo, so she looked very light-skinned and had these different, weird tattoos. They showcased her, and I guess this woman was robbing people. And they called the cops and said it was me. This is like, a true story. I heard this from actually Stassi during an interview,” said Ms. Stowers, as she was quoted by People magazine.
The incident occurred at least over a year ago. In 2018, Schroeder confirmed that the story was factual when she appeared on the “Bitch Bible” podcast. It has also since been noted that Doute posted a tweet sharing the Daily Mail article.
“Hey tweeties, doesn’t this ex #pumprules thief look familiar? someone put her on mtv & gave her a platform for press. I didn’t wanna go there but I’m going there,” said Doute in a tweet that has since been deleted.
Doute has since drawn criticism for using her Twitter to post in regards to the #BlackLivesMatter movement. She has used her part in the Faith Stowers targeting as a talking point, to the chagrin of many Twitter users.