Bravo has ended ties with longtime members of the Vanderpump Rules cast Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute over a racist prank on their former co-star Faith Stowers, Deadline reported. New cast members Max Boyens and Brett Ciprioni were also fired by the network for their past racist remarks recently brought to light.
“Bravo and Evolution Media confirmed today that Stassi Schroeder, Kristen Doute, Max Boyens and Brett Caprioni will not be returning to Vanderpump Rules,” the network said in a statement issued to Deadline.
Stowers, who is black, revealed in last week’s Instagram Live chat that Schroeder and Doute reported her to the police for a crime she didn’t commit in 2018. It all started with a story about a black woman wanted for theft by Daily Mail. Stowers said, “they called the cops and said it was me.” (Stowers was not the woman wanted for theft.) Both Schroeder and Doute apologized on Instagram June 7 after Stowers’ account went viral.
“Racially insensitive comments from my past have resurfaced,” Schroeder wrote.
“It is important that I continue to take accountability for what I have said and done, while pushing myself to do better. 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.”
Doute also said she felt she had to fix the situation with Stowers that happened.
“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 her,” she wrote. “It was never my intention to add to the injustice and imbalance. I’m ashamed, embarrassed, and incredibly sorry. I will do better. I have to do better.”
Max issued an apology when the old tweet went viral in January. Brett also issued an apology for using racial slurs in the past as well. “I am incredibly ashamed and accept full responsibility, and acknowledge that this language was as unacceptable then as it is now,” he said.