Vanderpump Rules stars Stassi, Kristen, Brett and Max all got fired by Bravo for racism

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Yesterday we talked about the fact that Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute were getting renewed attention for their blatant racism against former costar, Faith Stowers, who was a castmember for one season and was a guest on another. Both Stassi and Kristen issued “apologies,” with only Stassi’s being halfway adequate. I mentioned that both Jax Taylor and his now-wife, Brittany Cartwright, were racist and sh-tty to Faith too, however I forgot about the fax that two other Vanderpump Rules stars, Max Boyens, 27, and Brett Caprioni, 31, both tweeted the N-word back in 2012 in separate incidents on their personal Twitter accounts. How do people ever do that?! They were both over 18 at the time too. They apologized for that earlier this year when the tweets resurfaced. Lisa Vanderpump could have easily fired them, but she didn’t. In the Vanderpump Rules reunion, which aired yesterday, Lisa made excuses for Brett and Max saying “If I fired every one of you that have made mistakes… probably none of you would have a job” and “I have never seen any inkling of anything that would make me believe that that’s the beliefs they’re holding now,” she said. “And if I had, they wouldn’t be working for me.” This isn’t the first time she’s defended them. Go to Page Six for her past statements.

Anyway we don’t need Lisa Vanderpump to be the judge and jury of anyone, because Bravo finally stepped in and fired all four of these awful people.

“Vanderpump Rules” cast members Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute will not be returning to the Bravo reality show.

The firings come after Faith Stowers, who appeared sporadically on the show a few seasons ago, revealed that Schroeder and Doute, original cast members, had taken what she said were racist actions against her. New cast members Max Boyens and Brett Caprioni were also let go, after racist tweets from their past recirculated.
“Bravo and Evolution Media confirmed today that Stassi Schroeder, Kristen Doute, Max Boyens and Brett Caprioni will not be returning to ‘Vanderpump Rules,’” a Bravo spokesperson told CNN.
CNN has contacted representatives for Schroeder and Doute for comment.

Stassi instagrammed a photo two years ago where she called her look “Nazi chic” and where she called Kristen’s look “Tupac chic.” She’s awful. Plus Stassi and Kristen bragged in 2018 on a podcast about calling the cops on Faith. Bravo knew they were doing this and they’re only firing them now after significant pressure. Do they not review the Twitter accounts of castmembers for crap like this before they hire them?

Is Bravo going to clean house on the rest of its shows too? Vanderpump Rules isn’t the only show with systemic racism and openly racist castmembers. Kim Zolciak’s ass needs to be fired too, at the very least. Plus LeAnne Locken on Real Housewives of Dallas was racist against another castmember earlier this year. Bravo isn’t going to do anything about them because that kind of abhorrent behavior brings ratings. (Update: LeAnne left the RHOD, but she was allowed to do so on her own terms.)

Faith has spoken to Page Six since these firings. She told them that “I feel so vindicated studios and production are able to see blatant racism and make these positive changes and… help with the fight forward.”

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  1. ME says:

    I love it when racist White people finally get punished for their sh*t because it happens so rarely.
    Good !

    • Some chick says:

      To quote the great CeCe Peniston: FINALLY!

      • ChillyWilly says:

        Lol…I love that song! Much like with MeToo, the chickens are coming home to roost on these racist mofo’s heads. Very deserved.

  2. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I have no idea who any of these people are lol. But they certainly seem ridiculous and a huge waste of space and time.

  3. JaneDoesWerk says:

    FIRE JAX AND BRITTANY! Cannot believe those two kept their jobs after alllllllllll the insanely problematic things that they have said and done.

    • Tia Maria says:

      Yes to this! They have said and done awful things and Brittany pretends to be all sweet and innocent. The show is on its last legs, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if it was cancelled.

      • JaneDoesWerk says:

        The weird thing is that their ratings are still super high. The finale felt very much like a shifting moment. Personally I’d be happy to see a Tom Tom spinoff with more of a focus on Ariana, Raquel, Tom S and evening Katie.

        Katie has a surprisingly great moment this season when Layla’s fiancé did a prank on Tom S where he pretended to have him arrested because he TP’d Jax and Brittanys house. Katie got pretty upset and was basically saying that pranks involving the police are not funny because there are a lot of people out there who would perceive that to literally be a threat on their life since the police may not treat them the same. She kinda was just calling out the privilege and saying she didn’t find it funny to joke about said privilege.

    • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

      Fiire all of those vapid assholes.

    • Ruby_Woo says:

      Brittany complained how Faith never apologised for sleeping with Jax! The audacity! And she ended up marrying Jax – they deserve each other.

    • Emily Gilmore says:

      YESSSSSS !! Based on the way things are going, I have a feeling (and a hope) they’ll fire j+b but didn’t in this swoop because out of the two, only Brittany was minorly involved in this racism of Faith (which she denies). I think they’ll be fired separately for the other shit they’ve done.

  4. Bros says:

    Couldnt happen to nicer people. I used to watch that show and Stassi Is Stasi. As in the SS. She’s a toxic horrible mean girl, sadistic and bullying and it’s long time for her comeuppance.

    Kristin is typical of those cali conservative idiots, like the real housewives of orange county who are all asshole conservatives who vote republican and dont think coronavirus is real. She’s trashy, uneducated, and a drunk.

  5. Erinn says:

    LOL good job, Bravo. Although, let’s be serious, it took all that public outrage to get it done.

    • Ruby_Woo says:

      They’re scared about losing money.

    • phaedra7 says:

      Now next to get the axe is: KIM ZOLCHIAK. She is hatefully racist (her daughter Brielle as well). This was shown on the episode of a final dramatic departure from RHOA, where she met for a few minutes with her castmates at a restaurant, started an argument with NeNe and someone else, and stormed out by spewing a remark with the N-word. The on-site producer and the camera/sound crew ran outside to follow her and her husband, Kroy Biermann, to their car. Kroy made violent threats towards them (“Get away from me and my wife or else, I’ll kick your asses and sue”, something to that effect) and sped off. And the nerve of her getting a spin-off series before all of the other wives! This all should be revealed/exposed, whether Andy Cohen knows about this or not!

  6. Anilehcim says:

    There are SO many racists out there who are now pretending to care about BLM because they’re beginning to realize that this movement isn’t going to die down. I’ve seen so many people who waited and said nothing and now all of a sudden they’re full of support. It’s very insincere and it is all about self preservation. Anna Wintour is one example. The creator of the clothing brand Reformation is another. The MTV Network, longtime exploiters of drug addiction and enablers of domestic violence, is now firing people over their racism. It is completely insincere lip service. There are SO many people who are being pointed out for being complicit or racist themselves and now they’re only making statements or taking action to save themselves and their brand.

    • goofpuff says:

      Yeah, and people who point out their hypocrisy get beat down by the fan base who want to defend them “at least they’re trying”. No, they haven’t taken any responsibility for what they did isn’t he past so clearly they don’t think what they did was wrong. So have they changed, really?

  7. Michelle says:

    I don’t watch this show, but good for Bravo. Now they need to get rid of Kathryn Dennis on Southern Charm.

    • Sunday says:

      Seriously. She literally tweeted a monkey emoji at a Black person like a week ago, it’s like a ‘fire me for racism’ bat signal.

    • Bailie says:

      KATHRYN DENNIS is a disgrace to the human race, how she was not immediately fired after those vile tweets with a MONKEY emoji on top of everything is beyond my understanding.

      The problem is not just BRAVO, but people who watch and support these disgusting human beings spewing racist, bigoted, homophobic garbage, including spreading hate against women, minorities…

      It’s really interesting that STASSI wasn’t fired for that disgusting podcast about the Oscars so white and also for putting her foot in the mouth in regards to the me too movement ( how is a man forcing a woman to give him a BJ, putting a gun to her head ???)

      Jax and Brittany should have been also fired, horribly racist people and Jax has some serious issues in regards to Ariana’s bi-sexuality.

  8. Ruby_Woo says:

    Did the police actually get in touch with Faith? How far did this go?

    Did the police ever press charges false accusation and wasting police time?

    How were they to her to her face? Were there any incidences on set? She described it as ‘a lot’. I’d be curious if anything else went down because the Stassi and Kristen are making out as if it was just one ‘prank’.

    These people are terrible!

    • Emily Gilmore says:

      I don’t think police got in touch with Faith because she said she found out when Stassi did a podcast. Stassi said the police didn’t take her seriously. And honestly, the woman didn’t even look like Faith other than the face that they’re both black women.

  9. Talie says:

    i think you make a good point about where the line is. I mean, mostly everyone on a reality show is toxic and not a good person by any standard definition, which is what makes the shows highly watchable and addictive in a way. I’m not sure the solution is to fire them – some yes, but not all. I do believe people can change and learn, but I don’t totally buy into canceling them out completely in all circumstances. I mean, if just feels like Bravo is throwing a bone out there and hoping people look away for long enough to move on. If they were really serious, the network would be in very bad shape with casting right now.

  10. ArniePz says:

    I find the wording incredibly interesting. Bravo says they won’t be returning to Vanderpump rules not that they’ve been fired by bravo. There were rumours that the older cast would be getting a spin off and this wording would allow bravo to say something now to make it look like they actually care. (when they definitely don’t)

    Also Jax should be fired as well for his extremely homophobic stance for years.

  11. Mumbles says:

    Bravo has known for years that these people were racist. Can you imagine the footage over the years? But I guess this was all okay to Andy Cohen. Someone needs to call him out on this.

    • brooksie says:

      I agree, however he isn’t in charge of programming at Bravo anymore. He doesn’t have any involvement in the shows except hosting the reunions.

    • phaedra7 says:

      Andy Cohen is no doubt only for the $$$$, fame and notoriety (“The Face of BRAVO” and a most famous BRAVOlevity). He has no backbone and secretly likes all of the drama along with meeting other celebs (film, TV, music, and sports); plus being overestaticly happy to have his own show (equivalent to a late-night talk-ish one) “WWHL”. He is certainly not like his buddy, Anderson Cooper (CNN), who is very concerned about all important issues and shows his concern to the public (even in private–one of my close friends knows some of his family and can attest to this).

  12. Some chick says:

    It’s obvious face-saving. But it needs to happen.

    Let’s see what they do next!

  13. MellyMel says:

    I feel like ppl who have the personalities that make “good” reality tv aren’t the best ppl in general. And if Bravo or any other network fired all of their racist and problematic cast members, the wouldn’t have shows to begin with. So of course Bravo hasn’t done anything until now. I doubt they are gonna fire anyone else, even though they should.

    • Sunday says:

      Of course most (if not all) of these Bravolebrities are garbage people. But there’s a huge difference between being vapid, ignorant and messy and being actively racist or homophobic. The latter should be fired immediately (and ideally never given a platform in the first place. How hard is it to check old tweets before offering someone a lucrative contract??).

      For the former, what Bravo has consistently dropped the ball on is context. I used this example yesterday, but this last season of Below Deck (original, not the spinoffs) was blatantly toxic and actually became painful to watch. Now, if at the reunion or on Watch What Happens Live appearances the men that were guilty of such overtly hostile misogyny and, in some cases, actual violence, were held to account and made to answer for their actions, then in my opinion it helps to educate the general audience and reinforce the (very basic) principle that those toxic behaviors are bad. Instead, Andy (as the face of Bravo) accepted their BS excuses and in some cases even sided with the men over the women. That is irresponsible, inexcusable, it helps to perpetuate the idea that there’s nothing wrong with that behavior and allows these people to reap the benefits of being well-paid reality stars free of consequence.

      Same thing goes for Luann showing up to a Halloween party as Diana Ross, complete with Afro wig and heavy bronzer-near-blackface. Whether or not she’s fired for that, she absolutely should have been explicitly called out by the network (again, at the reunion or on WWHL) in a way that makes it clear that she was wrong and that Bravo doesn’t condone what she did. Instead, they make some abstract comments, accept a vague explanation and move on, and the message they send with that response is that Bravo itself is unable (or unwilling) to tell the difference between messy reality tv show behavior and actual, insidious bigotry and hatred.

      I know plenty of dramatic, messy people who would make great tv and who aren’t vile racists. I don’t know whether Bravo will fire anyone else, but either way it still won’t address the root of their issues, which is that management fundamentality does not understand the harm they inflict as a result of their blindness (whether willful or unintentional) to these issues. It will continue to happen unless they cut out the rot from its source.

    • ClaraBelle says:

      Without problematic personalities, there would be no Bravo.

  14. Kat says:

    Bravo is highly problematic with racism, homophobia and misogyny. Although, they did fire Leann after her disgusting, racist remarks. And she kept defending herself until the bitter end. I think that firing these people is not enough. The network needs to diversify their staff and allow a diverse crew (?) have a direct say in casting, storylines and properly vetting potential cast members. All of their shows lack diversity (aside from Atlanta and Potomac). I mean, NY Housewives have no women of color?? Vanderpump rules in West HWD has no gay or POC as cast?

  15. shanaynay says:

    Everybody on that show should be fired. Shame on LVP, and AC for hiring this racist on the show.

    I think all of AC’s Bravo shows should be cancelled, because many if not all exhibited racist behavior. AC himself should be cancelled. I think he is a despicable person.

  16. JillyBeann says:

    Ugh… these people shouldn’t be called “stars”

  17. Melissa says:

    is this the same Stassi that is BFF with one or other of the Kardashians? Tell me that spelling isn’t rampant.

  18. Andrea says:

    Doesn’t Max have a black mother though? I thought he said that in the reunion.

    Honestly,Vanderpump’s ship has sailed and this should be the final nail in the coffin.

    Did anyone else hear about the MTV firings as well–Dee from The Challenge and Taylor from Ex on the beach and Teen Mom??

    • ArniePz says:

      @andrea I saw about Dee! She’s a garbage person overall. I’m not sorry to see her go. Wes said she’s “at a mental health lodge now”

      Is this Taylor from ru the one and now on teen mom with Corey? What happened ?

  19. Oliviajoy1995 says:

    I imagine Kathryn Dennis will be fired here shortly. Brandi should be fired from Bravo entirely as she made racist comments to Joyce during her season and everyone (including Andy) laughed it off. Jax needs to go too since he perpetuated that lie about Faith robbing people and going AWOL from the military.

    I thought a few months ago when Max and Brett’s racist tweets resurfaced that Lisa did want to fire them but BRAVO prevented her from doing it since they were considered “hired talent by BRAVO” and she doesn’t get the final say when they are also under contract with the network.
    Who knows I guess…that could have just been a rumor too.