Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute Fired from Vanderpump Rules for Calling Police on Black Co-star
Stassi Schroeder has now been fired from Vanderpump Rules along with her co-star Kristen Doute. The 31-year-old is facing backlash and consequences for her past racist behaviour as brands, her agency, her publicists, and the show have dropped the star after a previous incident involving season four co-star Faith Stowers was amplified over the past week.
In an Instagram Live chat with Floribama Shore’s Candace Rice on June 3, Stowers opened up about what it was like as a black woman to appear on a show with a predominantly white cast, and specifically how she was treated by her fellow Vanderpump castmates after she and Jax Taylor cheated on his then-girlfriend (and now-wife) Brittany Cartwright.
“I felt like after their friend did something that we both were involved in that he’s done like, a thousand times… they wanted to attack me instead of him,” she said. “It was like they wanted to attack, attack, attack, attack, attack. I was wrong and I was this and I was that… calling me names, saying my hair was nappy, which is weird coming out of their mouths.”
As the chat continued Faith specifically called out Stassi and Kristen Doute, revealing the pair called the police on her in an unaired incident. “There was this article on Daily Mail where there was an African American lady,” Faith explained. “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.”
Stassi has confirmed the incident in the past, and even spoke about it in a now-deleted 2018 episode of the Bitch Bible podcast. “We are like, we just solved a f—king crime,” Schroeder reportedly said at the time. “We start calling the police. The police don’t give a f—k.”
Kristen, meanwhile, took to social media in April 2018 and tweeted a link to an article about the woman involved in the alleged crime. “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,” Kristen wrote in the now-deleted post. (Faith also starred in The Challenge and Ex on the Beach.)
“I believe it hit the ceiling for me, and made me really want to run for the hills, when Kristen and Stassi decided they were going to call the cops on me,” Faith added. “This is when I quit—like, I left the show. I was invited back to tell my truth but decided it wasn’t going to do anything for me.”
Since the story resurfaced, brands have parted ways with Stassi and her podcast, Straight Up with Stassi. “Billie is ending all partnerships with anyone who isn’t supporting the fight against racism, including Stassi,” the beauty brand said in a statement. “We find these comments and actions offensive and inexcusable. We have ended our relationship with this influencer,” Secret Deodorant said. Skrewball Whiskey and vitamin brand Ritual have also confirmed that they’ve cut ties with Stassi following the incident and, according to Variety, her talent agency and publicist followed suit days later.
After the incident went viral Stassi publicly apologized on Instagram, although a source tells Us Weekly that she didn’t directly reach out to Faith.
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Kristen has also publicly apologized, and according to the Variety article, she and her brands are still good. The publication also reports that Kristen did reach out privately to apologize to Faith for her behaviour. “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,” she shared on Instagram. “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.”
— Porsha Williams (@Porsha4real) June 8, 2020
Andy Cohen and Lisa Vanderpump have yet to respond to the story, but people have been doing a deep dive into Stassi’s past after hearing about the incident with Faith. Since then the star has been dragged for a 2018 incident in which she posted a selfie of herself to an Instagram story and tagged it “Nazi chic.” And then there are the controversial comments she made on her podcast following the #OscarsSoWhite movement.
“Maybe you weren’t nominated because you didn’t do that great of a job in your movie,” Schroeder said on a March 2, 2017 episode, which is no longer available. “Like it’s not about race. It’s literally like not about what you look like at all. It’s like your acting ability, so like, what the actual f—?” she said, according to The Daily Mail. “When they get upset, everybody has to go above and beyond to then make them happy. And I hate saying the word ‘them’ because I’m not … not everybody’s the same,” she continued in the tone-deaf statements. “I’m like, really sick of everyone making everything about race—I’m kind of over it. Like, everyone giving their impassioned speeches about race and all of that stuff, I’m like, ‘Why is it always just about African-Americans?’”
In addition to losing her partnerships, Stassi’s bridal-themed column in Glamour magazine, which she snagged ahead of her upcoming wedding to Beau Clark, has also been cancelled. But the biggest impact will be her removal from Vanderpump Rules itself. Bravo confirmed to Variety that Stassi and Kristen will no longer be a part of next season, bringing their eight-season run to an end. And, in keeping in line with its anti-racist stance, the network has also axed new cast members Max Boyens and Brett Caprioni, whose past racist tweets were revealed after the newest season debuted last January.