"I think it was the right decision," Andy Cohen said

By Robyn Merrett
June 10, 2020 03:18 PM
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Andy Cohen is supportive of Bravo's decision to fire Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute from Vanderpump Rules.

Cohen, 52, addressed Schroeder, 31, and Doute's exits on Wednesday's episode of SiriusXM's Radio Andy, saying, "I think it was the right decision."

"There's so much happening in the Bravo universe," Cohen began. "I will say this: so much talk about Vanderpump Rules and then of course the reunion ended up airing last night."

"I will say this about what happened. I absolutely support Bravo's decision, I think it was the right decision," Cohen explained.

Cohen then shared that he has been receiving a lot of messages about other Bravo shows, including Southern Charm.

"I want to remind people because I've been getting so many tweets and messages and whatever about Vanderpump Rules and about Southern Charm and other shows. I am not, I don't — I feel like I remind people this all the time — I'm not in charge of programming at Bravo anymore," explained Cohen. (Last month, Southern Charm star Kathryn Dennis made headlines for using a racially insensitive emoji when speaking with black radio show host Tamika Gadsden. "I want to acknowledge that using a monkey emoji in my text was offensive, and from the bottom of my heart I sincerely apologize to anyone and everyone I hurt. Although the context was not my intention, there are no 'ifs ands or buts' that excuse me," Dennis, 28, wrote on Twitter.)

Andy Cohen, Stassi Schroeder & Kristen Doute
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"I am not an executive producer of Vanderpump Rules. I don't have anything to do with the show except I love it and that I host reunions," Cohen continued.

He added, "I don't produce the show, so what I want people to know is that I have no say in hiring and firing."

In a statement to PEOPLE on Tuesday, Bravo confirmed that Schroeder and Doute, 37, will not be returning to the reality series, on which they have both starred since the show's debut in 2013. Cast members Max Boyens and Brett Caprioni — whose years-old racist tweets resurfaced last winter — will also not be coming back.

“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.

Their exits come days after Schroeder and Doute both posted lengthy statements on Instagram in response to a past incident with former castmate Faith Stowers.

Last week, during an Instagram Live chat with Floribama Shore star Candace Rice, Stowers — who appeared on seasons 4 and 6 of the Bravo series — recalled a time when Schroeder and Doute spotted a tabloid article about a black woman wanted for theft, and called the police to pin the crimes on her.

Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute

"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," Stowers said during the June 2 conversation. "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."

In 2018, Schroeder confirmed calling the cops about Stowers during an appearance on the Bitch Bible podcast. At the time, Doute tweeted a link to a news story about the woman at large at the time, writing, "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."

"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," Schroeder said in her statement posted on 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. I am grateful for the people in my life that continue to check me and push me to evolve into a more educated person," she wrote.

Addressing Stowers specifically, Schroeder said: "My emotions over something that happened between our friends outweighed my logic, and there is no excuse for that. I did not recognize then the serious ramifications that could have transpired because of my actions. What I did to Faith was wrong. I apologize and I do not expect forgiveness."

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Meanwhile, Doute shared her own statement on her social media. "I have been taking some time to really process what I've been seeing, feeling and learning. And I need to address something specifically that happened a few years ago with my former castmate, Faith Stowers," she wrote.

"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 would have been to her," Doute said, adding,  "It never was 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."

Regarding the tabloid article about a black woman wanted for theft, Stowers said during her Instagram Live chat that "it was just funny, because [Schroeder and Doute] thought it was me because it was a black woman with a weave," later adding, "So they just assumed it would be me, and they called the cops on me. It didn't work, so they were upset about that."

As for Boyens and Caprioni, their exits come years after they both posted racist tweets.

In the reported tweets posted in 2012, Boyens called the N-word his "favorite word," talked about wanting to "punch" Asians and called pop star Justin Bieber "queer." Caprioni, a waiter at SUR and Lisa Vanderpump's personal trainer, also reportedly tweeted the N-word multiple times, along with the hashtag "#womensuck."

Faith Stowers
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During last Tuesday's Vanderpump Rules reunion, Boyens emphasized his original apology, adding, "I'm an adult now, and I cringe even thinking that I said those things."

Caprioni also apologized again. "It wasn't okay then, it's not okay now," he said. "It's something I regret deeply, and it was just kind of making jokes with each other, like we'd literally be in the same room and just say stupid s— to each other, and it was a dumb f—ing thing to do. I'm doing my best to move forward and be the best person I can be, and try to emulate [sic] that to everybody else."

Vanderpump added that she does not believe Boyens and Caprioni are racist now. "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."

Following news of Schroeder and Doute's firing, Stowers revealed she has no regrets about speaking up.

"I feel so vindicated studios and production are able to see blatant racism and make these positive changes and help move the race forward — help with the fight forward," she told Page Six. "I was ready to put myself in the line of fire because I don’t know what will happen if I don’t say anything, but I’m glad I did."

Stowers said she was happy to see Bravo hold Schroeder and Doute accountable, even at the risk of ratings.