Faith Stowers Feels 'Vindicated' After Vanderpump Rules Fires Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute
Faith Stowers appeared on seasons 4 and 6 of the Bravo series
Ex-Vanderpump Rules star Faith Stowers has no regrets about speaking up.
Stowers said she feels "vindicated" after Bravo confirmed that Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute would not be returning to the reality series following the resurfacing of past racially insensitive comments made about her.
"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 — who appeared on seasons 4 and 6 of the Bravo series — said she was happy to see Bravo hold Schroeder and Doute accountable, even at the risk of ratings.
"Now I’m seeing Bravo follow suit — the same as MTV and The Challenge — [by] letting go of castmates that have also made racist remarks. Bravo is releasing women that have given them crazy ratings because they want to be on the right side of history," she said. "I’m seeing [that] people are finally hearing us."
On Tuesday, Bravo announced that Schroeder and Doute, along with cast members Max Boyens and Brett Caprioni — whose years-old racist tweets resurfaced last winter — would not be coming back for another season of the reality series.
“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 came days after Schroeder and Doute both posted lengthy statements on Instagram in response to the incident with Stowers.
Last week, during an Instagram Live chat with Floribama Shore star Candace Rice, Stowers 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.
"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."
In a statement posted on Sunday, Schroeder apologized for her actions and said she was "pushing" herself "to do better."
"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. "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."
Addressing Stowers specifically, Schroeder said there was "no excuse" for her actions.
"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," she wrote. "What I did to Faith was wrong. I apologize and I do not expect forgiveness."
Doute also addressed the incident in 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."