Lisa Vanderpump Speaks Out After 4 Vanderpump Rules Stars Are Fired: 'I Condemn All Forms of Racism'
Lisa Vanderpump released a statement following the firings of Vanderump Rules' Stassi Schroeder, Kristen Doute, Max Boyens and Brett Caprioni
One day after Bravo confirmed the firings of Stassi Schroeder, Kristen Doute, Max Boyens and Brett Caprioni, Vanderpump released a statement to Instagram in which she condemned "all forms of cruelty, racism, homophobia, bigotry and unequal treatment."
"Over the past two weeks, many things have been brought to my attention, of which I and many others were previously unaware. It was necessary for me to be quiet until now, until decisions had been made. Now I can freely speak from the heart," she began.
"As we’ve seen such devastating sadness that has played out globally, we all have a part to play to create a kinder, more just society," she wrote. "My hope is for this generation to treat each other with respect and humanity, and realize that actions have; and should have, consequences."
While Vanderpump, 59, said, "I love and adore our employees," she is "deeply saddened by some of the lack of judgment that has been displayed."
"As many of you know, after watching me for 10 years, I have always been an equal rights activist and ally - my family, my businesses and I condemn all forms of cruelty, racism, homophobia, bigotry and unequal treatment. We’ve never tolerated it in the workplace or our lives," she said.
Although Faith Stowers was the one of only two black cast members of reality show over eight seasons, Vanderpump said her businesses all have "diverse" staffs, even if they are not shown on VPR.
"While you only see a fraction of our employees on the show, a specific friend group, across all of our companies, we have always been a very diverse group of people - every color, ethnicity and sexual orientation. Most of our employees have worked for us for over a decade, and we have become a family; one that embraces and celebrates each other’s differences," Vanderpump said. "I am proud of the inclusive company that we’ve created."
Vanderpump continued: "We will continue to embrace diversity as one of our greatest strengths, and I’m excited to give you deeper look into the multi-faceted fabric of our company in the future."
"The world needs to move forward with a kinder generation. Everybody deserves to feel safe, heard and appreciated in their communities," she added. "So much of what has transpired in the world is not right, fair or acceptable."
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills alumna concluded by encouraging her followers that "we all have work to do to create a society we can be proud of and I hope as we venture forward, we strive to live in a world where kindness and compassion are our highest values. Thank you for listening, love Lisa."
In a statement on Tuesday, Bravo confirmed that Schroeder, 31, 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 Boyens and Caprioni — whose years-old racist tweets resurfaced last winter — will also not be coming back.
Their exits come days after Schroeder and Doute both posted lengthy statements on Instagram in response to a past incident with 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.
"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 a portion of 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.
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."
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."
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."