Vanderpump Rules' Stassi Schroeder Apologizes for Controversial #MeToo Comments: 'I Crossed a Line'
On Saturday, the Vanderpump Rules star posted a screenshot from her iPhone Notes app on Twitter which read: “My podcast is an outlet for me to share my unfiltered opinion with my listeners; but on my latest episode I crossed a line. It was irresponsible for me to make generalized statements about a very serious topic, such as sexual harassment, as it is not my place to speak out anyone else’s experiences.”
“I apologize and will continue to speak my mind on my podcast, but will put more thought behind my dialogue moving forward,” she continued, adding in a separate tweet that “these 24 hours have been sobering.”
The backlash began after several people on Twitter spoke out against the 29-year-old reality star, saying she had allegedly made comments on her podcast Straight Up with Stassi criticizing those who have accused men of assault or harassment.
Schroeder has since deleted the episode titled “Are we on a male witch hunt?” which included her friend Jennifer Hoffner, co-founder of the lifestyle and beauty blog Pucker & Pout.
PEOPLE has reached out to representatives for the star but have yet to receive comment.
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Schroeder previously addressed the comments in a now-deleted tweet responding to someone who had criticized her.
“Hold up. There is ZERO bashing, & I repeat myself 3726 times how I feel the whole media frenzy has taken away from the victims who were truly assaulted. You may be misinterpreting my point, because we had the best intentions w/ this episode,” she wrote.
She followed that comment up hours later with a second tweet, writing: “About 5 ppl heard this podcast & everyone else read ONE quote without the backstory or context of a TWO hours episode.”
One of the first advertisers to pull their support was Rent the Runway, an online service that provides designer dress and accessory rentals.
The fashion rental company responded on Twitter, writing, “We’re shocked by @stassi’s comments re the #metoo campaign. It goes against everything RTR stands for as a company and has publicly advocated. Our 1st ads were slated to run on Mon but effective immediately we’ve terminated our relationship with her podcast.”