The Real Reason Bravo Just Fired 4 Vanderpump Rules Castmates

The next season of Vanderpump Rules is going to look a lot different. A representative for the show confirmed to Page Six on June 9 that cast members Stassi Schroeder, Kristen Doute, Max Boyens, and Brett Caprioni will not be returning to the popular Bravo reality series.

Schroeder and Doute recently came under fire after Faith Stowers, the only Black castmate to have appeared on Vanderpump Rules, alleged that they once called the police on her. "There was this article in the Daily Mail where there was an African American lady," Stowers said on Instagram Live (via a video uploaded to Twitter). "It was a weird photo, so she looked very light-skinned and had these different, weird tattoos. 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."

Racist comments made in the past by Schroeder on her podcast "Straight Up With Stassi" also drew criticism. "Why aren't the Asians being like, 'We're not represented,'" she said on the show. "Why aren't Native Americans and Latinos being like, 'We're not represented.' And whenever they get upset, everyone has to go above and beyond to then make [Black people] happy."

Stassi Schroeder was also dropped by her PR firm and agency just prior to the Bravo firings being announced. Variety reported on June 8 that UTA confirmed they were no longer working with Schoeder. "She became a client when her publicist joined our company in July 2018. We made the decision this weekend to part ways with Stassi," the agency said.

Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute have both issued apologies

The Vanderpump Rules star responded with an apology in an Instagram post, which read, in part, "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. 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 also want to address my former castmate, Faith Stowers... 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. I am also sorry to anyone else that feels disappointed in me. I am going to continue to look closer at myself and my actions — to take the time to listen, to learn, and to take accountability for my own privilege."

On the same day that Schroeder issued an apology, Kristen Doute took to Instagram with one of her own, saying, "...I need to address something specifically that happened a few years ago with my former castmate, Faith Stowers. 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 to her. 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."

How Faith Stowers feels about the firings

In the wake of the announcement of Schroeder and Doute's firings, Faith Stowers told Page Six she felt "vindicated" by the actions Bravo was taking, saying that the fact the studios could see the "blatant racism and make these positive changes and help move the race forward — help with the fight forward" was so important. Stowers acknowledged that it was a big move as the network was dismissing stars that have done the brand well. "Bravo is releasing women that have given them crazy ratings because they want to be on the right side of history," she said, "and I'm seeing [that] people are finally hearing us."

Max Boyens and Brett Caprioni also came under fire for racist remarks

Brett Caprioni and Max Boyens were also let go from the show after racist tweets he made resurfaced. Boyens previously apologized for using the N-word on Twitter several years ago as well as for making racist remarks targeting Black people and Asians. "I want to sincerely apologize for what I tweeted in 2012 — it was wrong on every level," he told Page Six in a statement in January. "It is not a representation of who I am. I am shocked I ever tweeted that — and I am disgusted and embarrassed — I am truly sorry."

Caprioni made a public apology after several tweets in which he used the N-word were circulated on Instagram. "I want to express my deepest apologies for the insensitive, ignorant, and hurtful comments I made," he said. "I am incredibly ashamed and accept full responsibility, and acknowledge that this language was as unacceptable then as it is now. Please know that I have learned and grown since then and would never use this language today. From the bottom of my heart, I am truly sorry."