Lisa Vanderpump Speaks Out After 4 Cast Members Of 'Vanderpump Rules' Are Fired: "I Condemn All Forms Of Racism"
It looks like there's going to be some major changes in the Vanderpump Rules cast. Bravo announced that four full-time cast members are axed, and Lisa Vanderpump speaks out.
Lisa Vanderpump takes a stand
Vanderpump Rules is going to look very different the next season after four full-time cast members got axed from the show.
After racist tweets resurfaced from two new cast members, Brett Caprioni and Max Boyens, Lisa Vanderpump originally said in the season 8 reunion episode that she wouldn't fire either of them.
At the time her statement was, "If I fired every one of you that have made mistakes, it doesn't matter to what degree, probably none of you would have a job."
However, since the episode aired, Stassi Shroeder and Kristen Doute have also come under fire for past racist behaviour after calling the cops on an old castmate Faith Stowers to get revenge following the infidelity scandal with Jax Taylor.
Following Bravo's announcement of the firing, Vanderpump took to Instagram to share her thoughts on the recent scandals.
She began, "Over the past two weeks, many things have been brought to my attention, of which I and many others were previously unaware. I needed to be quiet until now until decisions had been made. Now I can freely speak from the heart."
"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 continued.
"My hope is for this generation to treat each other with respect and humanity, and realize that actions have; and should have consequences," she said.
Vanderpump shared that while she loves her employees and will be saddened by their departure, she is disappointed in the lack of judgment she's seen from them.
"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 continued.
Despite Stowers being only one of two Black women to appear on the show, Vanderpump wants to make it clear that she does have a diverse staff, and that only a fraction of her staff is seen on the show.
"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," she said.
Vanderpump concluded her statement, "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."
Since the scandal, all four cast members have posted apologies, but have not yet spoken about the firing.