After hearing that Bravo series Vanderpump Rules fired cast members Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute, former cast member Faith Stowers says she feels “vindicated.”
In a new interview with Page Six, Stowers spoke out about the results of her sharing how she was treated in the past by both Schroeder and Doute.
“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 the outlet.
She went on to explain where she was when she heard the news.
“I was in the middle of prayer and I felt a sense of — I know it sounds corny — I felt a sense of glory,” she said, “I felt God’s presence, and I’m seeing now [that the news has been revealed] maybe that is what that was. He gave me a sign of optimism meant to be hopeful and showing that all of this was worth it.”
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“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,” Stowers shared. “But I’m glad I did. 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 continued. “I’m seeing [that] people are finally hearing us.”
The firings of Schroeder and Doute, as well as Max Boyens and Brett Caprioni for their past racist tweets, came after former cast member, the only African American to be cast on Vanderpump Rules, Faith Stowers, who appeared in seasons 4 and 6, revealed during an Instagram Live with MTV’s Candace Renee Rice, that Schroeder and castmate Kristen Doute decided to call the police on her because she looked like an African American woman who was wanted by police.
“They thought it was me because it was a black woman with a weave,” Stowers shared. “So they just assumed it would be me and they called the cops on me. And it didn’t work so they were upset about that. So they said, “she’s military, she’s awol. The Military is looking for her so get her that way. No. I was actually honorably discharged and I have that paper work and I showed that as well online. I was upset that they were trying every avenue.”
Bravo released the news that the foursome was fired on Tuesday June 9.
“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 in a statement to Variety. The tagline for the cable television’s Twitter account reads, “To be silent is to be complicit.
After receiving backlash and prior to their firing, Schroeder and Doute both apologized for their actions on social media.
“I also want to address my former castmate, Faith Stowers. 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,” Schroeder wrote. “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.”
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“I have been taking some time to really process what I’ve been seeing, feeling and learning,” wrote Doute. “And 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 am ashamed, embarrassed, and incredibly sorry. I will do better. I have to do better.”
No word on when Vanderpump Rules will return to filming for the news season. Filming was on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic. It remains to be seen how the show will be restructured with the recent firings.