Weighing in. Andy Cohen broke his silence on Vanderpump Rules stars Stassi Schroeder, Kristen Doute, Brett Caprioni and Max Boyens being fired from the reality TV series. “I absolutely support Bravo’s decision. I think it was the right decision,” the 52-year-old explained during a June 10 episode of his SiriusXM radio show.
Andy added that while he loves the show and hosts the reunions, he has “no say in hiring and firing people.” On June 9, the network confirmed to Life & Style that Schroeder, 31, and Doute, 37, who have appeared on-and-off Vanderpump Rules since season 1, as well as season 8 newcomers Caprioni, 31, and Boyens, 27, are dismissed from the series following racist remarks and behavior.
Earlier this year, an Instagram account by the name of “Facereality16” discovered a series of tweets made by Caprioni and Boyens dating from 2011 to 2013, many of which used racial slurs like the n-word. Both parties later issued apologies. Neither Caprioni nor Boyens was fired from the series or from Lisa Vanderpump’s Los Angeles restaurants SUR and TomTom.
“I do sincerely believe both have learned the power and impact words can have, and I have every hope this will be a lifelong lesson for them as we move into this new decade,” the former Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star, 59, said in a statement at the time.
On June 10, Caprioni expressed his disappointment “to no longer be part of the cast” in a statement to Us Weekly. “I continue to be truly sorry for the insensitive comments I made in the past and have worked within my community to repair the damage I’ve caused.”
As for Schroeder and Doute, costar Faith Stowers accused the Next Level Basic author and the He’s Making You Crazy author of past racist behavior toward her during her brief stint on the show in 2017.
At the beginning of season 5, the cast discovered that Jax Taylor cheated on his now-wife, Brittany Cartwright, with Stowers. “I felt like after their friend did something that we both were involved in that he’s done like, a thousand times, they wanted to attack me instead of him,” the Ex on the Beach star, 31, told fellow MTV personality Candace Rice during a June 3 Instagram Live. “They wanted to attack, attack, attack, attack, attack.” Stowers also alleged Schroeder and Doute called her hair “nappy” and reported her to the police for a crime she had no involvement in.
Schroeder and Doute issued lengthy apologies on Instagram prior to being let go from Vanderpump Rules. Despite the recent cast departures, a source exclusively assured Life & Style the “show will go on,” adding that Bravo is “committed to making a difference.”
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