“[She] is one of the most loving people you will ever meet in your life. And she deeply apologizes for what she said,” Nikolai, who has made guest appearances on the show in past seasons, said on Instagram. “I’m just so desperate for her to just succeed because she’s been succeeding so much and I just want it to go as far as she can.”
Schroeder, 31, and Kristen Doute, 37, who have been main cast members since season 1, were terminated following Faith Stowers, 31, accusing them of past racist behavior during season 4. The former SURver claimed they called her hair “nappy” and tried to report her to law enforcement for a crime she was not involved in.
“She’ll show everyone how good of a person she is and how much she cares about everyone,” Nikolai continued. “She likes entertaining people that’s why she does all this TV stuff. I know a lot of people probably aren’t going to listen to me but if anyone can help me out with this, it would be nice.”
The “Straight Up With Stassi” podcast host and He’s Making You Crazy author issued apologies on June 7. Schroeder said what she did to Stowers “was wrong” and does “not expect forgiveness.” She added she was going to “take time to listen, to learn and to take accountability for my own privilege.”
Doute noted her actions toward the Ex on the Beach alum “were not racially driven,” and she is “ashamed” and “embarrassed.” She wrote, “I am now completely aware of how my privilege blinded me from the reality of law enforcement’s treatment of the black community.”
Along with the show veterans, newcomers Max Boyens and Brett Caprioni were also fired after racist tweets from 2012 began circulating online. A source exclusively told Life & Style the Real Housewives spinoff “will go on” but “won’t be the same.”
“It’s a new world and everything about the landscape of reality TV is changing. A lot of people at Bravo recognize now that they didn’t really represent everyone,” the source explained. “Bravo made some mistakes, but they say now is the time and they are committed to making a difference.” The insider also expressed, “Andy [Cohen] and Bravo are steadfast in showing some diversity from here on out.”
Losing four stars is a blow to the cast, but the source acknowledged “there’s no shortage of young attractive replacements in Hollywood.”