Faith Stowers feels vindicated after Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute were fired from Bravo’s Vanderpump Rules after the pair admitted to racist acts aimed at getting her into trouble with the law.
‘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,’ the 31-year-old reality star told Page Six on Tuesday in the wake of Schroeder, 31, and Doute, 37, got their walking papers from the star-making platform.
Stowers told the outlet she was praying at the time she heard the news that Bravo had cut ties with her former costars, who took to social media earlier this week apologizing for admittedly misleading police in an effort to get Stowers into legal trouble.
Happy: Faith Stowers feels vindicated after Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute were fired from Bravo’s Vanderpump Rules after the pair admitted to racist acts aimed at getting her into trouble with the law
‘I was in the middle of prayer and I felt a sense of – I know it sounds corny – I felt a sense of glory,’ Stowers said. ‘I felt God’s presence and I’m seeing now 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.’
Stowers said she was initially apprehensive about speaking out, but is ‘glad [she] did’ after seeing the network waste little time in cutting ties with Schroeder and Doute.
‘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, but I’m glad I did,’ she told Page Six. ‘Now I’m seeing Bravo follow suit, releasing women that have given crazy ratings for them because they want to be on the right side of history and I’m seeing people are finally hearing us.’
Bye bye: Stassi was canned by Bravo two days after apologizing for past ‘racially insensitive comments’ and misleading police in an effort to get a black costar she didn’t like in trouble
A rep for the network confirmed to Page Six Tuesday, ‘Bravo and Evolution Media confirmed today that Schroeder and Doute ‘will not be returning to Vanderpump Rules.’
The firings came two days after Stassi apologized for past ‘racially insensitive comments’ and misleading police in an effort to get a black costar she didn’t like in trouble, audio of Vanderpump Rules Stassi Schroeder has resurfaced speaking negatively about black people.
Schroeder, who’s been vocal recently about her support for the Black Lives Matter movement, seemed to have a significant change of heart over the past three years.
She claimed that black people demanded special treatment in her March 2, 2017 podcast in which she talked about the lack of diversity of Academy Award candidates, referred to on social media as #OscarsSoWhite.
‘Maybe you weren’t nominated because you didn’t do that great of a job in your movie,’ said Schroeder. ‘Like it’s not about race. It’s literally like not about what you look like at all. It’s like your acting ability, so like, what the actual f***?’
In a 2018 photo, Schroeder described her fashion ensemble as Nazi chic alongside Rachel O’Brien and Kristen Doute
Speaking out: Stassi said she’s refocused her mentality amid the career crisis, which has seen her lose sponsors and admit to ‘racially insensitive comments’
The New Orleans-born reality star, 31, said on the podcast – which she later deleted from her site, according to US – of black people: ‘When they get upset, everybody has to go above and beyond to then make them happy.
‘I’m like, really sick of everyone making everything about race – I’m kind of over it.’
Despite the take on race, Schroeder had plenty more to say about the topic: ‘Like, everyone giving their impassioned speeches about race and all of that stuff, I’m like, “Why is it always just about African Americans?”
‘Like why aren’t the Asians like, “We’re not represented? Why aren’t … Native Americans and Latinos not like, “We’re not represented?” Why is it always just “that”?’
‘And then when they get upset, everybody has to go above and beyond to then make them happy. And I hate saying the word ‘them’ because I’m not … not everybody’s the same.’
‘My privilege blinded me’: Doute also shared an apology after she also tweeted the accusations with Schroeder
Incredibly sorry: Kristen posted this statement to her Instagram on Sunday
She said that black people were ‘the ones that are out there b****ing about things.’
She implied that Moonlight’s victory over LaLa Land was racial ‘politics’ in play, noting that she ‘didn’t f–kin see’ the movie, but that ‘the reason why it won was because it was like, “The message.”‘
She added: ‘It’s groundbreaking because of ‘the message’. Winning Best Picture to me isn’t about the f***ing message – like it’s not church.’
Schroeder said that she was ‘not allowed to say that’ as her opinion was marginalized as ‘a white, privileged, blonde 28-year old.’
Another Bravo reality star in Porsha Williams, 38, questioned ‘WTH’ of a 2018 photo of Schroeder describing her fashion ensemble as Nazi chic alongside Rachel O’Brien and Kristen Doute.
The revelation came a day after Schroeder and Doute took to social media to to apologize for a past incident in which they admittedly misled police in an effort to get black castmate Faith Stowers into legal trouble.
‘Racially insensitive comments from my past have resurfaced,’ Schroeder said in a statement on the site.
‘It is important that I continue to take accountability for what I have said and done, while pushing myself to do better,’ she said. ‘I have grown significantly from the person I was then, and I am still filled with remorse and regret for the hurt I caused.’
How low can you go? Vanderpump Rules’ Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute have come under fire after an incident where they called the cops on former castmate Faith Stowers resurfaced this week
She directly apologized to Stowers for her actions in hopes of landing her in trouble with the authorities, admitting that she didn’t consider how severe the consequences could have been.
‘I also want to address my former castmate, Faith Stowers,’ said Stassi, who cooked up the scheme with castmate Kristen Doute. ‘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. What I did to Faith was wrong. I apologize and I do not expect forgiveness.’
Schroeder said she was sorry to ‘anyone else that feels disappointed in’ her, and vowed to focus her efforts on being more conscientious and evolving ‘into a more educated person.’
She vowed, ‘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.’
Doute followed up with a statement on her Instagram page on Sunday.
‘I have been taking some time to really process what I’ve been seeing, feeling and learning. And I need to address something specifically that happened a few years ago with my former castmate, Faith Stowers,’ she wrote.
Speaking out: The former Bravo player (bottom) called out her former SUR coworkers during an Instagram live with Floribama Shore star Candace Rice (top)
How it happened… Recalling the incident, Faith said ‘There was this article where there was an African-American lady. 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’
‘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 would have been to her,’
Doute added, ‘It never was 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.’
Former Bravo player Stowers called out her former SUR coworkers during an Instagram live with Floribama Shore star Candace Rice, talking about her time on the show and the incidents that followed.
Stassi herself bragged about calling the cops in an interview on the B**** Bible podcast in 2018, while Doute tweeted about it at the time.
Stower recalled how Schroeder and Doute called the authorities after seeing a report about an African American woman who was drugging and robbing men around LA.
‘There was this article where there was an African-American lady. It was a weird photo, so she looked very light-skinned and had these different, weird tattoos. I guess this woman was robbing people.
Isn’t that funny? The Next Level Basic writer was happy to brag about wrongfully accusing Stowers in 2018, telling the B**** Bible podcast how she and Kristen ‘solved a crime’
What a detective: Doute tweeted about the situation, all but naming Stowers as she wrote: ‘Hey tweeties, doesn’t this ex #pumprules thief look familiar?’ and later referenced MTV – who has employed Faith
Cheater: Schroeder and Doute’s antagonism towards Stowers was likely because of her affair with Jax Taylor, which was documented during season six of the show
‘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.’
The Next Level Basic writer was happy to brag about wrongfully accusing Stowers in 2018, telling the B**** Bible podcast how she and Kristen ‘solved a crime.’
After comparing a grainy surveillance image of the suspected criminal to Stowers, they decided they had enough evidence to go to the police.
‘We are like, we just solved a f**king crime,’ she reportedly said on the now-deleted episode, reported by People. ‘We start calling the police. The police don’t give a f***.’
Doute tweeted about the situation, all but naming Stowers as she wrote: ‘Hey tweeties, doesn’t this ex #pumprules thief look familiar?’
Kristen continued to malign her former castmate – who also appeared on MTV’s The Challenge and Ex On The Beach – saying: ’Someone put her on mtv & gave her a platform for press. I didn’t wanna go there but I’m going there.’
Blaming the woman: ’They wanted to attack, attack, attack, attack, attack. I was wrong, I was this, I was that, calling me names, saying my hair was nappy, which is weird coming out of their mouths,’ she explained. Faith is seen in 2016 above
What a range: Vanderpump has been criticized for its lack of diversity over the years. There have only been two black castmembers as recurring characters since its premiere in 2013
Since Faith’s account came to light, Stassi has been dropped as a spokesperson for shaving brand Billie and vitamin startup Ritual. In addition, a planned partnership with Glamour magazine focusing on her upcoming nuptials ‘has no plans to continue at this time,’ according to Page Six.
DailyMail.com has reached out to Schroeder and Doute’s camps for comment.
Schroeder and Doute’s antagonism towards Stowers was likely because of her affair with Jax Taylor, which was documented during season six of the show.
Taylor – whose chronic infidelity has been a VPR plot point throughout the years – cheated on now-wife Brittany Cartwright with Stowers, who was a recurring character in season four.
Talking about the dynamic during the Live session, Faith said: ‘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.’
‘They wanted to attack, attack, attack, attack, attack. I was wrong, I was this, I was that, calling me names, saying my hair was nappy, which is weird coming out of their mouths.
‘And I believe it hit the ceiling for me, and made me really want to run for the hills, when Kristen and Stassi decided they were going to call the cops on me,’ she went on.
‘I [had] left the show [at that point]. I was invited back to tell my truth, but decided it wasn’t going to do anything for me. So I ended up not coming back, I decided to go over to MTV. Once I did that, I felt like they got upset with me.’
Vanderpump has been criticized for its lack of diversity over the years.
Since premiering in 2013 the show has featured only two black castmembers as recurring characters: Stowers and Tina McDowelle, who appeared in seasons one and two.
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