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Bravo Reality Stars Including Billie Lee, Kenya Moore, NeNe Leakes And Reza Farahan React To ‘Vanderpump Rules’ Firings!

On Tuesday, June 9, Bravo and Vanderpump Rules production company, Evolution Media announced via Instagram in a statement where they revealed that they had cut ties with Stassi Schroeder, Kristen Doute, Max Boyens and Brett Caprioni. In the comment section of the post, many current and former Bravo reality stars reacted to the news.

Billie Lee: “Thank you @bravotv but I ask you to please cast more black and LGBTQ+ people on ALL your shows,” the former Vanderpump Rules star wrote.

Candiace Dillard: “This is a great step as well but I Think it would be helpful to accompany these terminations with a thorough explanation as to why they were let go. Especially given the fact that their racial indiscretions took place months, and in some cases years ago and they were allowed to keep their jobs. Having an honest conversation about why BRAVO is choosing not to associate with people who display implicit and explicit racial biases needs to be a part of the conversation if pop culture leaders (like my network) are going to help heal The wounds of racism in this country,” she wrote.

Gizelle Bryant: The Real Housewives of Potomac star added a thumbs-up emoji, writing, “very good to know.”

Dr. Imani J. Walker: “This is a good start. Let’s continue to hold all those accountable for making racist remarks while continuing to develop a space where Black folks feel heard, seen and understood,” the Married to Medicine L.A. star commented.

Kenya Moore: “This is the start of change!” Moore wrote.

Mariah Huq: “Actually I think a town hall meeting would be most appropriate,” the Married to Medicine star wrote. “No more private meetings that's the problem! Too many different conversations going on.. We need transparency. Actions speak louder than words! Value the creative, loyal, beautiful, talented, savvy, UNPARALLED, Black creators, producers & talent as we have Always Valued You! #InTHAtORDER #GoodEvening”

NeNe Leakes: “Well alrighty then,” Leakes wrote. “Now we have a few more questions to ask about in other areas where there’s a major difference.”

Porsha Williams: The Real Housewives of Atlanta star shared a clapping emoji.

Reza Farahan: The Shahs of Sunset star commented by simply adding a raised hands emoji.

Wendy Osefo: “Thank you,” the RHOP newbie commented. “The next step should be for @bravotv to create a working group comprised of Black talent from @bravotv and executives to co-create a shared vision of inclusionary practices to ensure equity within the workplace. #BLACKLIVESMATTER.”

Schroeder and Doute came under fire earlier this month after former SURver Faith Stowers revealed they falsely accused her of committing a crime in 2018.

“There was this article on Daily Mail where there was an African American lady. It was a weird photo, so she looked very light-skinned and had these different, weird tattoos. They showcased her, and I guess this woman was robbing people. And they called the cops and said it was me,” Stowers recalled via Instagram Live. “It was just funny, because they thought it was me because it was a black woman with a weave. So they just assumed it would be me, and they called the cops on me.”

Both Schroeder and Doute released public apologies to Stowers on Sunday, June 7.

“What I did to Faith was wrong. I apologize and I do not expect forgiveness,” the Next Level Basic author, who also lost several brand deals and was dropped by her PR company, wrote via Instagram. “I am also sorry to anyone else that feels disappointed in me. 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.”

Meanwhile, Doute wrote that her “actions were not racially driven,” but she “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.”

Ahead of Bravo’s announcement, Variety reported that Stassi’s agency, UTA, and her public relations firm, Metro Public Relations, have dropped her because of her actions toward Stowers. Fuse Literary, Doute’s book agency, has also cut ties with her.

Boyens and Caprioni joined the cast for season 8. Before their January debut, fans discovered that the two tweeted racial slurs in the past. Stassi and Kristen have been on Vanderpump Rules since Season 1. Max and Brett joined Vanderpump Rules for the current Season 8.

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