Kristen Doute Speaks Out After Being Fired From ‘Vanderpump Rules’, Thinks Bravo Should Have Filmed A Conversation With Her And Stassi Schroeder
Kristen Doute is speaking out.
After being fired from Bravo’s Vanderpump Rules, the one-time reality star is opening up about her departure in a new podcast interview, revealing that she wishes Bravo would have filmed a conversation with her and Stassi Schroeder before letting them go.
“I think that this was a perfectly wide-open door for Bravo to take the initiative and have this conversation,” she said on the Hollywood Raw podcast as reported by Page Six.
“And I know this probably sounds super selfish for someone that’s canceled to say they don’t believe in cancel-culture, but the reason why is I believe we are in such a detrimental point in our pop culture to political to full society where people in my position,” she continued. “We could literally be put to the test and forced to have these difficult conversations, being forced to show the public that we are doing action. I think there was something better, something smarter they could have done rather than passing along the ‘you’re off of the show note’ to my attorney like the game of telephone.”
Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute were fired from Vanderpump Rules back in May over past racist behaviour. The latter is now speaking out for the first time. (Photo: Bravo / NBC Universal)
“I think it would have helped me, I think it would have helped other people on my cast, those that were let go, those that were not; I think that it would have helped the public a lot more, maybe younger generations that watch us,” she explained.
“It would have given us a bigger platform to work together to do more charity work. Just push people to do better, rather than saying ‘We don’t like that mistake you made so, therefore, you’re canceled. We don’t want to hear from you ever again.’ How about making people [who] made the mistakes do better. Make them do better. That’s how our society is going to get better is if we all have to do better.”
Getting the pink slip
In her first interview since being let go, Kristen also revealed that she almost learned of her firing from the news instead of from the network or production company, Evolution Media.
“My lawyer actually called me and dropped the note to me that Bravo was no longer — that I was no longer going to be on the show,” she said, sounding very Hollywood. “If the phone call I got had been five minutes later I probably would have gotten [the information] from the news.”
She added that she has not heard from Lisa Vanderpump and that Andy Cohen had simply sent her a direct message on social media telling her to “hang in there.” (It should be pointed out that Andy is not an Executive Producer on Vanderpump Rules and therefore, does not have any say in casting.)
Kristen Doute revealed in a new interview that she has not heard from Lisa Vanderpump since she was fired from Vanderpump Rules. (Photo: Bravo / NBC Universal)
As previously reported, Kristen Doute was let go from Vanderpump Rules along with Stassi Schroeder, Max Boyens, and Brett Caprioni for what the network referred to as past racist incidents. While Kristen and Stassi have no connection to LVP or the show now that they’ve let go, it’s been reported that Max and Brett are still employed at Lisa’s restaurants.
The firing news comes amid the Black Lives Matter movement gaining traction across the U.S. and television networks have been forced to take a look at their talent and content. In addition to the issues playing out on Vanderpump Rules, Bravo has been facing heat over other controversial talent still employed by the network.
Kelly Dodd has been taken to task over her comments on social media about the coronavirus pandemic, Peter Hunziker was fired from Below Deck Mediterranean after he posted a racist and sexist meme to his Instagram Story, and Kathryn Dennis and the cast of Southern Charm have also come under fire for their past racist behaviour. Plus, Lisa Rinna has been facing heat from viewers of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills for seemingly getting away with displaying a swastika as part of a past Halloween costume. So to say that this is a stressful time at the network would be an understatement.
While we can understand why Kristen would want to do this podcast and get her side of the story out, we really don’t think it is an appropriate time.
It hasn’t even been two months since this all went down and her comments come just prior to the new season of Vanderpump Rules gearing up for production so there are other reasons why she may want to put herself out there like this.
Hopefully, she continues to take the time to learn and listen and she—and her PR team—truly take accountability for her actions because between this interview and her statement after she was fired, we’re just not feeling it.
Vanderpump Rules is expected to return in 2021.