Lisa Vanderpump Releases Statement Following ‘Vanderpump Rules’ Racism Scandal, Says She’s Excited To Show “Multi-Faceted Fabric” Of Her Restaurants
Lisa Vanderpump has released a statement after four cast members were fired from her reality show Vanderpump Rules over prior racist incidents.
“Over the past two weeks, many things have been brought to my attention, of which I and many others were previously unaware,” she posted on her official Instagram page.
“It was necessary for me to be quiet until now, until decisions had been made. Now I can freely speak from my heart.”
She continued, “As we’ve seen such devastating sadness that has played out globally, we all have a part to play to create a kinder, more just society. my hope is for this generation to treat each other with respect and humanity, and realize that actions have, and should have, consequences.”
Lisa Vanderpump has released a statement following Bravo’s firing of Stassi Schroeder, Kristen Doute, Max Boyens, and Brett Caprioni from Vanderpump Rules. (Photo: Bravo)
“I love and adore our employees and I am deeply saddened by some of the lack of judgment that has been displayed,” she said. “As many of you know, after watching me for 10 years, I have always been an equal rights activitst and ally – my family, my businesses, and I condemn all forms of cruelty, racism, homophobia, bigotry, and unequal treatment.”
“We’ve never tolerated it in the workplace or our lives,” she continued. “While you see only a fraction of our employees on the show, a specific friend group, across all of our companies, we have always been a very diverse group of people – every color, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. Most of our employees have worked for us for over a decade and we have become a family.”
“One that embraces and celebrates each other’s differences,” the restauranteur continued. “I am proud of the inclusive company that we’ve created. We will continue to embrace diversity as one of our greatest strengths, and I’m excited to give you a deeper look into the multi-faceted fabric of our company in the future.”
“The world needs to move forward with a kinder generation. Everybody deserves to feel safe, heard and appreciated in their communities. So much of what has transpired in the world is not right, fair or acceptable. We all have work to do to create a society we can be proud of and I hope as we venture forward, we strive to live in a world where kindness and compassion are our highest values.”
While the statement is a step in the right direction, it certainly doesn’t address the racism allegations that have been made against Vanderpump Rules directly, nor explain why she, Bravo, or the production company, took so long to deal with the issues in the first place.
As previously reported, Bravo has fired longtime cast members Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute, along with newbies Max Boyens, and Brett Caprioni from Vanderpump Rules over past racist incidents.
Longtime Vanderpump Rules cast members Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute were fired along with new cast members Brett Caprioni and Max Boyens after prior racist incidents received backlash. Lisa Vanderpump has since released a statement. (Photo: Bravo)
Lisa Vanderpump is the second person to comment, following Brett’s statement earlier today. Stassi, Kristen, and Max have not commented since news of their firing from the show broke.
While we appreciate Lisa’s statement, she is in a position of power and influence. It is time that she puts her money where her mouth is and starts to reflect the diversity on her shows that she claims is so prevalent in her restaurants.
Vanderpump Rules airs Tuesdays on Bravo and Slice.