Stassi Schroeder And Kristen Doute Hire PR Powerhouse Steve Honig After Being Fired From ‘Vanderpump Rules’, Say They Want To “Move Forward” In New Joint Statement
Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute have hired PR powerhouse Steve Honig since being fired from Vanderpump Rules and have released a joint statement expressing their desire to “move forward” from the scandal.
“Stassi and Kristen acknowledged what they did was wrong, have apologized and been punished,” their new representative told Us Weekly.
“Without casting aside their actions or the impact of those actions, they want to move forward as part of the solution in ways that are productive, meaningful and sincere. Both of them recognize actions speak louder than words and that is what will guide them as they move forward.”
As previously reported, Stassi Schroeder, Kristen Doute, Max Boyens, and Brett Caprioni were all fired from Vanderpump Rules earlier this week over past racist incidents.
LVP speaks out
Lisa Vanderpump, for her part, has since released a statement that condemned racism of all kinds without acknowledging the various controversies that led to Bravo firing four stars from her reality show.
“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.”
“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.”
Lisa Vanderpump released a statement after four cast members, including Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute, were fired from her reality show Vanderpump Rules. (Photo: Bravo)
“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.”
“Surprised and upset”
Earlier this week, insiders spoke out to reveal that Stassi and Kristen are both “surprised and upset” by what has transpired.
“Stassi was not expecting to be fired. She is surprised and upset,” a source close to the reality star told Us Weekly, noting that she has “lost a lot of money from losing sponsorships and paid opportunities.”
As previously reported, Stassi and Kristen’s past behaviour is coming back to bite them.
They initially caught heat a few years ago for targeting Faith Stowers, the only black cast member on the show, and accusing her of being a thief that had been reported and pictured in a Daily Mail article.
The photo turned out not to be Faith and the allegations were unfounded but to say that Stassi and Kristen went in on Faith would be an understatement, to say the least.
Past racist incidents
As the Black Lives Matter gained movement internationally in recent weeks following the murder of George Floyd, Stassi and Kristen released statements where they admitted guilt but denied any racial bias.
Max Boyens was fired from Vanderpump Rules alongside Stassi Schroeder, Kristen Doute, and Brett Caprioni. (Photo: Bravo)
Max and Brett, for their part, were fired after fans began questioning the network as to why they weren’t let go over past racist remarks they had made on social media. They both used racial epithets, including the N-word, in their posts.
“Bravo and Evolution Media confirmed today that Stassi Schroeder, Kristen Doute, Max Boyens and Brett Caprioni will not be returning to Vanderpump Rules,” the network said in an official statement.
Vanderpump Rules airs Tuesdays on Bravo and Slice.