Faith Stowers Feels 'Vindicated' After Vanderpump Rules Fires Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute
Ex-Vanderpump Rules star Faith Stowers has no regrets about speaking up.
Stowers said she feels "vindicated" after Bravo confirmed that Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute would not be returning to the reality series following the resurfacing of past racially insensitive comments made about her.
"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," she told Page Six. "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."
Stowers — who appeared on seasons 4 and 6 of the Bravo series — said she was happy to see Bravo hold Schroeder and Doute accountable, even at the risk of ratings.
"Now I’m seeing Bravo follow suit — the same as MTV and The Challenge — [by] letting go of castmates that have also made racist remarks. Bravo is releasing women that have given them crazy ratings because they want to be on the right side of history," she said. "I’m seeing [that] people are finally hearing us."
Doute also addressed the incident in her own statement on her social media. "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.
"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 said, adding, "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."
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