Life hasn’t been all diamonds and roses lately for Vanderpump Rules star Lisa Vanderpump. Lisa announced that her beloved restaurant, Villa Blanca, is permanently closed. Lisa and her husband, Ken Todd, are being sued in a class action lawsuit brought by a SUR employee. The employee, Olivia Beverly Hanson, is alleging that the couple violated California labor laws.
In June, Pump Rules cast members Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute were axed from the show for racist behavior. In 2018, the duo called the police on former co-star Faith Stowers and accused her of drugging and robbing men. Newbie cast members Brett Caprioni and Max Boyens also received pink slips once racially insensitive tweets from the past reappeared. Wow…just wow.
Real Housewives of New York newbie Leah McSweeney is an outspoken and long-time supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement. She has supported the cause on her social media and has attended protests. The RHONY star also took part in the Bravo special “Race in America: A Movement Not a Moment.”
Right now, reality television is being swept by the cancel culture movement. Vanderpump Rules stars Kristen Doute, Stassi Schroeder, Brett Caprioni and Max Boyens recently won pink slips for past racist behavior.
Honest question: when it comes to Vanderpump Rules, what’s next? We all know that Stassi Schroeder, Kristen Doute and two other guys no one cares about are gone. Rather, fired for racist behavior. And while fans were calling for Jax Taylor to be fired along with them, looks like he’s not going anywhere.
Lala Kent is sticking around too, as annoying as she can be. I’m guessing next season will focus more around her and fiancé, Randall Emmett. I mean honestly, we can’t watch another whole season of Tom Schwartz and Katie Maloney killing their pets, can we? But Lala and Randall already postponed their wedding due to coronavirus. So maybe by the time they start filming, things will have changed. And clearly, VPR is all aboard the filmed wedding train. Yes, we have gone from drunken fights in parking lots to….planning weddings. We’ve come a long way, but maybe a little too long if you catch my drift.
Kristen Doute has been trying to recuperate her image since she was fired from Vanderpump Rules. No one here needs a reminder that her and Stassi Schroeder were axed by Bravo for filing a false police report against Faith Stowers. But I’ll reiterate it anyway because it was awful, stupid, unnecessary, and definitely racial profiling.
Since her termination, Kristen has made various attempts to rehab her persona right her wrongs. She apologized to Faith via a DM on social media, has been posting on social to support Black Lives Matter, and released a statement with Stassi and their crisis management team. Some may say Kristen is learning, others might say her actions aren’t enough. There is now one more thing Kristen is doing to reconcile public perception.
The future of Vanderpump Rules is seemingly up in the air after Stassi Schroeder, Kristen Doute, Brett Caprioni, and Max Boyens got fired for their racially offensive behaviors. Plus, filming has been put on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic. And, let’s be honest, the show isn’t nearly as good as it used to be when they all lived in
shitty dilapidated apartments.
Even with the Vanderpump Rules hiatus, the show’s namesake Lisa Vanderpump is keeping busy at her pink-filled mansion, Villa Rosa. However, her restaurants have been closed (thanks to the pandemic), with Villa Blanca seemingly closing down for good. Sure, LVP has Vanderpump Dogs going during this time. Oh, and that Vanderpump Dogs spin-off show is officially happening. And now, Lisa is adding another show to the list, but not a reality show this time around.
It’s a known fact that the Real Housewives franchises are short on diversity. Save for Real Housewives of Atlanta and Real Housewives of Potomac, the casting women of color is severely lacking. And while it’s progress, it took 10 whole seasons of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills before the first black woman, Garcelle Beauvais, was given a diamond.
The lack of diversity and inequality on Bravo was further highlighted this year during the Vanderpump Rules racism controversy. As a refresher, original cast members Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute were fired for falsely accusing their only black castmate, Faith Stowers, of theft. In addition, two other newbies were let go for their past racist behavior online. All of this is to say that Bravo really needs to diversify. And it sounds like they are continuing to move in that direction.
Considering how dehydrated the Vanderpump Rules cast members are for attention, it is a bit surprising that pretty much no one has spoken out about four cast members getting fired. Yeah, Tom Sandoval made some vague remarks about waiting to see what happens, but other than that, it’s pretty much been silence from the rest of the cast members. Straight up crickets.
Most likely, they’re all just wary about losing their jobs… if the show even comes back. However, Lala Kent has finally spoken out about Kristen Doute and Stassi Schroeder getting fired from the show.