US reality show Vanderpump Rules has sacked four cast members following uproar from viewers.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills spin-off has aired for eight seasons following the servers working in multiple restaurants owned by former Housewives star Lisa Vanderpump.
Bravo in the US announced on Tuesday (June 9) that Vanderpump Rules mainstays Stassi Schroeder, Kristen Doute as well as newcomers Max Boyens and Brett Caprioni "will not be returning" next season.
As the Black Lives Matter protests have raised awareness for widespread racism over the last several weeks, fans of Vanderpump Rules have uncovered allegations of unfair treatment of African-American former cast member Faith Stowers.
Stowers brought to light former Vanderpump Rules castmates Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute wrongly targeting her during a recent interview on Instagram Live.
"There was this article on... Daily Mail where there was an African American lady," she explained. "It was a weird photo, so she looked very light-skinned and had these different, weird tattoos.
"They showcased her, and I guess this woman was robbing people... And they called the cops and said it was me. This is like, a true story. I heard this from actually Stassi during an interview."
Schroeder shared this story herself during an appearance on the podcast Bitch Bible, where she recounted calling the police along with Doute. Doute later retweeted the podcast episode on her own social media, as well as criticising MTV for giving Stowers a "platform" on her newest show The Challenge.
Following outrage from viewers, Schroeder and Doute both publicly apologised for their treatment of Stowers in the past.
"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 wrote on Instagram.
"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."
Schroeder apologised in her own Instagram post: "What I did to Faith was wrong. I apologize and I do not expect forgiveness. I am also sorry to anyone else that feels disappointed in me.
"I am going to continue to look closer at myself and my actions – to take the time to listen, to learn, and to take accountability for my own privilege."
Another Vanderpump Rules cast member, Jax Taylor, had also tweeted about Stowers in a negative light in the past, wrongly accusing her of committing crimes, but he has not been dropped by Bravo. Taylor has not commented on the controversy.
The other two Vanderpump Rules stars fired – Max Boyens and Brett Caprioni – were dropped for unrelated reasons. Past tweets from both unearthed by earlier this year included the N-word, though Bravo did not officially sack them until Tuesday. Both have apologised for their past comments.
Vanderpump Rules is still scheduled to air Part Two of its cast reunion on Bravo on Tuesday night – and it will arrive on Hayu in the UK on Wednesday (June 10).
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