Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Lisa Vanderpump Speaks Out On #PumpRules Firings...Kind Of!

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What a Vanderpump week and it's only Wednesday! Andy Cohen spoke out earlier today on his radio show about yesterday's firings of 'Vanderpump Rules' stars Stassi Schroeder, Kristen Doute, Max Boyens, and Brett Caprioni over racially insensitive remarks/tweets. 

"There's so much happening in the Bravo universe. I will say this: so much talk about Vanderpump Rules and then of course the reunion ended up airing last night. I will say this about what happened. I absolutely support Bravo's decision, I think it was the right decision. And I want to remind people because I've been getting so many tweets and messages and whatever about Vanderpump Rules and about Southern Charm and other show. I am not, I don't- I feel like I remind people this all the time-I'm not in charge of programming at Bravo anymore. I am not an Executive Producer of Vanderpump Rules. I don't have anything to do with the show except I love it and that I host the reunions." 

Fans all over social media wondered why a statement had not appeared prior to part two of the reunion which aired last night at 9pm. There have been many conflicting opinions, as well, if Stassi and Kristen were the right ones to go. Jax Taylor, who is also an OG cast mate, has had racially insensitive remarks resurfaced in regards to former co-star, Faith Stowers, the ex-SURver behind the Stassi/Kristen firings. Jax and his wife, Brittany Cartwright also had a story line revolving around a racist/homophobic Pastor and fans feel the show should just be laid to rest. Both Stassi and Kristen released apologies and some feel Stassi should be given another chance. We remain neutral but do admit season eight was a snooze-fest and the show is anything but diverse. 

But, one person we failed to hear from was SUR and TomTom owner, Lisa Vanderpump, the Queen of the series. Was she going to fire Max from TomTom and Brett from SUR? How would she proceed with the series? When Stassi had once been accused by Ariana of essentially being tone deaf to racial issues, LVP came out on her show to defend Stassi and say the one thing she was not was a bigot. Via Instagram, LVP shared her sentiments and it has left many confused. Tell us what you think:

"Over the past two weeks, many things have been brought to my attention, of which I and many other were previously unaware. It was necessary for me to be quiet until now, until decisions had been made. Now I can freely speak from the heart. 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. As many of you know, after watching me for 10 years, I have always been an equal rights activist 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. While you only see 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. 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 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. Thank you for listening, love Lisa."

What I feel like she is saying is we only see a small fraction of her companies, a group we have grown to love, which makes up the show. It seems she is hopeful she can add some more diverse workers to a season nine, if there is one, to show the truth behind the show. However, they added four new people this season and no one really liked them so let's just end it now. It'll break my heart but it's time to rip the band-aid off. Do you think the show should continue or are you over it? Let us know and do not miss part three of the 'Vanderpump Rules' reunion Tuesday night at 9pm only on Bravo!

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