The series has a revolving door of cast members, with a huge number of people leaving in 2020. Speaking about the departed stars, Vanderpump recently shared who she wishes could still be on the show.
Several cast members left ‘Vanderpump Rules’ in 2020
While Vanderpump Rules stopped filming due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the show lost several cast members.
Stassi Shroeder and Kristen Doute, who have been on the series since its first season, were fired in June 2020. This happened after fans accused them of being racist toward former cast member Faith Stowers.
Additionally, Max Boyens and Brett Caprioni also left the show after racist tweets they made resurfaced on the internet.
In December 2020, couple Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright announced they were leaving Vanderpump Rules, but they did not specify a reason for their departure.
Finally, Dayna Kathan also left the show in April 2021.
Lisa Vanderpump wishes 2 former cast members could still be on the show
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Vanderpump recently commented on the cast changes. According to Page Six, Vanderpump shared that she wishes Shroeder and Doute could still be on the show.
“I would have preferred to chastise them and see them learn from their mistakes as we’ve seen so many youngsters do on the show,” she said. “But that was Bravo’s decision.”
Vanderpump believes Shroeder and Doute could learn from the events that happened. She explained, “I always want to see growth and I would love to have seen them stay here and work it out. It was really a sign of the times. Everybody [had] a lot of reactive decisions.”
Vanderpump has previously said she does not believe Shroeder and Doute are racist.
“It wasn’t right what they did at all. But do I think they’re racist a thousand percent? No, because I have a lot of diverse people working for me that they were very close to over the years,” she told The Skinny Confidential Him & Her podcast earlier this year. “So do I think it was a racist action? Not at all. I think it was just awful timing and stupid and ignorant. It is what it is.”
Stassi Shroeder has been working with a diversity coach
Shroeder and Doute were fired in the midst of the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Conversations about racial issues became prominent around that time, which led to Shroeder and Doute’s past actions against Stowers to resurface.
A few months after her firing, Shroeder revealed she had been working with a diversity coach to understand her mistakes better.
“I feel like one of the most frustrating parts when this all went down was that people expected me to just understand everything immediately,” she said on the Tamron Hall show. “Things like that take time. I felt like it would be better for me to take the time to get a greater understanding of everything and the issues before I opened my mouth again.”
She added, “I didn’t understand that just because something wasn’t about race for me, doesn’t mean it’s not about race for the other person because I’m bringing my experience as a white privileged woman to this situation and she’s bringing her experience as a Black woman into this situation. And because it’s about race for her, it is about race. And that’s something that I’ve realized.”