Former “Vanderpump Rules” star Faith Stowers tells Page Six that she feels “vindicated” and “hopeful” after co-stars Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute were fired for making a false police report against her.
On Tuesday, Bravo axed the pair days after Stowers — the only black cast member ever to appear on the show — said that Schoeder and Doute had called cops in 2018 claiming that Stowers fit the description of a woman wanted for drugging and robbing men.
“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 us.
She added that just before she heard the news of the firings, she had been praying for a family member. “I was in the middle of prayer and I felt a sense of — I know it sounds corny — I felt a sense of glory,” she said, “I felt God’s presence and I’m seeing now [that the news has been revealed] maybe that is what that was. He gave me a sign of optimism meant to be hopeful and showing that all of this was worth it.”
“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,” Stowers told us, “but I’m glad I did.”
“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, “and I’m seeing [that] people are finally hearing us.”
She said that she hopes production companies and networks are “ready to hire casting directors and producers of color to make sure these changes are not just a one-time thing.”
Stowers — who appeared on the show on-and-off between 2015 and 2018 — said on Instagram Live last week, “There was this article in the Daily Mail where there was an African American lady. It was a weird photo, so she looked very light-skinned and had these different, weird tattoos. I guess this woman was robbing people.” She added, “And [Schroeder and Doute] called the cops and said it was me.”
Schroeder even bragged about the 2018 incident on a podcast, saying the pair had said to each other at the time, “We are like, we just solved a f–king a crime.” Doute also posted the picture of the suspect online, saying, “doesn’t this ex [‘Vanderpump Rules’] thief look familiar?”
The pair publicly apologized Monday, but Bravo released a statement saying that the pair — plus fellow castmates Max Boyens and Brett Caprioni, who have posted racist tweets — won’t be returning to the show.
“I hope they use this time that they have now to educate themselves to why this happened to them and try to use [their] voice later for real change,” Stowers said.
“Now I’m seeing Bravo follow suit the same as MTV and The Challenge letting go of cast mates that have also made racist remarks. Bravo is releasing women that have given crazy ratings for them because they want to be on the right side of history,” she said, “and I’m seeing people are finally hearing us.”