It has been quite the week for Stassi Schroeder. After her former Vanderpump Rules co-star Faith Stowers revealed that Schroeder and Kristen Doute called the police and named Stowers as a possible suspect in a 2018 robbery (she didn’t commit the crime), Bravo announced that they had fired Schroeder and Doute from VPR, along with newbies Max Boyens and Brett Caprioni.
In addition to losing her VPR gig, Schroeder has also been dropped by her publicist and PR firm, lost all of her brand deals, and her Straight Up with Stassi podcast has been completely deplatformed. Needless to say, the Next Level Basic author did not see this coming.
“Stassi was not expecting to be fired. She is surprised and upset,” an insider told Us Weekly, adding that Schroeder has “lost a lot of money from losing sponsorships and paid opportunities.”
On the bright side, the source says that Schroeder and her fiance, Beau Clark, have been saving their money and are doing just fine financially at the moment.
Schroeder has made racially insensitive remarks in the past, including a rant on her podcast a couple of years ago about the “Oscars So White” controversy. She also posted a “Nazi chic” photo on Instagram that recently resurfaced.
But, it was Schroeder’s behavior towards Stowers that was unacceptable and proved to be a fireable offense.
“There was this article on Daily Mail where there was an African American lady,” the Challenge alum explained on an Instagram Live chat on June 5. “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. It was just funny, because they thought it was me because it was a black woman with a weave. So they just assumed it would be me, and they called the cops on me.”
Both Schroeder and Doute have publicly apologized for their actions on Instagram, but Stowers says that she never received a private apology from either woman.
Even though Bravo’s parent company, NBCUniversal, promised to “focus on social justice” with a $100 million multi-year plan focusing on their employees, awareness and education, digital equity, and small business, the network still had a hard time firing Stassi Schroeder.
A second source says that during Schroeder’s eight seasons of Vanderpump Rules, she became “a major piece of the Bravo puzzle” and the network “truly enjoyed working with her.” However, racism and discrimination have no place at the network, and that left those in charge with no other option but to let her go.