Stassi Schroeder abandoned by public relations firm after Faith Stowers controversy – Variety


“Vanderpump Rules” star Stassi Schroeder was fired by his agency and publicist after it was revealed that she called the police on her former co-star Faith Stowers for a crime that Stowers had nothing to do with see, Variety learned exclusively.Stowers, who is black, appeared on the fourth and sixth season of “Vanderpump Rules”, which features an almost entirely white cast.

UTA spokesperson says Variety that Schroeder is no longer a client of the agency.

Schroeder has been with the same publicist since the start of her media career, who was instrumental in the strategic shift of her brand from reality to television and beyond, and she has been recruited by Metro Public Relations since mid-2018. The public relations firm has confirmed Variety On Monday, he severed ties with Schroeder, declaring: “She became a client when her publicist joined our company in July 2018. We decided this weekend to separate from Stassi.”

“Vanderpump Rules”, which is a spin-off from “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”, which focuses on the staff of the Lisa Vanderpump restaurant in West Hollywood, created in 2013 and which lasts eight seasons. Schroeder was part of the original cast and turned his fame as a reality star into a cross-platform career, including a touring show, his own podcast, the New York Times bestseller and numerous approval offers, capitalizing on on its two million Instagram followers.

Following his actions resurfaced, Schroeder lost deals with shaving brand Billie, vitamin brand Ritual and Secret Deodorant, all of which confirmed that they had broken ties with Schroeder via press statements.

Bravo declined to comment on the question.

Stowers spoke last week in a live Instagram chat about when Schroeder and his “Vanderpump Rules” colleague Kristen Doute called police to report crimes they have heard of in a press article on a black woman wanted for theft. The woman depicted in the tabloid article was not Stowers.

“There was this article in Daily Mail where there was an African American woman,” Stowers recalled during the live Instagram chat on June 2. “It was a weird photo, so it looked very clear and had these different strange tattoos. They presented it and I guess this woman was stealing people. And they called the cops and said it was me. It’s like, a true story. I heard that from Stassi in an interview. ”

Schroeder had spoken about the incident in the past and confirmed that he called the cops when he appeared on the Bitch Bible podcast in 2018. Doubt – which is also part of the original distribution of the “Vanderpump Rules” – tweeted a link to an article, at the time, on the woman involved in the alleged crime, posting: “Hi tweeties, this ex-thief does #pumprules look familiar? someone put it on mtv and gave it a press platform. I didn’t want to go, but I’m going. ”

Last week, Doubt published a book, “It makes you crazy: how to get the guy, even get and overcome,” published by Chicago Review Press. She originally planned a book tour, but before this controversy, all dates in person were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Doubt has not been removed by any sponsor, Variety has learned. An insider close to the reality star and author says she directly contacted Stowers to apologize. A Doubt representative declined to comment when contacted by Variety.

Schroeder and Doubt have also posted apologies on their social media.

“The race-insensitive comments from my past have resurfaced,” said Schroeder. “My feelings about something that happened between our friends have gone beyond my logic, and there is no excuse for that. I didn’t recognize the serious ramifications that could have happened as a result of my actions. What I did to Faith was wrong. I apologize and I don’t expect forgiveness. “

Doubt wrote: “I took a while to really process what I saw, felt and learned. And I need to address something specific that happened a few years ago with my former group mate, Faith Stowers… Although my actions were not motivated by race, I am now fully aware of how whose privilege blinded me to the reality of the treatment of law enforcement. black community and how dangerous my actions would have been to them … I never intended to add to the injustice and imbalance. I am ashamed, embarrassed and incredibly sorry. I will do better. I have to do better. ”

It is not the first time that Schroeder has been involved in a public controversy over social justice issues that has caused brands to break ties with her. In 2017, after making insensitive comments about the #MeToo movement, Rent the Runway was among the companies that abandoned as advertisers from Schroeder’s podcast.

Kate Aurthur contributed to this report.


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