The former NYSNC bandmember previously said he believes Bravo will fire Jax for after his past racist and homophobic comments resurfaced. He also said Jax’s behavior would “cost him everything” including their Just Add X partnership.
“He will lose out. Look, I do not see Bravo keeping him,” added Lance. “I have a feeling; soon, it’s gonna be done because this will get bigger and bigger.”
Lance also said that he was “wrong” to officiate Jax’s wedding and go into business with him without knowing his past actions.
“Lance, I listened to your podcast, you talk about how everyone knew for years how awful Jax was. Why did you agree to officiate his wedding and go into business with him?” LoveAndyC tweeted on June 15.
Lance replied, “100% I was wrong. I should have paid better attention. I’m just trying to do the right thing.”
Now, Lance is clarifying his previous comments about Jax and insists that Jax isn’t a “racist” or a “homophobe.”
Lance also denies that he regrets going officiating Jax’s wedding or going into business with him.
“Look, I’m gonna preface this right now ’cause I know we have a lot of new listeners here. So, I do not think Jax Taylor is a racist. Or a homophobe,” Lance explained on Wednesday, June 17, episode of his “The Daily Popcast” podcast. “And I’ve said that millions of times. I would not be acquaintances with someone if I thought you were a flat out racist or homophobe. It just doesn’t make sense.”
He also insisted that he’s never “heard anything racist come out of [Taylor’s] mouth,” but admits he’s heard of tweets that “everyone’s pissed about.”
According to Lance’s husband/podcast co-host Michael Turchin, Lance told Jax, “‘I don’t think you’re racist. I don’t think you said that with the intent of being racist … but what you said is racist and you have to understand you can’t just promote these racist things.’”
Lance added, “It’s like using the word ‘retarded’… We all know that you don’t use that anymore. And if you don’t know that at this point … that’s just your ignorance.”
He adds that the “whole reason” he decided to officiate Jax, and Brittany Cartwright’s wedding was because he was replacing a pastor who previously made homophobic comments.
“To me, that was a statement. And I thought it was big of them to make that statement,” Lance expressed.
On Twitter, Lance clarified even more tweeting, “I don’t regret marrying them nor regret going into business with him. It all was with good intention. Now my job is to protect a business I’ve been working on for a very long time.”
He also denied flip-flopping, saying, “What flip-flopping? I don’t regret starting a business with him. He had turned a new leaf, and I was very supportive. I regret not hearing our customers’ complaints until way too late. And I don’t regret marrying them. I was honored to replace a homophobic preacher.”
Lance also clarified his statement that Jax was “stepping down” from their Just Add X business partnership. This comes after Jax’s rep told E! that Lance’s comments were “not only untrue but also extremely confusing and shocking, to say the least.”
According to Lance, he and Jax shared a text exchange amid all the drama that was “going down with [the Vanderpump Rules] cast.”
“He texted] and said, look, I think it’s smart for me to step down,” Lance recalled. “And we’re like yes, that is the only we can do right now. And it sucks. And it’s very big of him to, like, get that.”
He continued, “But then the publicists and managers get involved, and lawyers, and just threw the biggest wrench in everything. And basically said I was lying that he’s stepping down.”
Jax’s rep denied Lance’s initial claim, saying, “Last week the Just Add X website had been hacked, showcasing some hateful slurs, which Jax felt horrible about. In an emotional state, Jax had texted Lance and the Just Add X team, offering to step down from the company if that was the direction they wanted to take. The team immediately followed up with a phone call with Lance and the team reassured and fully supported him.”
Meanwhile, Lance says that he and Just Add X’s CEO, James Kirtley, wanted to partner with Jax because they thought he was a changed man.
“Wow, like on the show, Jax is looking great. Like, he looks reformed,” Lance said.
He continued, “And all that past stuff of cheating and all that, you know, he’s got a great fiancée now. They’re getting married. He’s so pleasant to be around. Zero drama. Like, nothing. He changed. He turned his life around. And we all saw it, we all watched it, you know, on television.”
Lance says Kirtley approached the Vanderpump Rules OG and told him, “This is now your opportunity to show that you’ve grown up. Take responsibility. You’re an adult. Now you need to show the world that you can have your own company and you’re looking for the future.”
“So, you know, I was happy to back him and believe in him; I always want the best things for him,” Lance explained. “But then, this season started airing, and he reverted back to the same crap that he was spewing.”
Lance closed out the podcast with an apology for all the confusion.
“I know this is all just a lot of words, but I mean, hopefully, that answers questions out there,” he said. “I’m an open book. I want to do the right thing. I’m trying to do the right thing. I make bad decisions. I’m ignorant—a lot of stupid things. I should’ve known better. But I’m just trying to do the right thing.”
He continued, “So, sorry, this got dramatic. But I have to defend myself. Once someone calls me a liar, I gotta tell you what happened. I felt like I needed to go on record.”
It’s unclear if Bravo will renew Vanderpump Rules for season 9.
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