Andy Cohen is reflecting on Bravo’s decision to fire Stassi Schroeder, Kristen Doute, and other Vanderpump Rules stars after their insensitive and racist comments resurfaced in 2020.
The Watch What Happens Live host called their firings “decisions for that moment” in a New York Times article published on December 30.
“It’s more interesting to sit in the moment with people that you have a rooting interest in and watch them find their way than it is just turning out the lights and forgetting it existed,” he said.
He also addressed the controversial pastor who was set to marry Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright in June 2019. Lance Bass ultimately married the Pump Rules couple after pastor Ryan Dotson’s past anti-LGBTQ remarks came to light online.
“It didn’t seem so shocking to me that someone’s family pastor in Kentucky was homophobic,” he recalled. “I’m not condoning homophobia. I’m saying it exists.”
He then pointed out that Bravo “been able to build a big tent” when it comes to sharing various viewpoints on the network’s shows.
As for recent callings for Southern Charm to be canceled amid various scandals involving current and former cast members, Andy said, “Why shouldn’t it be on? Do we want to cancel the South?”
Stassi, Kristen, Max Boyens, and Brett Caprioni were fired from Vanderpump Rules in June 2020 after their past racially incentive comments and actions resurfaced on social media.
All parties have since apologized.
At the time, Andy said on SiriusXM’s Radio Andy that he “absolutely” supported Bravo’s decision to fire the cast members, saying it was the “right” thing to do.
In August 2020, he admitted that he would “miss” Stassi and Kristen on the Pump Rules.
“I’m going to miss both of them a lot on the show,” he told Us Weekly at the time. “However it ended, you cannot take away how important the two of them have been to that show. I had a lot of fun with them on Watch What Happens Live.”
He also believes that Stassi and Kristen‘s absences will create a natural storyline on the show.
“I actually think in an odd way that’s going to create a lot of story that is absolutely real, and they’ll be able to lean into it. And frankly, Stassi and Kristen didn’t work there anymore,” Andy said. “And they’re both brilliant characters on television. I think it will be interesting to see whose there and whose not and what’s really happening. I think they’ll have a better time doing that, and they’ll be a lot of built stuff that’s actually happening.”
Meanwhile, Kristen has vowed to reveal the truth about her Pump Rules exit very soon.
“What I actually wrote is in here…but was much more heartfelt, very long, honest, and written from my soul,” Kristen explained via Instagram stories in December 2020. “What I was told to post was edited, chopped down, then finally approved and not allowed to be released [until] 3 days later.”
“THEN they let me go,” she added before hinting, “My truth is coming.”
It’s unclear when or if Bravo will begin filming for season 9 of Vanderpump Rules.
Thoughts on Andy’s comments? Should Bravo have kept Stassi, Kristen, Brett, and Max? Is there’s a chance Bravo will rehire Stassi and Kristen or give the OG Pump Rules cast a spinoff show? Sound off below!
Source: Us Weekly