AceShowbiz - Faith Stowers is delighted with the outcome of her speaking out against Stassi Schoeder and Kristen Doute for their racism acts. Shortly after it was confirmed that her two former co-stars have been fired from "Vanderpump Rules" after eight seasons, the reality TV star shared her thought on the matter.
Revealing that she was in the middle of praying when she heard the firing news, the 31-year-old told PageSix, "I felt a sense of - I know it sounds corny - I felt a sense of glory. I felt God's presence and I'm seeing now [that the news has been revealed] maybe that is what that was." She added, "He gave me a sign of optimism meant to be hopeful and showing that all of this was worth it."
The "Ex on the Beach" alum additionally expressed satisfaction over the reaction to her candid confession. "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 explained in her statement.
"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, but I'm glad I did," Stowers continued. "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."
Noting that she is "seeing [that] people are finally hearing us," the TV personality further voiced hope that the changes will not happen just this once. She expected that 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."
The letting go of Schoeder and Doute was made public on Tuesday, June 9. Through a statement to the press, Bravo announced, "Bravo and Evolution Media confirmed today that Stassi Schroeder, Kristen Doute, Max Boyens and Brett Caprioni will not be returning to Vanderpump Rules." Both Boyens and Caprioni also took the fall due to their past racist tweets which resurfaced in January.
Schoeder and Doute were accused by Stowers of racial profilling her one week earlier. During an Instagram Live chat with "Floribama Shore" star Candace Rice, Stowers revealed that the two made a police report against her over a crime she did not do. "It was just funny, because they thought it was me because it was a black woman with a weave," she spilled. "So, they just assumed it would be me, and they called the cops on me."
Stowers' revelation prompted both Schroeder and Doute to issue an apology. Schroeder said in her statement, "I have grown significantly from the person I was then, and I am still filled with remorse and regret for the hurt I caused," as Doute clarified in a separate statement, "I'm ashamed, embarrassed, and incredibly sorry. I will do better. I have to do better."