They’re getting their comeuppance.
Protests around the world are bringing attention to hate and violence against black people and other people of color. In response, companies are finally starting to take action against those who perpetuate racism.
Public figures who have shared offensive comments in the past are seeing a widespread reckoning, as leaders finally begin to take a zero-tolerance policy toward racism. The upheaval is widespread — from Bon Appetit editor in chief Adam Rapoport stepping down after a photo of him in brownface surfaced to the New York Times temporarily halting Alison Roman’s column after she called out Chrissy Teigen and Marie Kondo.
Here are the actors and personalities, past and present, who have been booted from their sets because of racist remarks.
Stassi Schroeder “Vanderpump Rules”
Schroeder, 31, and castmate Kristen Doute came under fire for allegedly calling the police on Faith Stowers, the only black cast member to date on the Bravo show.
“There was this article in the Daily Mail where there was an African American lady,” Stowers said in an Instagram Live video. “It was a weird photo, so she looked very light-skinned and had these different, weird tattoos. 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.”
Shroeder had also made offensive remarks on her podcast.
Both Schroeder and Doute were fired by the network. Schroeder was also let go from her PR company, Metro Public Relations. Her partnerships with shaving brand Billie and Ritual vitamins were also canned.
Kristen Doute “Vanderpump Rules”
Doute is also feeling the heat from her actions. “I have been taking some time to really process what I’ve been seeing, feeling and learning,” she said in an Instagram apology. “Although, my actions were not racially driven, I am now completely aware of how my privilege blinded me from the reality of law enforcement’s treatment of the black community, and how dangerous my actions would have been to her. It never was my intention to add to the injustice and imbalance. I’m ashamed, embarrassed, and incredibly sorry. I will do better. I have to do better.”
Stowers is happy she spoke up. “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 told Page Six.
Max Boyens, “Vanderpump Rules”
In January, Boyens, 27, apologized when past racist tweets resurfaced. “It upsets me that the word n—a is not allowed to be said unless you are black because quite honestly it’s my favorite word,” he wrote.
He apologized, saying in a statement: “I want to sincerely apologize for what I tweeted in 2012 — it was wrong on every level. It is not a representation of who I am. I am shocked I ever tweeted that — and I am disgusted and embarrassed — I am truly sorry.”
Brett Caprioni, “Vanderpump Rules”
Old tweets of Caprioni’s also resurfaced, in which he used the n-word frequently.
“I want to express my deepest apologies for the insensitive, ignorant, and hurtful comments I made,” the reality star, 31, said. “I am incredibly ashamed and accept full responsibility, and acknowledge that this language was as unacceptable then as it is now. Please know that I have learned and grown since then and would never use this language today. From the bottom of my heart, I am truly sorry.”
Hartley Sawyer, “The Flash”
The actor, who played Ralph Dibny on the CW show, was fired this week when racist and misogynistic tweets from his past were found. Among the offensive comments were a 2012 tweet which read, “The only thing keeping me from doing mildly racist tweets is the knowledge that Al Sharpton would never stop complaining about me” and another from 2014 which said, “Enjoyed a secret boob viewing at an audition today.”
“Hartley Sawyer will not be returning for Season 7 of The Flash,” a network statement read. “In regards to Mr. Sawyer’s posts on social media, we do not tolerate derogatory remarks that target any race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, or sexual orientation.”
Taylor Selfridge, “Teen Mom”
MTV cut ties with “Teen Mom” reality star Selfridge this week. The network announced Tuesday that it shelved Selfridge and boyfriend Cory Wharton’s special episode, “Teen Mom OG at Home: Cory & Taylor’s Baby Special,” because of offensive tweets. Selfridge’s past racist tweets include, “We have to greet everyone at work but sometimes I won’t greet the Black people because they scare me,” and “My uncle is dating an Asian. Aunt Ping please make me sushi.”
“MTV pulled [the special] . . . and is ending our relationship with Taylor Selfridge in light of her past racist statements on social media,” an MTV spokesperson tells People. “MTV strongly condemns systemic racism and stands with those raising their voices against injustice.”
Selfridge, 25, originally appeared on “Are You the One?” in 2017 and “Ex on the Beach” in 2018, where she met Wharton, 29.
Abby Lee Miller, “Dance Moms”
Lifetime canned “Dance Moms” reality show star Abby Lee Miller’s upcoming series “Abby’s Virtual Dance-Off” after Miller was accused of making racist remarks to another cast member during the filming of “Dance Moms” Season 8, according to EW.
Adriana Smith, whose daughter Kamryn was in the most recent season of “Dance Moms,” shared the comments in an Instagram statement. “I couldn’t think of a more perfect day to address my experience with Abby Lee Miller,” Smith. “A statement from her that sticks in my mind to this day… is ‘I know you grew up in the HOOD with only a box of 8 crayons, but I grew up in the Country Club with a box of 64.’ ”
Miller will also not return to “Dance Moms” Season 9.
Dee Nguyen “The Challenge”
MTV fired Nguyen, a cast member of the sports reality show “The Challenge” after she made insensitive comments about Black Lives Matter. Nguyen, 27, reportedly responded a follower with, “People die every f–king day. U don’t know me or what I do. I suggest you wake the f–k up and get off social media.” She then added, “IDK why some of you think I’m anti-BLM. I’ve been saying that since the day I lost my virginity.” In the fallout, Nguyen claimed to be a victim of “cancel culture,” but ultimately apologized. In response, MTV said that they’ve severed ties with Nguyen but will still air the current season.
“As a result of Dee Nguyen’s offensive comments on the Black Lives Matter movement, we have severed ties with her,” a statement posted to the official “Challenge” Twitter account reads. “Out of respect for our Challengers, we’ll air our season as planned. We strongly condemn systemic racism and stand with those raising their voices against injustice.”
Craig Gore, “Law & Order”
Gore, a writer who has worked on the shows S.W.A.T. and Chicago P.D., was fired from the upcoming “Law & Order: Organized Crime” spin-off after penning Facebook posts that threatened protesters. One of his social media posts read “Curfew…” along with a picture of him holding a gun on his porch. Another threatened to shoot looters near his West Hollywood home.
“Law & Order” Creator Dick Wolf fired Gore shortly after.