His comment comes after four co-stars were expelled for racist behavior.
Vanderpump Rules star Tom Sandoval just made his first public comments after Bravo gave Stassi Schroeder, Kristen Doute, Max boyens and Brett Caprioni the ax earlier this month.
“It’s crazy,” he said in an interview with KMOV in St. Louis, Missouri, during a trip to his hometown. “It definitely changes things and honestly we will have to wait and see what happens.”
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It’s a quick bite, but so far, Sandoval is the only major member of the show, other than Lisa Vanderpump, who has reacted to the news.
Stassi and Kristen were fired from the series after former co-star Faith Stowers, who is black, resurfaced claims that they called police for a crime she did not commit. The two men were fired for old tweets, in which they used racist language.
“Stassi and Kristen acknowledged that what they did was wrong, they apologized and were punished,” said one publicist for the two after they were fired. “Without neglecting their actions or the impact of those actions, they want to move forward as part of the solution in a productive, meaningful and sincere way.”
Both Brett and Max apologized as well.
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“In the past two weeks, I have been struck by many things that I and many others were unaware of,” Vanderpump said in his first statement. “I needed to be quiet until now, until decisions were made. Now I can speak freely from the heart.”
“As we have seen sadness so devastating that it has developed globally, we all have a role to play in creating a kinder and more just society,” he continued. “My hope is that this generation treats itself with respect and humanity, and realizes that actions have and should have consequences.”
“I love and adore our employees and I am deeply saddened by the lack of judgment that has been demonstrated,” his statement continued. “As many of you know, after observing me for 10 years, I have always been an activist and an ally for equal rights: my family, my businesses and I condemn all forms of cruelty, racism, homophobia, intolerance and unequal treatment. We have never tolerated it in the workplace or our lives. “
Regarding the very white staff, he said that “although only a fraction of our employees are seen in the program, a specific group of friends, in all our companies, we have always been a very diverse group of people, of all colors, ethnicities and sexual orientation. “
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“Most of our employees have worked for us for more than a decade, and we have become a family; one that embraces and celebrates the differences of others,” he wrote. “I am proud of the inclusive company we have created. We will continue to embrace diversity as one of our greatest strengths, and I am excited to be able to take a deeper look at our company’s multifaceted fabric in the future.”
He ended his post by saying that the world “needs to move forward with a kinder generation.”
“Everyone deserves to feel safe, listened to and appreciated in their communities,” he concluded. “Much of what has happened in the world is not correct, fair or acceptable. We all have work to do to create a society that we can be proud of and I hope that as we venture, we strive to live in a world where kindness and compassion are our highest values. Thank you for listening, I love Lisa. “
Andy Cohen also said he approved of Bravo’s decision, while making it clear that it has nothing to do with the show other than organizing his meeting.
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