“Vanderpump Rules” can’t possibly take anymore scandal. The TV show and its producers are being slammed hard by fans for allowing Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute to racially profile cast member Faith Stowers. Now, they are being attacked by former employee Billie Lee for they way she was treated on season 7 of the popular show. After news broke that Schroeder and Doute along with newcomers Brett Caprioni and Max Boyens were fired, Lee shared that she too felt used and treated poorly while on the show.
The 36-year-old was fired for supposed lack of a storyline but now the model is coming out with the “truth”. In an exclusive interview with “HollywoodLife.com”, Lee shared what is was like for her behind the scenes and how restaurateur Lisa Vanderpump treated her once she was axed from the show. “I personally tried to go public, and I did a little bit with regards to the reunion on season 7,” shared Lee who went on to say she felt like the reunion was a setup where she was “gaslit” and “silenced”.
Lee even went as far as to say she too once called out the show for their lack of diversity when it comes to people of color and the LGBTQ community. However, when she spoke out about it and Vanderpump got wind of it, she was shut down immediately. The LGBTQ activist shared that the 59-year-old entrepreneur called her up and threatened her. “When I publicly talked about how there were not enough Black people or LGBTQ people on [Bravo], Lisa herself called me and told me that I needed to not talk negatively about the show.”
She went on to share that Vanderpump claimed she could ruin her career. “It would hurt my career and she made my TV career, and she could take it away if I didn’t stop saying negative things about the show.” Lee pointed out that she felt somewhat helpless and forced to keep her mouth shut. “I was silenced and as an activist that really hurt me,” she shared. “It was really disappointing to find out that someone I looked up to had their own privileges and didn’t understand where I was coming from.”
The former cast member admits that she now feels a bit of justice after seeing everything come out about Stowers. “I’m part of all these marches and I’m very much a part of the Black Lives Matter movement and I was really proud of [Faith]. Like I said, I struggled very much leaving that show, not having money and I can’t imagine someone of color doing the same thing.” The Bravo network can’t take another scandal they are losing cast members by the day at this point. Hannah Ferrier quit “Below Deck: Mediterranean” , they have had to fire four VPR cast members, Tinsley Mortimer just handed in her walking papers from “The Real Housewives of New York City”, and “Southern Charm: New Orleans” was cancelled. That’s a lot of loss for one month.