Rumors have been swirling since last week that Bravo could cut ties with “Vanderpump Rules” star Jax Taylor on the heels of firing co-stars Stassi Schroeder, Kristen Doute, Max Boyens and Brett Caprioni for past racist comments and actions.
Now it seems that even Lisa Vanderpump herself is concerned that Taylor may be the next to go as the network tries to rid itself of any potential controversy amid the Black Lives Matter movement.
“[Jax] has been a loose wire since the show’s inception, but even Lisa [Vanderpump] is worried,” a source told In Touch. “Bravo, like other networks, was known for encouraging bad behavior from their stars and now they have to look at everything with new eyes. It’s a wake-up call [for everyone].”
Taylor has been called out for offensive behavior by several people, including “90 Day Fiance” star Ashley Smith.
She wrote on social media last week, “Did y’all see Bravo fired two girls for racist comments. Well @bravotv don’t leave out old Jax Taylor who harassed us when our show first aired.”
Taylor added that he commented “your man’s nose is the size of his head …” on a photo of her then-boyfriend Jay Smith.
“He’s said very, very mean things to new cast members. He did not receive me and Lala Kent very well when we first started,” Stowers told ET.
“He said very mean things to us as well, later on apologizing. But it seems like he continues to get away with everything he does and I’m not sure why, especially at his age. It’s not like he’s doing this as a young adult, as a kid and just making these little mistakes young people sometimes do,” Stowers added.
Vanderpump comments on the four Bravo firings last week, saying in a statement, “As we’ve seen such devastating sadness that has played out globally, we all have a part to play to create a kinder, more just society. My hope is for this generation to treat each other with respect and humanity, and realize that actions have; and should have, consequences.”
Bravo, like many companies around the country, is becoming increasingly sensitive to issues of racial injustice amid the demonstrations that have raged on for over two weeks since George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police officers.
The situation has only grown more tense after yet another young black man — Rayshard Brooks — was shot and killed by Atlanta police on Friday.