Jax Taylor is the latest Vanderpump Rules star to get some heat for past racist and homophobic comments. Calls for his firing are coming from fans and other reality stars, including Faith Stowers, who was behind Kristin Doute and Stassi Schroeder’s firing from the show, along with 90 Day Fiancé star Ashley Martson.
The 40-year-old is now responding, but it’s to former N’Sync band member Lance Bass’s comments. Lance, who officiated Jax’s wedding to Brittany Cartwright after Brittany’s pastor was found to have used homophobic rhetoric on social media, partnered with Jax in a company called Just Add X.
On an episode of Daily Popcast, Lance shared that Jax will be “stepping down,” from Just Add X, their drink mixer company. The comment comes on the heals of a petition on Change.org, which garnered 2500 signatures calling for Bravo to fire Jax Taylor for his past offensive comments toward both black and gay people. Lance also shared on the podcast that he believes Bravo will fire Jax soon.
It’s gonna cost him everything,” Lance said in the podcast. “And he’s stepping down from Just Add X, which you know, we have to. You know, we can’t be involved and associated with any of this going down. We have to do the right thing.”
In a statement to E! News, Jax shared his side of the story:
“Last week the Just Add X website had been hacked, showcasing some hateful slurs, which Jax felt horrible about. In an emotional state, Jax had texted Lance and the Just Add X team offering to step down from the company if that was the direction they wanted to take,” Jax’s rep told the outlet in a statement. “The team immediately followed up with a phone call with Lance and the team reassured and fully supported him.”
“It was decided that Jax would continue to stay on the team and that they all had his back given these unpredictable times. The statements from Lance on the podcast today are not only untrue but also extremely confusing and shocking to say the least. Jax is still very much a partner and founder of Just Add X and supports the team and the brand whole-heartedly,” the statement adds “This has been a tough time for everyone involved, especially with the critical state of Brittany’s mother in the ICU, their focus has been on that.”
If Jax is let go from Vanderpump Rules, he will be the fifth cast member the show has fired for their past offensive actions. In early June, cast mates Stassi Schroeder, Kristen Doute, Brett Caprioni and Max Boyens were all let go.
Brett and Max were fired for past racist comments on Twitter. Stassi and Kristen were let go after former African American cast member Faith Stowers shared in a podcast that Stassi and Kristen called the police on her, after they saw a photo of an African American woman wanted by police. After that story broke, Stassi was dropped by brand sponsors and her PR Agency.
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Both Kristen and Stassi released apologies for their actions, however it didn’t sit well with Bravo and they were soon let go.
Among the people calling for the firing of Jax Taylor, other than Faith Stowers, is 90 Day Fiancé star Ashley Martson. Th 34-year-old accused Jax of making racist comments in 2018 about her African American husband Jay Smith.
‘Jax also needs to be fired from #PumpRules after he made racist remarks to Jay!’ Ashley wrote on social media. ‘Swipe up for my comment + the proof.”
‘Did y’all see bravo fired four cast members? Well @bravotv don’t leave out old Jax Taylor who harassed us when our show first aired,’ Martson added in another post
No word from Bravo on Jax’s future with Vanderpump Rules. Stay tuned.