Lisa Vanderpump broke her silence on Friday, January 17 after Vanderpump Rules stars Max Boyens and Brett Caprioni's racist tweets resurfaced this week. The SUR boss was adamant that she "doesn't tolerate bigotry of any form" at her workplace. She also expressed that she believed both men had learned from their mistakes and were genuinely remorseful.
"I do not condone any of the heinous comments made in the past by Max and Brett and I am glad they understand the severity of their offenses and have shown utmost remorse and contrition. I embrace a community of diversity and do not tolerate bigotry of any form within my workplace," Lisa, 59, said in a statement to Us Weekly.
The restauranteur felt confident that both Max, 27, and Brett, 31, were "appropriately ashamed of their past obnoxious teenage arrogance and casual use of unacceptable terms."
"While both have now matured as adults, they have shown remorse for their prior reckless defamatory statements. I do sincerely believe both have learned the power and impact words can have, and I have every hope this will be a lifelong lesson for them as we move into this new decade," Lisa added.
Max found himself in the middle of controversy after his past tweets from 2012 resurfaced. Screenshots of the tweets showed him repeatedly using the N-word, making derogatory statements about Asian and Black people, and using homophobic language. In one, he lamented not being able to use the N-word more freely. "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.
The TomTom general manager quickly apologized after his racist tweets made headlines. "I want to sincerely apologize for what I tweeted in 2012 — it was wrong on every level,” he said in a statement to People. “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.”
Social media users uncovered Brett's racist tweets within hours of Max's apology. He also frequently used the N-word — as well as sexist language — in his tweets between 2011 to 2013. "I want to express my deepest apologies for the insensitive, ignorant, and hurtful comments I made. 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," Brett wrote on Instagram Stories.
It's unclear if the scandal will be featured on Vanderpump Rules this season.