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Vanderpump Rules’ Billie Lee says she ‘won’t stop’ speaking out until Jax Taylor is FIRED after transphobia claims

VANDERPUMP Rules star Billie Lee has called on Bravo to fire Jax Taylor, insisting she will "not stop" posting on social media until he is gone.

Hours after Bravo fired Stassi Schroeder, 31, and Kristen Doute, 37, for accusations of past racist behavior, Billie Lee accused Jax of “refusing to film” with her because she’s transgender.

 Billie is still calling on Bravo to fire Jax Taylor


Now, she has doubled down on her comments, taking to Instagram to share screengrabs of the stories, and sharing a petition that calls for Bravo to fire the reality star.

Bravo declined to comment.

On Tuesday, Billie, 36, tweeted at the network: “What about Jax Taylor?"

“He refused to film with me because I was trans and called him out on his white cis privilege," she claimed.

 Billie has taken to social media to share petitions against Jax's involvement in the show


 She accused Jax of being transphobic



 Bravo declined to comment on Billie's claims


“Stop celebrating his disgusting actions,” she fired off along with a “cancel Jax Taylor” hashtag.

Production insiders have revealed that Jax and Billie did film certain scenes together throughout their time on the show.

In August 2019, Billie told In Touch that when she first joined season six of Vanderpump Rules, the cast told her not to talk to Jax.

“When it comes to Jax, there were some things that I overheard him say off-camera that I thought was very alarming,” she said to the magazine.

 Jax is one of the leads of the Bravo show


 Billie quit the show in 2019


The reality star said she initially wanted to “inspire” him to “be a better person.”

“I really tried to have that moment with Jax but then I did realize he’s just an awful person,” she fired off.

Billie further accused her castmates of questionable behavior.

“I do feel that there is some very self-involved individuals, and those self-involved people can be also ignorant which is completely different than being transphobic.

 Stassi and Kristen were both fired after racist allegations


“Now is the opportunity to take your head out of your own a** and say, ‘Wow, we have someone representing - we have a minority representing a very small community that’s under attack, let’s make sure we include her.’

“I feel like the cast failed in that way,” she claimed.

Her accuations come after Schroeder and Doute, along with new members Max Boyens and Brett Caprioni, were fired by the network after seven years on the show.

The pair were accused by Faith Stowers of racially profiling her back in 2018 after they reported her to the police for a crime she didn't commit.

 Faith accuse them of racially profiling her


The former SUR employee detailed their 'attack' on her to Floribama Shore star Candace Rice on Instagram Live.

"Racially insensitive comments from my past have resurfaced. It is important that I continue to take accountability for what I have said and done while pushing myself to do better," Schroeder shared with her 2.1million Instagram followers following Faith's story.

“I have grown significantly from the person I was then, and I am still filled with remorse and regret for the hurt I caused. I am grateful for the people in my life that continue to check me and push me to evolve into a more educated person."

Schroeder has not only been axed by Bravo, but also been dropped by her sponsor, publicist, and agent. Vitamin startup Ritual and shaving brand Billie have let go of her as their ambassador.

Vanderpump Rules' Billie Lee claims she had sex with a ghost and said she ‘felt things she can’t explain’



‘Vanderpump Rules’ Star Billie Lee ‘Gashlighted’ By Lisa Vanderpump After Being Fired

Former “Vanderpump Rules” star Billie Lee says she was forced to be “silenced” and “gaslighted” by Lisa Vanderpump after getting axed from the series. The 36-year-old transgender star had always claimed that she left the show on her own terms but in a recent podcast, she had no problem spilling all the tea amid Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute‘s firing drama. Discussing her former boss and addressing the issues with Bravo’s hit series, Billie Lee did not dare to hold back.

Revealing that competition for airtime amongst the other SUR waitresses became too much, the star opened up about her departure on the “I Feel Tried” podcast. “People were trying to get on camera, people wanted to be famous. And like, all I wanted to do was give a voice to the trans community,” the former Bravo personality explained on Wednesday, June 24. Revealing that she didn’t leave on her own terms like she previously said, Billie Lee admitted that she was fired.

“I was actually dismissed. I publicly came out and said that I left … but what happened was toward the end of the seventh season, I was told that Jax [Taylor] and them did not want to film with me,” she said during the podcast. The ex-“Vanderpump Rules” star also said she “constantly felt discriminated against” and had several castmates urging her to quit. Billie Lee admitted she felt “appalled and disappointed” after the network told her they were going “in a different direction” after she stressed the importance of diversity needed amongst the cast.

“During my reunion, I publicly posted that there was no minority on stage with me, none of my cast members were of color or LGBTQ,” she explained. That’s when Billie Lee ripped into Lisa Vanderpump. “For me to be silenced and talked over and gaslighted by Lisa was just really, really sad. … I tried to publicly talk about it but I was silenced,” she stated. The former SUR waitress even claimed that Lisa threatened her. “Lisa personally called me and said that, you know, she made my career and she could easily take it away,” Billie Lee revealed.

Earlier this month, Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute were fired from “Vanderpump Rules” after a racist incident involving their former co-star Faith Stowers was brought to light. The girls called the cops on Stowers to report her because she looked like a black woman who was wanted for robbery. Billie Lee has openly spoken out against the discrimination she’s experienced at the hands of some of her castmates, especially Jax Taylor. Like Bravo fans, she has called on the network to fire Jax. As of this post, Bravo has not revealed if any other stars are on the chopping block.

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LGBTQ+ activist Billie Lee tells all on her ‘Vanderpump Rules’ experience

Billie Lee never thought appearing on “Vanderpump Rules” would leave her in a deep depression.

“I had some of the hardest times with that show and a lot of my mental health took its toll,” the transgender activist, 36, recently told Page Six. “I slipped into a really bad depression … and when the suicidal thoughts came in, that’s when I knew I had to really, like, check my mental health and get back into order and disconnect myself from the whole ‘Vanderpump’ stuff.”

Lee made her first appearance during Season 6 (2017-2018) of the show when she gave a powerful speech about being a transgender woman during SUR’s Pride celebrations. In the scene, Lisa Vanderpump and the cast appeared to support her, but Lee told us their actions off-camera were much different and she began to spiral when she was fired at the end of Season 7 (2018-2019).

While she says she does not regret going on the show, she continues to grapple with the aftermath of being on “Vanderpump Rules.”

“They have a system on how they pay their newcomers and it starts out at a low scale,” she explained while describing her financial difficulties. “But even during the show, behind the scenes, I was struggling to pay my bills, but I couldn’t tell anyone because here I am famous and on a show and as a trans activist I’m supposed to represent this certain thing.”

She then struggled emotionally when she saw how the footage was edited into episodes.

“It was all about being the token — villainizing me, and throwing me out. It was just horrible,” she said. “But I didn’t say anything. I couldn’t say anything at the time. I was very scared. I was silent. My team told me that I should just keep my cool. And so as an activist, it just really, really messed with my head.”

During her final meeting with Bravo before exiting the series, Lee explained she suggested a more diverse cast to producers, even using a friend of the cast, Jesse Montana, as an example of who should join.

While there has not been another cast member of color or another LGBTQ+ SUR-ver added to the mix, Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute were fired from “Vanderpump Rules” earlier this month for their racist behavior toward former cast member Faith Stowers, who is black. Max Boyens and Brett Caprioni were also fired for their racist tweets from 2012.

Billie Lee attends the 2019 MTV Movie and TV Awards

But long before her exit, Lee says, she experienced a number of uncomfortable encounters with her then-castmates. Her first involved Jax Taylor.

“Jax and a lot of people were very kind to me on Pride when I first met them and in front of the cameras,” she alleged, claiming that after they were introduced, “he was almost coming on to [her].”

“When the cameras were off later that day, he told me a story about how he hung out with a girl and kissed her and found out she was a dude and it grossed him out and made it clear that he’s not into that,” she claimed. “And so for me, I was very like, ‘Oh, 360. Like, you’re coming on to me in front of the camera. But off-camera, you’re making it clear that being trans is gross and you are not down for that.'”

She claimed she continually “tried to correct him” about using proper terminology regarding the trans community, but Taylor, 40, “would be annoyed by it.”

“He just wasn’t having it,” she alleged. “He just was very much keeping his distance. He just did not want me around.”

Lee also claimed that Taylor spread a rumor among the cast that she was hooking up with Tom Sandoval behind his girlfriend Ariana Madix’s back because “Tom was sticking up for me as a trans woman and trying to put Jax in his place.”

Finally, she alleged that she was hurt when a producer told her that Taylor said he did not want to film with her because he “didn’t want to risk his career” over accidentally offending her or any transgender viewers.

“He said, ‘Yeah, I didn’t want you around because I don’t want everything I worked hard for to be taken away. We shouldn’t have to tippytoe around Billie because she’s trans,’” she told us, also claiming that Taylor admitting to saying this was cut from the Season 7 reunion.

Taylor has recently come under fire for insinuating that Madix is a lesbian (she has spoken openly about her bisexuality), hiring a pastor who made anti-LGBTQ+ remarks to officiate his June 2019 wedding before Lance Bass stepped in to do the honors (Bass has since said that it was wrong for him to participate in the wedding), and for accusing Stowers of committing crimes, among other controversial remarks. Viewers are calling for his firing with a petition.

A rep for Taylor did not return our request for comment and Bravo declined to comment for this story.

Billie Lee (third from the left) with the cast of "Vanderpump Rules"

In her first season, Lee also sat down with Schroeder to record an episode of her now-deleted “Straight Up with Stassi” podcast. She tried to confront Schroeder, 31, over her now-infamous “Oscars So White” episode during the meeting, in which she proclaimed, “Everyone giving their impassioned speeches about race and all of that stuff, I’m like, ‘Why is it always just about African Americans?’”

Lee said Schroeder ended up having a “breakdown” during the discussion — which viewers saw — so there was no resolution.

“I told her that these people aren’t just trying to have a fuss about the awards and not having enough black people winners for the Academy Awards. It’s like the more we show people of color, the more accepting and loving people can be. The same goes with the trans experience. That’s the whole reason why I joined the show,” Lee said.

She noted that she and Madix suggested to Schroeder that she make “a whole list of black people” to interview on her show so that she could “listen and learn and [her] viewers [could] listen and learn.” But it never happened.

Tom Sandoval, Billie Lee, Stassi Schroeder and Ariana Madix

Then during her second season on the show, Lee got into a social media war and an in-person fight with Schroeder, Katie Maloney and Lala Kent over a “Girls’ Night In” event at SUR, where Lee worked as a hostess. At the time, Lee claimed that she was purposefully left out of the night’s celebrations. Schroeder was vocal about her dislike of Lee while the incident was airing, telling Jenny McCarthy in an interview that she wished that the new cast members would leave the show and that “the things [Lee] tries to fight about is ridiculous.”

“‘You don’t even go here’ — that’s what it feels like,” Schroeder added, referencing a line from “Mean Girls.” “If she was actually nice and kind and friendly to us, I think she would [fit in], but to just expect to be invited to every little thing we do, when we don’t know you, and pitch a fit when you’re not … acting like we’ve been friends for years? You just met us, so, no, you’re not coming to my little four-girl wine night.”

Lee shut her down at the time, telling us: “I have always been kind to Stassi and I don’t recall ever being upset about a wine night … I have stated over and over, if there’s a work event called ‘Girls’ Night In,’ I should be included. It was all about the workplace and gender sensitivity. Also, Stassi doesn’t work at Sur, so I’m confused.”

Lee felt that the incident cemented her termination, saying: “Stassi went on the air and said she didn’t want me on the show and she wanted me to leave. And two weeks later, I had my meeting and found out that I was fired … they told me they were going in a different direction and that direction literally was more airtime for Stassi and the new cast members who had previous pasts with racist comments.”

When reached for comment, Schroeder’s rep Steve Honig told us, “Right now Stassi is focused on doing the work she needs to do to make this right.”

Billie Lee, James Kennedy, Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix

While Lee had negative experiences with some cast members, she has found friends in Sandoval, Madix, James Kennedy, Raquel Leviss and Scheana Shay. She recently attended a Black Lives Matter protest with Kennedy, while the others have provided support for her in other ways.

“Tom and Ariana have literally been like family to me,” she said. “Tom has helped me in ways. He buys me things. Even during the quarantine, he would be like, ‘I have toilet paper, I have this. Come over. I’ll get you whatever you need.'”

While it is uncertain what the future holds for “Vanderpump Rules,” Lee hopes that her friends will have a chance to show the world the work they do for their community — aside from what’s featured on the show.

“It would be dope to have a spin-off of TomTom and focus on Tom and Ariana — people that actually care about other people,” she said. “I think that’s really important, and I hope through all of this, that they don’t lose their job because they have been nothing but amazing and supportive for me and every minority out there. And I really, really hope Bravo does the right thing by celebrating them.”

Rev. Oliver Buie, Jane Fonda and Billie Lee at Greenpeace USA Brings Fire Drill Fridays To California at San Pedro City Hall on March 06, 2020 in Wilmington, California.

Lee is now focusing on activism, and recently teamed up with Greenpeace and Jane Fonda to raise awareness about climate change. Their next event is June 19 and she plans to continue to use her voice afterward.

“Honestly, I have nothing to lose,” she concluded. “With this network, with Lisa, after everything that I’ve gone through with them and if I could just shed light on minorities, LGBTQ+ people and Black Lives Matter through this awful experience, if I could just try to be a part of the change and making a shift and showing that we can do better, then I’ll use my story and my personal experiences.”

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‘Vanderpump Rules’ Billie Lee Was Threatened By Lisa Vanderpump, Felt ‘Silenced’ And ‘Gaslit’

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“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.

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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 “”, 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”.

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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.”

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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.

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Billie Lee Claims She Was ‘Silenced and Gaslighted’ by Lisa Vanderpump Before Being Fired From ‘Pump Rules’

Sharing her truth. Vanderpump Rules alum Billie Lee has a lot to say about her experience filming the reality series — and even more to add about former boss Lisa Vanderpump.

Lee, 36, confirmed her exit from the Bravo series in July 2019, writing in an emotional blog post that she “realized that SUR was no longer right for me.” While the outspoken activist claimed at the time that she resigned on her own terms, she revealed on a recent episode of the “I Feel Tried” podcast that she was fired.

“People were trying to get on camera, people wanted to be famous. And like, all I wanted to do was give a voice to the trans community,” the former reality star explained on Wednesday, June 24. “I was actually dismissed. I publicly came out and said that I left … but what happened was toward the end of the seventh season, I was told that Jax [Taylor] and them did not want to film with me.”

During her time on the show, Lee claimed that she “constantly felt discriminated against” by a few of her costars who urged her to leave the cast. Before being let go, the former SUR hostess said that the network told her they were hoping to “go in a different direction” with their featured players. Lee admitted the decision left her “appalled and disappointed” after having stressed a need for more diversity on the series.

Billie Lee Claims She Was Silenced and Gaslighted by Lisa Vanderpump Before Being Fired From Pump Rules

“During my reunion, I publicly posted that there was no minority on stage with me, none of my cast members were of color or LGBTQ,” she explained. “For me to be silenced and talked over and gaslighted by Lisa was just really, really sad. … I tried to publicly talk about it but I was silenced. Lisa personally called me and said that, you know, she made my career and she could easily take it away.”

Earlier this month, Bravo announced that original cast members Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute would no longer be part of Vanderpump Rules after former costar Faith Stowers claimed that they had falsely reported her to the police in 2018. New faces Max Boyens and Brett Caprioni were also fired for their history of making racist remarks on social media. While Lee applauded the network for taking action, she felt like there were other stars who deserved to face consequences for their actions.

“@BravoTV what about Jax Taylor? He refused to film with me because I was trans and called him out on his white cis privilege. Stop celebrating his disgusting actions. #canceljaxtaylor,” she tweeted on June 9.

Since leaving the show, Lee has spoken openly about her uncomfortable experiences working with Taylor, 40, who she claims spread rumors about her as a “tactic” to force her out of the cast.

“When Jax was refusing to film with me, he also made up a rumor that I was — that Tom [Sandoval] and I were having an affair,” she said on Wednesday. “Tom and I have a great connection, he literally reminds me of a best friend I went to high school with or something. But there’s nothing sexual there. … It was just a way of turning people against me.”

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Vanderpump Rules Star Reveals Some Of The Toxic Behavior On Set When Stassi Schroeder Was Still There

Reality television is the sharpest of double-edged swords. On the one hand, bad behavior is often encouraged for the entertainment of us all, but it can also come at the cost of certain marginalized people while pursuing specific storylines. Vanderpump Rules is no different in this regard, according to one former star who recently revealed the level of toxic behavior on set during her time on the show with the likes of Jax Taylor and Stassi Schroeder.

Billie Lee became the first out transgender star of Vanderpump Rules, and indeed of the entire Bravo network during her two years on the show. She was applauded for her sincerity, but as it turns out, it wasn’t all cocktails and gossip. In fact, she claims that filming the show was detrimental to her mental health, forcing her to leave after Season 7. She said on the 2 Servings of Fruit podcast,

I was around all cis people. They had their own cliques. They had their own groups. It was very catty…I was extremely uncomfortable and depressed…I just felt all these really bad things coming back. I felt like I was literally dropped back in high school, very insecure.

When it comes to her former Vanderpump Rules castmates and crew, Billie Lee believes they came from a place of “cis privilege.” The phrase refers to the privilege given to male-female relationships and traditional gender identities over same-sex relationships and non-binary identities. This dynamic became a huge part of her arc on the show, as it became super obvious that while Lisa Vanderpump’s West Hollywood waitstaff were more progressive than most, they still sometimes lacked empathy and consideration.

The former PUMP server actually described the toxic behavior from Vanderpump Rules figures like Stassi Schroeder and the particular “microaggressions” she faced. She stated that Schroeder would tell others to look at her boobs and questioned how they could possibly be real. This isn’t the first time that Schroeder, who was fired from the show last year, has been accused of insensitive behavior.

Apparently, the production team behind Vanderpump Rules also didn’t quite see the effect that their words and actions had on Billie Lee. She claims that producers actively pushed her to talk about her vagina and body parts on camera, as well as tiptoeing around show veterans like Jax Taylor and his obvious drug use. Though Taylor was “difficult to work with,” Lee implied that the overall experience of being around people determined to not treat her as human was the actual difficult part. She said,

Like my body was on display. I was like an object…I think most of them didn’t understand how hurtful that was. I didn’t even understand it [at the time]. It was just one [experience] after another after another. It was a blessing that I ended that and moved on definitely.

It is possible that the work culture that Billie Lee describes will change or has already changed with the times we are in. Bravo neatly swept its controversial figures under the rug, and Lisa Vanderpump herself hinted that once restaurants pick up again, we might be seeing a totally different Vanderpump Rules, one day.

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Jax Taylor might not be on "Vanderpump Rules" anymore but that doesn't mean his personal life is off-limits. His former Bravo co-starBillie Lee didn't hold back, dropping a bombshell about his alleged drug use while filming the hit show. Proving that her life off-camera is much more rewarding, Billie Lee had no problem talking about the drama she left behind. 

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Spilling the tea on her "Vanderpump Rules" experience, as well as revealing the warnings she gave her castmates, Billie Lee dropped several golden nuggets during her interview on the "2 Servings of Fruit" podcast and Radar has the exclusive. 

Saying she came into the cast late, Billie Lee described the "toxic" work environment she faced from her cliquey co-stars. "I was around all cis people," the star recalled about her time on the show. "They had their own cliques. They had their own groups. It was very catty.”

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Billie Lee, who was the first transgender cast member on "Vanderpump Rules" described being purposely put into situations where her body was the main focus. Saying that producers "encouraged" her to talk about her vagina and Stassi Schroeder would constantly talk about the size of her boobs, Billie Lee said, "I felt like I was dropped back in high school.”

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Billie Lee also claims that she tried to "educate" her co-stars about their privilege by encouraging them to do media training through organizations like GLAAD but “no one cared.”

When it came to Jax Taylor, Billie Lee has some choice words to say about him. 

Claiming he was "very difficult to work with," Billie Lee didn't hesitate to turn the focus to his recreational use. Saying that Jax Taylor was "usually on drugs" during filming, she added that he was often "agitated" and "angry," adding that producers let him get away with it. "They would dance around that behavior," she stated. 

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Jax Taylor wasn't the only one allegedly using substances to cope. Billie Lee admits she was "drinking a lot" to calm her nerves during filming, so much so that she was having "suicidal thoughts, something she's been open about in the past. 

"I would just lay in bed all day long and just daydream about how I would end my life," she admitted. Billie Lee is in a better place after leaving "Vanderpump Rules." She's creating a vegan cookbook, working with activists, and has created a new show with Lionsgate "for my trans community."

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As for the mystery surrounding the next season of "Vanderpump Rules" now that the show has canned most of the stars, Billie Lee said she believes it will be all about Tom Sandoval and Tom Schwartz.

"It needs to be about the people that are really good amazing people," Billie Lee said. "I hope that that’s the focus verses the people that were fired."


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