Stacy Schroeder’s growth is impressive. may have been fired from Vanderpump Rules Cast for unacceptable behavior, but that doesn’t mean fans of the show can forget about him.
With season nine debuting soon without him, he is at the forefront of many minds. In honor of her time on the show, here’s a look at her transformation from Sur’s resident mean girl to one of Instagram’s fabulous moms.
Stacy Schroeder vs Shayna Shayo
A good place to start is at the beginning.
The show premiered by introducing the cast, which includes Stacy—an established server at one of Lisa Vanderpump’s popular L.A. restaurants. She and two of her best friends, Kristen Doute and Katie Maloney, were the average girls on the staff at the time.
Shayna Shay was brought into the team from a different restaurant, so she was initially an unwanted new girl. She was quirky and beautiful, and she was in a publicized relationship with Eddie Cibrian. Shaina clearly wanted to fit in, but Stacy didn’t have it.
One person who was a little too welcoming for Stacey’s tastes was her then-boyfriend, Jacques Taylor. His friendly attitude towards Shaina clearly brushed off some of the insecurities about their relationship.
But in season one Stacy lacked the emotional capacity to understand that her feelings were more about her and Jax, not Scheana. So, he unleashes a furious anger on Shaina and he convinces Kristen and Katie to stay involved in his heinous acts, even though they have explicitly questioned him.
This version of Stacy seemed the least refined in terms of self-awareness and empathy for others.
Stacy Schroeder’s Development Includes Her Dark Passenger
Stacey left Jacques after learning of her affair with Kristen, and then she took some time off. During that period of reflection, he decided that Shayna wasn’t that terrible. For a while, a lovely friendship blossomed between the two.
Stacey was more able to control her emotions in general after breaking up with Jacques. Her uncontrollable side—which she and now-husband Beau Clarke came to refer to as her “dark traveller”—was attributed to long-standing trust issues.
But the Dark Passenger had a habit of taking events that were already about Stacy and somehow telling them even more about Stacy. Like when Beau was preparing to propose to her, but she kicks out of her own party in protest of her friendship with Kristen.
Waiting until the middle of a big event to uncover a whole history of problems and give your boyfriend a relationship ultimatum? If nothing else, it makes for great television.
She eventually turns to a witch to help her get rid of a “demon” named dark traveler. This Stacey is not in its most developed form, but this Stacey is evolving. She had expressed that she was aware of her problems, and she was working on them.
allegations of racism
The scandal that eventually led to Stacy’s firing was over an incident involving Black castmate, Faith Stowers.
And while Stacy and Kristen had their ups and downs, they eventually crashed and burned Thelma and Louise together. The pair liaised Faith for a crime, then publicly bragged about it. It started a conversation about the dangers of police brutality for black individuals.
Faith said during a podcast that she thought Stacy and Kristen actually believed the on-camera criminal because they saw a black woman. “They just assumed it would be me, and they called the police on me,” Vishwas explained.
Stacy apologized publicly, but it was reported at the time that she never apologized privately to Faith. Lisa Vanderpump, who is both an executive producer and a star of the show, spoke on Stacy’s behalf — at least against accusations of racism. “Do I think it was a racist act? Absolutely not. I think it was just terrible timing and stupid and ignorant,” she said.
The incident happened in 2018 and Stacy was fired in 2020. Faith publicly stated that she hoped Stacey and Kristen could learn something from the outcome, but she didn’t want them to be left out.
And that much brings us so far.
Not without flaws, Stacey is arguably her most relatable as a mother. She and Beau host weekly podcasts and post updates on their Instagram accounts, sharing their journey through new parenthood.
That season is a far cry from Stacey, who was misusing her anger at Jax with the whole world around her. And despite her setbacks, her fans have loved watching her grow.
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