A slew of major TV networked are reportedly working with a California private investigator in order to look into some stars’ social media for any racist posts, according to Fox News.
CBS, MTV, and VH1 are working with Edward Myers & Associates, based in Studio City, to find out if anyone on their payroll has posted anything unsavory, in order to find it before the public does, according to Page Six.
In light of recent events and heightened sensitivity surrounding racism, many people are being fired, and at least 6 reality TV stars have been fired due to the discovery of offensive behavior or social media.
The CW announced on June 8 it had fired “The Flash” actor Hartley Sawyer after several allegedly racist, misogynistic and homophobic tweets were unearthed.
“In regards to Mr. Sawyer’s posts on social media, we do not tolerate derogatory remarks that target any race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, or sexual orientation,” the CW, producers Warner Bros. TV and Berlanti Productions and executive producer Eric Wallace wrote in a statement provided to THR. “Such remarks are antithetical to our values and polices, which strive and evolve to promote a safe, inclusive and productive environment for our workforce.”
Stassi Schroeder, Kristen Doute, Max Boyens and Brett Caprioni of Bravo TV’s Vanderpump Rules have all been fired.
“MTV pulled Teen Mom OG At Home: Cory & Taylor’s Baby Special from its Tuesday schedule and is ending our relationship with Taylor Selfridge in light of her past racist statements on social media,” an MTV rep told the outlet. “MTV strongly condemns systemic racism and stands with those raising their voices against injustice.”
Bravo announced this week that Peter Hunziker, star of “Below Deck Mediterranean,” was fired for an allegedly racist post.
MTV also fired Alex Kompothecras from “Siesta Key,” after screenshots surfaced revealing racist comments on Instagram.
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The announcement was made after it was revealed earlier this month that Schroeder and Doute had reported a former African-American coworker, Faith Stowers, for a crime she had nothing to do with. Stowers appeared on two seasons of “Vanderpump.”
Boyens and Caprioni were let go over past tweets that contained racial slurs.
All four have since apologized.
Also on June 9, MTV announced in a statement to People it had pulled “Teen Mom” star Taylor Selfridge from the show for an alleged history of racist comments.
Selfridge said in an Instagram post she had made the decision to part ways with the show.
The network said in a statement on Instagram it was “editing the show to minimize his appearance for subsequent episodes.”