"It was irresponsible for me to make generalized statements about a very serious topic," she writes in her statement.
After choosing defiance as her first response to backlash she received for a recent podcast where she questioned the #MeToo campaign and some of the sexual assault stories that have come to light in recent weeks, "Vanderpump Rules" star Stassi Schroeder apologized and removed the "Straight Up With Stassi" episode in question.
"My podcast is an outlet for me to share my unfiltered opinion with my listeners; but on my latest episode I crossed a line," Schroeder posted to Twitter on Saturday afternoon. "It was irresponsible for me to make generalized statements about a very serious topic, such as sexual harassment, as it is not my place to speak about anyone else's experience. I apologize."
She then invited parties "on either side" to share their stories on her podcast, describing the past 24 hours as "sobering."
These 24 hours have been sobering: I want to share your stories on my podcast: on either side, being accused of something you didn't do or being victimized & left helpless. Let’s discuss it all. Stassi@juststassi.com— Stassi Schroeder (@stassi) November 26, 2017
The original podcast was titled "Are we on a male witch hunt?"," after which Schroeder was accused of questioning some women's stories and jumping on the #MeToo bandwagon.
Almost immediately, three of her podcast sponsors backed out of their relationship with Schroeder with statements condemning her comments.
In no way do @stassi's comments about the #metoo campaign reflect our beliefs. We are ending our relationship with the Straight Up with Stassi Podcast effective immediately. We will always stand by brave women sharing their stories.— Framebridge (@framebridge) November 25, 2017
We’re shocked by @stassi's comments re the #metoo campaign. It goes against everything RTR stands for as a company and has publicly advocated. Our 1st ads were slated to run on Mon but effective immediately we’ve terminated our relationship with her podcast.— Rent the Runway (@RenttheRunway) November 24, 2017
Even as the fans lashed out against her "ignorance," Schroeder was initially defiant, saying that her words were being taken out of context, and then Tweeted Friday that she'd finished recording a "follow up episode... stay tuned ;)"
The invite for parties on "both sides" to discuss their stories came Sunday, two days after a more defiant Schroeder posted that she'd finished her follow up episode. It's unclear if that episode will still air, considering the apology and "sobering" 24 hour period. Fans will just have to stay tuned.
Following are some of the tweets -- both against and in support -- Schroeder got for her podcast and varying responses:
If there is ANYONE on this planet who should keep their mouth shut about serious topics, it’s this vapid little girl.— Amelia (@AmeliaBenedict8) November 24, 2017
Screenshots are forever babe. Looking forward to your apology pic.twitter.com/MTWYSnBHHA— ✨Al✨ (@singthewaltz) November 24, 2017
There was no need to apologize. The topic was serious, but false allegations are also serious and need to be part of the discussion.— MichaelTaylor(Swift) (@taylorm1973) November 26, 2017
@stassi I did listen, and the context did not make it any better. I wish I could support you on this, but I need you to acknowledge the ignorance here and not blame those who couldn’t listen of not understanding. You deleted it and didn’t give them the chance at context— Lucia Nichols (@lunicby) November 25, 2017
@stassi No. You were right the first time. Social media has created a new moral low that condones witch hunts & mob lynchings & effectively eliminated innocent until proven guilty. All someone has to do now is open their mouth & we have to accept it as truth or be condemned??🙄— ma (@mamuffin100) November 26, 2017
In case you didn’t get to hear @stassi episode where she stands on the side of sexual predators. This is what happens when the bleach hits too close to the roots. Only explanation for such idiotic, misogynistic thinking 🤔 https://t.co/S0Wj6kLAfS— Kool Aid Wine Glass (@fancydrank) November 25, 2017
Looks like Stassi's latest podcast was taken down. Two sponsors have dropped her already Heard it was HORRIBLE...the sex Roman Polanski had with a minor was consensual, you can't MAKE a woman suck a dick...etc.— AndyCohensFanPage (@LoveAndyC) November 24, 2017
Disappointed in People mag, giving haters any attention for misinterpreting @stassi’s podcast. If there is anyone that takes a stand for women it’s her! ❤️ #shameonyouPeople #poorjournalism #khaleesiforlife— Amanda (@Amanda_Renae81) November 25, 2017
It doesn’t seem like you are really sorry when you’re still retweeting people who said you did nothing wrong 🙄 #fake— Kirsten Short (@KirstenMShort) November 26, 2017
I’m with you here. It would be ignorant to think the scenarios she talked about don’t happen too. It’s not discounting #metoo, it’s bringing to light another very possible situation no one seems to be talking about.— Zach Henderson (@Z_tweets_) November 26, 2017
Let's discuss how women are less likely to come forward with their stories because of people like you— ✨Al✨ (@singthewaltz) November 26, 2017
She spent yesterday mocking people who didn't agree with her. How do you have a dialogue with someone like that?— Tessa J. (@CalifTessa) November 26, 2017
She’s trying 2 offer a fair & balanced platform. Would U settle down if she offered 2 just hear from women? I think not cuz some people can’t forgive & she’s in a damned if she does, damned if she doesn’t position. I agree I would prefer 2 hear from women & I feel she is sincere.— Anita Drink (@Anita_Goodnap) November 26, 2017
Last night you were making jokes about the offense you inflicted on victims.. i don’t know if you’re actually sorry— Ali (@alikokjohn4) November 25, 2017
she's still trying to "prove" her point. Which negates any attempts at thoughtful consideration or her PR apology. Which only came after sponsors dumped her. Cuzz Friday she was gloating, calling everyone morons after the first backlash— PumpersNation (@PumpersNation) November 26, 2017
You can’t apologize and then continue to deny that you did anything wrong. That’s not how it works.— Railey Kockwell (@KaileyA) November 26, 2017
"on either side"— Richard Lawler (@rjcc) November 26, 2017
"victimized & left helpless"