LOS ANGELES (LALATE EXCLUSIVE) – Stassi Schroeder is leaving Vanderpump Rules, or having her role being downgraded from featured performer, after this season, LALATE can exclusively report. And while Stassi Schroeder (boyfriend photos below) and Lisa Vanderpump will eventually tell news their versions of what happened, LALATE can exclusively report that it stems from one big mystery: SpinoffGate.
“What happened to Stassi Schroeder”, “where is Stassi”, and “did Stassi quit Vanderpump Rules” will be among the questions fans will ask not just next season but also this season’s Reunion. LALATE can report that Stassi Schroeder does not get a featured performer’s cast chair on the 2015 Vanderpump Rules Reunion this month. Even James gets a seat for the reunion before Stassi. Meantime, during a recent appearance on WWHL, Jax Taylor tweeted that BravoTV had picked up Pump Rules for another season. So why were there no celebrations from Stassi online? Stassi Schroeder won’t be on Vanderpump Rules next season as a featured cast member. And while she may film scenes, don’t expect her to be in opening credits.
So what happened? LALATE can report that tensions between Stassi and Vanderpump started to surge right around the time that we ran our September 2014 exclusive about a secret Stassi spinoff .
That month, LALATE uncovered a reality TV casting notice – on a leading casting site – that boasted a new Stassi Schroeder show. The show was to piggyback on Vanderpump Rules name, and even the Sur Lounge brand. But its production company was not Evolution Media, which produces RHOBH and Pump Rules.
So what the world was going on here? SpinoffGate still remains a mystery to this day. It remains a mystery who-knew-what was going on. But just as we ran our story, Stassi was on the outs with Lisa.
The bizarre concept of the show read in September that “Vanderpump Rules star Stassi Schroeder will work with you, going to any length to prank your superfan girlfriend, friend, or relative in sneaky and outrageous way!” Producers are “looking for is a loyal Vanderpump Rules viewer, who happens to be obsessed with Stassi Schroeder, and lives in Southern California.” They will then prank the female guest’s boyfriend or husband, drawing upon Vanderpump Rules as the backdrop.
Strangely, as soon our story aired, tensions between Stassi and Lisa changed, as her role on Pump Rules got cut. And eventually the spinoff never aired. So did Stassi try to pitch a spinoff without Lisa’s permission, was the spinoff Lisa’s idea that fell through when tensions grew with Stassi, and did Evolution Media know about the spinoff using their show’s name with another production company? For now, we may never know the answers to SpinoffGate.