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Stassi Schroeder on How Pump Rules Firing Ruined Things, Shades Jax Taylor and Shares Why She’s “Apprehensive” to Talk Racism

Stassi Schroeder On Being "Apprehensive" About Racism Talk, Shares When She Found Out She Was Pregnant And How VanderPump Rules Firing Ruined Gender Reveal, Plus She Shades Jax Taylor

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Stassi Schroeder spoke out about racism, her past pregnancy, and her firing from Vanderpump Rules on a recent episode of her podcast.

Following the launch of her paid podcast with husband Beau Clark, Stassi admitted to being fearful about racism conversations before revealing when she found out she was pregnant and explaining how her Pump Rules axing ruined her plans for an over-the-top gender reveal.

“I’ve been really apprehensive to share what I’ve learned over the past year because I know a lot of people, they pick everything apart or they make fun or they call things performative but Beau and I talked about it and we feel like, it’s better to talk about it and talk about these things than to not talk about them,” Stassi explained on the debut episode of her podcast, The Good the Bad the Baby.

According to Stassi, she discovered the Conscious Kid, an organization that provides books to schools, parents, and others in need, on Instagram after asking herself, “How do [I] teach [my daughter] about systemic racism [and] bias?”

“Through following the Conscious Kid, I realized that you have to be teaching these things to kids at a young age. In the work that I’ve been doing over the last six months… they became one of my favorite accounts to follow,” she shared.

Although Stassi’s pregnancy wasn’t officially announced until mid-June, shortly after she, Kristen Doute, Max Boyens, and Brett Caprioni, were fired from Pump Rules due to past racism, she had known she was pregnant since May 2, just two days after she and her former castmates filmed the season eight reunion.

“I woke up that morning, and Beau was outside journaling or reading or something productive, and I walk outside, and I’m like, ‘I’m two days late. My period should have gotten here two days ago, and I really want to take a pregnancy test,’” Stassi recalled.

While Stassi admitted to being under the influence of alcohol at the taping, which was virtual, she said she was told her baby would be okay since she was so newly pregnant.

“I was toasty on the reunion, and I feel bad about that but come to find out, lots of women drink not knowing that they’re pregnant,” she explained.

Following her positive pregnancy tests (she took plenty), Stassi said she decided to stage a gender reveal, even though she was previously against the idea.

“[Katie Maloney] and I used to DM each other pictures of over-the-top gender reveals and make fun of them because I always was just like, ‘No one actually cares about the baby’s gender, unless you’re the parents or immediate family,’” Stassi said. “And when I got pregnant, that [thought] did change.”

“We were going to get a plane. We literally were,” she continued. “We were going to have a plane fly around Valley Village, saying either, ‘It’s a Girl,’ or, ‘It’s a Boy,’ so our friends could walk out of their houses and we could safely social distance and celebrate.”

As for what got in the way of her plans, Stassi admitted she went into a funk after being fired.

“We just weren’t in the mood to celebrate in such a big way,” she confessed.

Fortunately, after telling Beau she was fine having the doctor tell them their child’s gender, he talked her into hosting a small reveal party at their $1.7 million home, and she’s so “thankful” she gave in.

“My sister baked this really beautiful cake that said, ‘The Clark Passenger,’ and that was actually one of the best days of my life. I remember it feeling like it was Christmas morning, and when we cut into the cake and saw pink, [Beau] always wanted a girl. I didn’t realize how much I wanted a girl until that moment. When I saw that it was pink, I was like, ‘Oh my God. This was meant to be,’” she recalled.

Also, during the episode, Stassi and Beau seemingly threw shade at Jax Taylor, who welcomed his first child, a son, with wife Brittany Cartwright, in April, by suggesting he should be reading all of the parenting books, even the cheesy ones.

After Beau revealed he had come across a book about how men can stop hating pink once they welcome their baby girls, Stassi took the initiative to take aim at her ex-boyfriend.

“Those books were made for people like Jax. He’s that type of guy,” she said.

“I wanted to say that, but I didn’t want to say that… Jax would get these books,” Beau agreed.

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