A handful of TV networks have hired infamous private investigator Edward Myers to keep tabs on what their actors are doing on social media. The networks, including CBS, Showtime and MTV, have tasked Myers specifically with identifying any racist comments their cast members have made online.
According to Page Six, which broke the story, letters have already been mailed to actors on certain TV shows, informing them that the probe has been opened. Page Six suggests that at least a half dozen shows will be investigated including Dating Naked, Jersey Shore, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Teen Mom, Game On, Vice, and Love & Hip Hop.
Myers has been in business for a couple of decades. According to his website, his “leadership team brings over 100 collective years of public and private professional sector experience, including…military intelligence and counter-terrorism.” Myers has also been an investigator for LA County’s “hardcore gang division.”
The move by the networks comes after Bravo and the CW fired a handful of their actors for posting sexist and racist tweets. Actor Hartley Sawyer was canned from the CW superhero series The Flash after some truly hideous old tweets were unearthed. One of the tamer ones said, “As a lad, one of my favorite activities was kidnapping homeless women and cutting off their breasts.”
Bravo also announced that they have fired several cast members from the hit reality show Vanderpump Rules, including Brett Caprioni, Max Boyens, Kristen Doute and Stassi Schroeder. Schroeder and Doute were shown the door after displaying behavior deemed to be racist. And Caprioni and Boyens were let go for posting racist tweets; see below for one example.
Bravo also axed Peter Hunziker, the star of reality TV series Below Deck Mediterranean. Hunziker was given the boot after posting a meme on Instagram of a naked Black woman in chains. According to the Daily Mail, Hunziker’s post contained “shockingly racist and degrading sexual imagery.”
Lifetime also called it quits for Dance Mom’s star Abby Lee Miller over racist comments. The network cancelled its upcoming Abby’s Virtual Dance-Off, and she won’t be returning to Dance Moms if the show is renewed.