“Vanderpump Rules” just lost one of its cast members in a storm of controversy.
On Monday, Billie Lee announced in a blog post that she is quitting the show and the restaurant SUR featured in it.
Lee claims that she was bullied by co-workers, including one who wanted her fired for fear that he might say something to offend her because she is trans.
“The bullying on and off camera brought my deep insecurities to the surface, this dark black mirror held up high for everyone in public to see and to judge.” Lee wrote.
“The reflection of fear and anger led me back to depression and suicidal thoughts. I honestly thought I was finished with this type of bullying after high school and college but once again I found myself 34, depressed, and fantasizing about taking my own life.”
Though some tried to convince her to stay, Lee finally made the decision to leave the show to pursue her own projects, thanking boss Lisa Vanderpump for her constant encouragement.
“For now, I am focused on my anti-bullying campaign with Regenix as 75% of transgender youth feel unsafe at school and over 40% of LGBTQ+ feel bullied at work,” she wrote.
“If you ask me, my journey has only just begun. I now have the opportunity to educate and inspire others with my activism work and new projects taking off. Every day is an opportunity to take back your dream, to embrace your journey and live the life you’ve always wanted. You are never too old or ‘too gay’ and it’s never too late to start over.”