Lance Bass has claimed he’s parting ways with his Just Add X business partner Jax Taylor amid controversy over the reality TV star’s past comments.
The NSYNC alum, 41, made the disclosure on his Daily Popcast with Lance Bass podcast on Monday.
‘[Jax is] stepping down from [our] Just Add X [business venture]. We can’t be involved and associated with any of this going down. We have to do the right thing,’ said the Bye Bye Bye hitmaker.
Bye bye bye: Lance Bass (seen here in 2019) has revealed he’s parting ways with his Just Add X business partner Jax Taylor amid a racism storm over the reality TV star’s past comments
However Taylor’s reps denied Bass’ comments in a statement to DailyMail.com.
‘The statements from Lance on the podcast today are not only untrue but also extremely confusing and shocking to say the least. Jax is still very much a partner and founder of Just Add X and supports the team and the brand whole-heartedly,’ they said.
‘Last week the Just Add X website had been hacked, showcasing some hateful slurs, which Jax felt horrible about. In an emotional state, Jax had texted Lance and the Just Add X team offering to step down from the company if that was the direction they wanted to take.’
‘The team immediately followed up with a phone call with Lance and the team reassured and fully supported him.’
‘It was decided that Jax would continue to stay on the team and that they all had his back given these unpredictable times.’
During the podcast, Bass also predicted the Vanderpump Rules star would be fired by the reality TV show’s network, Bravo, during the conversation with his husband Michael ‘Turkey’ Turchin, 33.
‘He will lose out. I do not see Bravo keeping him,’ said the pop star.
‘It’s going to cost him everything,’ continued Bass.
Along with JT Swierczek and James Kirtley, the pair recently debuted their new cocktail mixer brand, Just Add X, the name of which is a play on Taylor’s name (J.A.X).
The latest scandal involving Vanderpump Rules star Taylor, 40, centered on a resurfaced Instagram comment in which he made disparaging remarks on the size of 90 Day Fiance star Jay Smith’s nose.
Business man: Along with JT Swierczek and James Kirtley, the pair recently debuted their new cocktail mixer brand, Just Add X, the name of which is a play on Taylor’s name (J.A.X)
And Bass was adamant the remark had racial implications.
‘I actually had a conversation [with Jax] about this yesterday and I feel like I’m the only person he heard it from,’ Bass said.
‘He’s like, “I don’t understand this big nose thing.” He goes, “Jewish people have big noses.” Yeah — you can’t make fun of Jewish people or black people by their nose,’ stated Bass.
Turchin was even more forthright, adding, ‘The fact that a grown man in his 40s doesn’t know now that it’s racist to comment on a black person’s big nose, especially on a public platform for everyone to see? There’s no excuse for that.’
Firestorm: The latest scandal involving Vanderpump Rules star Taylor (seen here this month) centered on a resurfaced Instagram comment in which he made disparaging remarks on the size of 90 Day Fiance star Jay Smith’s nose
Four cast members of Vanderpump Rules – Stassi Schroeder, Kristen Doute, Max Boyens and Brett Caprioni – were fired this week for making racist comments.
But 34-year-old Ashley Martson of 90 Day Fiance fame thinks Jax also has to go.
The beauty accused the Bravo vet Taylor of making racist comments in 2018 about her 22-year-old husband Jay Smith.
Not a fan: Ashley Martson, seen with husband Jay Smith, of 90 Day Fiance fame thinks Jax should be fired from Vanderpump Rules
Ashley – who wed Jay in 2018, split in 2019 and got back together in March of this year – said Jax has a history of shame.
‘Jax also needs to be fired from #PumpRules after he made racist remarks to Jay!’ she wrote on social media. ‘Swipe up for my comment + the proof,’ added the star who tagged TLC.
She also wrote: ‘Did y’all see bravo fired four cast members? Well @bravotv don’t leave out old Jax Taylor who harassed us when our show first aired,’ Martson wrote next to what she claims to be Taylor’s remark.
Proof: Ashley claims Jax is racist because he said her husband’s nose was ‘the size of his head’
‘If you don’t understand why I find this racist please watch my story. Education is key,’ she also stated.
Taylor allegedly wrote, ‘Your mans nose is the size of his head…’
Martson thought Taylor’s comment was rude.
‘When your nose or my nose is referenced as large it’s probably just a large nose,’ she said on Instagram Story.
‘Black people have been historically colored to an ape or monkey, meant to be derogatory.
‘One of the most well known racial stereotypes is referencing a black persons nose, again suggesting it is similar to that of an ape,’ she added.
Marston also said she was ‘happy to send any literature your way from history books to help you understand as to why a white person shouldn’t EVER comment on the size of a black persons nose or lips for that matter.’
Nostradamus: Bass also predicted the Vanderpump Rules star would be fired by the reality TV show’s network, Bravo, during the conversation with his husband. Bass seen here in January
She also told Celeb Magazine about what happened.
‘Taylor’s comments were ‘100% racially motivated,’ said the TV vet.
‘When we began the show we faced serious race issues on national TV. Jay was super upset about it,’ Martson said.
‘Right as the show started airing, Jax Taylor started coming at us hard. Calling me a horrible moth and then making fun of Jay and the size of his nose. It was very upsetting.
‘We didn’t even know who he was,’ she added. ‘This type of behavior hurts people’s feelings. Jay was hurt and couldn’t understand why a stranger would say such terrible things to someone he never met.’
‘Jax needs to be fired. I will not stop until he is,’ Martson added. ‘This nonsense has got to stop. We’re all human, we’re all equal, and we all have feelings.’
Her take: Marston also said, she was ‘happy to send any literature your way from history books to help you understand as to why a white person shouldn’t EVER comment on the size of a black persons nose or lips for that matter.’ Seen in February 2019
Martson also said: ‘Jax needs to be held accountable for constantly making fun of people.’ She did not say who else he has made fun of.
‘And the only way to hold him accountable is to fire him. If they [Bravo] are going to hold certain people accountable, then they should hold them all accountable,’ she noted.
Jax was seen getting out of his black muscle car in Los Angeles on Thursday. The TV vet had on all black during the heatwaves in Los Angeles that has sent temperatures around 90 degrees F. He added a blue mask.
The star was seen handing a beverage to a woman outside an CVS pharmacy.
Faith Stowers, 31, told the Us podcast Watch With Us that she didn’t believe officials with Bravo have flushed all of the racism from Vanderpump Rules, citing Taylor as an example.
His wife: Jax with his spouse Brittany Cartwright of Vanderpump Rules
Stowers told the podcast that ‘there are other people that should be educated as well because they’ve made some pretty crazy mistakes and said some crazy – not even mistakes. They just said some terrible things.’
Vanderpump Rules stars Stassi, Kristen, Max and Brett have been axed by Bravo after their past racist comments resurfaced.
Stassi, 31, and Kristen, 37, have starred on the reality show since its inception in 2013 while Max, 27, and Brett, 31, were newcomers on the most recent season eight.
Arguably one of the most popular stars of the series, which follows the staff at Lisa Vanderpump-owned SUR restaurant in West Hollywood, Stassi has come under fire for a disturbing racist stunt, along with racially-insensitive remarks she has shared online in recent years.
They’re out: Vanderpump Rules stars Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute have been fired by Bravo after their racially-charged prank that targeted co-star Faith Stowers
The outspoken blonde has since been dropped by her agent, publicist and several sponsors after her and pal Kristen’s racially-driven stunt against black co-star Faith Stowers came to light.
A spokesperson for Bravo and Evolution Media confirmed in a statement on Tuesday that Stassi, Kristen, Max and Brett ‘will not be returning to Vanderpump Rules’.
Stassi also made offensive comments on a previous podcast episode where she was heard speaking negatively about black people and claiming they ask for special treatment in Hollywood.
On Tuesday afternoon, Faith said felt ‘vindicated’ after their firing, in a new interview with Page Six.
Apologetic: Newcomers Max Boyens and Brett Caprioni have also been dropped by Bravo. They apologized last week for past racist tweets on the Vanderpump Rules reunion
‘I feel so vindicated studios and production are able to see blatant racism and make these positive changes and help move the race forward – help with the fight forward,’ Faith told the outlet.
The 31-year-old star continued: ‘I was in the middle of prayer and I felt a sense of – I know it sounds corny – I felt a sense of glory. I felt God’s presence and I’m seeing now [that the news has been revealed] maybe that is what that was.’
Adding: ‘He gave me a sign of optimism meant to be hopeful and showing that all of this was worth it.’
Faith said that she ‘was ready to put myself in the line of fire because I don’t know what will happen if I don’t say anything, but I’m glad I did.’
‘Now I’m seeing Bravo follow suit, releasing women that have given crazy ratings for them because they want to be on the right side of history and I’m seeing people are finally hearing us,’ Faith said to Page Six.
She also said that she hopes networks and production companies are ‘ready to hire casting directors and producers of color to make sure there changes are not just a one-time thing.’
Faith added: ‘I hope they use this time that they have now to educate themselves to why this happened to them and try to use [their] voice later for real change.’
After losing several endorsement deals over the past week, Stassi has now been forced to part ways with both her agent and her publicist, Variety reported Monday.
Scandal: Stassi parted ways with both her agent and her publicist after previous racist remarks and behavior has resurfaced
A spokesperson for UTA, where Stassi was represented, has confirmed she is no longer a client of the agency.
Additionally, a representative of the PR firm Metro Public Relations told the publication: ‘[Stassi] became a client when her publicist joined our company in July 2018. We made the decision this weekend to part ways with Stassi.’
The moves come after Stassi apologized for past ‘racially insensitive comments’ and for a particularly demeaning stunt, in which she purposefully misled the police in an effort to get her black former costar Faith Stowers – whom she didn’t like – in trouble.
Stassi was vocal online recently about her support for the Black Lives Matter movement; however, the gestures seemed significantly different to her output from three years ago.
Most damning: Stassi called the cops on her black former costar Faith Stowers – whom she didn’t like – in an effort to get her in trouble on a previous season of the show; Faith is seen in 2016 above
She claimed that black people demanded special treatment in her March 2, 2017 podcast in which she talked about the lack of diversity of Academy Award candidates, referred to on social media as #OscarsSoWhite.
‘Maybe you weren’t nominated because you didn’t do that great of a job in your movie,’ said Stassi. ‘Like it’s not about race. It’s literally like not about what you look like at all. It’s like your acting ability, so like, what the actual f***?’
The New Orleans-born reality star said on the podcast (which she later deleted from her site, according to US) of black people: ‘When they get upset, everybody has to go above and beyond to then make them happy.
‘I’m like, really sick of everyone making everything about race – I’m kind of over it.’
Despite the take on race, Stassi had plenty more to say about the topic: ‘Like, everyone giving their impassioned speeches about race and all of that stuff, I’m like, “Why is it always just about African Americans?”
Is he hanging by a thread? The star has been criticized much laterly; seen on season seven