While some may have been disappointed to see Alex Kompothecras lose his Siesta Key gig over past racist posts and social media comments, his former co-stars Juliette Porter and Kelsey Owens fully support MTV’s decision to give him the boot.
On Thursday’s episode of Chicks in the Office podcast, Juliette called out some of her own social media followers for expressing their disappointment in seeing Alex, whom she previously dated, removed from the show.
“I have a lot of – I don’t want to say racist followers – but a lot of people are really upset with him leaving,” she said. “People love a villain.”
Kelsey shared Juliette’s confusion in the the response from some of the ‘Siesta Key’ fans.
“There are so many people saying they want him back and I’m like, ‘Do you understand why he’s gone?’” she said. “MTV definitely made the right decision on cutting him.”
Juliette added that Alex’s past actions are certainly nothing to downplay.
“It’s not even subtle racism,” she said. “It was, like, blatant racism.”
As The Ashley previously reported, Alex was booted by MTV due to his posts and comments on Instagram that contained racist imagery and/or racial slurs. (The Ashley is choosing not to repost the posts.) In the comment section of one 2014 Instagram post, which featured a white woman sitting with two Black men and the caption, “Her parents are crying somewhere,” Alex wrote “damn ji**aboos.” On several other posts featuring racial slurs, Alex can be seen tagging his friends in the comment section, including one where he called several Black girls the N-word.
An old post to his own Instagram account shows a photo of two guys pouring liquid on a girl. Alex hashtagged the post, “#OnceYouGoBlackYourNeverWelcomedBack.”
This isn’t the first time Juliette has spoken in favor of Alex’s firing… After the show made the official announcement that it would be cutting tie with Alex and editing the current season to “minimize his presence,” Juliette defended the network’s decision against viewers who claimed they would no longer be tuning in.
“Sorry we picked trying to get rid of racism instead of thinking about your reality TV needs,” she said.
Alex’s father Gary Kompethecras— who is a producer on ‘Siesta Key’– did not share Juliette’s sentiments, though. After Alex was fired, Gary told a local newspaper that he was “very disappointed in MTV” and stated that he and his family are “exploring all our options.”
New (Alex-less) episodes of ‘Siesta Key’ are currently airing Tuesdays on MTV.
(Photos: Instagram; MTV)