Lisa Vanderpump

Lisa asks that you cut Stassi -- but defends Scheana once again.

on Jan 14, 20130

This week we touchdown in to the center of my crazy universe at Sur. I am a spokesperson for GLAAD and have had a few gay clubs and bars in London. The gay pride parade was imminent and I knew we had to support the gay community and also let our presence be known on that day -- persuading Guillermo was just a minor hurdle. So mission accomplished. He had acquiesced and we were full steam ahead.

I have to admit when I watch this show I also feel that the staff seem unruly. But Sur has always been a bit of a playground, with many of the components bringing their complicated scenarios to the workplace. I chastise them, but I understand.

That said, all was in order. The kids gave up their time to dress the float. The pink army was prepared and all was set. The fact that just a little lotion placed on the wrong shoulders should have such an impact on the day is a perfect demonstration of the volatility that is so prevalent amongst this group. I have to admit when seeing Stassi referring to Scheana as a whore, it really bothers me. Scheana had made a mistake, paid dearly for it, and should not be judged by Stassi.

241 comments
cinter
cinter

It's a good thing Lisa pops in for a cameo each episode, otherwise people might start calling the show Stassi Rules. 

Stassi obviously thinks she is entitled to inflict Punishment (her word) on everyone who dares enter her circle. It was unbelievable that she looked surprised and upset when Tom came at Jax, after she spent so much time and energy carefully orchestrating the whole debacle. Being on the show obviously feeds her narcissism and has turned her into an even more ugly, self-involved puppetmaster. The show would be so much more enjoyable if she just went away. 

jbud5
jbud5

Stassi is unfortunately in la la land. She is pretty embarrassing for women. I am assuming Lisa wants to personify herself as more  of a businesswoman and less as a babysitter. Ratings over self-worth,  an interesting thought process .? I like Lisa and look up to her ;but,  this Stassi theme is boring/embarrassing for women. Please try again...

rubylane
rubylane

I have been a fan of Lisa's since the beginning but am scratching my head now. With all due respect to Lisa, I do not understand people prefacing their comments about Lisa [based on THIS topic]  with descriptives such as class or respect. Defending a nasty, trouble making bully is never a classy or respectful attribute. Stassi's foul personality is one of entitled petulance, and every time someone/anyone condones or ignores her behavior, it empowers her to get nastier. When thoughts & mouths are ugly they cancel out the physical beauty. If vindictive nastiness was an odor, one would be sick by the smell of her behavior.

deborah.kanic
deborah.kanic

I'm sorry Jax cheated. What a butt! I don't dislike him Stassi, but I think, you can do way better. What bothers me about him is the fact that he lived off of you, and now finding out he cheated on you while living off of you confirms my suspicion, that he was using you the entire time. You truely deserve someone better, someone that truley loves you, has a good job, stability, and most importantly does not want your money.

 

Skinny- dipping on national television, you are a wild child. I had to laugh at the surprised look on Lisa's face when she saw that clip, but the little grin she gave afterward was so funny. Too cute. [ As if to say, Stassi, how could you? On the other-hand, that looks like fun.} LOL!

char23
char23

If Stassi contends she is not guilty of being a bully and then defending her right to bully.. it makes me wonder if things would be different if that girl she felt the need to bully had actually hurt herself or taken her life. Lisa.. I love you to death but to knowingly let Stassi harrass your other employees..hmmm. Harassment that is knowingly going on in the workplace by the management leaves Sur open to a lawsuit. Maybe you need a HR dept. so you can perhaps obey the law. You sat there and heard her admit she was harassing another employee.. wake up!

elizabethmcguirewells
elizabethmcguirewells

I am sorry but Stassi is one of the most narcissistic people I have ever met.. Mean girl and impossible to deal with. and she is always to getting away with bad behavior .

Osanao
Osanao

Stassi is the epitome of a mean girl!!  She is the poster child of what happens when an adolescent bully is allowed to mature into a miserable and condescending adult.   I'm really not quite sure why the producers continue to allow her to be a cast member on this show. They should really start taking into consideration the feedback from viewers which has been overwhelmingly negative in terms of Stassi's role on this show.  And, in regards to the other cast members - grow up!!!  Stop allowing this utterly miserable Stassi of a woman to control the way you live your lives.   Finally for Jax, please grow a pair of balls and leave this wench! You can do sooooo much better.  Learn to be treated with respect, because she is really NOT all that.

 

Dear Stassi, stop feeling yourself because there are people who are sooo much more attractive on both the inside and the outside.   Get your s**t together and learn how to be a decent human being!!! 

 

Sincerely, 

 

Keeping it real and speaking my mind 

bravolover10
bravolover10

Lisa rocks!!!  I want to be her when I grow up.  Love you Lisa.  You are such a classy woman.  Thank you for being a great representative of the female race. 

bravolover10
bravolover10

Can someone remind me why everyone needs Stassi's approval at Sur?  hmmm.   thank you.  I am so confused.  Princesses do not wait tables.

bravolover10
bravolover10

Stassi is a very scary person and really needs therapy.  She's an embarrassmnt.  She should consider getting a real life and stop telling everyone else how much of a loser they are.  What the hell does she do again? oh, that's right, she waits tables and talks about people.  yeah, okay.  rah rah

molmol
molmol

Stassi?! Be gone!!! Your annoying as hell.

theonlymo
theonlymo

@STASSI SUCKS AS A WAITRESS AND A PERSON! I WISH SHE WAS OFF THE SHOW! SHOW WOULD BE SO MUCH BETTER WITHOUT HER!!

 

kellyl1000
kellyl1000

I absolutely adore Lisa and Ken and i have built so much respect for her over the years...not only because she and her husband are so very successful in life, such great and loving parents, and are so adorable in their own relationship, but because they truly have huge hearts and i feel that they overall try to do the right thing where others are concerned. She also gained my respect when she took Brandi, who was the underdog,  and became such a great friend to her. Love Brandi btw! As for the Vanderpump Rules cast ...I have to wonder if these people are truly playing roles, since they are all aspiring actors. If they are not "acting" and this is truly how these people behave...I almost feel sorry for some of them. As for Stacci, I have never observed a more miserable, attention-seeking, self-absorbed, whining, controlling bully....who by the way...truly believes she should be treated like a princes...and she couldn't behave any less like a princes. It is very clear how insecure she is,therefore making everyone else's life miserable--including any attractive girl that she will be intimated by, as well as any guy she dates and rules over. When I first watched the show, I thought Stassi was somewhat attractive at most, but after seeing her personality and how she behaves, it completely ruined it for me and I don't think she is attractive at all anymore. As for Jax, I do not know what it is that makes him stay in love with her and keeps him coming back. She constantly degrades him, puts him down while reminding him she can replace him in an instant. Although not the most mature person ever, he seems to have a good heart and is extremely good looking. I wish he would run far far away and find a girl who would treat him right. I enjoy the show except that I get irritated each week watching Stassi and keep waiting and wishing someone would put her in her place. As for the others, they are ok most of the time. I think I like Scheana the most. I couldn't care less about mistakes she made in the past (we all have). Although she is young and easily influenced, she is pretty on the inside and out. She seems to be a very hard, dependable worker. Many girls don't accept her and it's clearly because they are jealous or insecure. I'm sure the show will continue to get ratings since drama sells, and I hope for Lisa and Ken that it will be successful. I do hope they stop letting Stacci rule over them and all the employees.

JanetPlanet
JanetPlanet

The Vanderpump Rules cast...so ugly on the inside. Obviously they act like they're in junior high. Self absorbed, mean and often stupid.

 

I thought these people were attractive at first, but their inner ugliness is all I can see now.

SurfChk
SurfChk

I'm sorry... but Stassi is a joke. I'm watching this show and I feel like I'm watching a train wreck... I almost can't look away. I sit with my jaw dropped, wondering if this girl is for real? Has she seen herself on the show? Does she realize how she comes across? Or is she proud of her behavior? I can't imagine! If I witnessed myself looking so childish and so obviously insecure, I'd be mortified! I can't believe she thinks her actions are justified or mature. Tonight I watched her meet her Mom for lunch. "We're both princesses", are you kidding me? She's ridiculous! If her Mom doesn't see what a fool she's making of herself then Mom needs therapy too. Maybe the 'fruit' doesn't fall far from the tree??? I realize for a show like this, Stassi brings in ratings. I can't imagine any other reason to keep her employed or on the show. What really makes me sick about someone like Stassi is that there are real problems in this world. There are people who really suffer. There are homeless families, children going hungry. I think about the trauma that the victims of hurricane sandy are experiencing... look around your own neighborhood, there is real pain in this world and someone like Stassi can't see past the nose on her own face. She has no clue that there are consequences for her actions and what goes around comes around. She's a vicious bully, but she won't be able to hide behind her dramatic nonsense for ever! She obviously has a lot of growing up to do. Some day someone will really hurt her. I don't mean physically, I mean some day she'll actually really care about someone instead of using them and she'll find out how bad it really feels to have someone you trust turn on you! Shame on you Stassi, your behavior is pathetic! 

Bella007
Bella007

Like the show so far but Stassi is hard to watch.  It makes Lisa look bad keeping her around to abuse the employees and apparently even the customers.  She's an angry girl who seems to forget that she a waitress.  She needs to pull her head off of the laps of Jax and Frank and maybe move on with her education or anything that will help to improve her self-esteem and stop being so petty and frustrated all of the time.  

BriEwing
BriEwing

Lisa, I believe you are truly a nurturing person with those in your life be it a friend or employee.  This of course is gained through brief moments we the viewers have gotten to know you over the last couple of years.  It is an endearing quality.  Through these same brief moments we judge all of the other reality stars, including Stacci.  I watch her and her other two bff's and think, oh my goodness they are the mean girls!  I don't even know where to begin with Stacci.  Initially I thought she saw herself as the most amazing thing in the world.  But could this really be true?  If she were this strong young woman, why stay with a man who treats her so badly.  Same goes for Jax, why stay with a girl who he thinks goes crazy.  That is just a recipe for disaster if you ask me.  But I was in my 20s not that long ago.  I know what kept me in those toxic, dead end relationships.  Insecurity, as you said.  After being in a relationship that had me feeling very insecure for 5+years, I took my exit.  It was a messy breakup and I quickly started dating someone else.  It filled an emotional void created by my ex.  So I get why Stacci is finding comfort with someone else.  These relationships typically fizzle, quickly.  I think she should work on finding herself - being happy & secure.  Then worry about having a date to such things as your birthday.  And until you have a date to any event, go with your girlfriends and have fun.  Who knows, she just might meet the perfect guy then.  As for her friends, whether you agree with her decisions or not, it is her life.  You may not understand what she is going through, but just be there to give her a hug or you risk loosing your friendship all together.   And one more thing, be nice girls.  Don't be so quick to judge and talk about others.  One, you are not free from mistakes.  Would you like to be judged by all from the things you have done?  Two, you don't know what someone is going through when you've judged them or said these awful things.  This cattiness in your 20s, well at any age, is such an ugly characteristic.      

Jalapina35
Jalapina35

Lisa, I love you, you are so elegant. Now, watching this last episode turned my stomach. This woman called Stassi, is so rotten inside. I can actually feel the negative coming from her thru my tv, and  into me....That is sick. She is so, disrespectful, utterly mean, and she needs to go. I am sorry, I don't like to judge others, I am just saying, I know what my daughter goes thru with people like that! This is what we call Bulling... Anyway, I hope the networks and of course you and your lovely business can make a good decision as to do the right thing.  Ps: Remember one thing," Be responsible for the energy you bring into your space"

bethe006
bethe006

Lisa, I have to agree with every other comment posted here. You are a class act. Your husband Ken is an absolute doll and adores you. I enjoy seeing your marriage and how well you both get on.  BUT - I emplore you to cut Jax and Tom some slack.  From everything I've seen on the show they are victims of their girlfriends ( & ex-gfd's) behavior.  You scold them when you should be taking it up with the drama queens that are stirring pots, slinging mud and generally creating havoc.  Meanwhile, Stassi is the master Puppeteer pulling everyone's strings and has the staff dancing to her tune, including YOU my dear. Frankly, I couldn't stand to work at a place with such blatant and glaring favoritism.  You really seem to have some issues with the males you employ while the bratting, self-absorbed, narcisstic *itches are permitted 100% free rein.  Stassi is a real piece of work.  "Princess Stassi,"  really?? Seems like Daddy's little girl is still sitting on her poppies lap sucking her thumb. What a nasty girl. She only continues to think so highly of herself because those around her allow that horrific behavior. #Disgusting.

StrawberryLemon
StrawberryLemon

I Love Lisa, you are my favorite housewife<3

 

But I agree with the masses. Stassi is truly an immature, horrible, selfish person. She is  worse than the typical "mean girl".  And I seriously cannot imagine how your beautiful daughter is friends with someone like her. She creates chaos where there is none and spreads misery wherever she goes. I have yet to see any ounce of kindness coming out of this girl.

Eastcoastrules
Eastcoastrules

Lisa, I think you are a class act! You are a smart business woman and as you have stated in several episodes you are running a business and not a daycare! That being said, I cannot imagine you will allow these personal problems of your staff to affect your business. If they bring this childish drama into your business...get rid of them! I too am a business woman and cannot imagine working around such immature and unprofessional group of people. Their language is reproachable and so is their behavior! There has to be better selections for employees. Lisa, do Stassi a big favor and recommend she seek professional psychological counseling. She is beyond self-absorbed, she is delusional! Jax may or may not have done what he is accused of doing but I think you have to give him credit for trying to keep it professional at work. Perhaps, no employee is allowed to hang out at Sur during non-working hours. It's your business, your reputation and these characters aren't exactly helping your business!

DMissy
DMissy

Lisa, I adore you, your husband and Jiggy.  However, Stassi is an insecure raging witch.   She needs to go.  You allow her to have more power since she is Pandora's friend. She needs to grow up and get a real backbone.

diana.bozeman
diana.bozeman

Stassi is the one who needs to grow up.  She is self-absorbed, insecure, immature, and thinks that the world revolves around her.  Most people who act like her, are guilty of the crimes they accuse people of.......if she were so in "love" with Jax, she would not have hopped into bed with someone else so quickly......yes she is like the pot calling the kettle black.......

jennnny
jennnny

I'm 25 and I feel like I'm too old to watch this show! Can't we just block out the annoying self absorbed staff and just watch you and Ken on the swing? I love and support you so I will continue to watch the show...but I seriously can't stand any of the staff.

Nisi61
Nisi61

LOVE LOVE LOVE YOU LISA!

 

Stassi and Kristine are insecure; mean; bitchy; monsters; argumentative; confrontational; bitter; grating; full of anger; unhappy; arrogant; narcissistic; petulant; shrew; classless; soul-less; etc.

 

Stassi and her pal Kristine need to be fired!

 

Scheana stop throwing rocks and hiding your hand.

 

Jax whether you man up or not, you need to leave Stassi alone, she's not for you, as 

a matter of fact any man would have a problem with her.

ZenHousewife
ZenHousewife

It's very difficult to wrap my mind around Pandora being a long-time friend of Stassi, who is just an insecure little bully.  Pandora is such a class act.

alyssa.scott.562
alyssa.scott.562

I agree w/ franny! Great show but I just cannot give my ratings and viewership to any show with someone as ugly as Stassi. I mean if ur man would rather sleep in a car instead of in bed with the devilish girlfriend that says it all. Please quit watching and talking about her (thats what she wants)

nida614
nida614

Stassi, Makes the cast of Jersey shore look mature and elegant. Show more of Lisa and Ken. this is the show we want

Franny64
Franny64

Great show, but I won't be watching again, I can't stand Stassi, she's a drama queen & a whines. She is enough to stop watching. I feel like I am back at high school. Jax don't know why you wanted to keep her around.

Sunshinekisses
Sunshinekisses

Lisa you're one of my favorites, but you have to consult with a better fashion stylist and make-up artist, darling. For a Brit, I'm shocked by just how much pink you wear. You're giving Malibu Barbie a run for her money. Whatever happened to neutrals? Elegant, classic British neutrals? You're a beautiful woman and don't need all that make-up, much less in all the shades of unsophisticated pinks. I'm just seeing a hot mess of frosty pinky eyeshadow and hot pink lipstick, and a few times I've caught a glimpse of what appears to be hot pink Lee press on nails. Please step away from the pink. It doesn't suit an elegant lady.

kelliilee
kelliilee

I can't believe this childish behavior!  When you have a job and you are scheduled to work, you  go to work unless you have something that can be spread to other people.  When I was 19 I gave my mother a kidney because she was on dialysis.  When I was 25 I was working as a waitress.  I had not been feeling well so I went to the doctor.  They drew blood and found that my remaining kidney was failing and I would have to go on dialysis.  After I found this out at the doctors office I had to go to work.  Did I call my boss and tell him I could not come in? No.  I went to work like a responsible adult.  You have to put your personal problems aside when it is time to go to work.  This girl needs to grow up!!

bpster
bpster

Holy wow! Makes me so happy to not be in my 20's again! So much drama!! I hope the show works out for everyone it's total entertainment. Hope to visit Sur this spring!

commercesd
commercesd

This show reminds me of the many reasons why I left the L.A. area. In fact, if you look at the three Bravo shows that take place in CA - there are shocking similarities. They all act like they never got out of high school. In fact, I never acted as ridiculously stupid as these people do -- EVER. Where I come from, if you act like these idiots, you'd have no friends. The only reason I watch it at all is to remind myself so I can finish writing my novel and screenplay about the insanity that is Southern California.

realitynot
realitynot

I hope Schaena kicks her ass Texas style!!

realitynot
realitynot

Stassi is nothing more than a little twit..she said it herself she is "The Devil".as long as she continues on the show I will stop watching..A quick note to the girls who think she is thier friend..in ten years she will be the one person you are so disappointed about ever being friends w/..been there done that!! She is the pot calling the kettle black!!

BlueAZ
BlueAZ

Lisa.... being a smart business woman, you should know better then to allow someone's friendship with your daughter to affect your business.  Granted Stassi is a good friend but your daughter should know that she is NOT doing you any great service by allowing that freindship to affect your business.... hell.. anyone's business.  Stassi knows this and takes full advantage of it.  Even her own dad wouldn't put up with her "I am so special" crap and told her once she graduated from school she is on her own financially.  Maybe about time you tell her if she screws up again or fails to show up on time for any further shifts then she will be demoted to "on call waitress".  ... friendship with Pandora be damned!   You don't do her any good by always finding a reason to keep her around.  As for Sheana, no slack should be cut for her either.  These girls aren't poor little things who don'tknow any better.. they do and willingly take advantage of those they can and who allow them to.  They should be told to keep it professional at work and if they can't, then back to Villa Blanca with them... or better yet.. out the door.  Don't know of anyone who would be willing to put up with a group of whiney, me me me girls and "look at me guys" who only care about themselves... not anyone else... not your business that is for sure.

liz666
liz666

Lisa you are fabulous.  I adore you.  Your staff at SUR, on the other hand... where does one begin?  These girls are something else.  I don't know who told them they are drop dead gorgeous to begin with, but if they want to go around claiming they are, then they need to work on their confidence.  They are the most confident ladies when sitting alone in front of the camera (interview/confessional), but outside of that... WHOA, INSECURE.  Personally, I've never witnessed such dramatic insecure immature females. Well, none this extreme.  There is no reason to behave this way.  Kristen, to get upset and behave like a child, because you came across some girl that your boyfriend hooked up with before you two ever met, is insane.  He did have a life before you.  You shouldn't have given that a second thought.  Who cares??  His past is his past, leave it there.  All you did by doing that, besides making a fool of yourself, is give those girls a little satisfaction and a little ammo.  They walked out of there thinking, "wow, Tom's got himself an insecure nutcase."  Don't do that.  The girl should have never been asked if she slept with him, that was in poor taste, and you should have just walked back in there cool and confident, and not given it second thought.  And, Kristen, you have got to help Tom out.  What is with the hair? And, concealer??? Come on.  In a nice way, you need to get him to realize that when he's sporting the creepy over styled 'do, he looks like a gay '80s new waver. When he's not sporting makeup and has his hair just back, not styled, he looks cute.  And, the baseball cap is his friend. He should wear it more often. Not cute in the slightest with the heinous hair.  Now, Stassi... you also need to work on your confidence and you need to grow up, honey.  High School is behind you, it's in the past, leave it there.  Act like an adult.  You freaking out about Sheana was so ridiculous.  There was no reason for it.  If you think you are so much better than her, why would you be so threatened by her?  What you need to understand about chicks like Sheana is they are extremely insecure and that is why they go after taken men. They feed off getting a rise out of other females and they love causing drama.  So, just stop.  You all need to grow up and stop with all the drama.  Watching it is exhausting.    

jodiew
jodiew

LIsa, you are awesome!!!! But Stassi is a big problem. I agree with the others, she doesn't have a right to judge Scheena. Scheena seems to have learned from her mistakes and is trying to move on.Scheena did the hardest and mature thing meeting with Brandi to apologize and it was very mature.  Stassi just keeps egging it on and never letting anyone forget it. Besides the fact that Stassi pretty much prances around like the whole world should revolve around her, she is immature and very insecure and pretty much a spoiled BRAT....she does the things she does because she knows she will get away with it. I would not be upset to see Stassi go and learn, finally, that there are consequences to her actions....Jax you are lucky she is gone!

Bravoluva36
Bravoluva36

Wow! It's like you are the mother of tens of teenagers! I admire your patience and classy deportment. I think your accent gives you a geographical advantage however! Lol! I like stassi. I think she is disproportionately, viciously insecure because she is new to her status as a beautiful girl, having been somewhat plain and overweight not too long ago, and I think your kind heart sees that. She clutches at her attractiveness and sex appeal with a desperate death grip because she doesn't have the life experience to handle it with grace. It is good of you to extend your wing over her because she is so fragile, really.

fayemarie7399
fayemarie7399

Wow - watching Stassi and Jax is so boring it's painful . Had to fast forward to get through the episode . Lisa I wish we could see more of you and Ken's personalities instead of this High School BS . Please change it up or I'm gonna have to change the channel .

char23
char23

I liked Scheana up until she went to the dark side and ended up on team Stassi. If you can't beat 'em...

TampaLisa
TampaLisa

You are more than 'diplomatic' and I see you are a peacemaker. I've been through the wonderful younger years in the 80's and 90's with many gorgeous model/actor bf's. I was very popular, very attractive, super witty, and had a great deal of friends. Although, I have never, spoke to, nor put myself on such a pedestal as she.  Stassi, is beyond the 'leader of the pack' so to speak, Did you see her behavior with her family on WWHL with Andy showcasing her over the top dramatics on Amazing Race. She is 'that' girl and she will never change. She is wired to behave she is at the top of the food chain and everyone is to bow beneath her, thus far.Hopefully that will change. I adore Lisa. and relate to her. Although bear in mind, Stassi is in the 'limelight' because she happens to be her daughter's best friend. If you haven't noticed, which I find amusing,  Pandora wouldn't dare be a part of her antics on her mother's show. That should speak volumes. Stassi, is not all that, and needs alot of growing up to do.  

@BriEwing

 

molmol
molmol

@Jalapina35 Bullying is exactly what she is doing. Charges should have been filed on her.

TexasBlonde_1
TexasBlonde_1

 @bethe006

 bethe006, you pretty much hit the nail on the head. Stassi is one more woman who is so full of herself she is just unreal. She is overbearing, dominating, controlling, and is just out for herself.  A couple of weeks ago they showed a shot of Stassi with a glaring, baleful, hate filled look. All I could think was "RUN JAX, RUN!" No one needs that type of person trying to control their life......not even her female friends.

 

Lisa, you continue to be my favorite BHHW, but I will say I really like Yolanda. She is an intelligent, class act like you are. The main difference is she sees through Brandi for what she is.

molmol
molmol

@DMissy adore Lisa and her hubby too. Love the show BUT hate watching if Stassi is on. Stassi needs to go. She ruins the whole show ;(

ZenHousewife
ZenHousewife

 @kelliilee

 You are the perfect example of a responsible adult with an excellent work ethic and a one in a billion.  Unfortunately for the young children on this show they can only aspire to be the kind of person you are, and they're too drunk to even consider it.

LaserOne
LaserOne

 @commercesd I would Like this a hundred times if I could.  I did the same after 10 years in L.A. - and would NEVER go back!  Until you've lived there and been in "The Business," you cannot even imagine how vapid, self-absorbed, and crude so many of the people there are.  Enjoy your creative endeavors!

bethe006
bethe006

Thank you!  see my comment above to Jalapina35.  And I concur.. RUN, JAX, RUUUUUUUNNNNNNN!!!  what does he want w/her anyway?  but, in his defense, I have been through break-ups and I think it's part of the process to go back and forth. It's the initial shock and letting go that is the hardest.  And, nevermind about that awful Frank!  Geesh!!  All's I can say is: KUDOS to the rest of the crew for being morally and ethically solid and recognizing the games and manipulations by both Stassi and that slime-ball Frank.