DMX, Maino, and Funk Master Flex’s Exes Added to TLC Reality Show “Starter Wives”

October 3, 2012  |  

Tashera Simmons is destined to become a reality TV repeat offender because according to The Huffington Post she has been added to the cast of a new show on TLC about the exes of famous men that we told you a little bit about last week.

Earlier this year, we saw Tashera trying to work through her issues with her rapper husband DMX on VH1’s “Couples Therapy.” Now since things didn’t work out and Earl Simmons is now her soon-to-be ex-husband, it’s only right she get on another reality show about life after DMX, right?

Apparently that’s the plan and from my view, “Starter Wives,” the name of TLC’s new series, is clearly going to be the hood version of “Hollywood Exes” if the line-up the Post is reporting is accurate. According to the site, these are the leading ladies who will be joining Lamar Odom and 50 Cent’s exes, which we mentioned last week.

Zakia Baum: Ex-girlfriend of Jermaine “Maino” Coleman and mother of his son.

Cheryl Caruso: Ex-wife of mobster Phillip Caruso and mother of his two daughters.

Josie Harris: Ex-girlfriend of Floyd Mayweather and mother of his three children.

Monica Joseph-Taylor: soon to be ex-wife of Aston “Funkmaster Flex” Taylor and mother to his two children.

Tashera Simmons: Ex-wife of Earl “DMX” Simmons and mother of four of his children.

Liza Morales: Ex-girlfriend of Lamar Odom and mother of his three children.

Shaniqua Tompkins: Ex-girlfriend of Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and mother of his son.

I’m not trying to knock anyone’s hustle, but most of these women we’ve never even heard of — and the men they were with are nowhere near on the same level as the guys the ladies of “Hollywood Exes” were married to. But then again, the entire cast of “Love & Hip Hop” were unknowns at some point and 3.5 million viewers still tuned in faithfully to their drama every Monday night. I just don’t want this to be another hood booger, my ex-man ain’t ish type of show because if you’re not with him anymore, why is he still relevant to your life? And if it’s because you have children together, you need to think about whether it’s really beneficial to speak ill of their father on national TV.

Regardless of my speculation on that note, it’s clear The Learning Channel (TLC) is interested in transitioning into the semi-ratchet channel and getting in on some of that VH1 cash money with a show like this that doesn’t just include black rapper wives but a mobster too. TLC is an equal opportunity exploiter though considering the success of their “Toddlers and Tiaras” pageant spin off “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.” I just hope these women can keep the fighting to a minimum.

What’s your take on “Starter Wives?”

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  • Faith

    Starters Wives? Aren’t these people suppose to be wives not ex-girl friends, or ex-wives. Just like Basketball wives MIami, no of these people are not married. Why do these networks lie?

  • Yvette

    I think Tashera Simmons is doing it strickly for the money because when is the last time DMX had a hit album, cd, movie or stayed out of jail long enough to make some money. He has multiple children by other women as well as 4 with Tashera so child support and any other type of support is probably lacking and my guess would be that she is not holding down a 9 to 5.

  • Ann

    I am like the person who responded before. I thought as well TLC is suppose to be the learning channel. But they are trying to cash in on this foolishness. Their ratings but be down and they are desperate to stoop to this level. It is sad.

    • NONEYA

      TLC hasnt been the Learning Channel in years! They are the channel the gave us “Jon & Kate plus 8″,”Little People”, “19 kids”, “Strange Sex”, & “Toddler & Tiara’s”! This new show fits perfectly into their genre of shows.


    If folks can watch Love & Hip Hop & Basketball Jumps this show will be a hit! Clearly ex girlfriends is the newest format in reality TV business!!

    • SunshineBlossom

      Right, and maybe it’s just me, but don’t DMX’s ex look like the orangutan from Jungle Book? (Louie I see you baby!)