Monday night, the first episode of VH1’s newest reality show, The Gossip Game debuted. When we first reported on the show, some of you expressed that you were excited about its debut, as you expected that a reality show starring seven career-driven women would offer positivity. Others revealed that they expected nothing more than another ratchet reality show with a different name, concocted in the mind of media maven, Mona Scott-Young. Considering all of the backbiting, public screaming matches and verbal assassinations that went down, the premiere episode proved that drama is to be expected this season. But is that all we can expect from the show that once offered promise of positive images of Black women on television? In a recent VH1 blog post, The Gossip Game star and host of Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club, Angela Yee discussed the show’s first episode. In the blog, the radio personality expressed that the show was actually supposed to rise above the craziness that we’re used to seeing on other reality television programs. An excerpt from her post reads:
“Why would you agree to do a reality show? That’s the first question I get in almost every interview. It seems that everyone and their mama has a show now, or is working on a pilot for a show, or has an idea for a show that could work. There’s a stigma about reality shows and the people who star in them. Reality shows mean your career will end, your marriage will be cursed, you have to fight and/or throw a drink, or you’re going to end up broke and a has-been when the series ends. Only a slim percentage of people will go on to profit and reap the benefits. When I interviewed Marlon Wayans, he pulled me to the side after and warned me not to get into a fight or act crazy on TV. Of course, that was never my intention. I’ve seen people “turn up” for the camera, thinking that this is the best way to maximize their platform and get more camera time. This formula works, but it’s shortsighted. When the season ends, where do you go? The Gossip Game is supposed to defy this formula. There are 7 women who have their careers and reputations on the line. After working over 8 years in radio to build my brand, I would never want to misrepresent myself. I’ve had to deal with racism, sexism, rumors, malice, a little bit of everything. I’m used to being around men at work all the time, and dealing with a cast of women is a completely different arena.”
So far, the show doesn’t exactly appear to be much different from any other reality television show, but I suppose that could eventually change. Did you check out The Gossip Game? What do you think of the show so far?