It seems most fans of the reality show “R&B Divas” aren’t necessarily fans of one diva in particular, Nicci Gilbert, but her comments in a recent interview with The Jasmine Brand may change your opinion of her just a bit.
The site talked with the executive producer of the TV One show and asked her about her power as the EP, and when they asked whether she would ever use her position to get anyone kicked off the show — like her arch enemy Syleena Johnson, she said absolutely not.
“First of all, I would never exercise that authority,” Nicci said. “Never in a million years because you know what, at the end of the day, I’m a business woman. And the only woman that I think should not be on the show is a woman who is just not adding anything one way or the other. And who doesn’t want to be there? But I would never. People have children and families and lives and that’s the reason I reached out to everybody. I’m not taking business to the personal level unless of course something happened to a degree where it was just like you know me or her. If it’s ever a me or her situation, then it’s her.”
OK, so that last part wasn’t as nice, but you can’t say it wasn’t real. And speaking of a me or her situation, Nicci also addressed, for the umpteenth time, whether her 0wn head was ever on the chopping block at TV One. Speaking on whether there was any truth to rumors she was fired, she said:
“Absolutely, positively none. I was never, ever–I have a really great relationship with TV One, a great relationship with TV One. TV one is the only entity that has the ability to say “you’re fired.” At the point that they say they’re fired, that is just basically them saying we don’t want to see you on camera anymore. Because in terms of me being fired as an executive producer and stuff like that, we got contracts to protect us from just a random firing.”
By now, you may be wondering just what are the perks of being an executive producer of a reality show you star in — besides the funds — and from Nicci’s point of view, there really aren’t many, if you want to stay ethical that is. She told the site:
“People think we have the ability to go into the editing room and say, ‘Oh on take that out, no we don’t want that.’ If that did in fact happen it wouldn’t be fair to the other ladies who are our friends and our peers because you know I would be like ‘Oh, my teeth look so big right there; I look fat.’
So to stay neutral, I think that it’s best if we are on camera not to have the ability or the right to edit other people or be a part of that. We did see the first few episodes of season one and then after that I was like, ‘Oh okay, so this is why I didn’t see the other ones,’ but again we do have creatively in terms of producing the show, I think everyone really produces their own story. You know what I mean?
Check out the rest of Nicci’s interview on The Jasmine Brand. What do you think about what she said?