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A lot of people have been feeling some type of way about the idea of women becoming famous because of who they divorced with all of the attention on VH1′s new show, “Hollywood Exes,” but the most important question is how do the exes feel about these women getting a show because of them.
From the pilot episode, we could see Jose Canseco is still somewhat involved with his ex, which is why he was on the show, so it’s not surprising he doesn’t have a problem with the arrangement, but so far Sheree Fletcher is the only one who has acknowledged her ex-hubby, Will Smith’s, stake in this whole thing. In an interview with Vibe she spoke on involving Will in her decision to join the show and what his reaction was. When they asked her whether she had to get Will’s approval, she said:
“Absolutely, because he is an ex. I didn’t need Will’s permission to do the show; there was nothing that I needed to sign in order to do the show. You know, our son is 19 [years old], so out of respect, of course I told him that this was what I was considering doing. I actually told him when I signed. When I said, ‘Look, this is what I’m going to do,’ he gave me his blessing to have a good time.”
Sheree’s situation is a little interesting because she’s not just an ex, she’s also the wife of Terrell Fletcher, the Sr. Pastor of San Diego’s City of Hope International Church, which means she also needed his approval. She told Vibe:
“He was skeptical at first because of the nature of reality, as was I, but he’s great. You’ll see him in the show. He makes quite a few appearances with me. He’s super supportive and totally on board.”
In this day and age when everybody tries to claim the camera is playing tricks on us and what we’re seeing is really production magic and not real actions, it’s amazing anyone still takes a chance having every minute of their lives videotaped like this. Sheree says for her, the decision to join the cast wasn’t about her trying to be famous but to have fun while also building her brand.
“It looked like it would be a lot of fun,” she said of her choice to be a part of the show. “It was reality but it was a ‘different color of the rainbow.’ They wanted to show women in a more positive light and women coming together and being supportive and encouraging one another, a kind of a sorority type of thing. So that kind of piqued my interest. As a business women, I thought it’d be great in terms of exposure of my brand.
Women coming together in a more positive light is exactly the message she says she wants viewers to take away from the show too.
“First and foremost, women can come together and do something great. We can disagree respectfully. I want people to know that women need women. We really do, and I want women to be encouraged. Like I said, you’ve got five women who are business owners and I’m hoping that that would inspire somebody to step out and start their own thing. I think that we’re very relatable. I think that women will connect to us. We’re women just like anybody else. It doesn’t matter who our exes were. I mean, obviously, we went through our divorce in a public, major way, but at the end of the day, we’re women and we can connect and relate on so many other levels. I’m hoping that women will relate and be encouraged.”
We’ll have to see how that comes across on the first real episode tonight at 9pm. Do you think it was cool of Will to give Sheree his blessing?
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So I finally got around to watching the pilot episode of “Hollywood Exes” and let me say, zzzzzzzzzz.
Bore-ring! This show lacks all the waywardness and flat out ratchet-ness we have come to associate from a reality show on VH1. There are no fistfights. There are no petty fights and name calling (thus far). No former strippers turned bougie housewives. And more importantly, the show has yet to exhibit the negative stereotypes of us that many black women have cried foul of as of late. That might be a good thing. For the most part, Nicole Murphy and the crew are pretty tame and chill. Yet, strangely I don’t care about any of these women – well, not enough to watch their boring lives play out for an hour on television.
Anyway, I’m like five minutes into the show and Kells’ (R. Kelly) ex-wife is in her bedroom, talking about her big move to LA. She’s meandering about with her personal assistant – a bald headed gay black man. As they fold clothes and pack stuff in suitcases, the man listens to how Andrea wants to start over and get an image away from Kells and how excited she is about…zzzzzzz. Now there is nothing out of the ordinary about two people sharing a heart to heart with one another, even if it is with a “personal assistant.” But I’m sitting here, watching their interaction, thinking to myself: Why does everyone have a gay black man BFF? And why are all of their gay black BFFs in service to them in some way?
I mean, am I the only one who has noticed that most of these women-led reality TV shows features the quintessential gay manservants? These men do everything: furnish apartments, do hair and makeup, personal shop for clothing, carry purses and luggage and act as a shoulder to cry on. In most of these situations, we know nothing about the gay black man other than that he is sharp-tongued, stereotypically effeminate, and basically says “Gurl” and “Chile” a lot. Oh, and he is a loyal worker to his woman. Evelyn Lozada had one to help run her TV shoe “store.” Tyra Banks had an army battalion of gay men to help her weed through her search for the next top model. And on the “Housewives” series (pick one, any one), there are like 2.5 gay sidekicks to every female character, doing makeup, training them at the gym and tossing their wigs for them. It’s like the gay sidekick has become hot new accessory on reality TV – like the new pocket dog or a Louis Vuitton knockoff.
There’s a whole new set of wives coming to VH1—ex-wives to be exact. We’ve told you a few details about the new series “Hollywood Exes” which will follow the former spouses of some big name Hollywood entertainers and now we’ve got a first look at some of the issues the women will be dealing with when the show debuts later this month.
The series stars Nicole Murphy (Eddie Murphy), Jessica Canseco (Jose Canseco), Sheree Fletcher (Will Smith), Mayte Garcia (Prince), and Andrea Kelly (R. Kelly), and the good thing is that the women are friends in real life. The best thing is that there wasn’t even a hint of a fight in the series promo which means the reality show already has a leg-up on the other productions on the network.
VH1 may finally be trying to balance out some of the craziness by showing women who are mature in age and behavior getting along and bonding over failed marriages to top men in the entertainment biz. It definitely looks like something that could be worth a watch if you’re not opposed to being all up in other people’s business.
The series premieres June 27 at 9pm. Check out the promo trailer and tell us what you think. Will you watch?
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I know, another reality show, but this one actually sounds a little promising. A couple of months ago, we told you that Will Smith and Eddie Murphy’s exes were going to star in a new VH1 reality series, and now we’ve got the names of the rest of the cast members.
Staring alongside Sheree Fletcher and Nicole Murphy in “Hollywood Exes” will be R. Kelly’s ex-wife, Andrea Kelly, and Mayte Garcia, the ex-wife of Prince. Rounding out the cast will be Jose Canseco’s ex-wife, Jessica. When we first broke word about this show, some of you felt like these women’s only claim to fame was being the past lover of a famous man, but according to VH1 the purpose of the show is to prove that’s not the case.
“These five women, who have all been friends for years and in some cases for as long as 20 years, want to show the world they are more than just a trophy wife with a pretty face,” according to a VH1 press release. “They want to establish themselves as independent, successful women and bring relevance and honor to themselves separate from their very famous exes…even if there is a little drama along the way.”
I was with them up until the drama part, but you have to admit the fact that this women are friends in real life is a positive sign and sets them apart from most of the other reality stars—Evelyn and Jen excluded. Plus, the drama may not necessarily be between the ladies. We all know Nicole was recently swindled out of half of her divorce settlement and it can’t be easy walking down the street as the woman who was married to R. Kelly for 12 years amongst those child pornography charges.
Truthfully, all of these women have been divorced from their husbands for long enough that the pieces ought to have been pretty much picked up by now, but I guess that’s what they plan to prove.
So what do you think about this show now that you know the whole cast, yay or nay?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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