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They Destroyed My Character: Nicci Gilbert Talks Lawsuit Against ‘R&B Divas’ Production Company + Producer Responds
Nicci Gilbert has not been shy about sharing the fact that she was not happy about the way things went down with TV One and the production company behind “R&B Divas Atlanta,” Think Factory Media. As recently as this week, the former R&B Diva, made it known that she does not like the way Think Factory played her out with the “R&B Divas” franchise contractually. And she said she is still in litigation with them.
This is not necessarily a new story. It’s just getting fresh legs because the rumors that “R&B Divas Atlanta” was being canceled started to surface this week.
Here’s what she said via her Instagram page.
But she didn’t stop with that caption. When her followers asked questions, she answered them, in detail.
Since she mentioned Phil Thornton by name, and since these two have been going at it for some time now, it was only a matter of time before he stepped forward. And though Thornton spoke to us earlier this week, saying that there was no hardcore evidence proving that the show was being nixed; he came forward once again, to address Nicci’s comments, her pending lawsuit against the production company and the drama.
Here’s what he said when he spoke to The Jasmine Brand:
What does he think about Nicci Gilbert’s issue with him?
“I don’t care! I’ve done shows and films since R&B Divas. No one else I’ve worked with has an issue with me. I was the person that sold what was an idea for her and made it a reality. I gave her money out of my own fee to basically accommodate and up her producer fee. Faith was making significantly more because of who she is. Nicci’s fee did not match that. Nicci was upset. Myself and my partner said, ‘Instead of bumping our fee, give that money to Nicci Gilbert’. Tell that part! I don’t worry about what her feelings and her thoughts are of me because I’ve done right by her.”
The drama that Nicci brought
The direction that Nicci turned the show. If you look at the drama and conflict in season 1 and season 2, it was mostly by one individual. We removed that individual. It was so dramatic, it was so negative, but it was coming from primarily one individual who was coincidentally an executive producer on the show, so go figure. Her antics were not instigated by that of myself or the rest of the production team. Everyone wants to blame…it’s production, it’s production. No, it was actually you! Tell the whole story. You did that. Tell the whole story! That wasn’t production instigated. That was you!
So was Nicci fired?
I had no desire and have no desire to work with Nicci again so, you call it what you want, fired, quit at the same time…me and everyone collectively knew it was time to move on. I don’t really give a damn how she felt. I knew what I couldn’t be a part of and it was that foolery and that energy that she brought. It was very negative, it was very disrespectful to everybody involved. I saw it first hand. It wasn’t a good time and it carried over to the show
On Nicci’s lawsuit
I’m sure I’m referenced at some point, but if I keep seeing slanderous comments there’ll be another lawsuit.
What do you think about all of this? What I will say, is that Nicci should really tred lightly name dropping with hashtags and all. That won’t look too good in court.
The writing was certainly on the wall. Lil Mo has been saying for months, if not a full calendar year, that she planned on marrying her new-ish boxer boyfriend, Karl Dargan. And apparently, they were serious about that.
In a recent interview with Hot 97’s Ebro, Lil Mo revealed, almost flippantly, that the two had secretly tied the knot.
Lil Mo: When I did the first season I had four children now I have seven, collectively with my husband. I have four, he has three.
Ebro: Y’all married now?
Lil Mo: Yeah. I don’t waste no time.
Well alright. I must admit knowing how Lil Mo loves to broadcast her business and just be extra in life, I’m very surprised that she kept the details of her wedding so hush hush.
dinner with my love. I’m on a strict diet starting tomorrow. Good news and reason why coming soon. but for tonight, it’s Fridays on hump day lol #thedynamoshow #love cc the hubby: @dynamiteko #doe
Recently, she posted the above picture of herself and Dargan, flaunting what looks like an engagement ring. I do wonder what she’s alluding to with that caption…Wouldn’t it be something if these two had a wedding special? I’m not going to lie, I would sooo watch that. In addition to her wedding, Mo also revealed that she and Karl want to have more children.
Lil Mo: And my tubes ain’t tied, so we’re looking to..
Ebro: You’re having more babies?
Lil Mo: Yeah
Karl: Football team
These two… Are you surprised Lil Mo and Karl tied the knot? Would you watch a wedding special with these two?
You can check out Lil Mo’s wedding band on the next page.
Tired Of Negativity, KeKe Wyatt Isn’t Sure If She Will Return To “R&B Divas,” But Is Preparing For A Spin-Off
KeKe Wyatt has been on the “R&B Divas: Atlanta” ship since it first set sail in 2012. With her love for making silly faces and her ever-changing moods she’s become either a fan favorite or the one some folks can’t really stand, but her ability to keep us entertained is part of the reason why she might end up getting her own reality show very soon. She told Sister 2 Sister in the September issue of their magazine that with that in mind, and the negativity she deals with on the show that made her a big TV star, she might not be involved in the next season of “R&B Divas.”
“I’ve been offered to do my own spin-off from several different people. So, I’m not sure if I’m going to be a part of this season or not. I may be, but I just really don’t know if I want to.”
She told the magazine that she tires of the criticism from people and she also has bigger fish to fry, including taking care of her family.
“People always want to look at things like I’m bringing a bad vibe in the room. Half the time, I be up in there [taping], it happens to be a day that one of my children has a fever of 106 or 105, and I have to be there because I’m under contract. It just makes a mother feel horrible.”
She says that doing her own show would give her room to be herself and not have to worry about clashing with her co-stars.
“I just wish that people wouldn’t judge so much. It lets me know what I do and don’t want to do on my own show.”
Would you check out Wyatt on a reality show of her own?
“Maybe Reality Was A Mistake…This Negativity Is Tragic”: Chrisette Michele Already Regrets Doing “R&B Divas”
When I heard the news earlier this year that Chrisette Michele was going to be taking part in R&B Divas LA (as well as Leela James), I was pretty shocked. Sorry, but I consider those type of reality shows as a good look for singers/artists who have been in the industry for years and years, have amassed a decent amount of notoriety, but want to take their career to the next level (and have a little drama at the same time). Michele has only been active in the industry since 2006, and she just seemed like someone who would never give reality TV the time of day. But she has…and now she regrets it. In a lengthy open letter of sorts on her Instagram page, Michele talked about the surprising onslaught of negativity that she’s had to deal with since she decided to be a “Diva,” and how she now realizes that it’s not for her.
“Hey can I write you a letter? Dear fans, Maybe you were right about me not doing a reality show. I have had so much fun staying beneath the radar. I’ve traveled to more countries then I can pronounce and made friends of fans and celebs alike, collabed with my favorite artists (you know I’m a nerdy hip hop head). Truth is, I wasn’t raised on R&B. I just happen to sound okay singing it. I’ve never thought that wearing angel wings and trying to be open about feelings would make people send me evil tweets and receive awful phone calls. A Diva. Maybe that’s not the right term for artists now a days the way it was when Whitney was here. Maybe it’s meaning has changed. I’m truly just here to say hello. On your TV screens to show you who I am outside of this music/Hollywood stuff. Maybe reality was a mistake. Maybe I should stay in my comfortable cave where I’m only loved. Half a million twitter followers, 200k insta Rich Hipster’s and 2.1 million Facebook likes have come from the music alone. From backstage hugs and kisses. From marriage proposals on my open hearted stage. From my quirky ever changing style. From hellos on the streets. From meet & greets. The moments un-telivised. Some people aren’t meant to share their personality. Maybe I’m one of those people. One of those who are protected by the Art. Art is love and it covers. It shields. I don’t see myself doing reality again. I’ll hang out with my pet unicorn in Artist-ville. This negativity is tragic and I can’t transfer these vibes to my Art. I love you. I won’t speak negativity against any one on the show in any further interviews. I won’t speak the name of people who quell my light. I can’t participate in brokenness. Healing is my ambition. Light is my nourishment. Be well. The Rich Hipster Captain #chrisette #ChrisetteMichele #Art #RichHipster #randbdivasLA #rbdivasla #rbdivas #iamstillhere #itsByTheGraceOfGod”
In a recent chat on The Rickey Smiley Morning Show, Michele revealed she was a little apprehensive about joining the show. In fact, she wrote this on Instagram three weeks ago:
“Gearing up my mind for what is to come. I’m new to this. I’ve only exposed my Art. Now to expose my Heart. Find me on @tvonetv every Wednesday night. I did it because I want you to know me outside of the lyrics. You’ve seen my Art and you haven’t broken it. Now see my Heart, I’m just there to open it. R&B Divas LA.”
She also told Smiley and co. recently that she hopes the show won’t hurt her image:
“I’m pretty human and pretty normal. At the end of the day, I think that’s what goes far. I have a solid fan base for these last 8 years and they’ve been kind to me and full of love and affection. So, I don’t think they’ll change their minds.”
That’s probably what Kelly Price thought too…But what do you think of Michele’s revelations in her letter? And if you’ve been keeping up with the new season of R&B Divas LA, what do you think of her on the show?
Exclusive: Angie Stone Allegedly Almost Came To Blows With “R&B Divas” Staff Member Accused Of Cheating With Her Man
We told you yesterday about the reports that Angie Stone and boyfriend/manager Ashanti had broken up after more than eight years together. If you watched this season of “R&B Divas: Atlanta,” you know that Stone was hoping that she would walk down the aisle with him at some point (she DID catch the bouquet at Monifah’s wedding…), but as of right now, that’s not going to happen. As the story goes, they broke up because he was cheating on her with a member of the “R&B Divas: Atlanta” production crew. There was supposedly evidence of his infidelity that Stone found, including text messages and phone records. Crazy, right?
Well, a source from the show told us that yes, the two have gone their separate ways, and most of the cast and crew found out at one time or another that Ashanti was being unfaithful. They also say that part of Stone’s behavior during the reunion (the storming out part) had to do with that betrayal. But the source says that as far as the part of the story about the MARRIED staff member cheating with Ashanti, they’re not so sure. They’re waiting to see the evidence Stone claims she has.
Claims Of Ashanti Cheating With Show Staff Member:
“I haven’t seen any real proof. The person she’s accusing has been married for 20 years and just renewed her vows in March. From what I here, he [Ashanti] has a few ‘friends.’ That’s the reality. Whether or not one of those friends was one of the people in our production crew, I don’t know. We’ve all heard and got wind of it. Everybody in the cast and crew knows. I just found out someone who’s a friend of the family that I’ve known since I was child was messing with him for the last six years. But as far as her saying it was someone on our production team, and claiming that she has phone records and text messages to support it, well if you do, provide it to us. Obviously, that’s a breach of our agreements. You can’t be sleeping with somebody that’s on the show. But she’s yet to provide that documentation to the production company or legal. She’s been saying it for some time. But we don’t have the proof on our end to support her claim.”
Stone’s Reunion Outburst:
“The behavior during the reunion was bizarre when Wendy asked about the status of her relationship. She walked off the show and got upset, was flustered and ‘resigned.’ I was like, ‘Is this because you know how crazy you look and this is your way of kind of spinning it around?’ I know they’re not together and I do know that she has a different manager. I’m hearing Debra Antney who is Wacka Flocka’s mom is now her manager. I know that much. I just don’t know why she’s fixated with this one staff member and has been since the very beginning. She’s tried to physically put hands on her. There was one scene that I wish they would have shown. The person in question was trying to convince her to come back out and Ashanti looked at the woman, and [Stone] didn’t like the way that he looked at her even though she was talking to the both of them. She just went back in her dressing room. I don’t know if it’s just a personal thing, but I really don’t think the person on our team would do that.”
Considering how down Stone seemed for Ashanti (whom she met while he was working at an airport and then made into her manager), all this is pretty sad. But what do you believe? By the way, check out the moment Stone walked out of the reunion after some heavy questions about her man from Wendy Williams:
Keke Wyatt is definitely a woman who can be hard to understand, but during Essence Festival the “R&B Diva” gave us a bit of an explanation for her overly emotional behavior during this past season of the TV One reality show. Keke told us most people don’t realize she lost her younger step-sister during the show’s taping, which is why we saw her crying a lot and expressing a lot of other emotions. In fact, Keke even broke down a bit during our interview while talking about losing her sibling. Check out the video above to see what else she had to say about the past season of “R&B Divas Atlanta.”
Exclusive: “R&B Divas” Exec. Producer Phil Thornton Responds To LaTavia’s Claims Of Bogus Editing: “It’s Bullsh**t”
We told you yesterday that LaTavia Roberson, who was a cast member on the most recent season of R&B Divas Atlanta, wasn’t pleased with how she was represented on the show. While she was hoping to present more of her life as a mother and businesswoman, Roberson claimed she was disappointed to find out that she was also supposed to take part in a showcase with cast members weeks after she they started shooting, especially since she hasn’t really been singing for a long time. Her reluctance to sing wound up being a big part of the secondhalf of this season, spurring TV One to joke about it with the hashtag #SingLataviaSing, creating mild conflict with cast members (like Keke Wyatt), and making many fans of the show think she was a poor choice for casting. But she says a lot of her representation on the show was due to editing:
“They edited it on down,” she explained. “I started looking on the show myself like, ‘Why am I on this show?’ Is the only thing I know how to say is, ‘I don’t want to sing?’”
But someone who is literally calling bull on her claims is R&B Divas Producer (executive producer at that) Phil Thornton. He says that he’s sick and tired of past and present cast members using the “Oh, it’s the editing” excuse. In fact, he says that he was surprised that she was bothered, because she seemed more than happy to return for next season during the reunion. And if Roberson had all these other things going on as she said, he says that she should have shown them: “We gave you the opportunity to tell us what to capture, but we only saw what you gave.”
If She Was Misled Or Had Her Image Manipulated By Producers:
“That’s false. From the very beginning when I spoke to LaTavia about joining the cast, I wanted to hear more about her journey as a single mom, and as an entrepreneur and so forth. But there were certain limitations as it relates to showcasing her as a mother. It involved other people beyond needing her. So we didn’t cast as much of the single motherhood aspect because as you know, you have to have both parents sign off on a document.
Throughout the season I constantly encouraged LaTavia and her manager as well and I made several calls to them mid-season to say, ‘Hey if you’re not going to be a part of this [showcase], it’s fine, it’s not mandatory.’ I made the call several times throughout the season to say, ‘Hey, give us your reality.’ We have no choice but to trail and follow your reality. So if you’re choosing not to be a diva through a different route, whether it be songwriting or the book you’ve been talking about, or a product line, we have no choice but to follow the reality. If this isn’t your reality, let us know what is.
For everything we don’t show, we’re very respectful of the ladies. Some things we probably should show that would make really good TV, we choose not to touch on out of respect for the cast. So that’s why for me, when I hear the whole, ‘It’s the editing,’ it’s bulls**t. Because if we chose some other things it would really tear some people’s brand down, and you would look at them in an entirely different way. If we ask the ladies in the LA cast and the Atlanta cast, ‘How do you feel about your representation on the show?’ I’m very sure that the ones that are still with us will say, ‘That’s really me.’ And the ones not there aren’t there for a reason.”
Past Cast Members Often Blaming Bad Editing:
“You cant please everybody. But as far as manipulating something that wasn’t there, we can’t put words in people’s mouths. If you give us crazy one day out of the week, we might show the crazy, but YOU still gave us the crazy. We didn’t put words in anybody’s mouth, we didn’t make anyone get up in anybody’s face, and we didn’t encourage anyone not to sing. I really wish she would have shown herself being a diva in her own right because she does have other things going on, and I applaud her, which is why I wanted her on the show. But none of those things were brought to our attention for us to cover. Tell the whole story. Don’t make it seem like it was bad editing because that line is getting real old.”
Nicci Gilbert Often Blaming Producers For Bad Editing:
…God bless her, I just want no parts. It just wasn’t good for anyone involved. But you know…good luck.
Why He Picked Roberson To Be On The Show:
“The decision to cast LaTavia was because she was obviously one of the founding members of one of the biggest female groups in the history of R&B and pop music. So I loved the story of that on one level, and her background is R&B. That is a part of her legacy and history. All the women have R&B music in common and I said, in theory, we’d love for them to work together, but I stressed that it’s not mandatory. If you don’t want to be part, do not continue to go to rehearsal. If the reality is, I’m not trying to sing, but I AM a songwriter, okay, so let’s put her in the studio with Jazze Pha. But you saw for yourself, nothing she wrote…but you don’t have to be a singer to be a diva. You can be a songwriter, but my thing is, we gave you the opportunity to tell us what to capture, but we only saw what you gave. What we got is the acting classes, the vocal coach and we like to show the different sides of the women in front of the cameras, behind the scenes, as moms, as wives, as entrepreneurs–that’s the goal.
I think she’s great, she’s a great person, I think she’s sweet, and I loved the story. I loved that she’s a single mom and there were a lot of layers to make me think that she would be a great fit. Did I know that she was not going to sing? That I didn’t know.
To come back after such a long period of time and be ridiculed online probably is a bit much, but what you’re NOT going to do is portray us like we did you wrong, because that’s not cool. I would feel bad if I was out here like ‘I should have called her, I should have told her, I should have warned her.’ But I did.”
Meelah Williams admits that while she’s willing to share some parts of her life with “R&B Divas: Atlanta” viewers, there are some things that are off-limits to TV One cameras—including her relationship with Musiq Soulchild. Part of this is due to the complexity of their relationship, Meelah says.
“We co-parent, but we’re together, we’re always together. It’s complicated,” the singer-turned-reality-star told The Jasmine Brand. “You’ll see him on the show—not like that. I believe I’ll tell you a bit more about our story. I didn’t want to bring him on because its hella confusing because we’re not married, but we do live together. It’s very confusing.”
In addition to the “confusing” nature of their relationship, Meelah says Musiq isn’t exactly a fan of reality TV, but adds that he agreed to appear on the show to share the story of their autistic son.
“He’s definitely anti reality, but he’s my number one supporter and he gets that I want to get back out there,” Meelah explained. “He was like, ‘I’m going to support you no matter what, I’m going to rock with you, you know how I feel about reality TV but I think it’s a great platform.’ He thinks it’s a great platform for me as a recording artist. He thought it was cool and the fact that I opened up about our son, of course I made sure he was cool with it and he felt like it would be a cool thing to share our story.”
“He didn’t want to come on, but he only came on because he supports me and because I was talking about our son, he’s on to support me talking about the autism,” she went on the explain. “And the studio, we did the studio scene. He’s showing that no matter what I got you as far as music and stuff like that.”
Meelah also discussed her departure from 702.
“Our break up wasn’t public, we went the political route and swept it under the rug,” she explained. “It seems like we demised [sp],but after the second album we were going through internal changes. We were tired, mentally; emotionally a lot of things took a toll. We were young, we started beefing about business issues like management and we couldn’t agree to disagree. I was the lead singer and that was an issue.”
“After the second album, I chose to take a break because it got real ignorant real quick and I didn’t feel like dealing with all that,” she continued.
Are you feeling the new season of “R&B Divas: Atlanta” so far?
How cute is this little lady?
She looks a lot like her mother, who was a child model and talented singer-turned-reality-TV star. Her mom was once a part of one of the biggest girl groups in music before getting the boot because of behind-the-scenes drama. She was later approached to join other popular music groups (including Xscape), and she also created her own, but she would eventually go solo. She’s done stage work, and been quite outspoken about her past, which included drug use and sexual abuse. But she’s come a long way and is happy. Mom is now the star of a popular reality TV show, and busy taking care of this cutie. So, whose child is this?
Last week, we excitedly reported that TV One would be debuting new reality series, “Hollywood Divas”. According to the network, the new “Divas” franchise would follow five ladies as they navigate through careers in the entertainment world. As previously reported, Elise Neal (The Hughleys), Golden Brooks (Girlfriends), Paula Jai Parker (Hustle and Flow), Countess Vaughn (The Parkers) and Lisa Wu (Real Housewives of Atlanta), have all been cast to star in the series.
Sounds like great news for TV One, right? Well, there’s just one problem. The newest addition to their line-up may have set off a hailstorm of legal woes. We’ve just learned that former “R&B Divas: Atlanta” star and executive producer Nicci Gilbert has plans to sue the network and ThinkFactory Media. It’s unclear whether or not Nicci plans to take legal action regarding the new spin-off series as well, but her publicist did note that despite being a co-creator of the original series, Nicci was excluded from production for “Hollywood Divas.” And she’s not happy about it.
“Nicci Gilbert & Faith Evans are the co-creators & executive producers of the R&B Divas franchise,” Nicci’s publicist told us this morning. “Now TV One is doing a spin-off, ‘Hollywood Divas,’ without them!”
“A discussion is needed NOW to address the images of African American women that white male production companys are portraying on reality TV and changing things in the editing room,” she added. “They can’t be allowed to continue to destroy brands & families.”
The laundry list of complaints and requests cited in the lawsuit include: “Breach of Contract, Breach of Implied Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing, Fraudulent Inducement, Fraudulent Misrepresentation, Negligent Misrepresentation, Unjust Enrichment, Tortious Interference with Business Relations, Tortious Interference with Prospective Economic Advantage, Recovery of Unpaid Wages, Defamation, Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress, Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress, Implied In Fact Contract, Punitive Damages and Attorneys’ Fees.”