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These celebrities thought their reality shows were going to be their ticket to stardom or at least a career revival. But this time the exposure didn’t work in their favor. Is reality TV really a career killer? Or should we wait for these Hollywood hopefuls to bounce back?
Love and Hip Hop star Karlie Redd thought that her stint on reality TV would open industry doors. But when she went to audition for a Tyler Perry movie, they told her that no reality stars need apply. And Karlie Redd says it’s not the first time that this has happened:
“There’s been roles that I auditioned for and then they found out…literally I’m on my way to set to work, got the role and everything and then they find out I’m on the show and then they’re like, ‘Uh, no.’”
For many people, when they first get on reality television, it’s because they feel as though they have some talent, but haven’t been discovered yet. It’s a way to make yourself be seen by the right people. But, too many of those people forget their reasons for getting on their chosen shows in the first place, and find themselves stuck to the allure of infamy, because it’s easier.
However, there are some people who the entertainment industry took notice of, and didn’t hold (some of) their ridiculous behavior against them. There are also people who focused on their talent, and kept a cool head in manufactured drama.
So, here’s to these participants of reality television who the entertainment industry looked beyond the reality shows that they were on, and gave them a chance regardless.
Lil Tunechi must have some serious connections.
Even though it’s clear just about anyone can land a reality show these days, not everyone manages to have famed actor/producer Kelsey Grammer produce one about them. And that’s what makes this news about Christina Milian’s new reality show all the more confusing.
When I first heard the news I assumed it was a rumor, but low and behold E! Programming and Development Executive Vice President Jeff Olde confirmed Kelsey Grammer is on board to executive produce a show on their network following Christina’s life. According to Entertainment Weekly, he said in a statement:
“We simply adore Christina. She’s young, vibrant and a highly accomplished artist who has a hectic life balancing the glitz and glamour of celebrity, and the rough and tumble world of hip-hop, with the more relatable moments of being a mom, newly back on the dating scene, and trying to make things better for her family.”
Should I throw the shade or let y’all?
The reality series, oddly titled “Christina Milian Turned Up,” is set to premiere in 2015 which makes me wonder whether all this cuddling up to Weezy is a real romance or just a PR move to get people interested in the “glitz and glamour” of her celebrity. Guess only time will tell. Will you be checking for this show?
“College Hill” first came on the scene in 2004. It’s agenda was to show a primarily African American cast in the confines of different HBCUs as they pursued their education, while also sifting through personal drama.
Since the show ran for six seasons, trying to narrow down the list was a task. So, I broke it up into two parts. However, if I didn’t include your favorite (or the one you wanted to know the most about), add their name in the comment section, and I’ll add them on the next go ’round!
Also, let me know who you want to see from South Beach and on!
One of our favorite cast members on VH1’s hit show, “Atlanta Exes” is Monyetta Shaw. She just seems so down to earth and sweet. And while she has every reason in the world to be bitter, she doesn’t speak ill of the father of her children, singer and producer Ne-Yo.
But she didn’t have to be catty or messy to show the world that Ne-Yo is not always the gentleman he presents to the public. And the fans of the show have discovered this listening to Monyetta talk about how he did her when he decided, after proposing, that he no longer wanted to be with her.
But the final nail in Ne-Yo’s coffin came when Monyetta revealed that she decided, because she thought her family with Ne-Yo was complete with a boy and girl, that she would have her tubes burnt off.
Of course, she’s already gone through the procedure when he called off their engagement, breaking up with her over the phone.
With all of that information, there’s no way he could look like the good guy. But Monyetta, in an interview with Juicy says that she’s managed to forgive Ne-Yo and how she would want viewers to do the same.
“I will say it’s a bit different for him. I don’t think he’s ever been seen in that light before, and no one knew that would happen. I just knew I wouldn’t bash him because that’s not the relationship that we have. But then again, I knew that I was going to tell my truth to be able to help others that maybe experiencing what I experienced. Kinda show them what maybe not to do, so none of us saw this coming, and it’s a different light for him.
But what I want to convey to the world is to let them know that I’ve forgiven him. Yes, people grow, people change, people make mistakes, but I was mature enough to forgive him, so I kinda want the fans to forgive him too. But I get it – they’re probably shocked ’cause his image is a gentleman, and they really didn’t know much about our personal life because we purposely kept it on the low, but of course, I signed up for a reality show, so that’s kinda out of the window. It’s weird for him, but he’s still supportive though, I will say that. He’s still totally supportive, but it’s weird because of all the backlash. And I guess, I don’t know, the fans are kinda like, ‘Oh, that’s not a good thing. Why would he do that?’ I guess just seeing me for the first time, the fans are taking a liking to me, thank God. I’m just being me, and I’m just very grateful they like me, and that even more it kinda makes them go hard like, ‘What are you doing? Mo is this, Mo is that. How dare you.’ But people change, and I’ve forgiven him, and I’m able to have a good relationship with him. So hopefully, they’ll see that, and they’ll see we still support one another and that he’s not really a bad guy. Sometimes people make bad decisions and choices, and that’s just life.”
She also addressed her decision to have her tubes burned.
“LIfe. You live your life the way that you see is necessary. I believed in the promise that was going to be – that we were getting.There was no doubt in my mind. If there was one inkling of a doubt, I would’ve never, ever, ever done it. Ever in life. But I was secure in what we had, and I did it. We decided as a family. And let’s be clear because a lot of stories were coming out saying he made me, and he pressured me. That’s not the case, at all. I’m a woman, a grown woman, and I made my own choice. Yes, we decided together, ’cause we had a girl and a boy, that we didn’t want anymore kids. You know, we were a family, and this was it for us. So yeah, that’s what I would have to say to that. I don’t know if I would do it the exact same way if I had the opportunity to go back, but that’s life, and we can’t go back. So I’m standing by my decision, and living with the consequences.”
Then she talked about dating and how she would manage it, with Ne-Yo still living in their home.
“Just the way that I’m built, I wouldn’t bring a guy in the house because it is the house that we share together. It is our family house as long as he still resides here. I’m just not built like that – that’s not even a question. I wouldn’t do it, so he would have to be out of the house. He has nothing to worry about in that regards.”
“He seems to be supportive of me moving on. We’ve had discussions about it before, and his concern is my concern with him moving on. Just if it gets serious enough, make sure that person is amazing. And we would have to meet the other person if it gets to that point because they are going to be around our children, and our children are very impressionable and very young. So you know how some people bring people in and out of their kids’ lives – that’s not an option for us. You know, he’s voiced his opinion, and said he will be really supportive, but we have to be some good judge of characters.”
And since some people are convinced that these exes don’t have any claim to fame aside from their relationships, Monyetta told Juicy that she is working on her second children’s book Maddie Goes to School based on her three year old daughter Madilyn. She’s also launching an online boutique called Emerlyn & Ester– a boutique she opened with ex Ne-Yo. She co-created “Heels of Greatness,” and award ceremony that recognizes 25 trailblazing women. And Monyetta also continues her philanthropy in Swaziland.
Good luck with the fans coming around Monyetta. We all know what it’s like to have a friend tell us all the dirt about a man only to see her go back to him or swear he’s “not that bad.” The thing is though, while your girl gets to see the good and bad sides of him and most likely loves him, the outsiders just know all of the hurt he caused you. And that’s hard to forget.
When singer Olivia, the former first lady of G-Unit, joined the original installment of Love and Hip Hop in New York in 2011, she was joined by her manager and good friend Rich Dollaz. He supported her career when other people weren’t feeling it and was even crying over the state of it in one scene from season two (“I put my life on hold so you can win! I just want you to win!”). But as the show went on, she focused on trying to build her career while he made the poor choice to work with and sleep with Erica Mena. Eventually, these two drifted apart and instead of doing so peacefully, things got ugly. Just last month Rich threw some subliminal shade the singer’s way:
“Looking 4 n excuse why u don’t succeed when the answer is right there it’s U ur wack u have no personality nobody f-ck with u rip ya career.”
Well, in a chat with The Breakfast Club to promote her new book, Release Me: My Life, My Words, Olivia spoke on falling out with her former friend and manager. She also randomly revealed that she dated “It Wasn’t Me” singer, Shaggy, for THREE years, but that he cheated on her. She also said that she and 50 Cent almost made something happen back in the day. Here are the details:
Years Dating Shaggy
“That was my man for like three years. That was the first older dude. You got to try one. But he was a cheater.
He never had a password on his phone. You know old ni**as, they don’t know no better. So something told me to check it. I had a gut feeling one day when he was in the shower and I was like, ‘let me just look on the counter real quick.’
I just left. He came out the shower and was looking for me, he came out the crib and was banging on my door. I wouldn’t f**k with him.”
Her Time On “LHHNY”
“It was another stepping stone. I’m not mad I did the show, I’m just a little upset at what it turned into.”
If Doing Reality TV Hurt Her Career More Than Helped It
“No, it didn’t. “December” came out on the show, it was #1 of course. Then “Walk Away” came out, #1 again. Then I took the song from ol’ girl [Erica Mena], that went #1 too, so that didn’t change nothing. They miss me in the music. I’m still doing the music. But they didn’t take me seriously because of your boy [Rich Dollaz], that had nothing to do with me.”
How Rich Dollaz Changed After Getting On The Show
“That’s not the guy that I knew. We were super cool. When I tell you that was like my brother…so to see certain things transpire and just to see him act a fool or want to do things for the ratings or want to be around certain people for the ratings, it rubbed me the wrong way. I was like, ‘if this is what you want to do, then you go do that by yourself. I don’t want to be a part of it.’ It’s unfortunate. You can’t get mad if we out and they want my picture and not yours. They don’t know you. You’re the manager! I never understood that.”
Crushing On 50 Cent While In G-Unit
Yeah, he was cute. We was having a conversation just saying you know, ‘I’m attracted to you.’ Okay, ‘well I’m attracted to you too, but we can’t do nothing cause it’s going to mess up everything.’ So we left it there.
You can check out Olivia’s chat with The Breakfast Club below. Do you think reality TV changed Rich Dollaz and hurt her career?
“Preachers of L.A.” is such an interesting show. With strong personalities and questions about whether or not these men are representing God properly on the show, the show is either loved or hated by viewers. Each of the men is quite interesting and while we know no one is perfect, Deitrick Haddon’s past has a bit of dirt on it.
You know the story. There’s a discrepancy about whether or not he cheated on his first wife but he does have children who were born out of wedlock.
But Haddon said as a former preacher’s kid, he’s not trying to live up to anyone’s expectations anymore.
He told Centric, “I’m solid. I’m sure about myself. I don’t need validation from people. I’ve got God. I’ve got my focus. I’ve got my babies, my wife, and I’m good.”
Haddon has never been shy about his shortcomings and exposed all of this on season 1 of the show.
But it wasn’t without a purpose.
Haddon said, “I hope that my story can help people know there is life beyond your mistakes. We all mess up at some point. You can’t expect to live 80 years or 90 years or 70 years on the palest and you don’t make a mistake. That’s not even realistic. You’re going to make a mistake. You’re going to mess up real bad. Keep moving… Learn from your mistakes. It’s not how you fall; it’s how you get up.”
Now that Deitrick has gotten up, he has a new perspective on life.
“I feel like God has given me a second chance at marriage, at life and at ministry. So, now I’m determined to do it my way…Do it God’s way, but do it with my style. I’m doing it God’s way, but with Deitrick Haddon’s style.”
I guess the question is does the broadcasting of such mistakes make people understand God’s forgiveness or does it affirm the belief that ‘church folk” are no better than people “in the world”? I guess it’s a matter of perspective.
Take a look at a couple of clips from the interview below and let us know what you think about Deitrick’s comments.
Months ago, we learned that the cast of “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta” threw down at the reunion taping. It was a full out brawl with Joseline attacking Tammy, Althea and Mimi.
A source close to the show, who wanted to remain anonymous, told our sister site Bossip that the reason Joseline was so hell bent on attacking her cast members was because she was under the influence at the time.
This certainly isn’t the first time we’ve heard claims or seen evidence suggesting that Joseline is using. Her “husband” Stevie J, even tested positive for cocaine when he was arrested for back child support.
But at this point people are starting to worry about Joseline’s safety as well as the safety of those around her.
The source told Bossip bluntly, “They need to send her a$$ to rehab! Having her film anything else says to Tammy, Althea and Mimi that it’s okay for her to put hands on them. She doesn’t get to act up just because she’s been tootin'”
The source said she’s watched Joseline get high on several occasions but doesn’t know whether or not she’s done so on the set of “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta.”
“I wouldn’t be surprised if she called her connect to get high right before shooting scenes, but that set is closed once the cameras start rolling and no one can come on set.”
The source said that Joseline is not only a threat to herself but to Stevie as well.
“I’m definitely concerned she might take it too far and kill him. Not necessarily on purpose, but Joseline is uncontrollable when she’s high. Who knows what might trigger her to pick up a weapon and use it.”
The source partially blames “Love and Hip Hop” creator Mona Scott Young, who reportedly knows about Joseline’s habit.
In fact, the source claims that Mona has created a monster.
“She needs help and if Mona wanted to do the decent thing she would require her to go to rehab before doing any more filming. Mona created that monster.”
This isn’t an unusual suggestion. Tammy suggested that she wouldn’t be taking part in this show until they started requiring drug tests.
Mona always says their show doesn’t promote violence but that certainly hasn’t been the case in the past. And if the reunion is going to be as bad as the rumors suggest it’s still not true.
But the question is, should Mona require or ask Joseline to take a drug test? Does Mona allowing her to keep working on the show pose a danger to the cast members or somehow suggest that Mona condones the crazy behavior because it increases ratings?
At this point, I can’t think of a reason why she shouldn’t.
“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?
Have you seen Lifetime’s new reality show “BAPs“? If we’re making movies into reality shows now, we’ve got a few more great ideas. Would you tune in?
Honestly, we can’t believe there’s not a Barber Shop reality TV show on right now. Cutting hair, talking mess with a celebrity guest every episode? Count us already tuned in.