While visiting The Breakfast Club this week to promote her new book Small Doses, Amanda Seales spoke on her Black Emmys party situation and why it was so hurtful to her. What we found most interesting in that conversation though, were the ways in which she addressed whether or not she has any issues with her Insecure co-stars because of it.
Of course, we know that she exposed the name of Issa Rae’s publicist, Vanessa Anderson, as the person who made sure she couldn’t get into that popular Emmys after-party, and she also noted in her podcast that she tried to talk to Issa last year about Vanessa’s issues with her at that same party. Issa told her at the time, “‘Yeah, I mean, that’s between y’all.'”
It was also believed by some people that her co-stars might have seen her being accosted by security at this year’s party and chosen not to step in to help, which would signal some issues.
Lastly, there was that whole thing of the only one of her cast mates speaking out after she opened up about the situation being Sarunas Jackson (who plays “Dro”), who didn’t speak up in her defense, but to criticize her for trying to get in the party in the first place.
“You can’t be a disrespectful-a– human being and expect people to want to hang out with you,” he said. “It’s quite simple. Sit it out.”
So while she was visiting the show, the 38-year-old actress and comedian was asked by DJ Envy if she’s still on the show, since some think her off-camera issues might end up costing her a very lucrative on-camera job playing Tiffany. She didn’t really answer the question, though.
“What kind of dumb a– question is that?” she asked. “It’s a dumb a– question. Next question.”
Envy later clarified that he asked her if she was still on the show because it didn’t make sense to him that her co-stars wouldn’t keep her from being booted out of the party. She then clarified that they weren’t the specific people who didn’t help her that she mentioned being hurt by.
“People make conflict where there isn’t,” she said. “I never at any point said my co-stars saw me and decided not to help me. I never said that! They did have a table, but that doesn’t mean they saw me. It’s a club! The table could be back, around the corner and behind the DJ booth.”
As for Sarunas’ comment though, she finally addressed it — by not addressing it.
“We’re not even going to acknowledge that individual, because he did that so that he could get acknowledged. No. But know that I have looked out for him,” she said.
When asked if they spoke after he commented on our coverage of Amanda’s situation with that damaging statement, she said they had nothing to talk about.
“There’s no conversation to have. I’ve looked out though,” she said. “I’m good in my karma. My karma is good.”
But if there’s one conversation she’s not totally against having with a former foe, it’s speaking with Vanessa. She’s open to it, but claims she still doesn’t know why the publicist doesn’t like her.
“I have no idea,” she said. “We haven’t had the chance to speak but I’ve opened up the space for it.”
Hopefully at least those two can fix things. But honestly, after Amanda put her name on blast, we doubt it’s going to happen…