Tatyana Ali Is Reportedly Suing Warner Bros, Claims Company Used Her Idea For ‘The Real’
Daytime talk show The Real may be on summer vacation, but the show that’s been making headlines for the recent termination of co-host Tamar Braxton, is continuing to make headlines.
According to Deadline, Tatyana Ali, star of ’90s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air plans to sue Warner Bros. and Telepictures, claiming in a new lawsuit that they poached her idea of the show described as a “a unique and innovative format, which featured an eclectic group of engaging female celebrity hosts, each aged within their 20’s and 30’s … designed to pique the interest of the younger side of the mid-life/mid-career female population and featured a variety of contemporary discussion topics in a relaxed and informal setting.”
This idea was said to have been presented in 2012, and The Real premiered in July 2013 for a test run on Fox-owned stations, featuring co-hosts Adrienne Bailon, Tamar Braxton, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai and Tamara Mowry.
“The five female host panel cast members very closely embody and mirror the personal and professional profiles of the specific and potential female celebrity hosts openly proposed in writing and in discussion by the Plaintiff during ‘pitch’ meetings she held with the Executives,” the suit says. “The Defendant Corporations did not at any time, directly or indirectly, acknowledge the use of the Plaintiff’s Concept.”
The suit seeks unspecified damages from “all rightful gains, profits, and advantages derived by the Defendants” and the formation of a collective trust for Ali of “designated percentages of the proceeds resulting from past, current and future production and airing of The Real television program.”
The Real will remain on air through spring 2018.