Bishop T.D. Jakes has history with all of the Braxton sisters. You may remember that he provided some counseling for them when they were having a bit of family trouble. So, they trust him.
Perhaps it was the rapport they’ve built with him that allowed Tamar to feel comfortable speaking with him about her dismissal from “The Real” but also whether or not she would ever consider returning if they should ever ask her. Because the ratings had slipped. While some called it a “ratings crisis,” In late September, Broadcasting Cable reported that “The Real’s” ratings fell 14 percent to 0.6, matching the show’s lowest rating, after Tamar was fired from the show.
During his sit down with her, Jakes mentioned the numbers to Tamar. She joked around a little bit, gloating.
“I don’t know whether you know or not but “The Real” has been struggling a little bit, since you…”
“Whew Lord, ain’t that terrible. Lord Jesus. Pump em Lord. Save it. Resuscitate it.”
Then Jakes got serious and asked her whether or not she would return to the show if the producers invited her.
Tamar said, “Well you know what, I would have to really pray about it and think about it. Because at the end of the day, I have to pay attention to why God removed me from that situation. And I believe He removed me from that situation to protect me from that situation.”
And then Jakes asked her what she learned from being dismissed from the show.
“When you look back on that, what did you learn in the loss?”
“I just learned that I have to take the good with the bad. And I have to learn— I did learn that things are only for a season. I know we used to hear that. We hear that from you. I used to hear that from my parents growing up. But I didn’t really, really learn that until now. Like, that situation, the relationships that I built at that time, that was just for that season. And I have to be grateful for that season and I am. And I’m happy I had a chance to be in that seat and in that situation. But I have to take the things that I learned, in that season, and move on with the rest of my life.”
When the clips started appearing, people were reporting that Tamar was shading the women of “The Real” with her comments. But I don’t think that was the case. If you’ve read anything Tamar has written about her former co-hosts and friends before this sit-down interview, then you would know this is the classiest, most mature response she’s ever given on the situation. But to that point, only time will tell if she’s really ready to live this out. For a full year now, anytime anyone even associated themselves with the show, she’s not only had a problem with it, she’s been vocal about it as well.
In other news, she also spoke about her new album, saying that this one is her favorite because she is more comfortable and confident in who she is and she’s not trying to get validated by anyone else because she doesn’t need it. And she also announced, after repeatedly denying that she would have any more, that she wants to have another child.
“The most beautiful thing that has come about me being a mother, is that I want more kids.”
You can check out clips from the show in the videos below.