*Danity Kane’s members have served up some steamy tea about Sean “Diddy” Combs, Donald Trump and others in a candid interview with Cosmopolitan about the abuses they have faced in the entertainment industry.
As reported by The HuffPost, the newly re-formed group — which currently consists of only Shannon Bex, Aubrey O’Day and Dawn Richard, recalled their start in the industry, which began on MTV’s reality series “Making the Band” in 2005.
O’Day often clashed with executive producer Combs on the show and in the third season, she was fired from the group onscreen for being too “promiscuous.”
Reflecting on that moment, Richard described Diddy’s behavior as “extremely sexist.”
“It gave him an excuse. It was to let you know, This is my show, this is my shit, and I want to prove to you that it’s my shit and I’m going to show you how much power I have over you by saying I’m going to control your lives,” she told Cosmopolitan.
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O’Day said Combs didn’t like openly “being challenged” by the women and that the show pitted the original five members of the group against one another.
“Puff plays one of the dirtiest games there is around and that’s what we were exposed to at 17 years old,” she said.
She said she was once informed by a producer that Trump Sr. thought she was “ugly” and encouraged her to dress more provocative for the camera.
“He’s wanting to get rid of you. He wants to keep the dumb Miss Universe around because she’s really pretty and she’s hot and he thinks that we’ll do better,” O’Day recalled the producers telling her. “She gets more ratings.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Richard revealed that famed record producer Jimmy Iovine questioned Diddy about why he didn’t pick “two light skinned girls” instead of Richard and Dirty Money member Kalenna Harper.
After a failed reunion in 2013 with the original Danity Kane members, O’Day, Bex and Richard announced in August 2018 that they would be hitting the road together now that they have total creative control over their careers.
“Look at after all of that, we’re back together and we just did an incredible show that featured all of us in our greatness,” O’Day said. “Imagine had he made us believe in it at that age, what we could be right now.”
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