*’Scuse us, but haven’t we seen this movie before?
“The thing that really is the most sad for me, is that I held up my community so hard,” she said. “I rode for us every single day. And with black celebrities that may not have gone mainstream… I made sure to get them on our podium or our platform. I made sure to do an incredible interview with them. That gives them [producers] no choice but to put it in the show.”
After her co-host Mario Lopez decided to leave the show earlier this year, the producers hired Billy Bush and decided to drop Ray. She said the producers knew for months they would be letting her go, but waited until the last minute to tell her.
“There’s something about the way that they operate where there’s just, they operate by silence and mystery,” she said about the show’s producers.
Ray said her jaw dropped when she learned Bush would be the new face of Extra.
“Only in America. I think that we live in a country where it’s been proven time and time again, that privilege is real,” she said. “He can make a comeback. Whereas one of my co-hosts, A.J. Calloway, he was allegedly involved in some sexual scandal. It’s never been proven, but he will never work in TV again. But that’s America, isn’t it? And once we understand the reality of it, we can move to changing that. But sure, he [Bush] can get another chance. That’s sort of the world we live in.”
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