*Amanda Seales has opened up about her decision to walk away from “The Real.”
We previously reported, Seales claims it was her decision alone to not renew her co-host contract for the award-winning daytime talk show.
Meanwhile, the streets are saying that the producers didn’t invite her back.
During an interview with Jason Lee of Hollywood Unlocked, Seales explained further that she walked away because of poor leadership.
Below is a transcript of their conversation via MadameNoire.
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Jason Lee: Did you think when you got the job that they were really going to embrace you being as woke as you were?
Amanda Seales: When you say they, who do you mean?
Jason: The network, the production company…unless it was the hosts. Was it your co-hosts? I don’t know…
Amanda: No. Because when you say they. It ends up being bigger than a lot of us ever really think about. There’s a whole audience that ends up being accustomed to a certain kind of content and a certain format. You do have your co-hosts, then you have the actual crew. That’s your showrunner, the producers and all that and then there’s the network. So, there’s a lot of facets at work. Then there’s also your own people.
So a lot of times you can overshoot your own security into spaces that you don’t really know. For me, I had been a guest on “The Real” so many times and I had had a great time and it felt like a really safe space. And it felt like when I was there, they understood my voice and I was going to have the opportunity to just be my honest self. And listen, I don’t run from an adventure. I’ve never been on…I’ve never even had a job that happens every day.
I was going through a time when I was feeling very unsettled and I welcomed the opportunity to be going somewhere everyday, where I would have my own space, my own dressing room, my glam squad that I love. I would have a certain level of regimen. And I welcomed the opportunity to be on a platform speaking honestly and I really am, oftentimes, in isolated spaces. So I was like I get to be with other women where we can share ideas.
Jason: Loni has a White man and Tamera has a White husband that treats her like a house Negro. So did you really feel like you were going to connect with them as a Black woman?
Amanda: I don’t know how Tamera’s husband treats her. And whether Loni dates a White man or not, that’s none of my business. What I did respect though was that they respected me every time I had been there prior. So there was no reason for me to consider that to be any different. And for what it’s worth, I think a lot of people also don’t understand we work in these spaces as coworkers. We don’t always get along at every moment, at every time with your coworkers.
There’s going to be distractions, disagreements, there’s also going to be the learning curve of each other. So I’m not going to say that everyday was roses but I will say it’s very important that when we bring new people into new spaces, we make everybody feel safe. And that’s up to the production company and the network.
Jason: Where would you say was the broken chain for you?
Amanda: Leadership. And that was a lesson I learned. I think for anybody who’s watching, who’s working in this space, a lot of times we are only considering the people that we are going to be on camera with. We don’t necessarily vet the production company, or the network or the showrunner. We kind of just feel like we’ll figure that out. But these are the people who are actually going to be choosing the content that you’re doing. They’re the ones who are talking about the projection of the show and where it goes, which means you and where you go.
So you have to do your due diligence in that space. And I didn’t.
And again, for the most part, people have the best of intentions. But I think that what we really realize is what is going on in this nation is White people waking up to understanding the limitations of their abilities. And understanding no, you don’t know everything. You’re not the best at everything. There is a lot that you have not been privy to simply by just ignoring it.
And once you have that awareness, you have to fill in those spaces with people who have been privy to that. I was on a show that on its core base, this is a group of diverse women that are talking about things and keeping it real for a diverse audience. When in reality, it’s being run by a White woman who doesn’t have that connection to that experience.
Our topics are being picked by someone who doesn’t. Our chat is produced by a White man—who even if he has the best of intentions, he has a disconnect from his experience in the world from what we’re going to be addressing. And then we have executives all the way up who are all White women. They have the best of intentions for their company and for their network but not necessarily for the culture. How could they? They’re not connected to this.
Which is why having Black folks and people of all colors in these executive positions is so necessary. And oftentimes in these executive positions, where they’ve only made room for one VP. They’ve only made room for one executive producer. Sometimes you’re going to need to vary that so there’s not one person in power making those decisions who doesn’t have enough understanding of the limitations of their vantage point.
So there’s that and then there’s the audience. The audience got accustomed to a whole specific type of content and that’s out of my control. When I say leadership, it’s because—if you’re going to upset the apple cart, you got to brace it. So that comes in a number of different ways. You’re going to have to support the people who are already there, the people coming in and the audience who is expecting something.
That comes through planning, thoughtfulness and foresight. And when those things are lacking people feel betrayed. And the audience felt betrayed. ‘Who is this new broad? She’s changing our content. She’s talking about race everyday.’ And they took that out on me in really painful ways, really painful ways.
You can watch the full interview in the video below.
Jodie Turner-Smith Opens Up About 4-Day Labor Journey: ‘I Was Fatigued’
*Jodie Turner-Smith is opening up about her four day labor experience at her Los Angeles home in April.
In an essay for the September issue of British Vogue, the actress reflects on her pregnancy journey and welcoming her first child, a daughter, with actor Joshua Jackson.
“Every stage of my pregnancy brought its own challenges and lessons,” she said. “Nobody really teaches you about what your body goes through to bring a child into the world until you’re actually doing it.”
Turner-Smith and Jackson opted for a home birth amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and due to the “negative birth outcomes for Black women in America.”
“We had already decided on a home birth, because of concerns about negative birth outcomes for Black women in America — according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the risk of pregnancy-related deaths is more than three times greater for Black women than for white women, pointing, it seems to me, to systemic racism,” she says.
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“We never imagined that in the coming weeks, hospitals around the country would begin restricting who could be present in the birthing rooms, forcing mothers to deliver without the support person or people of their choice,” she explained. “Delivering at home ensured that I had what every single woman deserves to have: full agency in determining my birth support.”
Turner-Smith says she spent nearly four days in labor in late April.
“Early in the morning on my third day of labour, my husband and I shared a quiet moment. I was fatigued and beginning to lose my resolve. Josh ran me a bath, and as I lay in it contracting, I talked to my body and I talked to my daughter,” she shared. “In that moment, he snapped a picture of me. An honest moment of family and togetherness — a husband supporting a wife, our baby still inside me, the sacred process of creating a family.”
The “Queen & Slim” star then praised her husband for supporting her throughout the pregnancy.
“It made me realize how lucky and privileged I am to have a partner willing to follow me around the world, supporting me while I did my job,” she wrote.
“Both of us had watched our own mothers struggle to raise children without such support. Both of us were determined to create something for ourselves,” she said of Jackson. “He kept saying to me, ‘There’s no part of this that I’m going to miss.’ “
Now, the new mother is thinking about her daughter’s future.
“Sometimes I wonder how I will explain to my daughter what it meant to be born in the year 2020. The historic events, the social unrest, and me — a new mother just trying to do her best,” she said. “I think I will tell her that it was as if the world had paused for her to be born. And that, hopefully it never quite returned to the way it was before.”
Read her full essay here.
Larry Wilmore Announces Late-Night TV Return with New Show on NBC’s Peacock
*Comedian Larry Wilmore is set to lead a weekly show on NBC’s new streaming platform Peacock. The streamer has ordered 11 episodes set to premiere in September.
“I’m honored to have the chance to not only be back on television but to partner with the great team at Peacock,” said Wilmore in a statement, THR reports. “Apparently there’s a lot going on in the world right now and a big election happening soon, so I’m happy to have a place in the conversation.”
This marks his first return to hosting since Comedy Central canceled “The Nightly Show “in 2016.
— amber ruffin (@ambermruffin) August 10, 2020
Wilmore also announced the news in a Twitter feed, captioning Peacock’s official announcement with “I’M BAAAAAACK!!!!!”
His new series will feature conversations with influencers in entertainment, sports, and politics.
The show joins the previously announced “Amber Ruffin Show,” which Peacock has ordered nine episodes set to premiere in September.
Said Ruffin of her series, “Having a late-night show on Peacock is so exciting! We can’t wait to write sketches, songs and jokes about this terrible time we call now!”
Here’s more from THR:
The Amber Ruffin Show will feature her signature smart and silly take on the week’s news, and no matter what’s happening in the world, she’ll respond to it with a mix of seriousness, nonsense and evening gowns.
Wilmore’s untitled show will feature the host having real conversations with high-profile people from the worlds of sports, politics and entertainment. Each episode will cover the election and engage in the important conversations of the week and be funny, sometimes serious, potentially awkward and definitely honest.
NBC announced Peacock’s late-night television programming during the company’s virtual panels for the CTAM Press Tour.
Rohan Marley Apologizes to Daughter After She Opens Up About Having ‘Daddy Issues’
*Rohan Marley has apologized to his daughter Selah for ‘any contributions’ his ‘arguing’ with her mother Lauryn Hill – coupled with his absence- may have had in her life.
Selah, 21, criticized her parents in a Instagram Live stream on Monday (August 10), during which she opened up about the “trauma” she endured as a child with her “angry” mother and daddy issues. At one point, she tells fans that she would Google what it was like to have a father.
“Honestly guys, I’m just hurting. I can’t even front that I’m not,” she said. “I’ve been hurting for so much of my life and so much of my life has been me avoiding how much I’m really hurting just from the circumstances.”
Rohan, the son of Bob Marley, is apologizing for his behavior via a statement released through his rep, Hollywoodlife.com reports. “Selah’s expression on Instagram is a healing process for her,” he said. “I’m very happy that she is fearless in her expression.”
“I love her very much and do apologize for any contributions I may have added by arguing in front of her as a child,” he continued in the statement. “I’ve grown as a man, a spiritual being and a father. I am constantly growing and will teach my children to always take the higher road in any disagreements. I will be there for her no matter how many hours, days, months or years it will take. I will be the best Dad that I can be. One Love.”
Selah followed up with an Instagram Live chat on Aug. 11, in which she defended her parents from critics.
“My mother is a human, she’s not a perfect person but I’m not going to feed off all the negativity,” she said. “In the past 10 years she’s healed so much and I’ve watched her evolve and the same thing with my father. I mean he did some BS lately but my father, he’s healing as well. I came on and saw how the media misconstrued what I said, that is why I came on live it was a one dimensional narrative.”
She also explained that she’s now very close with her mom.
“Me and my mother are very close. She’s texting me as we speak,” she said. “Anger is a secondary emotion for sadness. I think for me growing up, remember I grew up with all brothers, so I’m like we’re fighting, we are fighting so I just learned how to be tough, I was always tough. So now coming back I’m learning how to cry again. Learning how to forgive is a big one, learning how to love, learning how to not be angry. And what I’m even learning now is how many walls I put up.”
Lauryn and Rohan dated from 1996 until 2008 and have five kids together. Lauryn also has a child from another relationship.
Scroll up and watch Selah share her story via the YouTube clip above.
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