It’s been 3 years and this topic still seems to be a bone of contention between Tamar Braxton and her former co hosts on the Emmy-winning talk show ‘The Real’!
We all know Tamar was fired from the show…and the drama that accompanied that. At one point she accused the other ladies of conspiring to get her axed and it seemed the most heat was targeted at the show’s apparent moderator Loni Love.
Since then, it seemed the ladies all moved on and they never discussed the incident on air and everybody seemed ‘ok’ to move on.
Even earlier this summer Tamar posted an apology to all the ladies for anything she had said or done to them. This prompted Loni to extend an invitation to Tamar to come back to the show to ‘clear the air’. Fast forward to yesterday on ‘The Wendy Williams Show’. Wendy brought up the situation again and Tamar replied she didn’t want to be back on the show for ratings or as a “marketing tool”. If you caught the episode, it also seemed that Wendy was ‘stirring’ the pot again.
So finally, the ladies of the real addressed the incident and some of Tamar’s comments.
During Wednesday’s episode of the daytime talk show, the panel addressed comments Braxton made on “The Wendy Williams Show” earlier that day, where she said she didn’t want to return to the “The Real” because she didn’t want to be seen as a “marketing tool.”
According to Love, this past summer, Braxton apologized for “everything that happened” and said the women of “The Real” were not involved with what went down when he contract was renewed. Braxton, however, since took down the apology, which prompted Love to reach out.
“I, in my humble opinion of trying to be this strong black woman, invited her to come on this show for Season 6,” Love explained. “It was a simple, public ask. I did try to call her privately. I’ve been texting her. I get no response. So, I just put it out there. The show has reached out to her. Tamar, nobody is trying to use you as a marketing tool, sweetie. You apologized to us over the summer, and we just thought, to close this loop, just like –”
“That’s what we’ve ever asked for,” Houghton chimed in, finishing Love’s thought.
“You are still welcome, my dear, to come on anytime,” Love said. “It’s not a big deal. Seriously, we as black women have to stick together. We as women have to stick together.”
The TV host added that Braxton needs to come back to the show so they can clear the air and “mend fences,” not unlike how Wendy Williams recently did with “RHOA” star NeNe Leakes.
“We need to have you come here so we can close the circle,” Love said. “You apologized. We opened it up to you, and it’s still there and will always be there. We love you, Tamar. You are a powerhouse.”
However, Love and the panel got fired up when they recalled being targeted in the media as conspirators in Braxton’s exit.
“It’s time for women of color to stop putting each other down, and more importantly start uplifting each other, loving each other and stop creating false narratives,” said Tamera. “I’m tired of it!”
“I’ve been trying to do comedy for 15 years. Can you imagine, 15 years I finally get a show and I was ostracized as the bully that got another sister fired?” Love exclaimed. “Can you imagine the hurt after 15 years? Why would I do that? And I didn’t do it!”
Both Mowry-Housley and Houghton backed up their co-host and reiterated they were not involved in Braxton’s firing.
“The fact is, we had no idea,” Mowry-Housely said. “There was no ill intention. There was no meeting. There was none of that,” she said. “If anybody else believes anything else, that’s on you.”
Houghton added, “If I got fired, I know that I know that I know that my sister would probably want to be like, ‘Well do we get up, do we leave, do I leave, too?’ You know what I would tell my sister? ‘You work too hard. Sit your butt down and I’ll tell you what not to do later on and you keep it pushing, and you guys kill it.’ It had nothing to do with us.” [TooFab]
I really hope they get the closure this situation needs. I thought Tamar had finally gotten ‘there’. But it appears people are in her ear again with a narrative that is false. Loni and the panel seem to be ‘there’–past the situation and ready for closure. Now Tamar needs to get there and stay in that space.