The cast of “R&B Divas LA” sat down with friend in my head Wendy Williams for the reunion taping Kelly Price, Michel’le, Lil’ Mo, Claudette Ortiz and Chante Moore served us glitz and glam as they discussed the catfights, custody battles, man problems and the “monolgues” that caused much of the drama all season minus castmate Dawn Robinson. Word on the street is that Dawn and Kelly performed a one-night-only Not Your Mama’s Monologues in LA. Hmmmm, I wonder who directed it. Anyhow, as you can tell from the pics Dawn Robinson is no where to be found. She spoke with 4UMF.com and spilled all the tea!
ON HOW KELLY PRICE IS PORTRAYED ON THE SHOW:“See, this is the thing; this is what’s hard. When you show a bunch a stuff, and you have all this footage, and then they just break it down to certain parts of it, and then they omit certain things that you did say, but they don’t put that part in there because they want you to look a certain way. So this is why I was telling her, ‘Kelly, whatever we do, don’t react to people in an angry way, because they’re going to film that, and that’s what they’re gong to show. They want to show us fighting against each other, they want to show anger, the angry Black woman, and you’re so much better than that. Please hold your peace as much as you can, and don’t let these people take you off your greatness. You are a queen – we don’t go there, don’t do it.’”
ON THE PRODUCERS OF R&B DIVAS WANTING MORE DRAMA ON THE SHOW FOR RATINGS:“Because we were such a part of the show, the producers speak to us midway and said, ‘You guys have a boring show.’ And I said at the meeting, ‘Is that because we’re not fighting against each other? We’re not pulling each other’s hair out? We’re not negative against each other? Is that because we support each other, and we’re loving towards each other as women? You want to see the negativity because in your mind, drama is what gets the ratings.’
ON HOW KELLY WAS TREATED ON THE SHOW AND WHY SHE WAS SO UPSET ABOUT FRED THE DIRECTOR:“Kelly is a wonderful person, and the way they treated her…it was so much more said. She apologized to Fred; she said the emotions that I have are because I was a child growing up with being put into certain situations by her cousin, and I can’t tell Kelly’s life for her; she’s going to have to speak for herself, but there were things she wanted to protect of her life.
ON BEING TOLD BY THE PRODUCERS OF R&B DIVAS THAT THE SHOW WOULDN’T BE ABOUT DRAMA:“They said they wanted a different type of show. They did not want drama – they pretty much guaranteed that it wasn’t going to be drama. That it was going to be a positive show. What the guy Phil [Thornton] told me – Phil is one of the producers – he said, ‘We want this to be like a ‘Waiting to Exhale’ type show.’ ‘Cause I told them, ‘As long as it’s classy. I come from a classy group, and plus I was raised by my parents to be a good person. I don’t go for that drama and fighting and all that stuff.’ So when they offered me Atlanta ‘R&B Divas’, I said no, because I don’t live in Atlanta.’ I was working on a project with Maxine [En Vogue group mate] at the time, and I was just afraid like a lot of artists who are afraid to do a reality show because of what they see happen to other artists on reality shows. So I turned it down because I was afraid, not because I was being difficult. I was just afraid, and I didn’t want to relocate too. I live in LA, I didn’t want to relocate to Atlanta. But of course they’re going to tell you only half of the story, and again, I don’t care to…I’m a grown woman, I’m 47-years-old. I don’t care what people think about me, I stand for myself, I stand for truth, and that’s always going to be who I am.”
ON HOW KELLY PRICE FEELS ABOUT HOW SHE IS PORTRAYED ON THE SHOW:“I’ve just been praying with Kelly because her heart is broken over what she’s sees of herself [on the show]. You build up a career to a certain point, you fought and battled through that career to be heard and seen. We only have one career. I only have one Dawn Robinson, and I’ll be damned if somebody’s going to come in and take it all because of some reality show. That is not what I signed up for! I signed up for positivity
Catch part one of the “R&B Divas LA” reunion will air on Sept. 4 at 10pmET, and part two will air on Sept. 11 at 10pmET
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