After six months on The Real Amanda Seals announced via Instagram live this week that shewill not be renewing her contract with the daytime talk show.
“It doesn’t feel good to my soul to be at a place where I can not speak to my people the way they need to be spoken to,” she said. “And where the people who are speaking to me in disparaging ways, are not being handled.”
Seals officially joined The Real as a permanent co-host On January 6, 2020 alongside Tamera Mowry-Housley, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai, and Adrienne Bailon-Houghton. Reportedly the show declined to comment, but did confirm Seales’ exit.
“I’m not in a space where I can, as a full black woman, have my voice and my co-workers also have their voices and where the people at the top are not respecting the necessity for black voices to be at the top too,” Seales told actor and producer Brandon Victor Dixon, who joined her for the IG live conversation.
One can only speculate when a Co-host leaves a popular talk show made up of five women, a conflict between the ladies may have been a factor. However, Seales later clarified in a follow-up post that her decision to leave The Real did not stem from her relationship with her co-hosts.
“Y’all so f–ing corny,” she said. “A whole pandemic and an uprising is going on, and you still can’t find s– else to do but try and create some kind of conflict that doesn’t exist? … What I gotta do with my business ain’t got nothing to do with them sisters.”
Seales, who is known for not shying away from controversial topics, especially those related to the African American community, will likely continue to engage her audience through comedy as a comic and also her work as an actress and activist.
By BSM Team
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