Tamar Braxton went on The Wendy Williams Show on September 18 and said she wished her former cohosts on The Real well but doesn’t want to be invited back as a “marketing tool.” Rumors circulated that Loni Love had conspired to get Tamar fired from the show in 2016, and Loni is determined to set the record straight. She and the rest of The Real cohosts quickly responded to Tamar’s comments after Wendy Williams shaded them for the Braxton Family Values star’s firing.
“Would you ever go back to The Real?” Wendy, 55, asked Tamar, 42. “Cute show, but they need you. You are done dirty.”
“Here's the thing. I don't want to be anybody's marketing tool this season, no shade,” Tamar said. “I just wish everybody well and I feel like sometimes God has to move you out of situations before you become more toxic to yourself."
She added, “What if I was in a situation where I'm doing Braxton Family Values and very stressed and then I'm doing this other show where people are being catty behind my back. What kind of person would I be right now sitting on this couch? I wouldn't be focused, I wouldn't be ready for my transformation, I wouldn't be ready for my elevation and that's where I've got a go. I've got to go up and up and up.”
Loni, 48, clapped back on The Real and said, “First of all, thank you for calling us a ‘cute’ show. We are also an Emmy-winning show. Don't forget that.”
Loni continued. “You are still welcome right here too and every time. It is not a big deal. Seriously, we as black women have to stick together. We as women have to stick together. It's no pettiness. We need to have you come here so we can close the circle.” She added, “We love you, Tamar. You are a powerhouse. We know you. You know us. That's all.”
Tamera Mowry jumped in and said, “I can speak for all of us here, and especially for myself. I have been in the business for over 20 years. And my reputation is not one of cattiness. And I agree with you, Loni, it's time. It's time for me to say this. It's time for women of color to stop putting each other down. We already have other people doing that. More importantly, it, start uplifting each other. Loving each other.”
The Real cohosts got emotional as Tamera, 41, said, “I'm tired of it. I'm tired of it. It's unfair. It's unfair. I worked hard on my character each and every freaking day. And everybody who was close to me knows that truth. What I don't like is that out there. The falseness.”
Loni added, “What people don't realize is that when we first started doing The Real all of us had separate careers. I've been trying to do comedy for 15 years. Can you imagine? 15 years. I finally get a show. Then I was ostracized as a bully, the person who got another sister fired. Can you imagine the hurt, after 15 years? Why would I do that?”
Tamar was abruptly fired from the show in 2016. Her former cohosts seemingly shaded her on-air during an episode in 2018. Adrienne Bailon said, "I just can’t imagine why you would want to work in that hostile environment. That’s not fun. I would try to smooth things over, at least make it a happy environment.” Tamera then added, "Sometimes, you’ve just got to stop trying and you’ve got to let go."
Loni claimed during an interview on The Breakfast Club in October 2018 that none of her cohosts knew about Tamar’s firing ahead of time. The comedian also said each of her cohosts tried to contact the “Love & War” singer with no response.
Following their appearance on The Breakfast Club, Tamar’s sister Towanda slammed The Real cohosts on social media. “Why feel compelled to keep mentioning Tamar when it pertains to that talk show?" she said. "I guess they are her biggest fans? Y’all should ask Tamar to come back since she’s the hot topic.... Keep it ‘REAL’ or change the name of the show.”
Despite all the drama, Tamar has maintained that she wishes her former cohosts the best. “I’m moving forward with my life and bigger and better opportunities have come my way since that show,” Tamar told OKMagazine.com in April. “I wish them all well. I do, genuinely.”