Amanda Seales Further Reveals Why She Left “The Real”: It Was Breaking My Spirit!
Actress and activist Amanda Seales recently discussed a variety of topics including the recent conversations on Latinx representation in the media, the current racial and political climate, and Amanda’s new comedy game show Smart, Funny, and Black. Amanda Seales revealed some of the reasons why she left the talk show, citing one instance,
“I left “The Real” because it was breaking my spirit. I was being asked to not talk about certain things that felt like a betrayal to my people and to me as a person. And then on top of that, I didn’t want to be somewhere where I felt like people weren’t being honest with me, where people felt scared of me because of my Black woman-ness. I did a Smart, Funny, and Black game on “The Real.” And I was so excited to get to play a Smart, Funny, and Black game on “The Real.” And they assigned it to the one white woman producer. But we have three Black women producers and one Black guy producer. So, I was like, ‘Why are you producing this?’ And she said, ‘Oh because so-and-so assigned it to me.’ And I said, ‘But, why would you be producing this? You’re a white woman. You don’t understand what we’re going to be talking about.’ Now, she could have said, ‘Well, actually I grew up in this culture, if that was the case.’ But I said to her, ‘Do you even know what we’re going to be talking about?’ And she said, ‘No, I just figured you were going to talk about it and I would just write it down.’ So I said, ‘Am I going to get a producer credit?’ Because to me, you assign the different segments to people who are going to be able to produce it to the best ability. And it’s like if we were doing a segment on the Sabbath dinner, she was the one Jewish person on staff, she should be in charge of that segment because she has the most expertise on that.”
The ‘Insecure’ actress continued,
“So basically, she went crying to somebody saying that I attacked her. Even though I spoke to her literally in this tone of voice. There was another producer who stepped in and said, ‘Listen, we gon work on it.’ And she proved my point because I’m new to this show. I need to work with somebody who knows the show. I know my show, Smart, Funny and Black and you’re going to help us put this together. And so, I couldn’t stay in a place like that. Also, these trolls used to come for me beyond comprehension. And they used to come for me on The Real’s page. And that was the part that was too much for me. It was my space of work and people are coming for me crazy and they’re not stopping it. Loni would like, a couple times on the show be like, ‘Leave Amanda alone!’”
Back in June, we first reported that Amanda Seales was leaving “The Real” noting that she opted not to renew her contract, after being on the show for six months. She explained,
“Well you know what happened to me today – I have arrived because my contract is up at The Real and I didn’t renew it, because 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. And where the people that are speaking to me in despairing ways are not being handled.”
“I’m not at a space where as a full black woman I can 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.”
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