The Real: Five Names Who Could Replace Tamar Braxton

Published: Monday 23rd May 2016 by Sam

As the age old adage goes, the show must go on and for FOX talker ‘The Real’ that’s exactly what’s happening.

Yesterday brought with it news Tamar Braxton had “mutually agreed” to part ways with the series on which she’d served as an anchor panelist since its 2013 launch.

Word on the curb is that she was fired, but at this junction it’s almost inconsequential. She won’t be back.

Given that the show remains a top priority for its network, it got us wondering: who could be a suitable replacement?

Say what folk will about Tamar, but it’s undeniable that she brought a certain spark that – whether loved or loathed – provoked a reaction.

Here are five names we feel could do the same with their own unique twist…

Nene Leakes


Effortlessly outspoken, NeNe Leakes has proven herself a compelling watch on ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta’ and beyond. Sure, she skews a little older than ‘The Real’s “youth” geared demo, but her feisty attitude, opinionated nature and Gif-able expressions make her a worthy Tamar successor – if that’s what producers are going for.

If there’s one issue preventing our full endorsement, it’s NeNe’s arguable inability to get along with a “bunch of girls.” Still, we imagine it’s nothing the right check wouldn’t smooth out.



Boasting a broad portfolio beyond her singing credentials, B-Rocka would be an awesome choice. She’s sassy, fun, and an eloquent speaker. Like Tamar, she brings a sizeable fanbase of her own and, more so than Tamar, has a name that is instantly recognisable to the casual viewer.

Ms. Norwood could also leverage the platform towards her music; which though obviously beneficial to her, could actually boost the show too (see: live performances, premieres, and the like).

The only potential block is that she’s shooting a talk-show pilot of her own for the same network.  That said, anything could happen!

Michelle Williams


Similar to Brandy, Ms. Williams has a colorful personality which translates well on TV.

She has a natural warmth, a fresh perspective, is relatable, and is ever the professional.

What’s more, it’d be a great means of introducing the masses to the “real” Michelle. Yes, folk know her by way of Destiny’s Child, but she has layers and it would awesome to see them unfold on the show. Much in the way it has for all its panelists over the last three years.

Porsha Williams


This is somewhat of a wildcard, as Porsha’s speaking voice and perceived ditziness are an acquired taste.

However, folk shouldn’t minimize the fact this Georgia peach has held a legitimate hosting role on Dish Nation radio. And with that gig being on a high-rated ensemble show, she definitely has the credentials to hold her own with the ladies of ‘The Real.’

Some may be critical of her Reality beginnings, but it actually helps endear her to the show’s largely female audience. On ‘The Real Housewives Of Atlanta,’ we’ve seen her go from married, to divorcing, to picking herself up and hitting the dating scene again. She’s also shared her worries about fertility. All narratives she’s been very open about and, more importantly, topics millions can relate to.

For what it’s worth, she also has a large social media following, which could translate into additional viewers.

Vivica A. Fox


‘The Real’  positions itself the hipper alternative to ‘The View.’ Hence, at 51, some may argue that Aunt Viv may not be the “realest” fit.

We emphatically disagree, though! She’s fierce, fabulous, and TV gold. She’s brings the right balance of regal and ratchet and, as evidenced by her spar with ex 50 Cent last year, isn’t afraid of “going there.”

She is an alpha character which, when paired with her age (in comparison to the show’s younger co-hosts), means she’d perhaps be a better fit for the anchor role Loni Love presently occupies. Nonetheless, she’d be a welcome addition in any capacity.


What do you think of our suggestions?! Who do you think could replace Tamar?

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  1. Cinnamon Girl May 23, 2016


    • SoFresh May 23, 2016

      I love cici but no her personality ain’t for this! She’ll fall ion the Boring side or forced. Just Look the slight struggle w/ BBA last night. She almost too sweet.

      • Maurice May 23, 2016

        So Fresh, I agree with you.
        She was very stiff and almost awkward at times.
        She should just do the modeling and keep that money coming in

      • Josh May 23, 2016

        Ciara did good when she was a guest co-host on Kelly and Michael. They bought her back twice. She and Michael had great chemistry. Ciara has it in her. But for The Real, She doesn’t have the personality that she would need to fill Tamar’s shoes. Plus Ciara is getting married soon and she just signed a lucrative contract with IMG Models. I want her to focus on this phase in her career.

    • FAF May 23, 2016

      I’m here for nene and Porsha

      @cinnamon ?

      • Saucy May 25, 2016

        I would love to see a male added. But I think porsha is the winner!! Tamar made the show, and whom ever he or she might they have some huge shoes to fill!

      • llawrence June 14, 2016

        I think Porsha too

    • FAF May 23, 2016

      Nene wouldn’t do it tho bc Tamar’s her friend and that would be weird

      And Ciara would never! They don’t have enough money to afford her to wake up and film a talk show
      Let alone her wardrobe hair and makeup budget

      She hosts things like kelly and Michael

    • BIGGES AALIYAHFAN May 23, 2016

      I would like to see Michelle Williams.i like that idea.

      • Ty May 24, 2016

        Totally agree! She has done so much with Co hosting this year! She has been on the real a few times already!

    • ? May 23, 2016

      Chilli(TLC) did a great job co hosting

  2. Hur May 23, 2016

    Ciara would be great!

  3. LmfaoHoe May 23, 2016

    Okay TGJ theses ladies are excellent suggestion of recommendations. I love each one but idk the show for some reason won’t last without Tamar but hey I may be proven wrong.

    • Nadine Brown May 23, 2016

      Let be real some of you give Tamar too much credit.. Lol her attitude maybe good for reality TV but not talk show. No one gives up good, they let her go because they were not gaining much from she being their…anyone can do ratchet. Money talks and they were losing because of her attitude.

      • Adeline May 23, 2016

        I don’t like any of the options for a replacement, but anything is better than Tamar… I always felt like she didn’t belong there, too ghetto. If I was to choose one woulds be vivica she has more experience, but my personal choice is Taraji or Queen Latifah, I think they would be real down to earth personalities.

    • Hipcity1 June 13, 2016

      While I like all of the other girls, it won’t be right without Tamar. I wouldn’t add a replacement.

  4. Lake Erie May 23, 2016

    Wow! I agree with Porsha or Vivica being great options. Of course Brandy would make a great and choice along with the others but I want Brandy to focus on her music. That’s why I didn’t say her first.

  5. Travelingsoles May 23, 2016

    I think Shanola Hampton (38) would be another name to consider. Best known for her work on Shameless, I believe Shanola can strike the right balance between being over the top and professional. She has even co-hosted with the girls atleast twice on the show already. Imo, they all had goid chemistry albeit just those few shows.

    • Fearless June 5, 2016

      I would like to see Shanola co-host. She is funny and down to earth. Would attract different types of viewers.

  6. Jay Jay May 23, 2016

    Ciara would good for Tamera’s replacement. They need someone more outspoken like Tami Roman

    • Lake Erie May 23, 2016

      Ooooo now Tami Roman? Yes! Forgot about her, good suggestion. She’d be great too.

      • Josh May 23, 2016

        Tichina Arnold or Tasha Smith. They both have larger than life personalities

      • Annalise May 23, 2016

        Tichina Arnold has a personality very similar to Loni, we need something different! As annoying as I find Nene, I think she or Porsha would be a good shout.

  7. Ashley May 23, 2016

    Laverne c**

  8. Y’all Poor AF May 23, 2016

    Laverne C** would be really good. Brandy would be great, so would Ciara or Michelle Williams. No to Nene and Porsha, I’m sorry. I love Tamar but we don’t need another loud, ghetto Balck chick on national TV. My money’s on Vivica Fox, she’d be great, she keeps it classy and tasteful. Other names that’d make great cohosts are Wendy Raquel Robinson, Golden Brooks, Holly Robinson Peete, Letoya Luckett, Lisa Raye McCoy, Robin Givens or Kim Fields… They’ll need someone with a strong resume that’ll bring in viewers and who’s opinion, whether people agree with them or not, will keep people interested. My top picks are Vivica Fox, Michelle Williams or Holly Robinson Peete

  9. 2bad2bme May 23, 2016

    No to brandy and Michelle Williams. I just think of them as on another caliber than these woman.

  10. Tori May 23, 2016

    I find it odd that Sam only cost negative post about certain artist and only good post about a certain female artist, and then want to cry about the industry and r&b is dieing…you didn’t report that Tamar SLAYED her tribute to Smoky last week after her near death illness and 6 months of no singing but you make 4 post about her being fired?

  11. Sexyforreal May 23, 2016


  12. Jamon May 23, 2016

    Why is it every time someone needs to be replaced, Nene or some other loud mouth housewife is brought up? House wives like Nene and Porsha are better suited where they are. Last thing they need is a fight breaking out, and Porsha is notorious for that. Nene also has one under her belt, besides all she would do is over talk the next co-host.
    A replacement should be a professional who has studied and attained an education in journalism and correspondence. My opinion.

    • Josh May 23, 2016

      Well none of the current hosts had experience

    • Linda Waters June 18, 2016

      I so agree that we need someone in there that is educated and know how to speak well because I’ve noticed that some of the English spoken on the show is really bad and l’m not talking about tamara, jeannie or adrianne. So ladies let’s show people that we have class. One more thing Loni please lose weight and stop pretending like you have all these Men.

  13. sheeno May 23, 2016

    Letoya Luckett

    • ThatGirl May 23, 2016

      I agree with LeToya Luckett. She is young and will keep it real and she has a stable fan base. She can promote her music and acting gig’s.

    • Sarah Alexis May 23, 2016

      LeToya has a great personality, but I think she’s a little too booked for a talk show.

  14. Black power May 23, 2016

    I think that we have to take a look at those who have already co-hosted and did great.. With that being said Brandy is a NO, when she was on the panel she was MUTE and didn’t fit in at all to the group dynamic. Nene was too damn much…

    Now Michelle would be nice.. But I’m definetly rooting for Porsha. She’s younger, cute and has personality and sass!

    And y’all keep saying the ratings will tank the ratings were JUST FINE when Tamar took her medical leave for 2-3 months so it will be just fine when she leaves again. She’s always gone missing damn near one episode a week so it won’t be much different

  15. Anne May 23, 2016

    Nene was my first thought. Can’t think of a better person to fill Tamar’s shoes.

  16. JJ May 23, 2016

    I’d have to say Ashanti. Her personality is everything!

  17. IndustryInsider May 23, 2016

    My sources tell me they’re eyeing K Michelle or Tika Sumpter!

    • Hello May 23, 2016

      If true yes to tika sumpter, I feel like they need a bad darkskin beautiful tall s*** woman in the panel

  18. Bey Advocate May 23, 2016

    Brandy is s good choice, but I think Keke Palmer would fit in perfectly.

    • MusicFan103 May 23, 2016

      What happened to Just KeKe talk show, wasn’t that supposed to come back?

  19. brazio May 23, 2016

    I say letoya Luckett too…love her

  20. cocobutta May 23, 2016

    LeToya is a good shout. Very well spoken, fun, about business, used to a group setting and her warmth will gravitate audiences to her. Like Porsha option also.

  21. Indie May 23, 2016

    I love all these ladies but..; Tamar Braxton’s personality os just perfect for TV she’s, sassy, with a touch of ratchet, classy at the same time as she always looks beat, and over confident, but still loveable with a lot of heart and compassion she just has so many elements that make her unique! NeNe leaks is fun but she;s to rude, Michelle and Brandy are great hosts but they are no Tamar, they would be replacements for Tamara or Jeanie. I think the only person I could see still adding jokes is T Boz from TLC again fearless in her opinion and has a lot of heart at the same time

    • MUSICHEAD May 23, 2016

      Wow. Tboz would be a good pick too.

    • DanYiel Iman May 23, 2016


    • DanYiel Iman May 23, 2016

      Baby I say Michelle Williams!

  22. Casual-T May 23, 2016

    Aunt Viv for the win . . . Either Vivica Fox or Janet Hubert. They don’t have the orbs, but Khia, Azalea Banks, or Leslie Jones would be freaking awesome, even if they kicked off after a season.
    But seriously, all of the ladies above would be excellent.

  23. stan May 23, 2016

    i’d love to see michelle on this show

  24. Justin May 23, 2016

    Honestly, I am such a huge fan of Tamar, so they really need someone is funny and blunt. I am all for Vivica Fox or Tisha Campbell. Someone who can give the comedic timing who isn’t actually a comedian. Tamar, Adrienne, and Tamera are who I come for to see what new hair and outfit they have on, so this person also needs to be styled to the MAX.

    I love Brandy, but do y’all remember how quiet she was on the show? Michelle is nice, but I didn’t tune in for her when she was on.

    You also have to remember.. This show is not The View or the Talk. You’re not going to bring on ridiculously popular people (aint no way laverne c** would ever host this show.)

    I’ll be perfectly honest with you. They could get rid of Loni and Jeannie and I would be cool. Outside of Loni’s secret maternal nature, and Jeannies mom impressions (hilarious btw), they don’t do anything for me. Tamera is the epitome of class, and is gorgeous (best hair on the show every time). Adrienne is beautiful, and has the best single ladies view point.

  25. Rebelhive May 23, 2016

    I want a real queen! Like a miss Lawrence or even bevy smith! The thing about the women you guys named they do a lot of BG stuff like not keep it real with people they work with, they do stuff for tv and that cause drama! One thingnincannsay about Tamar if she dorm like what you said she will let you no! Not wait until she get home tell a friend and that friend tell a friend then it gets back to the cast and there’s background drama

  26. Kitty Puurrzz May 23, 2016

    Monica would be a perfect fit. She’s the REALIST chick in the game!

  27. MUSICHEAD May 23, 2016

    I don’t like any of these picks. Nene doesn’t work well with others, Brandy’s personality doesn’t shine thru when projects aren’t centered around her, Michelle would be boring, Vivica is too old and Porsha is too dumb.

    • Lucy Kalinda September 6, 2016

      Ahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa u make me laught all its true but they must consider Kenya Moore

  28. MUSICHEAD May 23, 2016

    Here are my picks:
    LeToya Luckett- She is classy and easily relatable
    Monica- She brings the home girl next door realness this show needs
    Tamia- She’s smart, sweet and a married woman who could bring another point of view
    Paula Patton- She is smart and funny. Audiences would love her
    Traci Ellis Ross- Who doesn’t love this chick? I sure do!

    • Josh May 23, 2016

      Tasha Smith – she has a fun, larger than life personality
      Niecy Nash
      Tichina Arnold

  29. Incredible May 23, 2016


  30. DA NAVY May 23, 2016

    New York
    Keyshia Cole

    • MusicFan103 May 23, 2016

      I thought of Key Cole for it. Omarosa would be a mess, but good TV, I don’t see her getting along with the panel though. New York makes for great TV, but doesn’t fit with the panel, then again Tamar was a loud mouthed reality start, so hey!

  31. Annalise May 23, 2016


    don’t @ me!!!!!!!

  32. SCALPING THOTS May 23, 2016


    • Josh May 24, 2016

      Taraji and Queen Latifah are too A-list. The producers wouldn’t be able to afford them. Even if they could, both Taraji and Queen Latifah are way too busy to commit to doing a talk show especially Queen Latifah. She stay working not just in front of the camera but behind the scenes as well.

      • Lucy Kalinda September 6, 2016

        I think the real ladies need to be change .Loni must go Tamera as well plus Jennie Mai and Adrienne .now we need new people like 1.Tasha smith
        2.Queen latifah
        3.Tisha Campbell
        4. T-china Arnold
        5.Tyra Banks.

        case close.

  33. Annalise May 23, 2016

    NOT THE EB0000LA-LAMB seething under it’s troll account as per usual!


  34. Dev May 23, 2016

    I read that the reason Tamar got cut was because of complaints from everyone except Tamera and that they was a costing issue and Tamar was getting two checks, one for her and one for Vince who is an executive producer, so both things combined she had to go. So, if this is the case then they would have to find somebody cheaper. Personally, backstabbing never goes well so anyone entering now will be cautious of theses heifers and viewers don’t really trust people who are deceitful.
    In regards to the people mentioned. If they didn’t like Tamar then they won’t want Nene, Porsha, Vivica is a bit too old and Brandy and Michelle are not really a fit.
    I don’t think that they will replace her.

    • MusicFan103 May 23, 2016

      So you just gonna come report what Wendy Williams reported on her show this morning, and act like YOU heard it.. LOL.

  35. Jay Jay May 23, 2016

    I love NeNe but no. She will come in and act like she’s running things. And if things don’t go her way she will immediately throw a tantrum like she did in the counseling session on rhoa season 7, her appearance on the view and the fashion police.

  36. MusicFan103 May 23, 2016

    I am shocked at how many people have said names like Brandy, Michelle Williams, and Ciara. All of these women are talented vocalists/artists… but SO damn boring on the show and on TV/interviews lately.

    I really love the idea of Wendy Raquel Robinson, she is the perfect amount of talent and personality. She has been on TV since the 90s, loved by many, known by many, and can be loud and messy when need be.

    Aside from seeing people suggest her the 1st person who came to mind who really stood out to me and fit with the show when they and guests was Tisha Camplell Martin. She was mature, funny, and again can be loud and messy when need be. Not to mention again she has been on TV and loved by many since the 90s.

    Those would be my picks for replacements at the moment.

    • MusicFan103 May 23, 2016

      Oh and Nene can’t get along with people and does think she owns productions so she is a BIG no.

      I like Prosha because image wise she fits in well, but I don’t think her personality can mesh well and she wasn’t the greatest guest cohost when they had some.

      • Josh May 24, 2016

        I agree. Nene has too much of a big head.

  37. Ayyseify May 23, 2016

    No to all mentioned above. This show will not make it past the next season without Tamar I’m sorry and I am not a Tamar fan like that but she does bring a certain life to the show that no one will replace and the lessor girls like loni and Adrienne and Jeanie will go back to being regulars I think tamera will go n to bigger things

    • MUSICHEAD May 23, 2016

      Tamar missed like 3 months when she was sick. The show did just fine without her.

    • MusicFan103 May 23, 2016

      The show is renewed till 2018 (2 more seasons). So unless the ratings tank, they will last thru season 3 and into 4. Tamar was not the show, and as people keep saying the show went on just fine without her. Also if Tamar fans won’t buy her music what makes you think the turned out in droves to watch her on the show (mind you a show she was absent from heavily)!??

  38. MUSICHEAD May 23, 2016

    Meagan Good or Kandi could work too.

    • MusicFan103 May 23, 2016

      Megan Good would be GOOD if they wanted a more non-loud, messy person route. Kandi’s voice is too annoying for me to want to even listen to or hear daily. She should stick to songwriting TBH.

  39. FC/JC May 23, 2016

    Not a fukn housewife plz….. smh

  40. BRK May 23, 2016

    Kelly Rowland

  41. MusicLife May 23, 2016

    Lmfao I wish some of you all could get out of your personal faves and name someone who would actually be great and entertaining for the show or could fit well on the panel.
    I keep seeing the most boring names like now Kelly Rowland. Beautiful and talented but nobody wanted to hear much from her thus far so what makes you think her personality will blossom into something fitting for this role?
    I don’t really like her like that but almost personality wise I would even say Christina Milian over the Kelly, Brandy, Michelle nominations.
    The person needs to be fun, vibrant, and not a similar tone to what the show already has. The show doesn’t need another similar role to Tamera people.

    • Josh May 24, 2016

      Faith Evans?

  42. Joy Bell May 23, 2016

    Don’t care who they replace her with won’t watch if Tamar’s not on!

  43. Joy Bell May 23, 2016

    Tamar’s the only reason I watched that show so now I will disconnect my DVR and get in my daily walk in that time Frfr!

  44. Gregory J. Kennedy May 23, 2016

    I would love to see Keke Palmer replace her.

  45. Angela Wesley May 23, 2016

    MusicLife, You don’t know what you are talking about.
    If Kelly was not doing Chasing Destiny, she would be
    a good replacement for Tamar. She is funny , classy and
    not afraid to put you in your place in a classy and
    subtle way.I think that Holly, Wendy, and Michelle would
    be good choice to replace Tamar.

    • MusicLife May 24, 2016

      We all have opinions. I don’t think Kelly would be the worse choice but she is not the best choice.

  46. Mariah May 24, 2016

    How bout having a different host everyday

    • MusicLife May 24, 2016

      That would be messy.

  47. Reddish tran ivy blokz Need UK timely May 24, 2016

    Brandy & Michelle Williams & Letoya luckett or Mary j bilge or karrueche tran. Tamara braxton-hince is doing music for her third album

    • Ty May 24, 2016


  48. Trump?More Like CHUMP May 24, 2016

    I Would LOVE Miss New York Or Kimora Lee Simmons To Take Over The ReaL. Life On The Fab Lane Was My Show & Loved How She Keeps It Real. They Should Add Someone Gay Like Jay From ANTM Or B.Scott If They Can’t Find Girls.

  49. dee.western May 24, 2016

    Tisha Campbell-Martin or Chili are the best two candidates.

  50. Del May 24, 2016

    Bevy Smith – she’s funny, outspoken, and knows her fashion, music and politics.

  51. Bitchpleaseeee May 24, 2016

    Angela K, Kim K or Amber Rose ?????????????????

    • Josh May 24, 2016

      Amber Rose would be good but she is working on her own talk show for Vh1

      • MusicFan103 May 25, 2016

        Angela Kardashian LOL. I couldn’t see Amber Rose or Blac Chyna mesh well with the cast seeing as they are all otherwise well established in their home careers and lanes, and not simply former strippers turned socialites.

  52. Ty May 24, 2016

    I can see Michelle doing this she has done a lot of co hosting this year on the real , the Steve Harvey show, the view also on sports channels and more she really has a great personality!

  53. Marcus May 24, 2016

    I am here for ALL of these choices except for Porsha. She’s a lab rat.

  54. Janet Gaines May 24, 2016

    Nobody can replace Tamar, 1 viewer lost

    • MusicFan103 May 25, 2016

      LOL 1 viewer lost, oh they will be feeling that hardcore. I at least hope you were 1 viewer who was 1 listener who bought 1 copy of her one album that was here 1 day and gone the next day.

  55. dee.western May 27, 2016

    Tisha Campbell Martin or Chili.
    The others named above are all great. But, Martin and Chili both possess that stage presence of versatility.

  56. Carlitos May 31, 2016

    I think Khloe Kardashian would be PERFECT. However, with Adrian and Rob’s past, that may not work out. And I don’t know why everyone is trying to suggest people who are alike to Tamar. I mean, hello, they got rid of her for a reason. They’re not going to fill in her spot with someone just like her. Duh.

  57. Peggy June 1, 2016

    I think Regina Hall would be great. She was hilarious in the think like a man movies, and she is hilarious in all of her interviews

  58. james227 June 4, 2016

    who cares, Not watching it anymore anyway. the other three something about them FAKES

  59. Janet Johnson June 4, 2016

    Can’t nobody take Tamar place

    • HipcityyI1 June 13, 2016

      I believe Tamar was hired because of her personality now the fire her for the same thing and blame it on advertisers. All a lie. She’s already on 2 successful shows and a music career.

  60. Latonya June 22, 2016

    I think they should leave it be. Stop trying to replace Tamar, because you can’t replace her. But did you see her fake crying scene on TBFV. Not a tear fell. Even before she finish speaking Toni was lookin like, “don’t you give me those fake tears”. Check it out. Ijs

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