Hot on the promo trail for her new memoir, ‘I Tried to Change So You Don’t Have To’ (available now), comedienne-actress Loni Love is chronicles her rise to fame by giving fans a detailed peek into her storied life.
Dishing on everything from breaking into the entertainment industry to dating mishaps to the rollercoaster of her EMMY-winning talk show, ‘The Real,’ Love even expounds on the tales that have landed her atop headlines – namely rumored tiff with Tamar Braxton, one of the show’s former hosts.
The latter topic is one that continues to plague Love, a subject the 48-year-old didn’t shy away from when quizzed in a recent interview.
“You look at other talk show hosts. They get canned and contracts end all the time. This was the first show that was like, all women of color, and it really tarnished the show, I believe. It left this cloud of suspicion on the show…,” Love explained. “The show wasn’t meant for that. The show was really meant to uplift and show diversity amongst women.”
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In the years that have followed Braxton’s unceremonious 2016 ousting from ‘The Real,’ Love believes the drama that ensued as a result “tarnished” the show – an event she waxes honest about in her new book.
Taking to our friends at ET,’ Loni even described her feelings when online trolls accused her of being directly responsible for Braxton’s firing.
“I used to be the person that was like, ‘You know what? It will all blow over.’ But we live in the age now of social media where it doesn’t blow over. It’s there forever, there are things that everyone on the show has said that are still living. So, you still have to continue to fight for your character, and I think there’s nothing wrong with fighting for your character and fighting for your truth,” she explained. “I’ve always been a strong person, and in the book, you will understand why certain things were said, why certain things weren’t said. Hopefully this will give people another view.”
“That was embarrassing, it was hurtful, it was confusing for all of us,” she later confessed. “I have a set of fans that really want to understand it, so I put it in a book.”
In addition to defending her reputation, she also stood up for remaining ‘The Real’ co-hosts Tamera Mowry-Housely, Jeannie Mai, and Adrienne Bailon.
“I think I got a bad rap, and all the girls got a bad rap. But it was really mostly on me because we weren’t allowed to speak about it and when you’re not allowed to speak about it, that means only one side of the story is out there,” Love says. “Then what happens is perception from that one side becomes reality, and that’s what hurts. It’s so unfair, but people in the industry, they probably know, but outside people don’t and that’s what is totally not fair. None of the girls should have been blamed. None of us did anything.”
To conclude, Love maintained she has tried to reach out to Braxton to clear the air but has yet to get a response.
“I just wish her the best. I think she’s a powerhouse… But I think it’s time to really get together, and she knows that we’re not mad at her. We’re not upset, it’s just that we just want to clear the record, seriously clear the record. And the only way you’re gonna clear the record is if she says something or we all meet and we just have it publicly out there,” Love shares. “It doesn’t have to happen with any cameras or anything like that.”