The ladies of The Real kept it just that when asked about former co-host Tamar Braxton during an interview with Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club.
Loni Love, Jeannie May, Tamera Mowry-Housley, and Adrienne Houghton appeared on the radio show Friday, where they addressed “the big elephant in the room” — Braxton’s abrupt firing from the Emmy-winning daytime talk show.
“That’s the big elephant in the room and I think everybody’s been waiting for us to talk about it,” said Love, who led the conversation about the breakdown of the foursome’s relationship with Braxton.
“In season one and season two, we were all different. We didn’t really know each other that much, it was a new show and as far as I know, I was sitting at the table with a girl named Tamar Braxton,” she continued. “I had just met these ladies and I had just met her. I was excited.”
Love said it was during season two when things began to change, specifically with Braxton. Braxton was ousted after season two in 2016.
“I don’t know what happened,” Love said. “I can tell you this, everybody has a different story with Tamar.”
“My story is this: She was getting to the point where I was at her house one day — this is after ‘Dancing with the Star’ and all this other kind of stuff — she looked at me and said, ‘Hey, I want to get a new manager,’” explained Love.
Braxton suggested Rushion McDonald, which Love obliged, giving the 41-year-old singer his telephone number. The gesture would end up backfiring on Love. After Braxton was fired, Love was painted as the one responsible for her firing.
“We call her, she’s not picking up the phone. She stopped communicating with us and she put out an Instagram [post] saying she was backstabbed,” Love said.
“The first person she unfollowed was me,” she continued. “People assumed that I was the one. I know Tamar, she’s a good person. She probably saw all the heat I was getting, then she unfollowed Jeannie. Then after a couple of days, she unfollowed these two [Mowry-Housley and Houghton].”
Braxton’s then-husband and manager Vincent Herbert didn’t do anything to quell speculation that Love was involved in the singer’s exit — an inaction Love said was deliberate.
During an emergency episode of the Braxton Family Values, Herbert allegedly accused Braxton’s former colleagues of being jealous of her. Herbert’s alleged words never made it on air because Love threatened to take legal action against WEtv for defamation of character.
“Vince said we were jealous, and he names me specifically, and you know why I say he does that? Because I gave her the number of McDonald,” Love said.
Love denied that she — or any of the women — is jealous or played a role in Braxton’s firing.
“Something happened and he knows what happened. He’s trying to save face, I believe, because he knows something had happened, either some deal that messed up,” Love said. “IT wasn’t like they had a meeting, we tiptoed to the office, we don’t have that type of power. We got no power.”
In 2016, Warner Bros. echoed similar sentiments in a released statement.
“Tamar Braxton’s contract was not renewed for reasons that will remain privileged and private, and that is between her and the Studio,” Warner Bros. said.
“However, we would like to make it crystal clear that Ms. Braxton’s departure from the show had nothing to do with her former co-hosts; any suggestion to the contrary unfairly tarnishes them. As always, we wish Tamar and Vince the best.”