Tamar Braxton was one of the original hosts of daytime talk show “The Real” until she was axed from the show in 2016, and on Wednesday she appeared on “The Wendy Williams Show” to diss her former co-hosts and explained why she has no plans to ever return for a reunion.
“I do not want to be anybody’s marketing tool this season, no shade,” she told Williams during her appearance (above). “I just wish everybody well and I just feel like sometimes God has to move you out of situations before you become more toxic to yourself. What if I was in a situation where I’m doing ‘The Braxtons’ and it’s very stressful and then I’m doing this other show where people are being catty behind my back?”
She added: “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 to go. I’ve got to go up and up and up.”
Naturally, the hosts of “The Real” — Loni Love, Adrienne Bailon, Tamera Mowry-Housey and Jannie Mai — had a response to Braxton’s comments, and addressed her remarks on Wednesday’s edition of their show.
“First of all, thank you for calling us a cute show,” said Love, addressing Williams’ shady description of “The Real”. “We are also an Emmy-winning show, don’t forget that. Tamar Braxton was your guest. We appreciate the fact that you brought us up. Full disclosure, it’s been three years. I don’t know why you guys keep talking about this whole situation. [I] invited her to come on the show for season six. It was a simple, public ask. I did try to call her privately. I’ve been texting her. I get no response. So I just put it out there. The show has reached out to her. Tamar, nobody is trying to use you as a marketing tool, sweetie.”
She continued: “You are still welcome right here too at any 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. You apologize, we opened it up to you and it is still there and it will always be there. We love you, Tamar. You are a powerhouse. You know us so that’s it.”
Next, Bailon chimed in: “When you apologized, obviously I didn’t know that it was taken down, we were like man, that’s all I ever wanted was an apology. That made us think you extended an olive branch.”
Mowry then denied rumours that Braxton’s former co-hosts conspired to have her fired. “The fact is we had no idea. There was no ill intention. There was no meeting. There was none of that. And I can say that to that one up there,” she said. “So if anybody else believes anything else, that’s on you. And I’m sorry, you know.”
Braxton fired back at Love’s claims that she reached out, slamming the idea while alleging she’s been blocked by the hosts for “years.”
“Up until yesterday, I’ve been blocked for years,” she wrote in a tweet. “As far as bodyshaming, that’s why I went on ‘Wendy’ to talk about MY OWN body transformation. Maddie said that two years ago. I was making a point that she always comes for me.”
Braxton kept the feud going on Instagram with a pair of snarky posts, accusing Love of “writing letter” to get her fired and noting that she will “only go on shows with ratings.”