TLC singer Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas says it was “never a thought” to replace Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes after her tragic death in a car accident in 2002.
During an appearance on “Good Morning America” on Friday, the 48-year-old singer, who is set to perform alongside Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins in the United Kingdom this summer, reflects on the idea of replacing her late group member.
“We heard from so many people, in the business, that surprised us more than anything. The fans, not so much,” Chilli says. “It was never a thought to replace her. No one in TLC can be replaced. Nobody can fill those shoes.”
Discussing the group’s decision to stick to two members and pay tribute to the late Left Eye, she adds, “It took a while for people to get it. But through touring, it keeps her memory alive. We never mute out her raps or anything.”
Meanwhile, the “Waterfalls” singer, who appeared solo as T-Boz was with her daughter in the ER at the time, shared an uncomfortable reaction when asked if Left Eye recorded parts of their 1994 CrazySexyCool album from prison after the singer was sentenced to five years’ probation and therapy for setting fire to a pair of her ex-boyfriend’s trainers, which burned down his home.
“Did you say prison?” Chilli questioned co-anchor Kate Garraway. “As in jail?”
In response to the awkward moment, one viewer wrote on Twitter, “I don’t think Kate was supposed to go there.”