Amanda Seales has departed The Real and she’s explaining that it has nothing to do with her co-hosts.
Fans have been shocked and saddened in the wake of Amanda Seales’ departure from The Real, but the reason why is just as heartbreaking. In January this year, Amanda became a permanent co-host of the daily talk show, alongside Loni Love, Tamera Mowry, Adrienne Bailon, and Jeannie Mai. But just six months down the line, the star of Insecure has confirmed that she has chosen not to renew her contract and cited racial prejudice as the reason behind her decision.
During a live stream discussion with Broadway actor Brandon Victor Dixon, the 38-year-old got “real” and shared her feelings that the powers that be at the show had been suppressing her voice as a woman of color.
“It doesn’t feel good to my soul to be at a place where I can not speak to my people the way they need to be spoken to, and where the people that are speaking to me in despairing ways are not being handled,” she said. “I’m not at a space where as a full black woman, I can have my voice and my co-workers also have their voices and where the people at the top are not respecting the necessity for black voices to be at the top too.”
Amanda’s decision comes as the US finds itself amidst a frank conversation around racism following the murder of George Floyd by white police officers. Her former fellow co-host, Adrienne, showed support through emojis when Amanda posted a clip of her announcement on her Instagram, but some fans spotted that the comedienne is no longer following Loni, who also sat beside her on the panel.
Tamar Braxton, whose shoes Amanda filled on The Real, claimed that Loni had orchestrated her firing, with fans now wondering if bad blood on set between Amanda and Loni also had a hand in the former’s decision to leave.
In responding to accusations that she has been beefing with her co-hosts on The Real, Amanda Seales says she has no problems with her former co-hosts and even gave them a shoutout.