Amanda Seales has announced that she’ll be leaving The Real after just six months on the daytime talk show.
The 38-year-old comedian revealed the news during an Instagram Live on Tuesday (June 2).
“My contract is up at The Real, and I didn’t renew it,” Amanda said, adding that she didn’t feel like she could express herself properly as a black woman on the show.
“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,” she added. “And where the people that are speaking to me in despairing ways are not being handled.”
Amanda went on, “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.”
In an additional Live the next day, Amanda insisted that her leaving wasn’t because of any issues with her co-hosts Loni Love, Jeannie Mai, Tamera Mowry-Housley and Adrienne Houghton.
“Do not try to create some false dissention between me and the co-hosts of The Real. Y’all so f***ing corny. There is a whole pandemic and an uprising going on, and you still can’t find s*** else to do but try and create some kind of conflict that doesn’t exist?” she said. “I did not unfollow Loni Love. I haven’t unfollowed anybody.”
“What ya’ll don’t understand is grown women do grown women business. That’s what y’all don’t understand, and what I gotta do with my business ain’t got nothing to do with them sisters.”
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