Ever since Amanda Seales confirmed that she was joining the round table at The Real, the show has made headlines – most of which involve Seales. She famously shushed a news reporter who questioned her about the drama between her and her co-hosts over a disagreement on the show. But Seales was also beloved by viewers for being outspoken on important issues in society and pop culture. After Seales announced that she’s leaving the show due to the threat of censorship, fans are showing their support.
Amanda Seales announces she did not renew her contract for ‘The Real’ after six months on the job
The Jasmine Brand exclusively reported that Seales was tapped to be Tamar Braxton’s replacement after the daytime talk show relied on the remaining four hosts for two seasons following Braxton’s exit. Seales was added mid-season and officially began taping in January 2020.
The addition of Seales was met with speculation as to whether she’d be fit, as she’s outspoken on all things related to racial inequality. Some fans felt that Seales would overpower her co-hosts and that she was too good for the show while others waited to see how things would play out.
The perception of Seales was pretty balanced, with some believing she was too harsh with her co-stars, namely Jeannie Mai – and others praising her for adding quality conversation surrounding race.
It appears that viewers’ love for the intense conversations Seales held on race is what ultimately led to her not renewing her contract. During an Instagram live chat, she hinted that the network tried to censor her discussion on what’s currently taking place with the Black Lives Matter Movement and various protests happening around the country.
I didn’t renew it, because 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…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.
Fans are proud of Amanda Seales for taking a stand and leaving ‘The Real’
Despite Seales expanding the viewership of the daytime talk show with her network of fans and colleagues – and the expectation that her absence will be felt – viewers of the show are expressing how proud they are of her for stepping away from a platform she says no longer serves her. Moreso, fans are glad that Seales left on her terms in refusing to be silent about what matters to her.
“We love to see it! Let’s go @amandaseales,” one fan wrote.
“I’m so proud of @amandaseales for protecting here peace of mind and continuing to do her best to represent us in the most truthful light! I strive to have that level of integrity in my life,” wrote another, along with a series of brown heart emojis.
Many fans voiced that they felt Seales brought a certain quality to the show that lacked previously.
“People dislike @amandaseales because she speaks [the] truth and that makes people uncomfortable,” one added.
“I really liked her on The Real, she made the show a bit ‘smarter’, if you know what I mean,” one wrote.
Others expressed their excitement for what Seales can do next, especially as the conversation about race intensifies throughout the country.
“I think @amandaseales and @angela_rye would be good if they had a show together. Call it Say It Loud….. because they’re bother [sic] blacks and proud …and loud. I’d watch it,” one wrote.
None of Seales’ co-hosts nor has FOX commented on her exit. This marks the second co-host that has left the show, or in Braxton’s case was fired.