Amanda Seales just fully sounded off on The Real.
After noticing what she says are similarities between its new segment and her game show Smart Funny & Black, Seales went on social media and blasted the program. She penned a long message on Instagram calling the show unoriginal and “low class” for it’s “EGREGIOUS bite” of her brand.
Amanda Seales called out ‘The Real’ over its new segment
Seales’s post came the same day that The Real returned with a new season. It went off the air earlier in the summer to give its hosts some much-needed time to rest and to also figure out its replacements after Seales and Tamera Mowry-Housley exited the show. Garcelle Beauvais was eventually tapped to fill their seats and went on to make her debut on Monday, Sept. 18.
At some point in the episode, she and her fellow co-hosts — Adrienne Bailon, Loni Love, and Jeannie Mai — introduced its new segment “Black Lives Matter University,” where they discuss racial issues. The logo for the segment has the words written in bold lettering and plastered across a banner, with a logo of a flame sitting below it.
Amanda Seales says producers of ‘The Real’ ripped off her game show ‘Smart Funny & Black’
After catching wind of the segment, Seales claimed producers of The Real had copied her show Smart Funny & Black, which sees contestants answer questions related to Black and pop culture. Sharing photos of each logo, Seales wrote in an Instagram post:
Once again therealdaytime demonstrates it’s low class and even lower class vibration. Just so we’re clear, this is an EGREGIOUS bite of my ‘Smart Funny & Black’ brand in an attempt to bring awareness into the programming of The Real. They couldn’t find ANY OTHER WAY to do this without it being a bite of my creation. Yes, I’m saying this on social media because the CONTINUED thievery of black people’s work (even when supported by other BIPOC) needs to be called the F out and also because this is the most energy I’ll give it before going on with my day and creating more dopiness that will inevitably be pilfered by the less talented/ethical/ancestrally connected individuals of our species. Happy Monday. VOTE!
As of writing, The Real has yet to respond to her claims.
The Instagram post comes just months after she decided to leave the show. Seales announced in June that she had decided not to return for the next season, citing censorship issues. She had only been on the show for six months at the time after being selected to replace Tamar Braxton, who was fired in 2016 for reasons that are still unclear.
Correction: This post was updated to reflect that Seales called out the show not just for the logo but the entire program.