The Real is no stranger to panel changes, but there’s a major shakeup happening as of writing.
The show is down to just three co-hosts after Tamera Mowry and Amanda Seales exited the show earlier in 2020. But it doesn’t look like it’ll be that way for long. Co-host Loni Love recently wrote on Instagram that fans can expect them to name a replacement by the end of the summer.
An overview of ‘The Real’
Five hosts were introduced when The Real debuted in 2013: Adrienne Bailon, Tamera Mowry, Tamar Braxton, Jeannie Mai, and Loni Love.
After three years on the show, Braxton was fired for reasons that are still unclear at the time of this writing. (While some reports say she didn’t fare well with viewers, there are rumors that Love allegedly conspired to get Braxton fired, which she has repeatedly denied.) From there, the panel operated as a foursome for years before Seales joined the show in January. However, the actor left the show six months later due to censorship issues.
Just over a month after Seales’ exit, Mowry announced that she had also decided to move on from the show. She cited a desire to focus on her family and other career opportunities in a statement shared on Instagram. However, sources have claimed that she quit over a salary reduction, which she seemed to deny in a later social media post.
Who will replace the hosts on ‘The Real?’
Ever since Seales and Mowry departed the show, the other three co-hosts have not said much about the future of The Real. But on Aug. 1, Love hinted at plans to bring on another host.
Love posted an Instagram photo of Beyoncé sitting down and holding a teacup in a scene from the singer’s new film Black Is King and wrote, “Just waiting on The Real to name the new cohost….” She suggested in the caption that a replacement could be named on Sept. 21, around the time the show comes back from its summer hiatus.
Fan ideas for host replacements on ‘The Real’
Many fans have thrown their support behind Keke Palmer, an experienced TV host who recently lost her show Strahan, Sara & Keke, and Raven-Symoné of The View. But it’s worth pointing out that the decision ultimately isn’t up to the co-hosts.
Bailon told OK! Magazine after Braxton’s departure that she and her co-hosts had wanted the singer’s seat to remain empty because “[they] love it that way.” However, she noted to Essence in 2018: “We also can’t stop them from adding [a co-host].”
Only time will tell who makes the cut, but hopefully this one sticks.