Why Was Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown’s Reality Show ‘Being Bobby Brown’ Canceled?
In June 2005, the reality television series Being Bobby Brown debuted on Bravo. The show gave viewers an inside look at the lives of R&B singer Bobby Brown, his then-wife, Whitney Houston, and their family.
Though the series was highly rated, it was canceled after just one season. One family member, in particular, was reportedly the reason it was taken off the air.
‘Being Bobby Brown’ shined a light on Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston’s strange love and their home life
To say Being Bobby Brown was a rollercoaster of a show would be an understatement.
The series followed Houston and Brown’s lives outside of work, providing a view of the domestic goings-on in their household.
The show also gave fans an up-close look at the couple’s strange love, including scenes that showed the two breaking out into song and dance in the middle of a store, laughing a lot, and saying goofy things to each other.
The couple even aired their dirty laundry on the series. In one episode, Brown shares a little too much information about the time he helped a constipated Houston with her bathroom hygiene. After he was done, the grateful singer proclaimed, “That’s Black love.”
Though Being Bobby Brown was supposed to focus on Brown, the “I Will Always Love You” singer became a prominent figure throughout the show, receiving just as much, if not more, screen time than her husband at the time.
Why was ‘Being Bobby Brown’ canceled?
Despite Being Bobby Brown giving viewers a look into Houston and Brown’s personal lives and continuing her successful forays into film and television, Bravo canceled the show after just one season.
According to The List, the series was not renewed for a second season because the “I Have Nothing” hitmaker decided to no longer appear on the show. It was also reported that Brown and Bravo could not come to an agreement for another season.
In 2009, Houston said during an interview with Oprah Winfrey that the show highlighted the dysfunction in her relationship with Brown. In the same interview, she deemed him “emotionally abusive.”
“Yeah. It’s crazy. It’s madness,” she admitted.
A year after Being Bobby Brown ended, Houston filed for legal separation from the New Edition singer in September 2006. Their divorce was finalized on April 24, 2007, with Houston receiving custody of their daughter, Bobbi Kristina.
Five years later, Houston tragically died after accidentally drowning in a bathtub inside her hotel room at The Beverly Hilton. She was 48 years old.