‘The Real’ may not be as real as it seems. The ladies have reportedly been bucking heads over the paper…
By: Alexia McKay
Besides men, nothing pulls women apart quicker than money. According to Daily Mail, Jeannie Mai and Adrienne Bailon have been beefing with Tamera Mowry-Housley about pay raises, after discovering that that Sister Sister star was the highest paid host on the show. Loni Love is the second-highest-paid.
A source spilled tea and claimed Adrienne and Jeannie are being paid a third of Mowry-Housley and Love’s salary. The problem started when the two women reportedly refused to help Adrienne and Jeannie get a raise.
“Initially, they wanted both Tamera and Loni to support them in their quest to get better deals on the show, but when both ladies declined that definitely meant that lines were drawn,” the source told Daily Mail.
Tension has been so tight behind the scenes that staged walkouts have been threatened, and Adrienne and Jeannie have reportedly nicknamed Love and Mowry-Housley, “The Have and the Have Nots,” a reference to Tyler Perry’s OWN drama. According to the source, the ladies do not even speak to each other off camera.
“Overall, the ladies of The Real don’t speak behind the scenes until they hit the stage door to come out,” the source says. “They play girlfriends on TV, but in real life, their relationship is strained to say the least. “
Tamera’s presence on the show seems to have altered the dynamics the most on the show. The unidentified source shared with Daily Mail that when the 40-year-old took two weeks of bereavement to mourn the death of her niece, who was killed in the Borderline Bar and Grill shooting in Thousand Oaks, California, in November, the show’s ratings went up 13% per week.
“Both girls kept saying, ‘How’s she making the most money and the show is doing better without her being here?” That gave them the leverage they needed to justify their ask for more money,” the source shared.
Bailon, Mai, and Love were also upset that Tamara’s husband, Adam, gave CBS an exclusive interview about his niece’s death instead of his wife’s show.
“So while they had to read a text message that Tamera sent them on air, her husband is off talking to news cameras about what went down. He couldn’t find the time to come talk to the show that employs his wife?”
In the past, Tamera’s husband, who is white, has been accused of racism. The journalist worked for Fox News for years before leaving the network in September.
“There are some people who think that my husband is racist because he worked for a certain channel,” Mowry-Housley said. “I’m gonna look in that camera right there and let everybody know my husband is not a racist.”
The ladies also do not like that Mowry-Housley is not keeping it ‘real’ with her political views and speaking out on her and her husband’s alleged support of President Donald Trump.
“There’s a reason when the show does do the rare political topic or something regarding the POTUS, she sits in her seat with her lips zipped hoping nobody asks her to chime in,” the source said.
The political tension has created tension among Love, who is reportedly the co-host she is closest to. Loni has her pet peeves about the show. According to the source to Daily Mail, the 47-year-old complained on numerous occasions to the producers about the conversations being too immature, and she wanted to focus on more political and social issues.
“While Loni wants to do more serious topics like The View, the other three co-hosts make snide remarks about her wanting to turn the show into Meet The Press and how they don’t want this to be AARP TV,” the source said.
Nonetheless, we hope these ladies can find common ground and kumbaya through this. After all, they’re stuck together for a while. The Real has been renewed through 2020.