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Amanda Seales calls out 'The Real' for allegedly ripping off her 'Smart Funny & Black' brand

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Former The Real co-host Amanda Seales wasn’t present for the show’s season premiere on Monday, having left in June.  And she’s not shy about how she feels about her former TV home.

In a lengthy Instagram post, Seales called out what she says is The Real‘s “egregious” attempt to “bring black awareness” to the daytime show. 

Co-hosts Loni Love, Jeannie Mai and Adrienne Houghton and new co-host Garcelle Beauvais virtually appeared to introduce a new “Black Lives Matter University” segment. 

During the segment, a logo appeared featuring a gold banner and a crest with a torch that resembled Seales’ Smart Funny & Black logo.

“Once again, The Real demonstrates its low class and even lower vibration. Just so we’re clear, this is an EGREGIOUS bite of my Smart Funny & Black brand in an attempt to bring black awareness into the programming of The Real,” Seales wrote. “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 out,” Seals continued. “Also, because this is the most energy I’ll give it before going on with my day and creating more dopeness that will inevitably be pilfered by the less talented/ethical/ancestrally connected individuals of our species.”

“Vote,” Seales concluded the post, also claiming the network included the new segment because “they knew I’d post and it would boost ratings.”

Seales left The Real after just six months, claiming the show was “breaking her spirit.” She also claimed a white producer was chosen over several Black producers to help create SFB as a game segment that pertained to familiar topics within the Black community.

Tamera Mowry-Housley also left The Real in July, for different reasons.

By Rachel George
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