Amanda Seales Reveals She Is Leaving The Real After 6 Months
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Host Amanda Seales Leaves ‘The Real’ After 6 Months Citing Lack of Black Executives

Amanda Seales
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Amanda Seales is a multitalented comedian and an actress. Last year she became the new host on The Real with Loni Love, Jeannie Mai, Adrienne Hougton, and Tamera Mowry-Housley. However, in a recent Instagram Live video this week, she revealed that she would be leaving the daytime television show after only six months.

Seales revealed the news this week in an interview with actor Brandon Victor Dixon in an hourlong conversation where she brings up why she decided to leave the Emmy Award-winning show. Deadline reported that Seales was offered a new deal, but declined to stay.

“My contract is up … and I didn’t renew it because it doesn’t feel good to my soul to be at a place where I cannot speak to my people the way they need to be spoken to,” Seales said during her interview. “And where the people who are speaking to me in disparaging ways are not being handled,” she added.

Seales continues to say that one of her motivations was due to the lack of diversity among senior-level executives that were making decisions she didn’t always agree with.

“I’m not in a space where I can, as a full black woman, have my voice and my co-workers also have their voices and where the people at the top are not respecting the necessity for black voices to be at the top too,” Seales said.

Seales also went on Instagram in another video to clarify that her exit had nothing to do with any of her co-hosts. Loni Love reposted her video thanking her for her statement.

“Do not try to create some false dissension between me and the co-hosts of The Real. Y’all so fucking corny,” she said. “There is a whole pandemic and an uprising going on, and you still can’t find s*** else to do but try and create some kind of conflict that doesn’t exist? … What I gotta do with my business ain’t got nothing to do with them sisters.”