“The Real” will return to TV screens in a few short weeks for its Season 3 premiere, and it looks like the entire episode will be focused on its fans. In a press release, the show teased what’s in store but didn’t mention anything about the drama surrounding Tamar Braxton’s exit as co-host.
According to the show, fans and viewers will have several opportunities to win prizes and giveaways with its sweepstake “Free Money, Honey!” One person nominated by a viewer could also walk away with $10,000 for its “The Real Fan-cash-tic Giveaway.”
In addition, the show’s hosts — Jeannie Mai, Adrienne Bailon, Tamera Mowry-Housley and Loni Love — will dish on what they did during the summer. The show says Bailon and her new fiancé, Gospel singer, Israel Houghton, will sit down for their first interview together about their engagement and will also show exclusive footage taken during the proposal.
What the press release doesn’t mention is probably one of the biggest headlines surrounding the show: Braxton’s exit. It was announced in May that the “Love & War” singer wouldn’t be joining the other girls as a co-host for Season 3. At the time, Braxton and “The Real” released a joint statement saying she was leaving to focus on her music career. However, Braxton went on the “Steve Harvey Morning Show” insisting that she was never given a reason behind her being axed. It was rumored that Braxton was difficult to work with and wasn’t getting along with the other co-hosts. “For this to come out of the blue is astonishing,” she said. “Me and the girls got along, so I thought. I loved going to work. Just like everybody else, I loved driving to work.”
Following Braxton’s abrupt exit, rumors surfaced that producers on “The Real” were trying to find a replacement to fill the vacant spot. In June, Love opened up about the search for a new co-host saying on the “Tom Joyner Morning Show” that she and the other girls had no idea who the show was considering hiring. “We don’t know who they’re gonna choose,” she said. “”We’re going through the process right now.” Love went on to say that she and other hosts would miss working Braxton. “But we really wish her well and we just have to move on with the show and think about the fans.”
“The Real” returns for Season 3 Set. 12.