Exclusive: Fonzworth Bentley Talks "From G's To Gents," "This Show Is Going To Be One Of The Truest Windows Into America On TV"
Monday, Jul 14, 2008 1:30AM
Written by Danica Dow
Tomorrow MTV and executive producer Jamie Foxx will debut their new reality show "From G's to Gents." In this SOHH exclusive we talk to the show's host, Fonzworth Bentley, about his experience guiding the G's and working with Kanye West on his debut rap album.
"From G's to Gents" is a reality competition in which 14 guys from the streets try to become the perfect gentleman under the tutelage Bentley, the man servant known for being Diddy's eclectic, former personal assistant. The last man standing will be awarded a $100,000 cash prize.
Though one of the show's producers, Chris Abrego, has had success with shows like VH1's "Flavor of Love" and "Rock of Love," Fonzworth says "From G's To Gents" does not rely on cheap laughs. "I wanted to make sure that [it] wasn't them throwing these guys into these situations and then laughing at them," Bentley told SOHH. "This one is a much different show and it goes a lot deeper."
Bentley says his goal was to make his etiquette lessons more important than winning the cold hard cash. Throughout the season, he schools the contestants on everything from style and grace to etiquette, chivalry and business skills.
"A lot of these guys, they've never put their resume together," Bentley said. "It was really sad when they wrote their objectives. It's going to be funny to some at the same time its like ‘Wow.' I really believe that this show is going to be one of the truest windows into America that we have on television."
In related news, Fonzworth is putting the finishing touches on his debut rap album, C.O.L.O.U.R.S. (Cool Outrageous Lovers of Uniquely Raw Style). It was originally set to be released in early 2007 on Kanye West's now defunct G.O.O.D. Music imprint on Sony Records.
"Sony Urban was dissolved and he got his artists out of there before that, so Kanye and myself are putting this out together," he explained. "It's a true independent project in every sense of the word."
Kanye is the co-executive producer of the album which Bentley describes as "fresh and jazzy." C.O.L.O.U.R.S features an eclectic mix of guest appearances. "I've got everyone from Esthero, to Faith Evans, to Lil' Wayne, [to] the late Pimp C," he said. "The first single you'll be seeing extremely soon and it's myself featuring Kanye West and Andre 3000 which is a pretty cool collabo," he revealed. "I'm excited about it."
"From G's to Gents" premieres on MTV tomorrow at 10 p.m. EST/PT.