Exclusive: Jim Jones On Dipping From VH1 Reality Show, "[It] Was Too Much..."
Friday, Mar 25, 2011 12:10PM
With his long-time girlfriend Chrissy Lampkin's VH1 reality show "Love & Hip-Hop" generating buzz, SOHH reached out to Dipset's Jim Jones to find out why he turned down an opportunity to have his own starring series.
According to Jimmy, he felt that being the center of a reality show would expose his personal life in a less-than-desired fashion.
"'Love & Hip-Hop' was initially my TV show that [VH1] has been trying to do for about four years now. But for three years prior, they had been trying to get me to do this reality show and they shot a pilot. I wasn't really feeling the pilot, because I felt the camera was too much on me and showing too much of my life as far as Jim Jones is concerned. So we had re-evaluated the situation." (SOHH)
Jim also said he offered VH1 an opportunity to gain his support if they found a way for Chrissy to get her own show.
"My lady had an opportunity to shoot a pilot too, but the pilot she shot kind of fell through and she took interest in the whole reality show thing. So I went over to VH1 and told them if they want me to put my involvement in a TV show, or all of my involvement, they need to do a show behind her and I'll do it. I also said I'd find a way to participate in it to make sure it'll be a success. And that's really how the whole show came together. They went and got Olivia, Emily and the girl Somaya. Then they put them around Chrissy and now you have 'Love & Hip-Hop.' Two episodes in and it's feeling like a sitcom." (SOHH)
Earlier this month, Chrissy opened up about putting "Love & Hip-Hop" into full motion.
"In the beginning, it was a pilot about me and Jimmy ['Jim and the Family Jones'], and he wasn't really comfortable with that," Chrissy explained. VH1 producers volunteered to bring in "some more females, make it more interesting," and eventually Emily, Olivia and aspiring rapper Somaya Reece were added to the cast; Emily's close friend Mashonda Tifrere (ex-wife of Swizz Beatz) also appears. "If I don't have to work with Jimmy every day, I'm with it!" the ever-bouncy Chrissy, who actually proposes to Jim on the show, laughed. "He didn't want to be bothered with the cameras every day." (MTV)
"Love & Hip-Hop" co-star/singer Olivia recently talked to SOHH about her motivation to get involved with the show.
"I really want everybody to see my personality. I felt like everybody only saw me as the pretty girl in G-Unit and nobody really knew who I was. That's actually one of the main reasons why I decided to do the show. I wanted them to be able to get a glimpse of who I am and feel like they can understand me now. I felt like before they didn't really have a clue with who I was, even though I was on J Records, you only had a little bit because I was the experimental artistthere. And then going to G-Unit, I was stuffed into a group instead of being a solo artist." (SOHH Guest Star)
Check out a portion of "Love & Hip-Hop" below: