News: DMX's Ex-Wife Blasts 50 Cent: "It's Okay For Rappers To Tell Their Story About How Many Times They Were Shot"
Thursday, Feb 21, 2013 5:04PM
Former Ruff Ryders leader DMX's ex-wife Tashera Simmons has stepped forward to speak out on recent buzz over G-Unit's 50 Cent having her "Starter Wives Confidential" reality show canceled.
Simmons issued an open statement and admitted she had no idea why millions of dollars went to waste on what could have been a potentially popular show.
"I am very disappointed by the sequence of events that has taken place in the last week. It's disheartening that the show was cancelled after two episodes due to many inflated egos. I am no stranger to television and what just happened was unheard of and completely unorthodox. There were millions of dollars and a lot of hard work put into this project by the producers, staff, and my co-stars. It's hard to believe that there are still some fundamental issues in our society about women speaking up or having a voice. It's okay for rappers to get on television and tell their story about how many times they were shot or how they were heavily in the drug game, but it's not okay for women to share their story about their life experiences. Starter Wives Confidential was more than a show about bitter or entitled women it was about a group of women stepping out of the shadows of their ex's and finding their way in life personally and professionally." (Statement)
Recently, 50 Cent suggested he is the reason why "Starter Wives" was nixed.
50 Cent appears to have confirmed his legal action by taking to social networking site Twitter, he hints he was one of the key parts of the reason Starter Wives Confidential was taken off air and he's happy to take all the credit. In a Twitter post, he writes, "I want to apologize to cast of Starter Wives for having the show pulled off the net work (sic). i sincerely hope you find work". (Entertainmentwise)
Despite the assertion, reports claim poor television ratings ultimately delivered its fate.
TLC's failed reality show "Starter Wives Confidential" -- featuring the exes of 50 Cent, Lamar Odom, DMX, and Funkmaster Flex -- was pulled off the air ONLY because the RATINGS SUCKED ... despite speculations otherwise. You'll recall, the reality show was cancelled a few days after its Jan. 29 debut. Many believed it was due to a slew of problems plaguing the show -- including 50 Cent's outspoken dislike of his ex's participation. Even one of the stars, Monica Joseph-Taylor (Flex's ex) was confused by the sudden purge, writing on her blog, "Is it ratings? Is it a change in network direction...or all the outside drama?!" TMZ obtained a letter -- written from the network to the cast members -- which sets the record straight. The letter states, "Unfortunately, due to the low ratings, the remaining episodes will not air on TLC, but will be viewable on TLC.com." It continues, "The decision by TLC isn't personal, although I know it is to you all, and for that we are very sorry. You ladies gave your all to the show and everyone at TLC is very disappointed that the viewers didn't take this ride with us." (TMZ)
Atlanta rapper Shawty Lo suffered a similar experience when his "All My Babies' Mamas" show was pulled earlier this year.
"As part of our development process, we have reviewed casting and decided not to move forward with the special," a network spokesperson told MTV News in a written statement on Tuesday (January 15). "We will continue to develop compelling content that resonates with our young female viewers and drives the cultural conversation." (MTV)