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Amanda Seales quits The Real, didn’t renew contract amid censorship claims

Amanda Seales on the red carpet
Amanda Seales has quit her position as co-host of Fox’s The Real claiming that she was unable to “speak to her people the way they should be spoken to.” Pic credit: © Admedia

Amanda Seales has quit her role as one of the presenters at The real, stating she didn’t renew her contract amid claims of censorship.

The comedian and actress – who is also a prominent voice on racial inequality spoke in an interview on Instagram Live about her reasons for leaving the show. She claims she felt unable “to speak to her people” in the manner with which she wished.

Amanda Seales is a relatively recent addition to Fox’s chat show, having only officially joined the cast this January.

Seales sat down with actor Brandon V Dixon where she explained, “my contract is up at the real, and I did not renew it because it does not feel good in my soul to be at a place where I cannot speak to my people the way they need to be spoken to and where the people speaking to me in disparaging ways are not being handled.”

She further added that she was “not in a space where I can, as a full Black woman, have my voice, and my co-workers also have their voices.”

Seales also accused “the people at the top [of] not respecting the necessity for black voices to be at the top too. So you reach a point — even when it just comes to Hollywood in general. You’ve seen me transform into a way where I just can’t function at this place the same way.”

Folks on Twitter generally lent their support to Amanda Seales

Many folks on Twitter supported Seales’s decision and suggested that she deserves her own show, where she can speak freely about “real” issues.

One Twitter user argued that “she deserves a better platform. She’s such an educated, well-articulated woman. The show did not deserve her.”

Another user argued that this was not “the time to silence a black, knowledgeable voice.”

Amanda Seales has denied conflict with the other hosts on The Real

Seales has also condemned fans who accuse her of having a conflict with her co-hosts at The Real. In a video shared by fellow co-host Loni Love on Wednesday afternoon, Seales railed against those who tried to create conflict between her and the other hosts.

“I did not unfollow Loni Love,” she declared. Love responded by writing on Instagram: “You make me laugh, you make me think, you make me be a better woman… thank you, @amandaseales.”

Seales took over hosting duties at The Real from Tama Braxton, who has begun her own show on WE tv called Get Ya Life. The show is all about her trying to get ahead in life.

Meanwhile, another The Real host, in the form of Adrienne Bailon, recently turned up on The Masked Singer.

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