Ever since the news broke that Tamar Braxton would not be returning for a third season of Fox’s The Real, fans of the daytime talk show have been speculating just who was behind Tamar’s sudden and shocking departure.
Braxton took to Instagram after the news broke on May 22 to tell fans that she was “stabbed in the back” by someone close to her, which had viewers believing that it could have been one of Tamar’s four The Real co-stars who were behind Braxton’s sudden exit.
“I love u all but I have been stabbed in the back by someone I stupidly trusted (not my man or my sisters)” Tamar told her Instagram followers. “I am not about to be tried and tested to snitch and it’s not in good taste to tell you who… but as #tamartians you are very smart and can figure things out on your own,” Braxton said.
I love u all but I have been stabbed in the back by someone I stupidly trusted ( not my man or my sisters) I am not about to be tried and tested to snitch (????) and it's not in good taste to tell you who...... but as #tamartians you are very smart and can figure things out on your own. But know that every one who smiles in your face is NOT your friend and is NOT cheering for you and will LIE and try and tear u down to TRY and dim your light. Thank GOD HE HOLDS MY FUTURE AND MY HAND! (Remember who u are)....I am Tamar Braxton. And if you thought for 1 sec u played me.....In the late great prince and the amazing Beyoncé voice you PLAYED yourself???? to God be the Glory and I will be taking a short break from ALL social media...until then❤️ yourself and WATCH YOUR BACK ( I put this picture up cause this is the embrace I got from my sister and best friend that she ALWAYS gives when she knows I've been had)
“But know that everyone who smiles in your face is NOT your friend and is NOT cheering for you and will LIE and try and tear u down to TRY and dim your light,” Tamar continued on the social media site, telling the unnamed perpetrator, “if you thought for 1 sec u played me… In the late great prince and the amazing Beyoncé voice you PLAYED yourself.”
Though Tamar played coy when it came to just who had stabbed her in the back, fans were quick to point the finger at Braxton’s now former The Real co-hosts, Adrienne Bailon, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai, and Tamera Mowry-Housley.
Fans were quick to note that Braxton no longer followed two of her former co-hosts, Loni and Jeannie, on social media, before viewers quickly turned their attention to Love and claimed that she could be the one who Braxton claimed “stabbed her in the back” suggesting that Tamar supposedly dropped clues in her Instagram post.
“We should’ve known Loni Love wasn’t real from the jump when Tamar was speaking on being called a muppet she clearly was laughing at her,” @4everKelz speculated, while Twitter user @That_Guy_Trei suggested that Tamar and Loni could have been caught up in an argument prior Tamar’s final episode of The Real.
“It’s very clear that Tamar & Loni had just finish arguing and the other girls are trying to play it off. #TheReal,” the social media user tweeted.
Other fans claimed that Braxton even gave clues that Love was behind her exit.
“Tamar gave us the clue “GOD HOLDS MY HAND (remember who you are)” Loni held her hand every show when they walked out. Case solved :)” @ABfromKC speculated.
Loni has so far stayed mum on rumors claiming she could be behind Tamar leaving The Real, though Love did post a cryptic tweet after it was announced that Braxton would not be continuing on with the show.
“But when so do…,” Loni captioned a photo of a dinosaur on a Segway on May 22, which featured the text, “I have no idea what’s going on so here’s a picture of a dinosaur in a top hat and monocle, riding on a Segway.”
Claims that Loni could be behind Tamar’s departure come after Adrienne Bailon took to Instagram to slam reports that she was behind the latest drama on the daytime talk show on May 24, posting a snap of herself and Tamar, who she affectionately referred to as her “sister,” and denying that she ever unfollowed her on social media.
“My SISTER Forever,” Adrienne, who is so far the only co-host to publicly speak out on social media about Tamar’s departure from the show, captioned the photo. “The greatest thing that has come from being on the real is that I have found my best friend. My vault. My comedian & therapist. I love you. Always & Forever.”
Adrienne further denied that she was a part of the shocking drama behind-the-scenes, slamming a fan who called her out over the photo in the photos comments.
According to the Shade Room, Bailon called a fan an “idiot” after she claimed that Tamar had unfollowed her, and denied that there was any bad blood between herself and her now former co-star.
“You’re an idiot,” Adrienne allegedly told the fan. “She absolutely follows me NEVER unfollowed me. People are so dumb it’s honestly soooo sad.”
But while a number of fans have been pointing the finger at Loni and Adrienne for Tamar’s departure, according to a report by the Jasmine Brand, it wasn’t actually any of Braxton’s former co-stars who Tamar was referring to in her cryptic Instagram post, despite Braxton opting to unfollow them on social media.
An insider claimed to the site that Loni, Adrienne, Jeannie, and Tamera “had no idea that Tamar would be terminated” and are reportedly all “devastated” by the news that Braxton was fired from the show.
“There wasn’t a meeting called. There weren’t even warning signs and they had nothing to do with her firing,” a source alleged, adding that the ladies “didn’t even know that a statement was being put out” and actually “get along behind-the-scenes and they’re p**** that they were left in the dark about this.”
The site also claimed that the decision to let Tamar go was solely that of executive producer Rachel Miskowiec, who reportedly opted not to renew Tamar’s contract because of bad testing with focus groups or because “of her relationship with production.”
What do you think of The Real‘s decision to fire Tamar Braxton? Who do you think Braxton was referring to in her Instagram post?
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