The Real is being hit with a slew of cancellation rumors following Tamar Braxton’s firing last year.
After it was reported that Season 3 of the daytime talk show, the first not to feature Tamar, suffered a pretty serious ratings decline following its premiere last month, fans and journalists alike are suggesting that the series could be facing cancellation.
Bandit Star claimed that The Real, which first premiered back in 2013, was suffering a “ratings crisis” since it returned to screens for Season 3 on September 12 after Broadcasting Cable claimed that the show fell 22 percent in viewers when compared to the Season 2 premiere, which aired last year.
And it sounds like that pretty steep rating decline was reflected in viewers attitudes following Braxton’s pretty shocking departure.
“Many viewers are bemoaning the remaining co-hosts’ lack of chemistry,” Bandit Star reported of how viewers have reacted to The Real without Braxton, adding that fans “are finding the latest version of the production overwhelmingly dull and without direction.”
The Root also commented on The Real’s ratings decline in the wake of Tamar’s firing back in May, claiming that the series should attempt to find a replacement for Braxton after co-hosts Loni Love, Adrienne Bailon, Tamera Mowry-Housley and Jeannie Mai returned to co-host as a foursome after losing Tamar.
“There is something noticeably missing from the show,” the site noted of The Real’s third season, currently airing on Fox with re-broadcasts on BET, seemingly referring to Braxton. “No one will be another Tamar Braxton, but the right person can bring her own unique energy to the group and give the show the jolt it needs to move forward before it’s too late.”
The site even went on to claim that if The Real fails to find a replacement for Braxton, cancellation could be inevitable.
“Hurry, y’all, ’cause in the land of daytime TV, y’all will get y’all’s real a**es canceled fast,” the site claimed of The Real’s future without Tamar. “Good luck.”
Fans of the show have flocked to social media over the past few weeks to speculate that The Real could be in danger and facing cancellation without Tamar, claiming that Braxton’s departure has changed the series for the worse just days after threatening to boycott the show in support of Tamar.
“I’m really hoping The Real gets canceled. They all did Tamar so wrong,” Twitter user @Karis_b22 wrote on Twitter amid the cancellation reports, while @AlrightJodyDamn tweeted, “I wouldn’t feel bad at all if The Real got canceled, Everybody and grandma knew Tamar made the show lively and gave it personality.”
But as the cancellation rumors continue to swirl around The Real, Braxton’s former co-host Tamera Mowry-Housley is hitting back and making it clear that the cancellation rumors are just that.
According to The Shade Room, Tamera hit back after a fan questioned The Real’s Season 3 ratings on Instagram, claiming that reports suggesting The Real was about to be canceled now that Braxton is no longer a co-host are pure conjecture.
“How have y’all ratings been,” an Instagram user asked Tamera, alongside the hashtag #FINNAGETCANCELED.
Tamera then slammed the social media user according to a screen shot obtained by The Shade Room, hitting back amid the cancellation rumors and seemingly denying that the series is in trouble now that Braxton is no longer on the series.
“Gonna stop this rumor right now. Lol,” Tamera allegedly replied after the social media user suggested The Real could be canceled without Braxton. “Actually, we aren’t. That is a rumor.”
The site’s screenshot then showed that another Instagram user chimed in regarding the future of the daytime talk show as the cancellation rumors swirled following Braxton’s departure, claiming that “No one seems to love it now” since Tamar was fired.
“I don’t know where you are looking,” Tamar then hit back, seemingly alluding to Tamar’s firing back in May. “Stop focusing on the negative.”
What do you think of the rampant cancellation rumors swirling around The Real following Tamar Braxton’s firing? Do you think the show could be canceled?
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