Tatyana Ali Sues Warner Bros Over “The Real” Talk Show
“The Real” talk show is back in the news, but involving an unexpected long time actress who claims she was stolen of her pitch from hollywood execs.
Former Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star Tatyana Ali filed papers on Friday, suing Warner Bros for stealing what she says was her idea for a show similar to The Real, reports Deadline.
According to court documents filed in L.A., Ali claims she approached the media conglomerate in 2012 to produce a show that featured “an eclectic group of engaging female celebrity hosts, each aged within their 20s and 30s” in a “relaxed and informal setting.” After months-long discussions, the producers ultimately decided to go another direction.
But only six months later, The Real aired in July 2013. It officially debuted in 2014 after a successful test run.
Ali claims that The Real was “a direct production of the concept” she came up with, especially considering the amount of information she divulged during the back-and-forth discussions.
The show was an early success, and has continued to garner strong ratings and even emmy nominations. Tamar Braxton, one of the original hosts, was fired from the show in May in a whirlwind of controversy and speculation of who had her fired from the show.
It is speculated that Ali was also once a contender to be a host on the show in its early days, which explains why she has appeared on the talk show in the past. On the show she addressed rumors of her and rapper Drake having a fling.