Joy Bounds, Tiny Cottle, Kandi Burruss, Toya Carter w/photographer Rob Ector
Photo via Twitter
The question was asked a few weeks ago, Is Lil Wayne’s Ex (Toya Carter) a Backstabber? after I received information from my blogging buddy Mrs. Grapevine that revealed to the world Joy Bound’s story about how she was robbed of her reality show idea, which originally included She, Tiny, Kandi Burress, & Antonia “Toya” Carter. The story apparently came from a close friend of Joy’s and really didn’t seem too far fetched at all, being that we all know these ladies were close at some point. Well, now Joy herself has come forward and issued an official statement on the matter:
I am happy to leave this matter up to the legal process and God. However, with the recent blogs and the emails I’ve received, I realize it’s important that I say something. I don’t want young ladies to think its cool to be disloyal or strive to become a “baby mama“. First, I’d never advise anyone to have a child out of wedlock I don’t care who the daddy is.
Second; hardwork, honesty, loyalty and respect are the keys to success. They will take you further than the opposite.
Yes I created a reality show and yes I reached out to Tameka “Tiny” Cottle and Christine White to do the show. At that point, Toya Carter was already my friend so naturally I approached her first. The show I created was not a frivolous “baby mama” show, rather a chance to redefine that image through a reality show on our lives then spin off to a late night talk show. I’m disappointed to see my vision turned into the stereotype. MORE
Even though I was urged by advisors to have a contract in place, I went against my better judgment trusting that my “friends” word was bond. It wasn’t. We had 2 deals on the table, interest from 4 networks, a promotional photo shoot, a top notch attorney, a company together and I had just left a meeting when I got a call from Toya saying she no longer wanted to do the show because of Kandi Burruss who replaced Christine after she and Toya bumped heads. In the meeting Toya seemed like a totally different person than the friend I knew and loved. She even insulted Kandi in front of the executive we were meeting with. The next week Toya’s “scene” made sense when I got a call from Tiny telling me that she and Toya were doing the show alone.
Kandi contacted the producer to ask what happened. He let her know that Toya had called him asking that he do the show with just her. He requested Tiny. Mind you, this is the same producer I fell out with when he tried to persuade us to negotiate our deal over shots of Patron at his hotel.
Toya was indeed in a “courtship” with this producer’s friend and based on some things she spat out at the meeting, I believe he was in her ear for his and the producer’s interest.
I will continue to pursue the “created by” credit I deserve on “The Tiny & Toya Show” as it is the same concept I created minus me, Christine or Kandi as well as the intelligent balance we bring. For the record, my credit request was made before the show aired so no, I didn’t decide to sue based on ratings.
Everything happens for a reason and I’m happy to have learned the truth about my circle before I invested anymore love, time and money. I’m not mad at anybody. I am mostly disappointed that we failed to stick together and broadcast a positive representation of black women on television.
I’m grateful God has used this hurtful situation to teach me and bless me.