Hollywood Exes returns for a second season next month on VH1 and will feature a new cast member. But the interesting part is that the new castmate isn't Daphne Wayans!
Back for another season are Nicole Murphy, ex-wife of Eddie Murphy, Jessica Canseco, ex-wife of Jose Canseco, Mayte Garcia, ex-wife of Prince, Sheree Fletcher, ex-wife of Will Smith, and Andrea (Drea) Kelly, ex-wife of R. Kelly.Shamicka Lawrence, recently divorced from comedian/actor Martin Lawrence, joins the group.
Daphne was initially confirmed as a new castmate earlier this year and we even interviewed her the day that VH1 verified she had signed on. A few months later, a small rumble of rumors emerged, speculating that Daphne had been fired for being too difficult to deal with. Nobody confirmed or denied the reports, but judging from the season 2 lineup and not a single mention of Daphne, it seems the rumors were true.
Hollywood Exes returns for a second season with its original cast, Nicole Murphy, ex-wife of Eddie Murphy, Jessica Canseco, ex-wife of Jose Canseco, Mayte Garcia, ex-wife of Prince, Sheree Fletcher, ex-wife of Will Smith, and Drea Kelly, ex-wife of R. Kelly, as well as one new cast member, Shamicka Lawrence, ex-wife of Martin Lawrence.
Thanks to season one's positive feedback and decent ratings, VH1 granted HollywoodExes a second season, and then those in charge of promoting the show promptly fell off the face of the earth. Seriously, it's virtually impossible to find any news about this show.
Color me shocked to find a few blurbs about season two of Hollywood Exes courtesy of Sheree Fletcher!
We're hearing some shocking rumblings today claiming that Daphne Wayans, who was set to join Hollywood Exes in season 2, has been fired by VH1!
Wivesconfidential.com is claiming that the ex-wife of Keenan Ivory Wayans was canned during filming of the second season for behaving like a diva.
Most of the article smacks of hostility toward Daphne, so I'm not buying into it 100% at the moment. An excerpt: "Sources claim that Daphne thought she was Shaunie O’Neal and started to make demands on set that were not in line with her cast members. Daphne felt that because VH1 asked her to come for the second season that she was the HOT ISH."
Apparently there are A-LOT of women formerly married to A (or A-ish) Listers who are desperate for some reality TV fame of their own! Hot on the heels of the success of Hollywood Exes, TLC – the network that has brought us every wedding show imaginable and Here Comes Honey Boo Boo – is deciding they want to get in on the action.
According to The Huffington Post, the network just began production on a show tentatively titled "Starter Wives," which basically follows the exact same premise as Hollywood Exes. Focusing on the lives of seven women – once married or baby mamas to big names – who will reveal what their lives look like post break-up.
Just hours after VH1 announced the addition of Daphne Wayans to the season 2 cast of Hollywood Exes, Daphne took the time to chat with us about reality TV, motherhood, her friendship with her ex, and to share just how well she knows her co-stars.
Preparing for the interview was challenging because there is so little known about Daphne! There were no prior DUI's, no dramatic details about bitter divorce proceedings, no child custody battles or crazy interviews to be found! A real rarity in this business. All we knew about Daphne is that she was previously married to actor Keenen Ivory Wayans and that they share five children together: Jolie, Nala, Keenen Jr, Bella and Daphne.
I kicked off by asking Daphne if there was any truth to the rumor that she was originally meant to be part of season 1. She did confirm this as truth; she was part of the initial pitch for the show, but she simply got cold feet and decided to sit season 1 on the sidelines. What changed her mind for season 2? "The product speaks for itself. It is exactly what I was hoping it would be and even more. She says that what we see is the real deal. "That's the truth of it, that's not PR, that's not anything else."
VH1confirmsDaphne's addition to show today via a press release. Daphne is the ex-wife of Keenan Ivory Wayans. They were married from 2001 to 2004 and have five children together. Daphne joins her long-time friends Nicole Murphyand Sheree Fletcher.
Today's press release also reveals that Hollywood Exes was a hit for the network!