You know you've made it big in the reality television world when we're still talking about you long after you got the boot from your Bravo gig…or in one lady's case when her whole city's series got the ax.
The classy, articulate, and extremely refreshing Stacie, who says she initially turned down a spot on Housewives fearing it would be too “intrusive,” has always presented herself as the type of person that would not engage in catty, famewhoring behavior. Now she is commenting on the constant altercations and misbehavior happening on reality shows and wondering just how much of it is actually real!
Speaking to Sister2Sister, Stacie expresses her displeasure at the extreme behavior exhibited to generate ratings and C-List celebrity. “I just think that at this point, people have flipped tables. They’ve had fights… that now, it’s almost a competition to see how outrageous you can make the show,” Stacie laments, echoing what many fans are starting to suspect.
“I think in the first or second season it really is real because the people are real people. They’re not actors; they don’t know what to expect. By season four, you’ve got to outdo for ratings. And it becomes, you know, it’s all about entertainment.” Here’s looking at you, Real Housewives of Atlanta!
Stacie believes the decorous behavior (save for those Sahalis) displayed on RHODC, which “lacked the typical catfighting and hair-pulling seen on the other ‘Housewives’ shows” is one of the reasons Bravo issued a cancellation notice! Except Stacie feels that was a mistake as not all viewers want to watch the non-stop arguing!
“I think based on the tons of fan mail that we’ve gotten, there was a segment of viewers that were really happy to see something that was a little different, but for whatever reason the powers that be decided to cancel,” Stacie explains of how a little too much realness may have discouraged the network from continuing the series.
Regardless, she has no regrets! “I’m proud of the way that we portrayed ourselves on ["RHODC"], and relieved that the overall takeaway that I’ve gotten is that other women could identify with me, and see a woman who was doing positive things.”
Stacie is so over reality TV — she no longer watches, preferring shows with “positive portrayals” of women. Adding that she’s never seen Basketball Wives or Basketball Wives LA, two shows obviously known for outlandish antics.
So what does Stacie watch? Vh1’s Single Ladies, a fictional show. “I liked that it was circled around a business owner who’s trying to do her own thing. I like shows like that,” Stacie declares, hoping networks will seek to provide reality shows that exhibit that same positivity!
THOUGHTS ON STACIE’S INTERVIEW? DO YOU AGREE WITH HER THAT REALITY SHOWS HAVE BECOME TOO DRAMA DRIVEN AND NEGATIVE? AR YOU READY FOR SOME MORE POSITIVE REALITY SERIES OR DO YOU LIKE THINGS JUST THE WAY THEY ARE?
Discussing why D.C. may have been canceled, Stacie quickly dispels the myth that poor ratings led to the show’s demise (although most fans found it boring) and believes it was the Salahi scheme that caused the cancellation.
“People tried to say it was poor ratings. We had some of the highest ratings for all of the shows,” Stacie protests. “We had a character that did something that’s never been done before on national television,” she says alluding to ultimate grifters, Michaele and Tareq Salahi crashing the White House. As for Stacie’s opinion of the Salahis: “Both of them are nuts!”
She does feel that Michaele is the better of the two (if you can imagine) and corroborates accounts that Tareq was a very negative influence in her life. “I did get to see a side of [Michaele] that made me sympathetic toward her,” Stacie admits. “I think the relationship between her and Tareq was not positive in any way, shape or form. So if running off with a rocker is gonna make her happy… then great for her.”
As for Stacie’s life post-television – she’s doing great – and has maintained her friendship with out-spoken Brit,Cat Ommanney! “Life is good! I’m really, really busy on a couple fronts, besides just the normal family stuff,” she says, referring to her thriving real estate business and her charity, Extra-Ordinary Life.
She also reveals she still keeps in touch with her biological father whom she met in Nigeria and plans to visit again soon.
And as for Stacie’s desire to return to the spotlight: “I mean, never say never… but for me it’s all about the image. If it was a quality show, yeah.” So, I’m guessing that rules out anything on Bravo!
Thoughts on Stacie’s comments about why RHODC was canceled? What do you think about her comments that Tareq was bad for Michaele – do you agree or disagree? Would you watch Stacie on a different reality show?