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Stacie Turner Interview

Stacie Turner, star of ghost of reality shows past, Real Housewives of DC, is speaking out about fabricated reality TV drama and is really fed up!

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?

Following the finale episode of the Real Housewives of DC, Stacie Turner did a live chat with the Washington Post, during which she answered questions from fans of the show.

Stacie touched on a lot of issues, and we mean a lot, including the latest in the search for her birth father (she plans on visiting him in Nigerian within the next 2 – 3 months), her thoughts on her castmates, how she feels about the Salahis’ backdoor exit from her home, and she reveals whether or not she would return for a second season if Bravo invites the Salahis back.  Excerpts from Stacie’s chat below -

On Her First Phone Conversation With Her Birth Father -

“When I first spoke to my birth father he was overjoyed, crying and so thankful that I found him and was completely open and desiring to have a relationship and welcome me to the family. My real parents — the ones that raised me — are both deceased.  My mother died when I was 13 and my father died 10 years ago.  I would not have pursued the search if they were alive.”

On Her Plans To Meet Her Birth Father -

“I’m planning to go to Nigeria within the next two to three months to meet my entire family which includes 10 siblings. My biological mother does not know I found him.   As you can imagine it is such a wonderful thing and I can’t wait to be united with them.”

Her Thoughts On Gay Marriage Today -

“Overall I’m really happy with the outcome of the show.  There is one episode that I wish could have been changed a bit which was the episode that dealt with gay marriage equality.  The episode did not include the real ending of that storyline which showed Jason and I supporting and celebrating the passage of the gay marriage equality bill in D.C.  I felt badly that viewers were not a part of our evolution in thinking and did not see the full depth and breadth and context of our conversation about such an important and sensitive topic.”

Friendships With Her Castmates Before & After Doing The Show -

“I really did not know any of the ladies prior to the show except Mary, who I met a few times through a mutual friend Erika who appeared on the show.  Since that time I’ve started to develop genuine friendships with each cast member and believe it or not, Cat is one of my favorites.”

Her Thoughts On The Salahis Today -

“No, I have not talked to the Salahis since the episode was filmed and saw them for the first time during publicity interviews for the season premiere of the show and most recently during the taping of the reunion show which is going to be bananas… Rather than talk about them behind their backs like everyone else we decided to confront them face to face at our house.  And in true form, they ran out the back door and tried to act as though we were crazy for bringing up the white elephant in the room.”

On The Salahis Wanting To Buy A Home -

“The Salahis would not provide any financial information.  Are you surprised?  Their defunct winery does not produce any grapes or cash flow so once again they are deluding themselves thinking they could buy a  hundred dollar house let alone an eight million dollar house.  It became crystal clear that they were joy riding with me vs. really wanting to buy real estate.  I did not appreciate them wasting my time.”

Would She Do A Second Season If The Salahis Return? -

“Yes.  However, I think the storyline would be limited because I and the other cast members don’t really interact with them any longer and they have isolated themselves since the incident. What they do has no impact on me and what I choose to do. “

Photo Credit – Gary Landsman.

Stacie Turner, star of the Real Housewives of DC and your favorite DC housewife according to our recent poll, is speaking out about being on the popular Bravo reality series.

In her all new interview with Blackvoices, Stacie touches on being the sole African American cast member on the DC Housewives, her real estate business, the status on the search for her birth father, and of course the Salahis.

Excerpts from Stacie’s interview below -

You are the only Black woman on a series set in a predominantly Black city. Is that a lot of pressure?

Heck yeah! All women are different so to think that I can represent every lifestyle of every African-American woman in DC is like insane. To the extent that I can show what my reality is and reflect some of what I think African-American women can relate to is all that I can try to do. I definitely feel pressure!

Do you hold back on the show? Is there ever a time you feel your inner “sister girl” coming out, but tuck her away because of the cameras?

I’m always thinking that I have a little daughter and she can not see her mama show her behind on camera. In past episodes, they show how this whole topic of things related to race that comes up innocently and it’s this expectation that you’ll let it roll off and not go there with it. Meanwhile, it’s like why does this even come up? We are sitting here having dinner so just because me and Ted Gibson are the only Black people there why does there need to be a connection about race? All it does is create a situation. And when it is brought up, why does the neck roll and the dialect change? It’s just interesting.

Would you like to see them add more diversity to the ‘Real Housewives of DC’ franchise next season? Can we get another Black woman or even a Hispanic added to the mix?

I would. I know lots of women who would be great, but the question is do they have the nerve to put themselves out there. All of my friends thought I was crazy and people probably still think I’m crazy to do that, but so far they have been pretty accurate in their portrayal of our family and hopefully this series will be a little different in that they do try to stay true to form to women who are not necessarily doing the antics of some of the other shows.

You do high-end real estate for Sotheby’s. Has being on this show been a boost for business?

When I was taping the show I worked at Sotheby’s, but I’ve since left and now I work for Long & Foster. People had this perception that we only did high-end homes but I do the gamut. I moved to Long & Foster because they have the biggest share across all price categories and I formed a team so now I have a couple of people that work with me.

You learn on the show that you’re biracial and you’re on this quest to find your birth parents. We’ve seen already that your birth mother, who is white, isn’t helping you much with information. Have you finally found your father?

That will be open-ended. You’ll see that the whole journey takes me to the Nigerian Embassy. I’ve met, talked to, had a letter correspondence with my birth mother who is Caucasian and has a whole other life that she has not shared with her family. Therefore, we really can’t go there and she will not divulge information about my birth father. I think the Nigerian side would be much more open and receptive, because that culture is much more open and accepting of non-traditional families. You’ll see that down the road it takes me to the Nigerian Embassy where I enroll their help to help me find my birth father. We don’t find him this season.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t ask you about the Salahi’s. Do you think the Michaele Salahi and her husband Tareq are going to be back next season? Will Bravo keep them around?

I think they were good from a marketing and PR standpoint, because everybody knows who they are and everybody is curious about the White House event. I think throughout the series they are definitely not dominant and you actually start to see a different side of them as it progresses. The White House thing happens at the end so it’s kind of like the cliffhanger. I don’t think that they’re that important to it. Even when I read the blogs, the fans are sick of it. They’re not worth talking about. I think it will be interesting to see if the Salahi’s are back next year because the White House crash was kind of like it and then it was on to the next.

The finale episode of the Real Housewives of DC airs October 7 on Bravo.

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