Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Lea Black Opens Up On ‘Real Housewives Of Miami’ Cancellation!

Earlier this month, Andy Cohen confirmed the The Real Housewives of Miami was officially cancelled claiming it“didn’t work out,” just weeks after he raised the question in his new tell-all book Superficial: More Adventures From The Andy Cohen Diaries.

“I knew the first question was going to be when is Real Housewives of Miami coming back and I said, ‘Never say never,'” he wrote in his book. “But I could see from the women’s faces that they didn’t believe me and then I kind of didn’t believe me, but I was getting nostalgic for them.”

Now, RHOM cast member Lea Black is opening up about the show's cancellation.

"For three years, now remember, we only did 30 episodes, let's start there," said Black during an episode of her web series Lunch with Lea. "But somehow, I'm still on everybody's radar because for three years I [still] gets tweets, Facebook, Instagram all the time, on the street, especially in L.A. "Oh my God, when is the show coming back""

She continued: "Because I'm respectful of Bravo and respectful of the network, I don't want to speak in their behalf unlike other people that just make up stuff and go spread it around, trying to get pressing pictures, it's so desperate, it makes me cringe." 

"So I always say, you know always leave them wanting more or well I don't know did the fat lady sing? And I just try to sidestep the question because I don't think it's my place to say anything but now that it's been announced that the show was not coming back becase he [Andy Cohen] said 'It just didn't work out.'"


Lea shared her reaction to the cancellation of RHOM and shares her thoughts on why she believes the network pulled the plug. 

"It wasn't the ratings because the ratings were equal to many of the other shows on the air at the time so I don't think it was the ratings. The scheduling might have had something to do with it because they [Bravo] changed every week, it was on a different night or different times so that was a little confusing."

"I always feel like Miami didn't have its own identity. The first year it was going to be a different show, then they changed it to Housewives. The second year got some traction and started to create an identity but then it didn't have it's own identity and I feel like they were trying to push the identity of hot bodies, Latin women and sexy swimsuits - that's not an identity, that's not sustainable. That's just eye candy, it's fleeting, who cares."

She continued; "I always felt like [RHOM] didn't have it's own identity and I know the show wasn't bad because of fabulous me," joked Black. "But I do think that after 30 episodes it doesn't really give you a lot of traction and I felt that it got too dark. I don't think people are interested or entertained by haters and plotters and viciousness."

"I mean when you have cast members doing Santeria on people it's gotten too dark so for me that's what happened. I wasn't fun, upbeat and hilarious and it didn't have the identity that it needed and Miami does have an identity of it's own for sure I mean it's a first class city with lots of crazy things going on."

"So those are just my thoughts on it. I could be right or I could be wrong but anyways that's what I think and you know I wish everyone well, wish the producers well, Bravo and the other shows well."

She added: "And for me it was just a blip on my radar, it was four years, 30 episodes, three seasons out of my life. I met some interesting people, some of it was a bit of fun and I learned some hard lessons you know things you not only experienced in life, like people willing to do anything for attention."



RHOM lasted for three seasons from 2011 to 2013. The original line up consisted of Adriana de Moura, Alexia Echevarria, Cristy Rice, Larsa Pippen, Lea Black and Marysol Patton.

The show returned for a second season with the additions of Ana Quincoces, Lisa Hochstein, Joanna Krupa and Karent Sierra, replacing Pippen and Rice.

The third and final season of RHOM, the cast consisted of Adriana de Moura, Alexia Echevarria, Lea Black, Lisa Hotchstein and Joanna Krupa.

Lea Black's web series, Lunch with Lea will return on Wednesday, January 4 via her official Facebook page's live stream at 12pm EST.

Photo Credit: Bravo

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