Can you imagine Tiny on Real Housewives of Atlanta? Well, she can’t.
Despite spending nearly the last decade doing reality TV shows, the 43-year-old singer told Hollywood Life that she was offered a spot on Real Housewives of Atlanta years ago and turned it down. The reasoning? She didn’t have the energy for the drama.
“Nothing against the show – I love the show – I just think that… I don’t really want to get in that,” she said. “I love all the girls and I would like to stay friends with everyone. I don’t want to be beefing with no one about nothing.”
Tiny said the good thing about her shutting down the opportunity is that it helped her good friend Kandi Burruss become a staple on the hit series.
“Back in the day they asked me about doing the Housewives of Atlanta and I actually told them that they should call Kandi [Burruss],” she shared. “I gave them Kandi’s number because I was in the middle of my own show; I had the Tiny & Toya show at that time, I was an executive producer. It was just me and Toya and I just had more creative control. My name was in the credits in the headline of the show and I didn’t want to go and be a cast member. I liked where I was.”
Smart move on her part. Tiny has managed to have a lot of say in the shows she’s chosen to do, and they’ve all been pretty positive, from Tiny & Toya and T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle to Tiny and Shekinah’s Weave Trip and Bravo’s Xscape Still Kickin It. She hasn’t had to beef with anyone — just sit back and collect the bag.
Tiny isn’t the only star who was offered the chance to be on popular reality shows like RHOA or even Love and Hip Hop and Basketball Wives, but chose to say no. Hit the flip to find out why a few other big names chose to pass up on such opportunities…
In 2017, singer Monica told PEOPLE why she couldn’t get on the RHOA train.
“I would only join a show that I could also be executive producer of because what my children see me do is important to me,” she said. “I would only be on a show where I could see everything before it airs and be a full participant in what it means. And my goal, if I ever were to do a television show, would be to help girls like myself or people from the communities that are similar to the world that I’m from.”
Monica would later join the rebooted T.I. & Tiny: Friends & Family Hustle with Toya Wright and LeToya Luckett.
The wife of Kobe Bryant, Vanessa has chosen to keep her private life just that — private. With that being said, she has said that there have been quite a few offers over the years, but she isn’t interested.
“Absolutely 100% no,” she said. “Kobe and I were approached to do a reality show after Nick and Jessica started Newlyweds, then they wanted my friend La-La and I to do one, years ago. I really enjoy my privacy and I love being my goofy and sarcastic self with family and friends. I certainly don’t want to enable people to think they have a significant opinion on what goes on in my life.”
La La Anthony
While La La Anthony is more welcoming of the “basketball wife” label these days, you still won’t catch her on the reality show just because she’s married to Carmelo.
“I was offered a spot on the show. I turned it down,” she said. “I have absolutely nothing against basketball wives, the show Basketball Wives, or anything like that. But I pride myself in being more than just a basketball wife. I understand that’s something that I am, but that’s not a title that I want to define me. I’d rather be known as a mom, a businesswoman, a producer, an actress, a TV host. I just felt like that didn’t fit who I was and where my career was trying to go.”
She did have her own VH1 reality series though, La La’s Full Court Life.
Gabrielle Union is fine with being on your TV screen, just not as part of any reality show, let alone Basketball Wives because of who her husband is (Dwyane Wade).
“I pay my own bills, first off, so I’ve never put myself in a position to have to be a jacka– or to have to sell myself down the river for a reality show,” she said. “I was just raised a little differently and my situation is a lot different, being that I have my own career, my own celebrity status on my own, independent and before him. But don’t knock anybody’s hustle, it’s just not my path.”
The rapper said he was approached a number of times to be on Love and Hip Hop Atlanta, but each and every time he’s said no.
“They tried numerous amounts of times to get me on the show,” he said. “I just didn’t want to have nothing to do with it. I’m gonna be on the road, they gonna be somewhere just like, in your girl face, with another girl talkin’ about another girl.”
2 Chainz did end up doing some reality TV, but something different. He’s the host of the popular Viceland series, Most Expensivest.
For the record, when longtime partner Emily B was a cast member on the original Love and Hip Hop, Fabolous was offered the chance to join her. He wanted no parts.
“It’s just not my cup of tea, it’s one side of what’s going on,” he said. “I don’t bash it, but I’m not really in support of it, either. I don’t think it depicts me the way I am. It just depicts a one-sided version of what’s going on.”
He did, however, say he might be interested in reality TV if it was something more family oriented.
“I would be involved in a show that was something like Run’s House…that’s a different kind of show,” he added. “Even the Kardashians show to me is more family branded and structured. I wouldn’t do a For The Love of Fabolous kind of show at all.”
Though she did Tiny & Toya before and T.I. & Tiny: Friends & Family Hustle presently, the one show Toya Wright wouldn’t touch was Love and Hip Hop Atlanta, despite being offered a spot. Of course, the chance was given in the hopes that there would be an opportunity to get former cast member K. Michelle and Wright’s then-husband, Memphitz, a chance to speak on the singer’s allegations of abuse (which were proven to be true).
“[Memphitz] wanted me to go on the show. Well, the producer wanted me on the show, but that’s not really my thing and I was like, ‘No, we’re newlyweds. And we have kids,’” she said. “That show don’t really represent what I represent as a woman. It’s just not for me.”
When she chose not to take part, it created a major rift in her marriage.
“He felt like it was my fault he didn’t go on the show and he had the opportunity to defend himself,” she said. “At that point, we had just got married and to go on a show and argue with your ex, even for me to be put in that situation, I just felt like it was too much. I don’t want my husband on a TV show, going back and forth with his ex [while] we’re trying to move forward. You’re in another relationship. That’s your past.”
Rapper Charli Baltimore said she was approached about doing Love and Hip Hop New York, but she didn’t believe she was a good fit — and that she should share her private life, publicly.
“I was in talks with Mona [Scott-Young] to do LHHNY last year. I don’t think I really fit the format for the show,” she said. “I don’t know if I’d be comfortable having every aspect of my life in public. That really takes a certain kind of personality. I’m a rather private person for the most part and I had to take into consideration my daughters lives as well. If I was offered a different sort of show, I wouldn’t be opposed to it, and it’s awesome to see Mona single-handedly turn her show into an empire. I’m all for women empowerment.”
She did decide to do a reality show after all, but one about her and her life only: Charli Knows Best, which is a limited series that airs on Bossip.
The former Crime Mob rapper (“Knuck If You Buck” anyone?) who used to be in a relationship with rapper Lil Scrappy was offered the chance to be on Love and Hip Hop Atlanta. She passed because she didn’t want to focus on going back and forth with her ex on TV.
“The producer, the direction she was trying to go, I wasn’t into what she was,” she said. “There’s more to me than just my relationship. You wanted me to relive something that was old, from my past. I wasn’t gonna come across as I’m still stuck on my past. I’m not gonna give light to something that was dead. I’m not gonna let you alter me in a light [and] everything that I’ve worked for, can be gone. Just like that.”
She did end up doing reality TV, opting for Oxygen’s short-lived Sisterhood of Hip Hop.