Over the weekend, during a candid conversation with comedian Godfrey on Instagram Live, Amanda Seales shared her reasons for leaving The Real.
Seales announced her decision to depart from the daytime talk show in June, saying she chose not to renew her contract six months after joining as the fifth co-host.
“I left The Real because it was breaking my spirit … I was being asked to not talk about certain things that felt like a betrayal to my people,” Seales said in the video, captured by The Neighborhood Talk 2.
“And then on top of that, I didn’t want to be somewhere that I felt like people weren’t being honest with me and where people felt scared of me because of my Black woman-ess.”
Seales went on to share one of her experiences, explaining that she found herself upset after a white female producer was assigned with the task of helping her put together a Smart, Funny and Black segment of The Real.
Smart, Funny and Black is a game Seales created that tests one’s knowledge of Black popular culture based on the variety show of the same name.
“I did a Smart, Funny and Black game on The Real and I was so excited to get to play my Smart, Funny and Black game on The Real,” Seales said.
She added: “They assigned it to the one white woman producer, but we have three Black women producers and one Black guy producer and I was like ‘Why are you producing this?’ and she was like, ‘So and so assigned it to me,’ and I said, ‘But why would you be producing this? You’re a white woman. You don’t understand what we’re going to be talking about.’ ”
She shared that she felt a Black producer would have made more sense as the game tackles topics more familiar to the Black community.
“It doesn’t feel good to my soul to be at a place where I can not speak to my people the way they need to be spoken to, and where the people that are speaking to me in despairing ways are not being handled,” she said.