Dawn Robinson is tired of people responding negatively to her friend Kelly Price. It’s no secret that R&B Divas L.A. has fans of R&B music totally confused. The show that originally started out as a positive show about the women of R&B music, working together to try and build onto their careers, became a bunch of women that talk about each other and argue (like most reality shows). The most confusing part of the show is how Kelly Price is being portrayed. Kelly is the Diva that we’ve followed for the past 20 years of her illustrious career. Her haunting voice makes us cry with her, laugh with her and relate to her joy and pain. She has even stirred a few souls with her Gospel albums. That’s why, it came as a shock when the show portrayed the loveable Ms. Price as an angry Diva? Dawn Robinson was there filming most episodes and she wants the fans to know, ” reality TV is not as real as you want it to be.” According to Dawn, the producers of the show, wanted to create drama in order to increase ratings. She was so upset about the way the show was produced, she did not come to the taping of the re-union show. Hopefully, we will hear more about that decision from Dawn soon, but for now, here is what she had to say in an interview with Mara The Socialite.
ON HOW KELLY PRICE IS PORTRAYED ON THE SHOW:
See, this is the thing; this is what’s hard. When you show a bunch a stuff, and you have all this footage, and then they just break it down to certain parts of it, and then they omit certain things that you did say, but they don’t put that part in there because they want you to look a certain way. So this is why I was telling her, ‘Kelly, whatever we do, don’t react to people in an angry way, because they’re going to film that, and that’s what they’re gong to show. They want to show us fighting against each other, they want to show anger, the angry Black woman, and you’re so much better than that. Please hold your peace as much as you can, and don’t let these people take you off your greatness. You are a queen – we don’t go there, don’t do it.’
ON THE PRODUCERS OF R&B DIVAS WANTING MORE DRAMA ON THE SHOW FOR RATINGS:
Because we were such a part of the show, the producers speak to us midway and said, ‘You guys have a boring show.’ And I said at the meeting, ‘Is that because we’re not fighting against each other? We’re not pulling each other’s hair out? We’re not negative against each other? Is that because we support each other, and we’re loving towards each other as women? You want to see the negativity because in your mind, drama is what gets the ratings.’ But at the same time right now, what we’re seeing is that the show so far – and this is midway through filming. so this is half way through filming – what we’re seeing now is that the show, so far the four episodes that they’ve shown have been very positive and very loving, and people are reacting to the positivity on the show. And so, they have the highest rating in TV One history, our show is the highest rated show in TV One history, and that’s positivity. This show is not negative so far, and yet you guys have the highest rated show in TV One history without any drama? That says a lot – that means it was never necessary in the first place. Real life has enough drama in it without having to add to it and create some stuff ’cause you guys want ratings. It’s just ridiculous, so it’s pretty sad, but we don’t control that.
Kelly is a wonderful person, and the way they treated her…it was so much more said. She apologized to Fred; she said the emotions that I have are because I was a child growing up with being put into certain situations by her cousin, and I can’t tell Kelly’s life for her; she’s going to have to speak for herself, but there were things she wanted to protect of her life. And by giving it to Fred, who is this guy she met right then – when you guys saw us meet Fred in that scene, she had just met him for the first time, just like the audience saw us meeting for the first time, we met him that day. When we came to the theater, there’s this guy named Fred. Now everybody had told us about who Fred was. Chanté had mentioned him; you saw where Kelly said, ‘I’m not happy about that.’ Because she had her own director, she had someone who she was comfortable with, and now they kicked her guy to the curb and said they want Fred to come in. And I’m like, ‘Where did Fred come from?’ This was never part of the equation. Not only that, they had four meetings before we met Fred – they left us out of four different filming processes with Fred. So we never met Fred until that day. They had already met Fred and met with him four times, and they had already been working with him four times prior to me and Kelly. So when we got there, we were like, ‘Huh?’ Wait a minute. Now hold on, this Kelly’s idea, but you guys want to meet with this other guy Fred before she even gets a chance to really know who Fred is. She wanted to meet him, but she didn’t want to hire him – that was not her idea. This is her baby, and it’s like you come to everybody with an idea of your own, and then they just kick you out of the car and put someone else in place of who you have in mind. I think you’d be pretty pissed at that as well. So you only get bits and pieces. I keep telling people reality TV is not as real as you want it to be.