Tamar Braxton And WE tv End Relationship, New Reality Show To Air Season As Planned

July 31 2020

Braxton Family Values star Tamar Braxton will seemingly not continue at WE tv.

WE tv says it will honor Braxton's decision to leave and will work with her representatives in the off-boarding process. Her upcoming show Get Ya Life! will still air its six-episode season on the network as planned. She will also appear in a few episodes of Braxton Family Values which were filmed before recent events. The future of the show outside of the upcoming season is unknown.

"Tamar Braxton has been an important part of our network family for more than a decade," the network said in a statement obtained by Variety. "As she focuses on her health and recovery at what is clearly a difficult and personal time, we will work with her representatives to honor her request and end all future work for the network. We wish her nothing but the best."

Braxton wrote about her time with WE tv in a lengthy Instagram statement Thursday, writing that working on reality television is "exploitation" and creates "a poor portrayal of Black people in show business." She also revealed that this culture of exploitation is what led to her July 16 hospitalization after what she confirmed was an attempted suicide. E!Online reports that Braxton was moved to a mental health facility after her hospitalization.

"Over the past 11 years there were promises made to protect and portray my story, with the authenticity and honesty I gave," she wrote. "I was betrayed, taken advantage of, overworked, and underpaid. I wrote a letter over 2 months ago asking to be freed from what I believed was excessive and unfair. I explained in personal detail the demise I was experiencing. My cry for help went totally ignored. However the demands persisted. It was my spirit, and my soul that was tainted the most."

"...Who I was [began] to mean little to nothing, because it would only be how I was portrayed on television that would matter," she continued. "It was witnessing the slow death of the woman I became, that discouraged my will to fight. I felt like I was no longer living, I was existing for the purpose of a corporation['s] gain and ratings, and that killed me."

Braxton wrote openly about her hospitalization, writing about the importance of normalizing mental health "and stop associating it with shame and humiliation."

"The pain that I have experienced over the past 11 years has slowly ate away at my spirit and my mental [health]," she wrote. "I will do everything in my power to aid those who [suffer] from mental illness including those of us [whose] mental [health] was only a result from the toxic, systemic bondage that dwells in television. It was only God's grace and His mercy on my attempt to end my pain and my life that I am here to utilize my voice."

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First and foremost, Thank you. Thank you to each and every individual who has prayed for me, thought of me, sent me their love and has showered me with their support. In this present moment, it is my only responsibility to be real with myself and to be real with the ones who truly love me and care for my healing. I have without fail, shared with you my brightest days, and I know that sharing with you what has been my darkest will be the light for any man or woman who is feeling the same defeat I felt just only a week ago. Every one of us has a desire, whether small or big, to make it out of where we come from to an ideal future place that includes, freedom to be who we choose, security for our children and families, and fortune to share with the ones we love. We believe these things can co-exist with just being happy. I believed that, that as a black woman, as an artist, an influence, a personality I could shape my world, and with whom I believed to be my partners, they could help me share my world. Over the past 11 years there were promises made to protect and portray my story, with the authenticity and honesty I gave. I was betrayed, taken advantage of, overworked, and underpaid. I wrote a letter over 2 months ago asking to be freed from what I believed was excessive and unfair. I explained in personal detail the demise I was experiencing. My cry for help went totally ignored. However the demands persisted. It was my spirit, and my soul that was tainted the most. There are a few things I count on most to be, a good mother, a good daughter, a good partner, a good sister, and a good person. Who I was, begun to mean little to nothing, because it would only be how I was portrayed on television that would matter. It was witnessing the slow death of the woman I became, that discouraged my will to fight. I felt like I was no longer living, I was existing for the purpose of a corporations gain and ratings, and that killed me. Mental illness is real. We have to normalize acknowledging it and stop associating it with shame and humiliation. The pain that I have experienced over the past 11 years has slowly ate away at my spirit and my mental. (Swipe to finish )

A post shared by Tamar Braxton (@tamarbraxton) on Jul 30, 2020 at 12:57pm PDT

If you or someone you know is suffering from suicidal ideation, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8225 or visit the lifeline's website.

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by Monique Jones on July 31 2020

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