Tamar Braxton Breaks Down After Being Dropped from The Real as Source Says 'There Was No Conspiracy' to Let Her Go
"I just feel like the rug has been pulled out from under me," says Braxton of her abrupt departure from the daytime talk show
“I don’t understand. I could probably understand more if I know I did something, but I don’t know what I did,” Braxton says through tears in an exclusive preview clip from Thursday’s episode of Braxton Family Values. “I just feel like the rug has been pulled out from under me.”
Braxton’s departure from the syndicated talk show was announced May 22, just one day after the singer posted on Instagram that she had been “stabbed in the back.”
There has been speculation that Braxton was referring to the remaining co-hosts – Tamera Mowry-Housley, Jeannie Mai, Adrienne Bailon and Loni Love – on social media, but a source close to the show tells PEOPLE that “none of the co-hosts had anything to do with the decision. There was no conspiracy, and no one was trying to stab her in the back.”
In the Family Values preview clip, Braxton, 39, says she feels “disrespected,” “let down,” and “disregarded” and that there had “never been a conversation” about why she would be let go, but the source maintains that her manager – who is also her husband, Vince Herbert – was given ample warning about the decision before it was announced to the public.
“The executives wanted to handle the transition with grace and dignity. They let Vince know about the decision on May 18 and wanted to bring Tamar in to discuss it, but he didn’t want to tell her until after her Smokey Robinson tribute performance [on May 19],” says the source. “On May 20, they went ahead and told her agent as well. That’s the day they actually wanted to make the announcement, but they waited. They were trying to be respectful and wanted to talk to her directly, but Vince wouldn’t allow it.”
The source also refutes the claims that the decision to not renew Braxton’s contract “had anything to do with race.”
“Shows make decisions like this every day,” says the source. “There was no grand scheme against her.”
Still, Braxton is left with questions.
“I mean, I guess I’m okay with change,” she says in the preview clip. “But can we respect each other in the change? Can I get that?”
When asked for comment, a rep for The Real said the show is not commenting any further than the initial press release.
“The Real and Tamar Braxton have mutually decided that Tamar will not be continuing with the show for its upcoming third season. She will be leaving in order to concentrate on her solo career,” read the release. “Everyone associated with The Real appreciates Tamar’s efforts and the contributions she has made to the show’s success, and we wish her all the best for the future.”
Braxton Family Values airs Thursdays (9 p.m. ET) on WEtv.