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Chilli talks about why she picked Bill on ‘What Chilli Wants’

Chilli and Bill in happy embrace. Does it last?

Chilli and Bill in happy embrace. Does it last?

Did Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas of TLC fame actually find what she wanted on the recently concluded first season of VH1’s successful reality show “What Chilli Wants”?

Possibly. The final episode showed her deciding to date Bill, a tall dude with oodles of confidence. We don’t know his full name or what he does for a living.

Chilli, in a phone interview last week, didn’t provide any more illuminating details on that front or whether she’s even still dating Bill. (The show ended taping in January.) She did say in dating, “I’m taking my time, taking it slow. If it’s going to be, that time will come.”

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She also remained loyal to her list. “The list is not going anywhere,” she said. “Know who you are, know what you want and have standards. It’s great to have those qualities. I’m very proud I was able to take everything I’ve gone through and apply it to me to continue to grow in my life.” (This experience has inspired her to work on a book about relationships. Not enough of those on the shelf, eh?)

Sure, she will bend on the pork and someone who drinks a little. But one guy came in already tipsy. That was a turnoff. And she was appalled when she met a man nonchalant about caring for his son since she cares so much about raising her son.

She often blamed Tionna Smalls, the feisty dating coach, for setting her up on dates with men who didn’t work for her at all: “I didn’t like a lot of the people she was bringing to me,” she said.  And when Tionna set her up with Bill toward the end, she castigated the coach for holding him back. Peeved, Tionna knocked a bread basket off a table at Cafe Intermezzo and left in a huff. (I have my doubts VH1 will bring her back. They’ll probably create a new set up for Chilli in season two.)

In that final episode, she agreed to Tionna’s plea that she do a couple of overnights with Bill and Farmer D but she said she was not going to sleep with either of them. Bill took her to Barnsley Gardens Resort in Adairsville. She laughed a lot but they slept in separate beds and she declined a kiss. (In the previous episode, she appreciated that Bill was comfortable at the Uptown Comedy Corner, where most of the crowd is black, and took Arie Spears’ on-stage teasing in good spirits.)

Farmer D (real name: Darren Joffe) took her to the Fernbank Museum. He’s all quiet and mysterious while he makes her dinner. He goes in for a lip lock. Same problem. She holds back, like they’re high school kids.

The show has already been renewed for a second season but Chilli said she had no idea when taping would start and how it would work.

Some fans wondered why Chilli, known for dating the likes of Usher in the past, ended up with  two white guys in the end. “I’ve dated men of all races,” she said. “Some people have issues about it. But to me, it’s not a big deal. Those two men happen to have a lot in common with me. Not because they’re white but because of their backgrounds.”

Farmer D sealed the end for himself when he said he was not a church goer or a deeply religious person.  And he got the answer wrong when she asked if he thought it was better to be fat and short or tall and long in the privates arena. He gave her the “wrong” answer. (Is there a “wrong” answer to that?) In the interview, she said, “I don’t really like quiet people. I think they have something to hide. Bill was more genuine.”

For now, she and T-Boz are prepping for a TLC tour in Japan. Why not do a tour in the U.S.? “We’ve been asked to go on tours and stuff. The package has to be right. We want everybody’s last impression to be an amazing one. If  we don’t feel that, we won’t do it, especially here in the States.”

“Americans are very fickle,” she added. “They’re not like overseas. I don’t know why.  Americans are that way. If it’s not perfect, you get crucified.”

35 comments Add your comment


June 17th, 2010
3:33 pm

I watched the schow and loved the concept. It does amaze me that people with a “list” don’t open thier eyes to other options. Tionna did her job. She brought many different men to the table. Chili’s on circle told her that she needed to compromise. All in all I believed that both ladies learned something from each other. I do hope that they bring back Tionna. She keeps it real.


June 17th, 2010
3:38 pm

For the spelling critics: “schow” should be show; “on” should be own


June 17th, 2010
3:42 pm

and this is what television has come to —- the really cancelled Flashforward, Law & Order, Lipstick Jungle, and a variety of other decent tv shows…. to keep mess like this on TV — YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME. I could have watched another season of 24 – rather than watching tv executives waste money on this B.S.

other cancelled shows way better than Chili’s hotmess: Damages, The Deep End, Jeff Dunham SHow, Nip Tuck, Miami Medical.


June 17th, 2010
3:43 pm

That cool Chili got her self a White guy, dont really think any of the brothers was feeling her anyways. She has been around!!!!!


June 17th, 2010
3:44 pm

P.S. These Reality shows aren’t even reality — Why don’t they just put this one on You Tube where it belongs. WHAT A WASTE of PRODUCTION $$$.


June 17th, 2010
3:45 pm

Why is this a show? I watched 5 minutes of it one night when she was waiting on Floyed Maywheather,the boxer,who stood her up. I would be embarassed to death.


June 17th, 2010
4:11 pm

Well apparently she isn’t still dating Bill if she is doing a second season. I’m just thinking it would be kind of silly to look for a man when you already have one. But that’s just me. These dating shows are so silly. If they really “worked”, there would only be one season.


June 17th, 2010
4:16 pm

I believe after watching a few episodes that Chili is so vain. She most likely will be by herself the rest of her life. Such a beautiful woman on the outside but so out of touch internally. If she does find a man he will have to be a yes man. She better wake up and start look at herself. Why am I dam near forty and still alone. I listen to her conversation and what a turn off. She is so great until she begins to talk. Being a married man myself it will take only christ himself to make her completely happy. Good luck Ms. I’m still wearing my hair in that little girl style Chili. Also about the tour I don’t believe many would want to see you and T-Boz in concert. Sincerely Confident Brother

Elliot Garcia

June 17th, 2010
4:27 pm

I met Chili last Fourth of July and she was delicious!


June 17th, 2010
4:42 pm

I watched the series, and Chili is eye candy to the tenth. She does come off a shallow, but also showed traits of being a genuine, down to earth girl at times. I’m not sure one man will ever make her “happy”. She can rock the hell out of a pair of jeans, but that turn on only lasts so long in a relationship if there’s no substance. She appears to be a great mom, and she gets kudos for raising an intelligent young man. Floyd Mayweather is a straight player, a complete jerk and they never would have worked. I don’t think Chili really knows what she wants, so how can she find it?

summerhill ga

June 18th, 2010
2:54 am

Farmer D was real..real attracts real….


June 18th, 2010
7:46 am

“I don’t really like quiet people. I think they have something to hide.” –So we’re all supposed to put our private life on blast by allowing a camera to follow our pathetic attempts to find a man? Oh wait, my attempts aren’t pathetic! Guess me and my “quiet” self will sit back and be “quiet” with my MAN!


June 18th, 2010
7:49 pm

Come on Rodney…its a reality show….if she is dating him, she is not going to tell you and there would be no need for a second season…she probably will not see the guy until production begins to dump him to enable the show to continue…its made for TV…I’m just saying


June 18th, 2010
11:40 pm

Chilli! That makes the Cisco Kid and Poncho hungry.


June 19th, 2010
12:10 am

Wow, I really thought I was on top of most of the TV that is on out there. I missed this one completely.

Mrs. Belinda

June 19th, 2010
2:20 am

I enjoyed the show. Chilli keep your list better to know what you want & not settle. Cause you want someone you like, enjoy, admire, trust, & love at the end of the day. We all know no one is perfect so their imperfections has to be things you can live with without getting upset, Because the more you settle the more miserable you will be once you are married.

I agree with you God & Christ Jesus must be first place in a marriage. May God equally yoke you in marriage.

honesty is the best policy

June 19th, 2010
8:21 am

Chili has been with so many celebrity men, that she can’t find another celebrity man.

Now, she is just about washed up and dried out, she looking for love.

The next show will be called “CHILI NEEDS A MAKE-OVER” please change that hair style, woman don’t style their hair that way, my 16 year old Latina niece does.

honesty is the best policy

June 19th, 2010
8:25 am


honesty is the best policy

June 19th, 2010
8:27 am

I wish, I could have the same hairstyle from 8th grade. I can’t, I work in corporate America. Plus my mother lives in New York and she would not be able to do my hair. LOL


June 19th, 2010
9:08 am

I bet Chilli is still seeing Bill… No one knows his last name or what he does
for a living. I guess all of will be played out in season 2? I really hope
she finds what she’s looking for.


June 19th, 2010
10:16 am

Wow I am really amazed at Chilli — I never wouldve expected for her to have that kind of mind set. I mean I always thought of her to be a down to earth female, not shallow, or vain or out of touch with herself.

Chilli and myself are the same exact age she is a few months older than I and I too have a list of my expectations, but my list is not a list of what I heard them preaching about in church on a certain relationship sunday, or a list made up from adjectives found on a dating website but a list of my feelings on how I want my man to communicate with me, how I want him to make love to my mind first and my body second. I truly do not believe her dating/relationship coach was capable of accomplishing that.

Unlike Chilli–I dont believe its in her best benefit to walk around with her list attached to her head, or even waste her time drilling her list into the heads of her close friends, associates, dating/relationship coach, whatever and whom ever–

I feel she should ask one question upon initially meeting a man, that most important question to her, then based on that mans answer to that one question determine where his head is and whether he gets a second date and whether you will see him again. I wouldnt even waste my time and energy asking my other questions upon intial meetings with a prospect,and thats just what they are, prospects. I would have fun, plain old fashioned mental stimulation, fun, date go places, do things. and when the man asks you whats up, you tell I’m not feeling you like that, you answer honestly but stop revealing yourself and your I cant find or keep a man for long unless I ???? relationship drama.

And Chilli keeping it on the really real and of course on the TLC tip, yes size may matter but we all know size means nothing if the man don’t know how to make it work, so please stop asking questions like is it better to be fat and short or tall and long in the privates arena–to a man there is no right or wrong answer, its our female preference so why not just ask him if he is bigger or smaller than 4 inches when soft and has a circumstance equal to or less than that of a 15 oz tropicana orange juice!!!!


June 19th, 2010
11:15 am

as a white male ..i think some black women are simply gorgeous..until they open thier mouths and attitude for days due to bitterness and anger built up over years..also get rid of the ghetto mentality,no tatoos it looks unclean,speak properly(it doesnt mean being white) quit acting like a pole stripper at the local strip club..i recently saw Diana Ross at chastain park,what a beautiful,sophisticated,talented,LADY..key word lady..act like one i garrantee guys will treat you like one…Diana ross should be a role model for all black women in my opinion and women period..the lady is one classy dame..mosty of my white male friends all educated and well set all said they would date and marry the right black women in a yes us white males do check out the women of color!!


June 19th, 2010
11:42 am

TO TRACI – I agree with you 1000%. From HOA to Cut off – this stuff is dumbed down trash and yet people watch it. People – use your brain cells for something other than watching this drivel. If Chili really wants a man tell her to read Steve Harvey’s book and act like a grown adult woman.

Stupid stuff.


June 19th, 2010
11:47 am

To Scott – I hear you and I am a Black woman. Sisters listen – if you want a man, don’t bring the baggage of all the ones that did you wrong to the table with the next guy. Don’t talk about how all men want is to jump in bed with you if you are the one pulling down the sheets for him before the first date. Stop talking about your expectations and make sure that what you are offering is what you’d want in return. And lastly, LISTEN AND TAKE HEED when the man tells you who he is and what he wants instead of hearing what you want to hear.


June 19th, 2010
12:40 pm

Chilli’s show was renewed. It’s called “work” and a paycheck. Networks don’t care about the quality of the show as long as people watch.
As for her hair. So you think it’s wack. At least she didn’t buy it from the Korean store.


June 19th, 2010
2:11 pm

Chili is fake


June 19th, 2010
9:21 pm

I am way tired of reality t.v and tuning in to other peoples lives but I decide to give chilli a chance, But I was wrong for that….It was a cold mess..worse than im serious she was ver irritating with her list.My biggest complaint is why would u go on a show if u didnt want to meet different guys and why would u think that u dont have to compromise. Yeah you are a celebrity but I do believe that you put your pants on 1 leg at a time…She was very rude to the olympic player and so what he drink every now and again u were not perfect all your life so stop acting all snobby. Its ok to have standards but u gave it a new name. Not going as hard as I could on you so please be grateful cause everyone is entitled to their own opinion,,,


June 21st, 2010
11:18 am

Enlarge the blogs and reponse can’t see a thing without straining eyes.


June 21st, 2010
2:25 pm

Hi Scott~ not all women with tattoos are trashy. I have three (one on my upper arm, one on my foot,and the last and final one on my back) and they are all the same thing. I do understand where you are coming from, but please remember…don’t judge a book by its cover: you would be surprised what you may find on the inside. Oh, yeah in addition to the three tattoos, I also have two degrees and working on a third one. So, I would like to think that exempts me from the “you are just to ghetto for me” card. Be blessed.


June 26th, 2010
9:20 pm

I did not watch the show and but why would Mayweather miss a date with such a fine looking woman just adds to the rumors that he is gay. Gayweather LOL


July 11th, 2010
10:41 am

I understand why VH1 picked her to do the show but since there’s gonna be a second season I’ll say this, I hope that she be the FIRST to actually build on her first season romance. I’d like to hope that Chilli can be like ABC’s The Bachelorette (the one that got married and is still married to her husband she met on the show) if she were to do the second season I hope it’d show her and Bill dating and getting closer :) It’d be nice.

I usually have a limit of reality tv I can stand to watch. I liked Bill he was funny and didn’t seem affected by the cameras. It is a HUGE turn on for a non black man dating a black woman to just be comfortable in any environment including a comedy bar filled with black people and being pointed out and picked on for a few moments by the comedian. Good sports make for great character. Farmer D was cool, just seemed more stand offish but I mean if it was for the cameras why did he agree to date her? He did however remind me of a few guys I’ve dated and well they were nice but I always felt like they were just trying the cool guy act to get me in bed quicker… Not saying that’s what he was doing just that’s what I got from him. He seems like a nice guy just maybe not able to be with a woman that lives her life in a spot light.

If someone has some kind of issue with her for ending up with a choice between two white men, how about you take it up with all the “brothers” that hit up white women. Why is it ok for a black man to step outside his race but if I black woman does it, she’s turning her back on her people? What kind of double standard crap is that? Grow up people, it’s 2010. How about you stop acting as if you were racist from the 1950s or something. FYI I’m black, and I’m in a relationship with a white man. Problem? I don’t care.

If she is with him for her second season then good for her, she shouldn’t care what ignorant people say. You don’t pay her bills or live her life for her so mind your business. And I just wanted to add I don’t have a problem with people dating outside of their race. Just don’t you dare point me out for living my life that you don’t agree with, no one asked for your opinion.

That’s the problem with the world today, everybody is always wanting to put in their two cents when it’s not even needed. If you don’t like the show don’t watch it damn not that difficult. Instead you complain about other shows being canceled… how about this… watch those shows and stop tuning in to the ones you don’t like… might actually help out the shows you like and want to continue you watching.


July 16th, 2010
10:37 am

Look. I know Bill. He’s known around Atlanta for being a good looking GAY dude.
I’m not surprised he was chosen but I bet they’re “friends”
He only runs with dudes and he’s about 35 years old.


July 21st, 2010
12:57 pm

Chilli, Usher is the one for you girl. You and Usher are meant to be together. We are looking for a reunion for Chilli and Usher because your fans love the fairytale story.


July 22nd, 2010
3:10 pm

At honesty is the best policy. How immature of a woman who boasts working in corporate America to take time out your so-called busy day to rant about Chili’s choice of hair styles. First of all, you say you work in Corporate America with so much pride like it somehow justifies you as being more grown-up or more of a woman. Essentially, corporate America forces you to fit into someone else’s cookie cutter, image completely devoid of your own individuality and choice of personal style. I would much rather have the economic freedom to NOT have to work in corporate America and use my brain to choose my own reality and not have corporate America brainwash me and tell me what is right. I guess that’s why 70% of the population will only be followers.

Also, you posted not one, but THREE separate posts about her hair. It actually makes me wonder if you are jealous either of her hair or how great she looks at her age. I would assume such a mature woman from corporate America would be too involved in meeting the objectives of your organization than to focus on something so small and inconsequential. Besides, any mature adult should know that hair doesn’t make the woman. It is simply an accessory. Chili’s position in life doesn’t warrant her to be molded into the same robot-style image you’re bound by. I think you need to grow up.


August 3rd, 2010
3:38 am

I am the same age as Chilli, but I am married. Petite,long hair, mistaken for a teen-ager ALL the time. But I watched every episode of “What Chilli Wants”. Realizing some of it was reality, but most of it scripted–it has to keep your interest. She has standards, opened her life to the world. I live by the morals that LOVE has NO color—it just happens. I enjoyed her show, clean/NO sex scenes / NO bed hopping. We cry about not enough black shows on…NOW we have millions, take your pick.
Hair, body, tattoos do not make you–or even money. But the heart of the person does, Chilli was transparent—we ALL have a past, she just wanted to share hers—plus her future.