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Did Chilli get what she wanted from her VH1 reality show ‘What Chilli Wants’?

Swedish model Lasse Larson with Chilli in the final episode. CREDIT: VH1

Swedish model Lasse Larson with Chilli in the final episode. CREDIT: VH1

In the end, TLC’s Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas did not really get what she wanted in terms of love from two seasons of her VH1 reality show “What Chilli Wants.”

But she did get a paycheck and more public exposure than she’s gotten in years. During the second season, relationships expert Tionna Smalls expanded Chilli’s pool of men beyond Atlanta by going to New York, Miami and Las Vegas. She ultimately found three men Chilli found intriguing. All were charming and attractive. She dallied with Raphael Matos, an Indy driver but found him a bit too young at age 28.  Scott, her next guy, was a bit too much of a playboy and not ready to get as serious as Chilli. The third, a Swedish model Lasse Larsen, intrigued her as well but she said today that their relationship has moved slowly given the fact he lives in New York.

“I’m glad I had this season,” Chilli said, of the recently concluded eight-episode second season shot last fall. “I met a lot of nice people. I’m sure most women would have more patience than me.” She and Lasse, she said, are still in the “getting to know” phase.

The show is no shoo in for a third season after ratings dropped almost 30 percent from season one, averaging around 920,000 viewers. (Oddly, a “sneak” preview of the show at noon the same day sometimes drew more viewers than the prime-time airing.) VH1, which hasn’t had a genuinely big hit in quite a long time, even had the temerity to air the finale during the Oscars.

Chilli said if she were to work more with VH1, the concept would have to be tweaked in some way. She did appreciate the way the show was done. “They really allowed me to be me,” she said.

Did Chill learn anything per se from the reality series? She is still seeking a long-term relationship. She’d like another child. Now she is likely to go at it again without a coach or cameras. “I’m not a desperate person or insecure to the point I have to have a man to validate who I am. I don’t know. I’m in the same place,” she said.

Chilli, whose music career has been more dormant lately than anything, is planning a 20th anniversary tour this summer  for TLC with her cohort Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins.  She hopes to nab an Atlanta date. (The pair has not performed together in Atlanta since Lisa Lopes died in 2002.) She is also dabbling in acting, playing herself on an upcoming VH1 dramedy called “Single Ladies,” which is being shot in Atlanta right now and set to debut this summer.

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By Rodney Ho, rho@ajc.com, AJCRadioTV blog

69 comments Add your comment

Kapoonka

March 8th, 2011
9:35 pm

mecq tate

March 8th, 2011
9:53 pm

This show was a waste of time. There are so many Beautiful Black Men in the world, of which if the gossip rags are correct she has a child for one and had an ongoing relationship with the other. If she was a Grand as she precieves herself to be she surely would have kept one of the two. They were great catches…!!!! I believe in having very healthy self esteem. However, she comes across as feeling entitled and arrogant. She needs to be more realistic in her approach to men. She’s cute but she is no Diva and the clock is ticking.

mecq tate

March 8th, 2011
9:55 pm

Chili didn’t get what she wants because she dosen’t know what she wants.!!!!

A

March 8th, 2011
10:18 pm

yeah mecq and half of them are in prison, on parole or on probation!!!

Diva-D

March 8th, 2011
10:21 pm

Were we really supposed to believe that she was serious about finding real love or just a pay check?

Brady

March 8th, 2011
10:24 pm

Leave it to someone to throw in skin color. Sure is clear these days who the racist are.

J

March 8th, 2011
10:32 pm

A…. Stop showing your limited mind. There are still plenty of single, eligible, black men that aren’t in prison or parole or probation. If she knew what she wanted she could find what she wanted…..

Maze High

March 8th, 2011
10:41 pm

Chilli is very sweet person! In high school she only dated dark skinned guys, she finally gave the brown skinned brotha with curly hair a try and she got dogged. She played Usher
and now maybe she has finally have found love.

brion

March 9th, 2011
1:32 am

its funny how chilli and other black women complain about the lack of men yet im one of many single black men in atlanta who encounter loud mourh, stuckup,materialistic,superficial, unrealistic expectations, and angry women…i have to date outside my race to avoid the b.e.t rap video mindset of having to have big money, flashy clothes and jewelry to date. ive met more money hungry so called independent sistas at church than anywhere else. im considered too cheap bc i dont blow money on stuff that isnt in my budget. when i date a white,latina, or asian i get angry looks and called sellout from the same women….wtf? im a simple man who cant even get a home cook meal from a black woman in atl bc they cant or wont cook…..im nt ya mamma? wtf? yet when i go to miami or out in the country areas, sistas are different, cater to a good man….but some women see a good man as a atm machine…im keeping the faith.

Rocket

March 9th, 2011
4:13 am

Raphael is not a NASCAR car driver, he is an Indy Car driver. Get the facts correct..

truthpaste

March 9th, 2011
4:18 am

I knew I should have took my shot when I saw her at Fat Tuesdays in the Underground back in 94.

Boywonder

March 9th, 2011
4:59 am

Threw up in my mouth at the phrase “relationship expert – Tionna Smalls”.

She is no relationship expert, no expert, and not SMALL.

Give me a break.

Yeah, in a town of 5 million people, her so called epxert has to go to Miami, New York, and Las Vegas.
I’d be getting my money back if I were Chili.

This show as a super-snoozer.
As if any of us care what the hell a washed up has-been “wants”.
Go eat a chicken leg.

afrosheen

March 9th, 2011
5:05 am

She’s a FRAUD. Winning.

2nd Cup

March 9th, 2011
5:31 am

Why people continue to patronize and glorify these narcissistic reality pinheads is a mystery even Scooby Doo couldn’t solve.

J

March 9th, 2011
6:41 am

I agree with Brion. Atl Women have been watching too much BET and MTV. They often overlook the humble,honest hardworking brotha that may not have a fancy car or stacks of cash but is still doing well for himself. Chilli comeback to the SWATS and find your or better yet let your Prince find you.

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barry

March 9th, 2011
7:31 am

Brion pretty much summed it up perfectly. The only thing I would like to add to his comment is that every black man in the ATL who is single and has no kids is not gay or on the DL.

hoodtechie

March 9th, 2011
7:51 am

Sadly but truly chilli will end up among the countless lonely,unmarried,divorced,angry,bitter 40+ year old sisters in Atlanta trying to find love and calling the shots in the relationship.News flash ladies the only time women get to call all the shots in relationships are in high school when men are to dumb to know it and their bodies are in high demand.Every man knows after 28 a woman’s body is all down hill from there as well as their looks. Don’t believe me look at janet Jackson,vivica fox, beyonce,gabrielle union all passed their prime. Men eventually catch up when they are in control and call the shots. Don’t hate me, just the way nature plays the game.

Miss KP

March 9th, 2011
8:20 am

Scott not every woman be they Black, White or Rainbow are as you described. Just as not all white men have lil ding a lings. So lets not go there with the stereotype. I as a woman first and a woman of color(as it is put) last consider myself to be very classy and tasteful. In my opinion she has the Halle Berry syndrome, yes you are cute and may even be fine, but what is left after that. Can they step outside of their physical outer beauty and reveal themselves beautiful on the inside. One of the things that struck me as strange is Chili had all of these stipulations and was wondering what someone else was bringing to the table, I didn’t see her offering up a few chairs to go with the table. So what you are Chili, is that all you have to offer is your name, it takes more than that sweetie. Floyd saw straight through that and passed.

Bacari

March 9th, 2011
8:30 am

@ A- Aren’t parole and probation the same??

Camille

March 9th, 2011
8:33 am

For the men on this blog complaining about Black women in the ATL, I’m not sure what kind of women you are meeting or where you are meeting this women because that does not describe any of my single friends (note the word friends, because I do know women like you describe). However, it may also be because my friends and I are not from Georgia, so maybe that makes a difference.

Monroe Burbank

March 9th, 2011
8:40 am

Last!!!!!

I’m sure glad I don’t watch much TV, least of all this kind of garbage.

Bacari – parole and probation aren’t the same thing.

LD

March 9th, 2011
8:40 am

Hmmm… You’re trying to get to know someone but you’re meeting 50 different guys in 50 days???? Ummm, pass the first impression, how do you know a person’s character if you don’t spend TIME with the person? At least Rock of Love kept the girls around for a while. LOL!

Rain

March 9th, 2011
8:44 am

Chili is still in love with Usher that’s why she hasn’t found anyone. Right after it was publicized that Usher was getting a divorce she did an interview and discussed all of the men she dated -btw I didn’t know she had dated Marlon Wayans- anyway she said that she still had feelings for Usher. I thought they would have gotten back together after that, but clearly Usher has moved on. She hasn’t.

Kriss

March 9th, 2011
8:52 am

To the men complaining about the women here in ATL, I too am not sure where you’re meeting these “females” but neither I nor my single friends have this mindset. Maybe the “females” you encounter are young, immature, and have not been taught what it is to be a “woman or lady”. At any rate, its not that women in or from Atlanta are a certain way, its the “chics” or “females” in the circles that you’ve encountered that have those issues.

me

March 9th, 2011
9:07 am

Really Scott, Diana Ross? The one who has three baby daddies, five kids and only marries billionaires. She’s different how? People are just people and there are all types in this world from every culture. When we stop trying to fit all people into a group or making one person responsible for an entire group, we then start to define them based on our own ‘box’ thinking. So, let me guess you are a white male, blue collar worker, who only likes to date thin black women with fake hair and money? See we can all stereotype.

Sistabgbn

March 9th, 2011
9:09 am

Amen and in total agreement with Chris and Camille!!!! Maybe the men that are complaining about the Black women of Atlanta need to look outside the circle you’re in. I have several women friends in their 30’s and 40’s that can’t even fine a decent man. And to answer the question: Yes we cook, in the kitchen and in the bedroom!!!!

monica

March 9th, 2011
9:10 am

I have seen Chili many times in retail stores in Atlanta. She always has this don’t bother me expression on her face. I guess she doesn’t
want to be recognize in Walmart. What a Fake.

Sistabgbn

March 9th, 2011
9:10 am

My apologies, I meant in agreement with Kriss and Camille

Tee

March 9th, 2011
9:10 am

I agree with Camille. Though I know and can’t stand loud, ghetto black women my good friends and myself are not like that. My mom was a classy southern lady and taught me to be the same way. I agree with whoever asked where you’re meeting many of these loud women. I would imagine if you go to more upscale places (church included) you might meet more upscale demure black women. I know plenty.

Tee

March 9th, 2011
9:14 am

I agree that Chilli does seem to be still in love with Usher which is probably why she hasn’t found anyone yet. Floyd is a player and will never be ready any time soon to settle down and be a 1-woman man. She’ll do well to put him out of her mind.

wow

March 9th, 2011
9:15 am

Can I have the sexy male model, since she didn’t want him!!! I’ll love him.

Light

March 9th, 2011
9:59 am

Did I read someone write that “upscale demure black women” could be found at church? Puh-leeze, they are the most fake, selfish, gossipping, gold-digging women with layers of pain and hurt, who are there just to find a “good” man (if they are really honest). And this comment is coming from a black woman who has been to all types of churches.

Regarding Chili, each time that I’ve had to interact with her, she was nice. I would like to see her and Usher back together because I believe they belong together. Whatever happened between the two, maybe they should both open themselves up to forgiveness and move on. No one would really care…at the end of the day its about love, peace, and happiness…but this is just my two cents because I don’t personally know either of them, but wish Chili the best in what she’s seeking in her life.

campbell's mom

March 9th, 2011
10:11 am

I just have to ask, what is it with this “cooking for a man” thing. First, let me say, I believe in loving and taking care of a man. I will massage you, take off your shoes, massage your feet for you after a hard day at work. I will even cook or bake for you “eventually”. But, I do not think that I should go into my kitchen upon request from you, start pulling out pots and pans and cooking you a meal, while you sit and watch sports or watch me working. This just does not feel sexy to me. My finished product is good, but cooking is a lot of walking back and forth, stirring, bending, washing, wiping, etc. Who is having the fun here. Then are we supposed to have hot rabbit nookie after your belly is full, and I’m tired and a bit sweaty?? Help me out ladies, exactly how is this supposed to be done, is my thinking all wrong.

notaracist

March 9th, 2011
10:14 am

Scott, darling. Do you know Diana Ross personally? If not, I hardly think you are an authority on how black women should pattern themselves. Diana Ross, (although I love her)slept her way to fame. That is not to say she is not talented. Her first child was with Berry Gordy, the head or Motown. Funny how the Supremes, became Diana Ross and the Supremes. Her last husband a European Shipping Billionaire obviously knew her a tad bit better than you, and he divorced her for a younger white women. I’m not hating on Diana Ross, she did what she felt she had to do. I just hate when people like Scott tell other people they should be more like someone they only know by their professional persona. Maybe he should ask Florence Ballard just how demure Diana Ross can really be.

notaracist

March 9th, 2011
10:20 am

Oh and concerning Chilli, she is obviously an attractive young lady. However, women with less fame and who do not have her figure or looks, have great lasting relationships. I believe something happens to young girls when they do not have strong male figures in their lives. One person mentioned Halle Berry, her Dad left when she was a young. Perhaps, when young girls learn at an early age, that they can not trust men, it carries over into their adult lives. I am not a Psychologist, this is only my opinion.

oneofeach4me

March 9th, 2011
10:26 am

@Bacari ~ Parole = Felony (release from prison) Probation = Misdemeanor (sometimes a felony) release from County Jail.

annoyed

March 9th, 2011
10:26 am

The ratings fell because Chilli is annoying. She’s picky and whiny. And the show was fake. Who wants to listen to that during their spare time? Not me.

Missy

March 9th, 2011
10:46 am

@ oneofeach4me – you sure about that? I thought “parole” meant I got out a jail while “probation” mean I got outta going to jail. I was under the impression that people on probation never actually made it to the jailhouse. I could be confused though.

Mrs. G

March 9th, 2011
10:54 am

How can Chili be choosey when she wanted Floyd Mayweather of all people… Go figure Chili.. Now that sounds like desperation, running behind a man that clearly only wants to have “fun” with you..

sistabgbn

March 9th, 2011
10:55 am

Probation is an act of the court. Probation instead of imprisonment may be ordered by a court for all or part of a person’s sentence. Probation is not parole. Parole may be granted only by the Parole Board after a person has served part of his sentence in prison

hotlanta

March 9th, 2011
11:01 am

I guess Charlie Sheen represent all of the white men out there. Beam me up Scotty for real. Don’t let me get started on serial marrier Kelsay Grammer who married his baby mamma before the ink was dry on the divorce papers. Does he represent all white men when it comes to relationships as well.

Abraham

March 9th, 2011
11:03 am

Good relationships are based on emotional maturity, reasonable compatibility where values and principles are concerned, and reasonable expectations of relationships. It also helps if you’ve been able to observe a good, solid relationship–parents, relatives, friends. Emotional maturity includes being ok with self, which is an equal distance between self-centeredness and self-hate on the continuum. If you like yourself, which doesn’t mean that you view yourself as perfect, but rather that you feel good about who you are, growing edges and all, you have passed the first test for engaging a good, solide relationship. If you don’t like who you are, a partner is going to be hardpressed to avoid your self-loathing projected on her/him. Emotional maturity also includes having dealt with and largely resolved past emotional hurts and pains. Sidney Portier had a great line in “To Sir With Love.” He said, “Marriage is not for the weak, the insecure, or the selfish.” This goes for Chili and everyone else.

One thing for sure, the comments here make it clear that there should be a place where mature people who may be ready to participate in good, solid relationships (based meangingful companionship, not money, bling, status, and ballin’) can meet each other. The brothers say they are out there. The sisters say they are out there. These two groups need to find each other!

the real truth

March 9th, 2011
11:26 am

hotlanta= fool

Maybethatswhy!

March 9th, 2011
11:30 am

I am a sister and I must admit that we could be a bit angry, but that’s only because we’re tired of dealing with weak men! It gets kind of tiring listening to people say these hurtful things about us without even wondering why we are that way. I would like to see all of you complainers walk a mile in our shoes! Regardless of our gender or race, we all have issues and entering into a relationship before some type of resolution only adds gas to the fire.

hotlanta

March 9th, 2011
11:40 am

Hello real truth. Did I lie. NO

coach phil

March 9th, 2011
11:52 am

race is not an issue when it comes to why there are so many single women. women of all races have standards too high and aren’t willing to compromise. why should a man have equal or more than a women coming into a relationship. us men don’t care as long as you can bring something to the table.

Down Low!

March 9th, 2011
12:21 pm

A good black man in Atlanta is hard to find and almost non-existant. They are either trying to date every woman in Atlanta or are confused about their sexuality. I’ll pass on both and will be leaving the A on the first thing smokin! It may be the same else where but not nearly bad as this nonsense! Good luck to all the good woman in Atlanta who are willing to stick around until they reach the ripe old age of 40+ waiting on a good brotha to surface in Atlanta.

ANGEL

March 9th, 2011
12:35 pm

@Maybethatswhy,@notaracist, @hotlanta, especially@ Abraham. Thank you I can breath again.. @ Scott and @ Brion, I think they thought of you when then created shows like “switching places”. The Blog police should sentence you to a front row seat with brother Farrakhan. It is obvious to most women that you both have tiny pecker’s! NOW GO PLAY WAS THAT LOUD ENOUGH!

ANGEL

March 9th, 2011
12:42 pm

OH! BTW@ Scott, they have a show just for you and Brion, it is called “My name is Earl”…if you use “Woman” right I will give you a free ticket any trailer park where all the ladies are hot!!!