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Is Stacey Dash out on VH1’s ‘Single Ladies’?

Stacey Dash: is she in or is she out? CREDIT: VH1

Stacey Dash: is she in or is she out? CREDIT: VH1

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There are unconfirmed rumors around the Web that actress Stacey Dash, a key lead on VH1’s first fully scripted drama “Single Ladies,” is being replaced for season two. “Single Ladies,” which just concluded its first season Monday night, is shot in Atlanta and set here as well.

I’ve been trying to figure out how true this is. There’s a certain level of skepticism in blog land. It’s rare for a character of such major import on a show to be dumped after just one season and “replaced” to boot. That would be like Darrin Stephens on “Bewitched” played first by Dick York, then replaced by Dick Sargent.

Jawn Murray, an entertainment writer, Tweeted about this yesterday, citing InTouch Weekly. He also said there was tension between her and LisaRaye McCoy, who plays Keisha. He heard there was “emergency casting” for a Dash replacement. And there’s always that one stickler that causes actors to lose their jobs: they demand a big raise. (Remember “Three’s Company” and Suzanne Somers? Wow. I’ve really dated myself with references to “Bewitched” and “Three’s Company”!)

Here’s the response I got from a VH1 publicist: “No casting decisions have been made for season 2 of single ladies yet..”

That is not a denial. And if something is patently false, network publicists usually work quickly to stanch the rumor. (Remember when TNT a few weeks ago was supposedly in talks with Charlie Sheen for a new sitcom? They shut that rumor down fast.) If you take what Washington said at face value, that means the other actresses aren’t tied down either. I’m kind of surprised. Usually, when actors sign on to shows, they are typically committed in contractual blood for multiple seasons. So this all sounds odd.

Or this actually means Dash is out and the VH1 publicist just didn’t want to say that because it’s not finalized or official. I will update if I get anything more concrete either way.

On the show, Dash plays glamorous single lady Val, who owns a Boutique at the Terminus building in Buckhead and has been dating a seemingly perfect guy named Jerry. Jerry says he doesn’t want to get married or have more children. Val breaks it off. Then she deals with her ex showing up again to try to get her back just as Jerry decides maybe he should give Val the ring. Yes, standard soap opera move there.

The show season one averaged about 1.9 million viewers each Monday, which is very strong for VH1 in this day and age. [UPDATE 8/10: The finale drew 2.18 million, a series high.]

[UPDATE 8/11: An insider source told me that yes, Stacey became incredibly diva-like on the set and the producers wanted her out. Then again, VH1 has not closed the door on bringing her back (thus the amorphous answer above) in hopes they can come to some sort of amicable agreement that would bring Stacey back. The polling here proves that while people here don't particularly think she's a great actress, they do think she fits the role well and like to watch her. Replacing her would be a major risk.]

[UPDATE 8/11: Did Lisa Raye have anything to do with the Stacy situation? In Facebook messages, both Lisa Raye and executive producer Stacy LittleJohn denied this. StraightFromtheA captured the Facebook messages. But also note that neither of them deny that Stacey is out. ]

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

282 comments Add your comment

Sandra Rose

August 9th, 2011
4:33 pm

A little birdie told me Stacey Dash wanted more money even before season 1 wrapped.

Scooter

August 9th, 2011
4:34 pm

Why would they replace Stacey Dash? I’m sure her hotness attracts a pretty large percentage of the show’s viewers. She doesn’t look 44 years old.

Chello

August 9th, 2011
4:44 pm

Hallelujah She is a terrible actress, and not believable in that role. Everyone else is great.!

truthpaste

August 9th, 2011
4:45 pm

Noooooooo. Can’t we all get along? Stacey, stick around for the good of the series. A good drama with a predominately Black cast is rare. Please stay Babe.

irena miranda

August 9th, 2011
5:28 pm

when does season #2 of single ladies come back

irena miranda

August 9th, 2011
5:29 pm

by the wy it ended yesterday I hope they fine someone as good a actress as stacey dash

Anita

August 9th, 2011
5:33 pm

I like Stacey Dash on the show. They need to work out their differences.

Didi

August 9th, 2011
5:37 pm

Even thought they are both certainly beautiful ladies, I think Stacey Dash and LisaRaye are horrible actresses! LisaRaye is a diva and I can imagine her and Dash clashing.

Glam

August 9th, 2011
5:41 pm

well i will be a lost view erif this happens!! its called being professional,so what they dont get along…its a job–do what u have to do and leave! I dont get along with alot of my co-workers but we have to work together!! Its what grown ups do–u dont fire sum1 from a show and start from scratch in 2nd season–this isnt the old days–americans(well some) are fickle and want what they want–and they will stop watching if u mess up the dynamic of the main cats…

Glam

August 9th, 2011
5:42 pm

well i will be a lost viewer if this happens!! its called being professional,so what they dont get along…its a job–do what u have to do and leave! I dont get along with alot of my co-workers but we have to work together!! Its what grown ups do–u dont fire sum1 from a show and start from scratch in 2nd season–this isnt the old days–americans(well some) are fickle and want what they want–and they will stop watching if u mess up the dynamic of the main cast…

tee

August 9th, 2011
5:44 pm

i think this show has caught alot of attention and viewers… cant wait to see season 2… hope to see stacy back on season 2. watched lisa ray on wendy williams she said they had a spat and quickly got over there difference and work well together.. said it was way exaggerated by the media.. so i think we will see stacy again.. if she quits it wont be because of lisa ray

Mercedes7Baby

August 9th, 2011
5:45 pm

I don’t care what anybody says, I LOVE this show, it reminds me of Girlfriends but a WHOLE LOTTA betta!!! I hope the cast stays the same it’s JUZ hard to get to a new face and actress/actor. This is just season ONE!!!. Great show it makes me look forward to the start of the workweek. Pray you don’t change a thang!!!

Mr.Producer

August 9th, 2011
5:47 pm

Damn, Damn, Damn…..

Ricki

August 9th, 2011
5:52 pm

I think she plays the role to a T, reason being is because I believe it’s truly who she is. I think the role was made just for her, from her real life and who she is, so she doesn’t really have to do a lot of acting. Now I’ve heard that her and LisaRay has had a few choice words. But lets be honest, “sistas” not sisters, have problems with each other all the time. So that should have been a given. But I don’t think she needs to be replaced. They both need to come to a mutual agreement, that they don’t have to drinking buddies, but they have to be co-workers and leave it at that.

John

August 9th, 2011
5:52 pm

Stacey, please don’t leave… don’t listen to idiots like Chello at 4:44 p.m… what the crap is that person thinking? I don’t CARE how great of an actor she is… this is not freakin’ Shakespeare, it’s some random VH1 show. NONE of it is believable… that’s what TV is, make-believe! What does Chello want?

Stacey is THE reason that ANY male watches that chick-flick kind of drama. She is the most amazingly hot woman on the planet… my God, look at her eyes! She could read the phone book on the show, I don’t care, I’m watching. But I never watched that FX show “Damages”, and you know why? Because that horrendously unattractive Glenn Close was on that show. Ick.

Sorry, folks, I’m just being honest… attractive leads bring in viewers. That’s why movie directors cast Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Aniston in various movies in Hollywood… because it’s America and sex sells!

I’ve been a Stacey Dash fan for years… she’s done some good stuff. She may not win an Oscar for anything, but she’s taken on some tough roles and she is gorgeous. I hope she stays on.

One time was enough... Poof! Be gone!

August 9th, 2011
5:55 pm

The show has VIEWERS? It stinks. Stacey, you can do much better, honey.

I withstood ONE episode of the (yawn) show and I saw the same one extra walk back and forth 3 times in the background in front of the (yawn) glass doors of whatever building they were in. And when I say 3 times, I mean he strode across in the same outfit 3 times, then they changed his shirt and he walk across again. All of this transpiring in a spliced 3-4 minutes of taping.

Seriously. That show needs so much work, it’s not worth the time. I thought Tyler Perry’s “shows” were buffoonery. “Ladies” is pulling up the rear. The so-called “actors” lack skills and talent, and Latifa gives herself a cameo as a news anchor. Seriously? Pluh-ese. I’ve seen better acting on Housewives of Atlanta.

Marcy Banton

August 9th, 2011
5:57 pm

Please don’t get rid of Stacey Dash. All of their personalities work well together on the show. I’m sure no one gets along great with everyone on their job but they have to get the job done. The show wouldn’t be the same. So ladies accept the fact that you are ALL attractive women, be the confident mature woman I am sure you are and stop acting like spoiled little girls.

truthpaste

August 9th, 2011
6:01 pm

^^^^^^^
For someone who watched one episode, you sure know a lot about this “buffoonish” show. Go back to your reality shows and leave the written dramas to the grown folk.

Kristy

August 9th, 2011
6:01 pm

They need to replace LisaRaye…she is a HORRIBLE actress

Michael

August 9th, 2011
6:07 pm

On July 4th the TV was controlled by women who watched this horribly written show. When they trotted out the girl with the Australian accent as some kind of fashion intern I questioned who the idiot was who writes this stuff. I’m sure every SCAD student had the same thought, if that is, they also got stuck watching this show. The best part — it’s only a half hour.

Diego

August 9th, 2011
6:17 pm

Damn it to hell! I gotta agree with Scooter and John above. Stacey is some seriously hot 44-year-old eye candy. Looking hotter today than 20 years ago. (Man, certainly can’t stay that about LisaRaye “hitting the buffet” McCoy.)

Ladida

August 9th, 2011
6:20 pm

Really? no body wants to comment on the blonde token white girl ?
I dont even remember her name she’s so bad …NOW SHE GOTS TO GO!
the show already reflects low budget and what makes the show is lisa ray and Stacy , which Lisa has come a long way from playing a stripper but not much , her golddiggin role fits her as well , there is no comparison to a veteran stacy dash. she is the only thing that keeps people interested , if I was Lisa I would hate stacy too …hahahaha hater. and lisa IS a hater.

toni

August 9th, 2011
6:25 pm

Dag Yall IT JUST TV MAKE BELIEVE!!!!!
Get real stop ragging on the show I thought it was lotso fun for TV entertainment. I hope Stacey remain with the ensemble.

Tim

August 9th, 2011
6:33 pm

Saw 5 min of this show. Not good, but still there are far worse on VH1 that continues to distance itself from music as much as MTV does. The worst thing about VH1 is you got grown ups watching trash instead of kids watching trash on MTV. Stacy Dash is the only reason why I watched 5 min. She is that hot. Lisa Raye is a golddigging ho with no talent and not even that great looking. She is a diva in her own mind. Saw 10 min of her reality show on BET or TV ONe or one of those channels that pander to African Americans but not really cater to the educated segment of African Americans. She is pathetic with her need to get over her pitiful saga with Misick, the disgraced leader of TUrks.

KD

August 9th, 2011
6:53 pm

Stacey is the primary reason I watch this show. Even though I like LisaRaye, her acting chops are not all that. Please give Stacey Dash whatever she wants ie., removal of LisaRaye and/or more money. If she isn’t in it, I will not be watching.

Thill

August 9th, 2011
6:53 pm

I did not think I was going to like the show it took me a while to look at the DVR’d episodes, but once I started I surprisingly could not stop, it is what it is a soap, which is always far fetched. In short Im a fan, however if the take Stacey off Im done. I think that Val would not be Val if they make a switch, it would not be a wise move. Lisa Raye is not enough to carry the show.If the producers are looking take the advice of your fans keep the show as is. Like the lady said its a job you dont fire people because a co worker dont like them. Keep in movin and keep the episodes comming. I need to see whats going to happen with Val and Jerry and when I say Val I mean Stacey.

Replace LisaRaye!

August 9th, 2011
7:05 pm

LisaRaye is a terrible actress. She needs a diction coach and some self awareness! She is dreadful. Please: Replace her!!

Replace LisaRaye!

August 9th, 2011
7:09 pm

@Ladida: You are right! There are two token blondes on the show! They suck and could be easily written off the show.

sogooden

August 9th, 2011
7:17 pm

Ok. Stop the madness. None of these women are great actresses. Stacey is all about her ego and that’s why she’s been out of work so long. LisaRaye is a realist and knows how to be humble, when need be. There’s a difference between being conceited and being convinced.

G Reon

August 9th, 2011
7:19 pm

I want to play the part of Lisa Ray man so I can put her in check!

Rochelle

August 9th, 2011
7:23 pm

Stacey is great… the whole cast does a wonderful job…

michele

August 9th, 2011
7:34 pm

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Grace

August 9th, 2011
7:51 pm

I think Lisa & Stacy are both terrible actresses. I don’t check for the show but when I am flipping channels I always seem to stummble across the last 15-20mins. In this recession it’s had to watch a show that everyone’s outfit is 5-10k. It appears every woman on the show only attract multi millionaires. Both of these ladies been on the hunt for rich ballers in their real life but have not found one. I rather watch a rerun of Martin.

Ariyonia

August 9th, 2011
8:09 pm

They should know if they fire Stacey Dash, then they might as well not make a season 2 because it won’t even be the same with out her. The show will basically suck with the main person in it. So hopefully this rumor is not true;/

Michael

August 9th, 2011
8:34 pm

A show that follows Basketball Wives and precedes Mob Wives is just the ____ in a _____ sandwich.

Louis

August 9th, 2011
8:45 pm

Doesn’t suprise me. No one can work with Lisa Raye.

thebull35

August 9th, 2011
8:48 pm

Funny thing; I put the show on this past Sunday and my girlfriend said “…you gotta be watching this show for the women cause the acting is terrible.” And sadly, (I guess), it was the truth, and I told my girlfriend YES, emphatically. Lol

Admirer

August 9th, 2011
8:51 pm

No Stacey Dash! The show will have 1.9 million – 1 viewers. As previously stated, Stacey is the only reason that we men watch the show. Well and maybe April. STACEY PLEASE STAY!!!!!!

Grace

August 9th, 2011
8:53 pm

For Lisa Raye to be D-listed, a bad actress, humiliated by that foolish marriage, why do she keep making enemies on every job. On that tv show produced by Will & Jada she had the lead (MUCH BETTER SEASONED) actress fired.

Gloria L

August 9th, 2011
8:54 pm

I think all of the ladies are AWESOME, especially VAL! I enjoy the show. It is true entertainment. It allows me to have a smile. Don’t mess with success…….

willie v

August 9th, 2011
9:01 pm

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Jackie Johnson

August 9th, 2011
9:01 pm

Dash is eye candy, can’t act and neither can McCoy but on that show Oscar delivery isn’t necessary.
Stacey refused to work with Lisa again and I don’t blame her, Lisa thinks she’s Big S… and too heavy.

Beauteefullaydee

August 9th, 2011
9:04 pm

I think all of the ladies work well together, but if one had to leave it should be Lisa Raye; she can barely speak correct English.

Jackie Johnson

August 9th, 2011
9:10 pm

Lisa does need speech therapy and diction training. How can one want to be first lady and cannot speak. She hasn’t learned how to act which is why Players Club is the only claim to fame.
Clueless on the other hand is still clueless at 44 but…is rockin ‘with that bod, that ass and cute walk.

theREALlilmiss

August 9th, 2011
9:16 pm

no VAL = no single ladies 2 (its just that simple).

dunbar

August 9th, 2011
9:30 pm

Why ya’ll hate on LisaRaye? Stacy can be replaced by Will’s wife from Meet the Browns, CJ wife from house of Pain, or my Personal favorite TracyEllis Ross, or have a totally new character introduced like Lauren Londen,,,,,,, They both are hot but Lisa’s a tad better ,,,,,,,,,,you can’t replace Lisa Raye because overall Lisa as a personality is just more interesting than Stacy’s,,,,kind of like Evelyn Lozanda over Royce,,,,who would ya’ll cast to replace Stacey?

real talk

August 9th, 2011
9:43 pm

give lisaraye and stacey dash what they want AND BRING BACK LAUREN LONDON. PLEASE KICK THE AUSTRAILAN AND THE GAY_FER OFF

Pamela

August 9th, 2011
9:46 pm

It’s a Damn shame,,,,,,,,,,,,it’s a cool show, it’s sad when 2/ sista can’t b friends Any-way
….I Happy that Meeka is off Basketball wife’s..(’ ‘)

tonya

August 9th, 2011
9:50 pm

i love stacey dash she is doing a great job , she is so believable i love her style , stay in the race girl .

PUHLEEEEZE

August 9th, 2011
10:15 pm

I love and respect Stacy, Lisa and Latifah but I CAN’T STAND this show, and I’ve given it 3 episodes. I had to try 4 times to even get through the first one. It does not accurately represent anybody “glamorous” really doing something of this magnitude in this city that I’ve ever met, and I’ve been here since the 70’s. The guest stars are either frustrated famous baby mamas, members of the Friends of Dana Owens Mutual Admiration Society or weirdly unappealing up and comers who inexplicably got the job by some other freak act of nature. It’s production value is flat out lazy and unpolished. Who’s the location scout and what is it with the set designer’s Z Gallerie addiction? And, it’s BORING. The storylines look like what SATC & Girlfriends threw in the trash 10 years ago peppered with 2011 lingo and Zara knits and kicks.

PUHLEEEEZE, and this is not hate, it’s a straight up plea for improvement. Get it together African-American scripted television. This show, The Game – the new incarnation, anything from the TP lot, as a fan, I need you to do better. I’m so hoping the Tracey Ross/Malcolm Jamal Warner thing comes with it this fall.

When the networks start cancelling, racisim will not be the problem. The stuff put on the screen that falls under this category since the last LA- shot Game ep has been intollerable and unwatchable and I know all ya’ll can do so much better by actually being entertaining. I mean, I’m addicted to Frazier reruns again on Hallmark ’cause I just can’t make it thru this or the “reality” of Basketball Wives or anything demographic reports say I should be watching religiously.

If anything, Stacy’s leaving because she feels the same way. She’s grown and gorgeous, over the workplace drama, has a real life and career and has “Clueless”, arguably a modern classic, in her arsenal. Why should she stay? I wouldn’t if I were her and the show continues down its current road. I’d be asking for Sheen money just to get out of the commitment.