The world of gossip has a scale of reliability.
On top are places such as People magazine, Associated Press and Entertainment Tonight. If they report a celebrity is pregnant, getting divorced or was arrested for a DUI, chances are it’s true.
TMZ is very close behind and based on their track record, they are almost always correct. As a result, I will often cite TMZ.
Below them are murkier outlets such as RadarOnline and US magazine. They are sometimes right but wrong often enough that I proceed with serious caution.
So when I read an “exclusive” from Radaronline today about Whitney Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina, who lives locally, supposedly walking off the set of TBS’s “Tyler Perry’s For Better Or Worse,” I took it with a serious grain of salt. The story claimed she had left the show in a lurch, forcing them to do rewrites on her recurring character.
I decided not to write anything until Perry had something to say.
And he did.
Perry posted on his website today saying the Radaronline story was false. He wrote that she did her job just fine and production ended without incident. He acknowledged that Bobbi Kristina was still grieving and not always chipper. But that didn’t mean she didn’t do her job.
His headline: “LEAVE THIS BABY ALONE AND STOP THE LIES PLEASE!!!” And here’s some of what he wrote:
After Whitney’s funeral, Krissi and I spent a long time talking about her goals and dreams. She said she wanted to act. That’s when I decided to write her into “For Better Or Worse”. I thought that there would be no better way for me to help her move through the grieving than by giving her something to focus on. The one thing that I learned after my mother’s death is that you have to keep busy and you have to be around people who you can trust, so that when you do grieve you can do it in the safety and privacy of people that care.
Were there tough days for her? Yes of course. Not because of the acting or any job-related issues but because of the fact that she had just lost her mother. And being someone who knows about losing their mother, I know grief comes in different ways and you never know when it’s going to hit you or how it’s going to hit you, for that matter. Some days you’re smiling and happy and some days you’re so broken that you can’t stop crying. So yes she was grieving, but grief aside, she managed to finish her obligation and did a great job at the same time.
So please… PLEASE LEAVE THIS BABY ALONE!!!! AND SHE IS A BABY!!! Please stop the lies and give this child some room to breathe and grieve.
People.com in March accurately broke the news that Bobbi Kristina had snagged a recurring role on Perry’s dramedy, which will return for a second season in July.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk