Mama Joyce Selling Stories to the Tabloids


By now it’s clear to pretty much everyone that these reality shows are not based in reality. But we watch anyway because sometimes, people get very comfortable on camera and begin to reveal their true selves. Often when that happens, they start to blame production and scream that they were edited to look foolish. The thing is though, production can only edit what you give them.  They can put words in your mouth using frankenbites, but those are pretty easy to notice because they don’t show your lips moving when you “say” those things.

So, Mama Joyce, if you make your daughter cry by constantly insulting her fiancé and her engagement ring and her home décor, you can’t really cry wolf later and blame it on editing. You  chose to speak those words on camera.  You chose to go all ham in the bridal shop and threaten to clobber someone upside their head with a shoe. You scared a small child with your mere presence and went to your daughter’s best friend’s office to film a scene talking about your short big-headed child and how she should not many that short big-headed man. You never filmed a scene all season where you showed any sort of class, or the slightest bit of consideration for your daughter.

So now you want to rewrite a bit of history Mama Joyce?  Really?

RHOAKandiandMamaJoyceY’all will never believe the “bad editing” that Mama Joyce wants to complain about. She is OUTRAGED that Bravo has made her look bad. OUTRAGED!  Is it about making Kandi cry? Nope. Going ghetto on Carmon in the bridal store? Uh-uh. Disrespecting Todd in is own house? No mam. Perhaps it is the scene with Phaedra? No mam!

Mama Joyce it seems needed a bit of pocket change. Perhaps she and Kandi are still not speaking. So according to Radar Online she gave them an exclusive interview to complain about her bad editing. This is what she allegedly told them:

“That upset me so bad. When they showed the scene of me walking into the house and seeing all the pictures of Todd on the wall I was not talking about his pictures! I know Kandi had a decorator, her friend Carmon – and she put up all those pictures of Todd when he was a little boy,” she recalled.

“I said, ‘Now that’s a damn shame,’ and what I really said was that shouldn’t be all him up there (on the wall). That shouldn’t be his wall. I said there were no picture of Riley or me. I didn’t just say there should be a picture of me. I said the pictures of Riley should be much higher and the pictures of Kandi’s daughter should be up there, not just pictures of Todd. But they didn’t show that. They only showed me saying it shouldn’t be just him.”

Baffled at producers’ decision to edit her scenes, Mama Joyce bemoaned, “I don’t know why they did that. I allowed it to be like that, I guess. I guess since they don’t pay me, they can do whatever they want.” The only thing that could have changed the scenario, Mama Joyce said (was) a contract.“I would never have agreed to it,” she lamented. “I am very upset about what they did and I don’t know if I’ll be back on the show.”

So there you have it. Mama Joyce wanted you to know it wasn’t just that there were not enough pictures of her. She wanted more pictures of Riley too.  Okay,  Mama Joyce. Point noted. That changes EVERYTHING. I can see how that might just make you never seek out another Bravo camera.

Oh my Lawd.  Poor Kandi.


Filed under Filming Real Housewives of Atlanta, Kandi Burruss, Real Housewives of Atlanta, RHOA, Todd Tucker

40 responses to “Mama Joyce Selling Stories to the Tabloids

  1. marehoop

    LOL LOL TT u crazy!!!

  2. And the worst part is that Kandi will always enable this behavior through inaction… She is incapable of seeing the difference between “respecting your mother” and “setting boundaries” on how to be treated as a fellow human being. It’s really sad actually.

    • Gingersnap

      I agree. It IS sad, but I wonder why I don’t “feel” sad for Kandi. When she was on WWHL and the masses were outraged by her mother’s behavior, her blubbering, in her strange staccato way, “that’s my mama, that’s my mama” didn’t make me feel bad for her. If anything it annoyed me. Kandi chooses to divide her life in order to not take a real stand against abuse, and it is abuse to me. Words cut to the white meat as Kendra or NeNe (or both) said (btw, is that racist?!) Are mothers supposed to get passes just because they brought you into this world, or should they be held to a higher standard? I ain’t saying Kandi and Joyce don’t love each other or anything like that. Relationships are always more complicated than probably necessary.

      Short story long, I wish Joyce would take a hike. I’m not interested in her dysfunction with Kandi. Taking off her shoe to do bodily harm to another was too much. Tacky, trashy shit. I find her very shallow and self-serving, all in the name of “mama”. She ought to be ashamed, but she’s not.

  3. lilbit

    She’s trying to save face. I don’t believe a word she say’s. She is greedy and jealous.

  4. Barbara R.

    Vile, vile woman. I feel so sad for Kandi.

  5. pfffttt

    Ok… I’ll be a weirdo and I’ll own it. BUT I ADORE MAMA JOYCE! I think she is hilarious. She cracks me up.

    • Oh don’t get me wrong: this is the best Mama Joyce we’ve seen since Kandi was introduced! lol I could watch her saying: “gir, I’ll whoop yo ass!” to Karmen on repeat for days! However, reality tv is different from real life. I’m saddened by the person she appears to be in real life…

  6. JoJo

    Mama Joyce off her rocker. The only thing she’s upset about of all her outrageous, off-the-wall, embarrassing antics, is Bravo left out her mentioning Riley in the rant about the wall pics? And she thinks getting paid and having a contract would give her control of Bravo leaving out her mentioning Riley in her rant? Mama needs a time out or a bigger allowance.

  7. Katrina

    Mama Joyce was like this when Kandi was witb AJ. Nobody had a problem with how she was as a parent. Now that people like Todd, they think she is the worst parent. Kandi is more than capable of handling her mother. Sometimes I wonder if the people in the ROL stories are the people they actually get the information from. There was another interview going around about Mama Joyce saying that people need to check into Todd’s background. She says he does not work and is living off of Kandi.

    • Plenty of people did not like the way Mama Joyce treated AJ. And any mysterious interview you saw somewhere about Todd not working is horseshit. Todd has lost jobs to film with Kandi,which he does not get paid for which he agreed to after Kandi pleaded with him to do so. He’s been working with BET since he is now on camera at Bravo.

      On Sat, Jan 4, 2014 at 1:10 AM, Tamara Tattles

    • Twilly

      I think ROL is notorious for having Housewives on the payroll. I believe Adrienne and Brandi were confirmed to have sold “exclusives” and Kyle and Lisa were also suspected of doing so. Which Lisa vehemently denied btw.

  8. Twilly

    Sounds to me like she wants a contract and wants to be a housewife!! What an absolute low life. Willing to sell out as a mother to Kandi in order to create drama and storyline all in the name of holding a peach. Disgusting.

  9. Katrina

    I know she is not getting paid, but Mama Joyce had to sign something to allow Bravo to show her. Mama Joyce is Kandi’s storyline because Kandi did not want ro have a wedding on RHOA. It’s possible that Kandi will get a spinoff or wedding special if she wants one. We are all hoping she got married in Mexico.

    • Paid or not (and she is not) Mama Joyce CRAVES attn.Sadly, she will do or say anything to get it (even if her ideas come from watching Wendy Williams).

      You could not pay me enough to do reality TV. Why do so many people do anything including divorcing themselves from their families to be on TV? I just don’t get it. Mother’s selling their daughter’s souls, fake divorcing husbands. real divorces, even people like Bethenny who use their time with the smartest of business sense end up divorced and dating people who were accused of rape.

      I’m sorry. I am missing the upside here. Is it paying a thousand dollars for shoes that everyone who wears them says they are the most painful of all? Twenty thousand dollar pocketbooks? The potential to be followed everywhere you go with your kids? What am I missing here?

      On Sat, Jan 4, 2014 at 1:45 AM, Tamara Tattles

      • Katrina

        I think in the beginning they don’t really think of the downside of being on TV. At first, it is just getting taped for a few months out of a year and getting some money. There are also some perks. Most of the people in this business want to be paid actors or are trying to promote their business in hopes of being profitable. However, once you are on the show that has any success, you can never go back to the way it was! It’s a job to them and a way to make income. Television industry is a machine. Now with all of that, you have the internet, twitter, facebook, etc.

      • I’m sure the perks are nice, but I think they sell their souls for the fame, for the chance to be a “celebrity”. They probably convince themselves that it’s OK – afterall, they are just playing a “character” (she smirks).

      • Joan

        I’m always saying this same thing to my friends who have an envy type view of these shows. Just imagine all the paps crawling around your property trying to get a pic of you naked, or going through your family’s garbage cans. How embarrassing to see someone’s aunt, uncle of sibling on TMZ with a mug shot cause they are related to someone on a reality program. It’s very, very sad. I admit that I watch some of these shows. For me, it’s like rubber necking @ a car wreck I guess.

      • JoJo

        IMO no upside at all save for maybe 2% of all reality TV personalities. For e.g., Lisa V seems to be able to navigate the game w/out losing sight of why she’s there and what to say and do. Camille learned after her 1st season. OTH there’s Brandi – or Kris Jenner comprising part of the 95%.

        They’re not far from crackheads: after their first hit of the pipe/season, they’re addicted, and there’s NOTHING they won’t do or say to stay and get that fix.

  10. FWIW, I could’ve sworn that the show I saw had her saying something about her and Riley’s picture. Perhaps it was a later re-edited version of the same show.

    Tamara you’re absolutely right, if she hadn’t said those things – Bravo wouldn’t have her voice on tape saying them and the ability to slip that recording in to whatever scenario Bravo wishes.

  11. brillke

    I used to like Mama Joyce. Kandi and her mom seemed very close and MAma Joyce seemed very supportive of her, except when it came to AJ. Now that we are seeing this side of Mama Joyce and Kandi has said this is how my mama is and isn’t a bit surprised at her mothers very bad behavior makes me think Mama Joyce has been putting on an oscar-worthy performance up until this season.

    Mama Joyce has been exposed for the money-hungry, attention whore, control freak that she really is and my heart breaks for Kandi and Riley.

    When Mama Joyce told Kandi that Riley didn’t like Todd and didn’t want her mom to marry him only to have Riley tell her mom she never said that, should have been the push Kandi needed to stand up to her mother but that will never happen.

    They may not be speaking now but Mama Joyce was still given a house that Kandi is paying to remodel and redecorate and I would assume Kandi is keeping the lights on and Visa paid for her as well so Mama Joyce wins because it’s all about her getting paid.

  12. I don’t get how she can act so surprised by Bravo’s “editing.” She is full of shit. She has been on the show long enough to know how it always plays out. She is not fooling me or anyone with this silly interview. What a self-centered mean woman she is. And a liar too.

  13. Guccinara

    When I read this I had to laugh. Poor sweet mama Joyce has been so wronged. As if by removing that scene we would all think she was totally normal all would be forgiven and we would be backing her up all the way alongside her sisters. Guuurl puhlease. I see a thinly veiled threat in there too that unless bravo give her a paycheque (because let’s face it she realises the kandi gravy may be slipping thru her fingers) she might not bring her theatrics next year. To be fair I’m a bit shocked she’s not getting paid anything because her fruit loops have provided some major entertainment this season and bravo are going to be earning from her performances for a long time to come.

  14. Vivaladiva

    I don’t think this is the first time mama J showed her ass, it’s just the first time it has been shown on tv. I’m sure she has acted this way many a time and bravo just hasn’t put it into the show. That’s where her real shock comes from, she thought she was so beloved that they would NEVER show her in this light.

    • soccermop59

      She did it the first season Khandi was on with AJ, remember? I’m all for mom’s looking out for their kids best interest, but to put the almighty dollar at the top of this list, is sheer greed on her part. But I blame Khandi for all this. She buckled with AJ, she’s shown weakness with Todd, its apparent this dill do pushing talented artist is about as pathetic as her mammy!!

  15. Ok so she’s upset they edited out that she wanted Riley’s pics on wall too but she’s not upset that she lied about what Riley told her? or the fact that Riley stated she never made negative comments about Todd to her grandmother but instead told her grandmother to just walk away and ignore todd if she didn’t like him? Ohhh Mama Joyce, you need a room at Shady Pines! Time to ship her off to the “home”!

  16. soccermop59

    Mama Joyce needs to take her greedy, selfish pathetic *** and sit down somewhere….nothing she can say or do will change this seasons portrayal of her, nothing. There are thousands upon thousands of single black women out here wishing they could meet a Todd or any brother with some serious dollars. Wealthy rich black men aren’t seeking out black women as mates, they go for the Becky’s in life and those that do, go for the drop dead gorgeous type that don’t mind waiting years for the ring…does Gabby ring a bell? So if Khandi is wise and I believe she is, she needs to kick Mama to the curb, give her a blank check and call it a day.

  17. soccermop59

    Kim treated her daughter like crap and Mama Joyce couldn’t get enough of praising this trashy everytime she was invited to something with her, remember. Those that treat her daughter with respect, who happen to work for her or know her, she hates, I don’t get this chic at all…. Its clear, she’s all about the dollar bill.

  18. JoJo

    That little loving, wise mama that just wanted everyone to get along and say hi to one another at the dinner with Kim Z. and Nene – where’d she go? And did big old nasty Bravo possibly leave out mama taking off her shoe threatening to beat a ‘hi’ out of Kim or Nene if they refused?
    Now I’m also wondering if maybe Bravo edited out Mama grabbing the straw schlong attached to the male stripper that Phaedra brought to Kandi’s party?

  19. Yamoah Asiedu

    Mama Joyce is horrendous. Kandi should consider ‘doing a Kim Zolciak’ i.e. cutting her loose. Stopping her generous allowance or telling her to get out of her life. (for a while)

    Knowing Kandi, this is unlikely to happen but it should. Kandi STILL needs to establish boundaries whether they are talking or not. Mama Joyce could still cause trouble with Todd.

    Mama Joyce: if you’re reading this, be grateful that Kandi is your daughter and not me or my sisters, we woulda cut you loose A LONG TIME AGO. Beyotch.

  20. Mama Joyce also said Bravo asked her to come back on the show because Kandi needed a story line.

    • Where did she say that? Mama Joyce is dangerously close to being hit with a violation of confidentiality clause at $50k per instance. She signed and agreement. It doesn’t matter that she is not paid.

      On Sun, Jan 5, 2014 at 2:55 PM, Tamara Tattles

  21. justjenn

    And here all these weeks I thought Mama Joyce was just off her meds…

  22. captivagrl

    Maybe Momma needs a man? Relationships are difficult in the best circumstances. She needs to stop picking and bitching and interfering. What’s the worse case scenario? It doesn’t work out w/Todd? So what? Kandi will handle it and she can well afford any financial issues that MAY come with a break-up.

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