*“R&B Divas” may give viewers a ton of stuff to talk about, but the hit show has become a liability for one of its (former) stars.
Nicci Gilbert expressed regret about her involvement in the hit show, saying that she never would have done it if she could turn back time.
“Do I wish that I had never done the show? Absolutely,” Gilbert told CocoaFab.com. “Let me clarify that. I’m very thankful for the opportunity but it’s affected my mother. It’s affected my marriage. It’s affected my business. The clothing line that I launched we shut down servers in season one. In season two, I literally lost my entire investment. “
Gilbert’s public perception comes from an oftentimes negative image on “R&B Divas,” an image she says damaged the demand for her clothes from Curvato as well as her potential professional accomplishments.
“I was at the table having a conversation with – I’ll never forget – Lane Bryant about my clothing line and it was literally the day after one of the huge fights on the show, I was asked about that in the meeting,” the Brownstone singer said. “I’ve lost deals and probably the most sorrowful experiences is the Michigan Chronicle which is the Black go to newspaper from my hometown. One of my bookers asked them to have me come in to meet with the paper. They said, ‘We don’t have any interest in her at all.’”
Personally, the professional backlash has carried over as physical threats from “R&B Divas” viewers have been cause for concern.
“I’ve had to file reports in the police department about people who said, ‘I see you, I’m going to crush your face.’ The reason it hurt me so much is that is not who I am,” she said. “I have a big mouth. My heart is as big as my mouth is, but you don’t get the big heart on the show. You just get this is the ‘queen b*tch’ label.”
Needless to say, Gilbert won’t have to worry about physical retaliation from “”R&B Divas. According to reports, the singer will not return for the new season of the show because, as she said, she has “no desire to return to that, in any capacity.”
Instead, Gilbert will be just fine as she will continue to work behind the scenes as a producer on the show. Despite all the drama, Gilbert cannot deny that she would not be where she’s at without “R&B Divas.”
“As a producer when I am finalizing a deal with an agency, I know that I could never go into that agency and have a real conversation with those people if I didn’t have the hit show that is ‘R&B Divas’ or the hit franchise,” she said. “I know that I couldn’t go in and talk to really amazing, powerful women who are show runners had it not been for that show. I’m very grateful that they see my contribution as an executive producer.”