*Sometimes it takes a big change, like divorce, for a couple to recognize the importance of the other individual. Daphne Wayans, who is the ex-wife of Keenen Iory Wayans and former co-star of “Hollywood Exes,” tells Sister 2 Sister that they’ve got a phenomenal relationship.
“We have so much appreciation for each other,” she said.
The two were married for four years, but have been co-parenting for more than 10.
“I was going through so much pain in the divorce, and I just kept that picture in my mind that it had to be better,” she said. “There’s so much more openness, and I think we just have a mutual regard for each other. I never leave Keenen feeling any kind of bad way. Whenever I think he’s not in a good way or is confused about something I stop everything and go, ‘Okay, let’s talk about this.’ I very much want him to know that we’re still on the same team.”
Sweet, but it can’t be easy when either of them get’s a new beau.
She insists, however, that new comers must understand that they’ve got a friendship and their going to be there, especially because they do love and raise their children together.
Jennifer Lopez is honored with the 2500th star on the ‘Hollywood Walk of Fame’ in Hollywood. (June 20, 2013)
*Recording artist and actress Jennifer Lopez on Thursday became the 2,500th recipient of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Among those in attendance were her boyfriend Casper Smart, one-time co-star Jane Fonda, musical collaborator Pitbull and comedian Keenen Ivory Wayans, who hired her in her breakthrough gig as a Fly Girl on “In Living Color.”
Also on hand: her mother Guadalupe Rodriguez, father David Lopez and children Emme Anthony and Max Anthony.
Check out pics below.
Jennifer Lopez with her mother Guadalupe Rodriguez, father David Lopez and children Emme Anthony and Max Anthony
Jennifer Lopez (R) laughs as filmmaker Gregory Nava (L), who directed her in “Bordertown,” speaks during her’ star ceremony on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California (June 20, 2013)
Jennifer Lopez with Pitbull
Jennifer Lopez with Jane Fonda
(L-R) Actor Keenan Ivory Wayans, director Gregory Nava, actress/singer Jennifer Lopez, manager Benny Medina, actress Jane Fonda, singer Pitbull, Lopez’s children Emme (front, left and Max pose as Lopez is honored with the 2500th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on June 20, 2013 in Los Angeles
EURweb associate Cherise Nicole (CNikky) also spoke to members of the Wayans family about their iconic sketch comedy show and why it will not be making a comeback.
According to Comcast:
Oprah sat down with some of the Wayans family including: Siblings Keenen Ivory Wayans, 54, Kim Wayans, 51, Shawn Wayans, 42, and Marlon Wayans, 40; and “second generation” Wayanses Damien Dante Wayans, 32, Damon Wayans Jr., 30, and Craig Wayans (age unavailable).
Missing from the group (for reasons unknown): Damon Wayans, 52, who starred with sibs Keenen, Kim, Shawn and Marlon from “In Living Color” on Fox in the early ’90s (along with Jim Carrey, Jamie Foxx, David Alan Grier and others).
Among the subjects the group covered were family, the art of comedy and naturally, “In Living Color.”
As the eldest in the group interviewed by Oprah, and the one credited most with creating “In Living Color,” Keenen seemed to do the lion’s share of the talking when Oprah visited with the family.
When asked how “In Living Color” came to be, Keenen answered that it was really about artistic freedom — which Fox granted him when they agreed to take on the show — and some very talented people who happened to be available, including Carrey, Grier and Damon.
Keenen spoke about comedy coming from pain:
“I think what people don’t understand is that comedy is a mask for pain,” Keenen said. “People who are innately funny are innately disturbed.” He wasn’t kidding when he said that.
We spoke with Keenen during the red carpet premiere of Second Generation Wayans about why “In Living Color” will not be coming back to television.
“After a lot of thought and discussion, I realize that the bar is set really high and if you’re not gonna beat that or pass that than it’s better to … let it alone,” Keenen told us.
Watch the interview below:
Oh yeah, in case you missed it, watch our interview with Damien Dante Wayans about Second Generation Wayans:
*It’s a done deal for the resurrection of “In Living Color.”
After Fox ordered a special more than a year ago, today Fox chairman Kevin Reilly made the decision official. “It’s not gonna happen,” he told reporters at the TCA Press Tour in Pasadena. “(The original) was a seminal show for Fox, and the bar was set at that level.”
Reilly left the door open to potentially doing an “In Living Color” reboot “but not the one we shot.”
“In Living Color,” the brainchild of Keenen Ivory Wayans, ran from 1990 to 1994 on FOX.
*Damon Wayans and Jamie Foxx were the lone cast members of Fox’s “In Living Color” who were absent from the show’s big reunion at the TV Land awards. Foxx had a legitimate excuse, but Damon’s absence, according to Deadline.com, was more confusing.
“In Living Color” was recognized with the Groundbreaking Award at the ceremony’s 10th Anniversary event, which was taped on April 14 in New York. Foxx couldn’t attend because he has been in New Orleans filming Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained.” Damon Wayans, who co-created “In Living Color” with his brother Keenan Ivory Wayans, simply told organizers he was unavailable for the big night.
Sources close to the actor say he declined to attend the ceremony “because it just wasn’t his thing.” But while Foxx (as well as every other “In Living Color” alum) allowed TV Land to use footage from the show on the awards special, Damon Wayans declined the network’s request for permission to use any scenes with him. Clips with Damon were shown at the event but, as a result of his decision, such classics as Men on Film and Homey D. Clown had to be cut out of the TV special.
Damon Wayans has largely gone his separate way after he and brother Marlon joined Keenen in his public exit from “In Living Color” at end of 1992. Damon Wayans has never been a part of Wayans Bros. Entertainment, the company of Keenan, Marlon and Shawn who frequently collaborate together. The only time Keenen and Damon have worked together in the past 20 years was when Keenan made a guest stint in an episode from the first season of Damon’s ABC sitcom “My Wife and Kids” in 2001. (They have made a handful of joint appearances at events alongside other siblings.)
On Fox’s 25th anniversary special last week, “In Living Color” was represented only by Keenen, Marlon and Shawn. (Damon was featured prominently in the clips used on the special but they’re owned by Fox’s sibling 20th Century Fox, which produced the original series and the upcoming reboot.) The Fox and TV Land Awards “In Living Color” reunions come as Keenan is working on that “In Living Color” reboot for Fox, which will premiere as two specials featuring all new cast of young performers. Keenan is hosting and executive producing the reboot, which is being done without Damon’s involvement.
That fact as well as long-running speculation about friction between the two oldest Wayans brothers have sparked rumors about a more serious rift between Keenan and Damon. Sources close to the two dismiss any talk of friction between them as “absurd,” claiming that Keenen and Damon have remained close and that Damon was present for some of the editing of the new “ILC” specials earlier this week. In fact, Damon’s son, Damon Wayans Jr., makes an appearance in the specials, and the actor has a strong relationship with Fox, which cast him as one of the leads of “New Girl.” But he had to pull out of the series when his other show, ABC’s “Happy Endings,” was unexpectedly renewed. “They may fight like any family, but nothing gets between the Wayans brothers,” one source from the Wayans bros. camp said.
In addition to Keenen, Shawn and Marlon and their sister Kim, on tap to accept the Groundbreaking Award at the TV Land Awards were “ILC” co-stars Jim Carrey, David Alan Grier, Tommy Davidson, Kelly Coffield Park and T’Keyah Crystal Keymah as well as former fly girl dancer Carrie Ann Inaba, now a judge on ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars.” Fellow former fly girl Jennifer Lopez did not attend, reportedly citing her duties on another talent reality show, Fox’s “American Idol” though the TV Land Awards were held over the weekend when there are no “Idol” tapings.
*The revolutionary 90s sketch comedy show “In Living Color” is on its way back to television.
According to reports, the show’s creator, Keenen Ivory Wayans is working with FOX to revive the classic series.
It’ll all begin with two half-hour specials of the original show in 2012 as part of the network’s 25th anniversary celebration. But there’s a bit of a twist. The specials will include new faces and fresh musical performances.
If the shows get a good response, we might be seeing “In Living Color” on a regular basis.
“In Living Color” debuted in 1990 and broke stereotypes by employing a cast of mostly black comedians and introducing hip-hop and dancing to mainstream television. It helped launch the careers of Jim Carrey, Jamie Foxx and David Alan Grier. It ended its run in 1994 after five seasons.
Speaking of Carrey and Foxx, there’s no word yet on whether they will appear on the show, or if Jennifer Lopez (J Lo) will return and do a special appearance as a dancing Fly Girl.