*Although Selita Ebanks has been a guest star on her ex-fiance Nick Cannon’s faux reality show “Real Husbands of Hollywood,” the two came face to face again…on another television show.
Thursday’s episode of Katie Couric’s talk show featured Mariah Carey’s husband of five years alongside his co-stars Nelly and Boris Kodjoe. Cannon wound up seated next to guest Ebanks, who turned to him and said, “Hi, how are you?”
That prompted the “America’s Got Talent” host to explain. “So we’ll just clear this all up, we used to be engaged, so it’s not an awkward moment. They’re laughing that we’re sitting next to each other.”
He put his arm around the 30-year-old, adding, “But we’re cool. We’re friends.”
“Maybe we should have put you guys on different chairs,” Couric suggested.
But the former Victoria’s Secret model explained they’d been seated together because Cannon’s hot pink suit would have clashed with fellow guest Cynthia Kate McWilliams’s red dress.
Turning to Ebanks, Cannon asked, “What? You didn’t want to sit next to me?”
Ebanks’ engagement to Cannon ended in October 2007, just seven months before he married Carey, 43, in the Caribbean. As she hesitated to answer, Cannon, 33, exclaimed, “It’s about to turn into a whole different kind of talk show!”
*It’s not clear who pulled the plug on who, but Page Six is reporting that Selita Ebanks and E! News host and actor Terrence J are no longer an item.
The pair, who started dating in No. of 2011, split because of the vaunted “scheduling conflicts” excuse. Then again, since Terrence is now based on the West Coast and she’s on the East Coast, it’s not exactly a shock to hear that they’ve parted.
In any event, an insider says the Victoria Secret model is “busy” working on a number of projects including is working on a TV pilot and will be releasing a single soon. In fact, this past weekend, Ebanks was seen being trailed by cameras for the new show as she celebrated her 30th birthday with a two-day bash.
*Oh shoot! Mint Condition is keeping the old school alive. The group’s eighth studio album, “Music @ the Speed of Life” is out. Lead by “Believe In Us,” the album is the band’s way of reconciling the past and the present. During a recent interview, the group commented that, “We all feel ‘Music @ the Speed of Life’ is our best since ‘Definition of a Band.’ It’s fresh and modern, musically challenging and always a nod to the past.”
*Though Brandyhas been in the public eye since the early ’90s, with the recent release of her sixth LP, “Two Eleven,” the singer is prepared to offer fans a deeper glimpse into herself as an artist. “I really feel like this album reawakened the artist in me,” she tells The BoomBox. “It’s been a while since I’ve had this much confidence and belief in what I’ve been doing. For a long time I didn’t know what was gonna happen and what I was gonna do in music or if I even had a place still in it.” Aided by songwriters like Sean Garrett, the songstress has returned after a four-year hiatus without breaking a sweat, reclaiming her spot without missing a beat. (Read more at The Boom Box.)
*Supermodel Selita Ebanks has most likely participated in her last Victoria Secret’s Angel campaign, according to Starpulse. Ebanks failed to make the cut for the the brand’s annual underwear extravaganza show last fall and now reveals that she fears her time as an Angel has come to an end. The supermodel has been in several of the lingerie fashion shows in the past, but was not included in this latest line-up that took place back in New York City in November of this year. (Read more at theGrio.)
*In another tale of the fierce and the beautiful, Telemundo model Liza Irizarry is suing Victoria’s Secret bombshell Selita Ebanks for allegedly breaking her nose last year in a fight at a Miami nightclub.
The two hot ladies took it to the ground when the girls were dropping bows over a man. Allegedly, Irizarry was a bit too friendly when she said hello to Ebanks’ man, Terrence J.
“I was in so much pain,” Irizarry, of the Bronx, told the Daily News on Monday, days before she plans to file her civil suit. “My pillow was covered in blood.”
Supposedly Terrence was on his way out when old friend Irizarry ran into him and greeted him with a kiss on the cheek. But an inebriated Ebanks saw it from a whole different perspective. So things got a little out of hand.
“I said to myself, ‘So what, that’s my friend.’ That’s when she hit me on the nose. I went to swing back – that’s when all her friends jumped in. I felt hair pulling and fists coming at me.”
Yeah, her nose was really broken. Now the model is filing a lawsuit for assault and battery in Hudson County Superior Court.
*BET has released more details of its returning sitcom “The Game,” which will premiere its 22-episode 5th season on Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 10 p.m.
Picking up where it left off, Melanie (Tia Mowry Hardrict) contends with Derwin’s (Pooch Hall) abortion accusation; Malik (Hosea Chanchez) and Tasha (Wendy Raquel Robinson) struggle to wrangle an intoxicated Jenna (Tika Sumpter); and Kelly (Brittany Daniel) is still off in the world trying to find herself, leaving Jason (Coby Bell) forced to come to terms with his feelings towards black women. The new season also ushers in a new love interest for Jason.
BrandyNorwood joins the cast this year, and season 5 also welcomes the return of the prodigal sports manager Irv Smiff (PJ Byrne); the mother of Derwin’s son, Janay (Gabrielle Dennis); Malik’s former assistant turned entrepreneur, Tee Tee and his famous Wing Truck (Barry T. Floyd).
The momentum continues with a number of exciting new guest appearances, including Shawn Marion, Estelle, Selita Ebanks, DeRay Davis, Nene Leakes, Rockmond Dunbar, and the Emmy-award winning Loretta Devine among others.
In the audio below, show creator and executive producer Mara Brock Akil takes us down memory lane to the audition of Tia Mowry Hardrict. At the time, the world hadn’t really experienced Tia at length since her teen sitcom “Sister Sister” with twin Tamera Mowry.
Akil, speaking to TV critics along with Tia and the rest of the cast, admits she was a bit nervous to tell the actress, even though she was in her mid-20s, what grown-woman behavior would be required of her character.