“Hollywood Exes” is the latest in the never-ending series of “wives” shows including “Basketball Wives” and “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.” In the new VH1 series, these ladies, at least, were actually once wives to rich and celebrated men. “Hollywood Exes” stars Nicole Murphy, ex-wife to Eddie Murphy; Andrea Kelly, ex-wife of R. Kelly; Mayte Garcia, Prince’s ex-wife, Sheree Fletcher, Will Smith’s first wife and mother of his oldest son, Trey, and Jessica Canseco, ex-wife of disgraced former baseball star Jose Canseco.
The show debuted last week and so far has aired two episodes. What’s unique so far is that the women are wholly supportive of each other. Murphy comes across much friendlier and happier than her silent appearances on Murphy’s arm would have indicated, and the others are equally interesting outside of the shadow of their famous exes. (Fletcher, though seems a little out of place as Jada Pinkett Smith has now been married to Will Smith for 15 years and Fletcher has remarried.)While Canseco, Murphy and Sheree have moved on to other relationships or remarried since their famous exes, Kelly and Mayte are both still reeling over the end of their marriages to musical geniuses.
Kelly’s pain is freshest as she and R. Kelly are more recently divorced than anyone else and the two were married longer than anyone but Nicole and Eddie Murphy. Twelve years after her divorce from Prince (and his subsequent divorce from Manuela Testolini, now married to Eric Benet) Mayte is still single. Mayte is one of the few exes who doesn’t lead her memories of marriage with the amount of cars, designer clothes and firsthand access she had. She refers to Prince as her “first love” and for all the women who’ve wished to be in her shoes, it seems like they were pretty nice when she was still in them. So far, “Hollywood Exes’” most amazing revelation is that Mayte and Prince’s second ex-wife are good friends. Wow.
Kelly is the show’s most interesting wife so far. It’s impossible to consider that the bubbly, down to earth Andrea could have been married to someone as remote and reclusive as R.Kelly . She says that for most of the 13 years they were together, her husband kept their relationship a secret. The big elephant in the room is the multiple allegations of her husband’s infidelity as well as the trial which alleged that R. Kelly participated in a sex tape with an underage girl. The widely viewed tape shows a man that looks like Kelly having explicit sex with the girl, but he was acquitted of any wrongdoing. We don’t know yet if Kelly will address any of that part of her marriage.
Though the lack of any participation from any of the exes makes the whole premise of the show a little lacking, so far the commonality of experiences and the various personalities involved make “Hollywood Exes” stand out in a crowded reality TV field. Only time will tell if the show gets better or worse as the season goes on. “Hollywood Exes” airs – and re-airs – on VH1. Check out full videos of Episode 1 and 2 HERE
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This Week’s Celebrity Instagrams (11/26-12/2)
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1. Little Legend and Puddy 😍😍😍😍
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2. "You on point Phife?" "all the time,Tip". 💥 #bannedfromnormal
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3. Vegan! The Impossible burger at Crossroads
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4. Lawrence #BeforeandAfterEpisodes 1-4: 184lbs 13% body fatEpisode 8: 196lbs 8% body fat S/O @coachdaveboxing with the works outs and @kildareriordan with the nutrition
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5. Jus haaaanngin out
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6. Meanwhile back at home in Atlanta GA someone mad they not on the 🛳. 😳
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7. No limits... Photo cred: Chris Bridges @ludacris
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8. new new
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9. Apparently my 260lbs is too much for the actual vines in the Hawaiian jungles to hold me without breaking and me falling hundreds of feet. So for safety purposes, I'm forced to swing thru #Jumanjj on wires strong enough to hold 12 adult buffaloes and 1 adult Rock. #OnSet #Jumanji #IronicallyIEatBuffaloDailyForLunch #MoreManThanNatureKnowsWhatToDoWith
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10. hey ma! 🎎#wcw 💙
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11. Surprise visit to our factories!!! #GoodAmerican #USA
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13. Peachy Keen 🔥✨⚡️
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14. If this don't look thankful I don't know what does. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. #UltraBlessed #24kMagic #SweetPotatoFly
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15. Late nights @nbcmarlon with the writers... we in here!!!
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16. There goes my baaaaaaaaabbbbyyyyy #QueenKingMagic!!! We're up to something! Ira BIG!!! Stay out our buisness -
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17. You want to win every game you play but when you come home to these faces... who cares. #ILoveYouGirls best part of my day, everyday!
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18. Steady,steady..... full size jenga.. "I got this one "???? Or do I ?
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19. Cornrows kind of day 😉@dontaysavoy2 you convinced me and I love. ❤️️
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20. #BrotherlyLove #tbt
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22. #basel #TeamLOVE @kingcombs
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23. Just introduced a special screening of @directher 's groundbreaking (must see) documentary @13thfilm with my brother @themichaelealy | @unitedblackout #blackoutblackfriday
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24. Me & Vanessa Williams giving #DuckLips #Pose on the set of #DaytimeDivas @vh1 - Coming Soon to a tv near you. Lol. - My make up done by @makeupsurgeon
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25. This picture just makes me wanna praise the Lord, you hear me!!!!!! Yes Lord brotha #TEDDYCAMPBELL What a #man !!! You are everything right on this picture husband ......... #gorgeous #stylish #classy #strong #masculine #king #sexy #debonair #gentlemenstyle And that #bible in your hand just seals the deal for me (probably cause i know that, that is what helped you become just as amazing as you look😘). While my heart and mind experiences the goodness of God at #church on Sundays, my eyes experiences the goodness of Teddy😍. Amen somebody🙌🏽. "Bless the Lord oh my soul and all that is within me bless his holy name" #myman #myhusband #goodman #blackman #dapperman #godlyman #goodfather #mybestfriend
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26. Yesterday was my mama's 53rd birthday!!!!! Got to celebrate with her all day. If this is what I have to look forward to I can't wait. Looking like a soft bucket a cocoa butter. Yaaaaaaaaaas! 😍😍😍 love you mommy!
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27. "Shout out to @PureAtlanta for getting the family right"....I'm loving this jogger. 😍😍
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28. This pic warms my heart ❤️ #myLogiebeans and aunt aunt umba @itowandabraxton 😘
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29. You will always be my baby😜. #HappyBirthdayReginae #mybaby18
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30. GC "Gods Child" Red on Red SweatSuit available now at www.MonicaApparel.com ... Take Your Crown wherever you go!! I'm pictured in a Medium... Go to the site now for other options ... cc: @trukernell
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