After 20 years, comedian Loni Love is now a bankable personality. No only is she a major presence on the hit E! show “Chelsea Lately,” she’s the senior sage on the new daytime talk show “The Real” now testing on the Fox network in 6 cities. “The Real” places Love with reality stars Tamara Mowry Hounsley and Tamar Braxton along with actresses Jeannie Mai and Adrienne Bailon. The multicultural mix works, but the show won’t be officially a go until after its test run, which ends in a week.
“We haven’t heard yet,” Love told the Tom Joyner Morning Show. “This is our last week on Fox. If we don’t hear by October, it ain’t get picked up.” Love is hopeful that it will, though, if nothing else because she and the other ladies are enjoying the run. “We’re having so much fun on that show, we really are.”
Love is a Detroit native who grew up in the city’s Brewster-Douglass projects, made famous by the Supremes, who also grew up there. Etterlene DeBarge, matriarch of the DeBarge family, was also a resident. The one-time Xerox engineer stayed at the company even after she became a regular at L.A.’s famed comedy starting ground, The Laugh Factory. But ultimately Loni’s talent won out and since leaving to pursue comedy full time, she’s worked steadily doing both TV, film and standup.
“I was trained by y’all. Doing the Tom Joyner show has taught me to calm down but still keep the funny,” Love told the TJMS crew.
Love has made forays into books, as well, penning two. Her last one “Love Him or Leave Him But Don’t Get Stuck With the Tab,” echoes the kinds of pragmatic advice as well as the hilarious stories she shares on “The Real.”
“Depending on what the topic is we have this thing called “Girl’s Chat” at the top of the show. That’s when we reveal certain stories. I’m 20 years into this so I have plenty of stories.”
You can get more info on Love’s standup appearances and buy her book here.
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This Week’s Celebrity Instagrams (6/18-6/24)
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1. Me & the homie @jaleelwhite #RujohnFoundation Happy to be in Jamaica! Good times
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5. Good Morning. Early day in Detroit! Making press rounds for @thebossnetwork's Ladies That Lead Tour. Thank you @traycemadre and @colourbynumbr for my glam.
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6. POWER the best show on TV @djenvy, Queens we so big out here. #EFFENVODKA #FRIGO
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7. They said u lost a step, wasn't explosive as once was, the best days was in the real view, questioned your drive, your leadership, your commitment, you don't have killer instinct, going back home is the worst mistake in your career, he got the coach fired, players traded, won't work between him and Kyrie, Him and Kev won't work, love your teammates to much, there's no way he can deliver a championship in his hometown, etc etc etc.... But guess what THATS NONE OF MY BUSINESS #StriveForGreatness #ThisOneIsForTheLand #PutSomeRespeckOnMyName Hahahaha!!! Yes sir
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8. Oooooh weeee this man right here is responsible for at least three of our four babies!! #JOE ❤❤❤🎤 #rnb #king #voicelikebutter #ForPeetesSake
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9. Hanging with my @abcnetwork family! @abcunclebuck tonite y'all check us out ! @anthonyanderson @traceeellisross
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10. My broski ( @sayeedshahidi ) and I are on Top 5 Live on @go90 at 5 (which is super duper close)! Make sure to tune in :) #UncleBuck #Blackish
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11. Lights out💤 #GoodNight
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12. Late nights mornings
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13. Ran into the lovely talented @siedahgarrett on this brutiful favvuz deh!
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14. #halal #love #thedargans #kattwilliamsSHOW #mashallah when that Jennah piece HIT!! @sweetjennahcollection glasses by @baddieglamaccessories LIZ 😍 @dynamiteko top @dazzledmv and jeans @thevision414 and shoes: @louboutinworld
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15. Big Hair and Optical Illusions #OceanDrive #MiamiLiving #coverparty
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16. MAMA and THE SAVAGES ... ⚓️ #supportyourlocalgirlgang
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17. From the bottom of my ❤️, thank you new followers & old! & hello fellow night owls! #grateful #racheltrue #naturalhair #curlyhair #curlygirl #healthyhair
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18. I feel so grateful because I met these amazing young minds, visiting from Houston TX, during their college tour stop today at #usc.These students are ALL extraordinary and embody academic excellence so I'm humbled to have shared a few moments with them to applaud and celebrate their bright futures ahead! Thank you @EmergeFellows for inviting me to speak and blessing me with your love and attention this afternoon!
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19. Happy Fathers Day Pops. U taught me how to be a man. Lessons of love, hard work & gratefulness. Sorry the fishing didn't stick. LOL. I Love U!
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20. Sky Zone and Ice Cream! Best Fathers Day Ever!! Photo credit @mariahcarey
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21. Look what finally came in the mail 😎 #mtvmovieawards2016 💥+🌽! #straightouttacompton
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22. Claudia Jordan: ....
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23. 'Member that time I almost knocked a bajillion dollar camera off the car? Really? Yeah, me neither! #Greenleaf Episode 2 comin atcha!
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24. Full of love. #birthday #Cabo
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25. Oh hey! Look who just joined Snapchat
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