Da Brat being tested for Claudia Jordan's job on Rickey Smiley morning show

By RODNEY HO/ rho@ajc.com, originally filed Monday, July 13, 2015

Rickey Smiley's third female co-host in just over a year on his syndicated morning show is rap star Da Brat.

(UPDATE Tuesday, July 14 I interviewed Smiley today and will post what he said later in more detail but I did want to update this: Da Brat's contract is temporary. She has not officially been given the job full time. Smiley said others may be tried out over the next 90 days as well.)

Da Brat, whose real name is Shawntee Harris, today replaced "Real Housewives of Atlanta" cast member Claudia Jordan, who spent a year with the show but was let go earlier this week. Last year, Jordan took over for the popular Ebony Steele, who had been with Smiley for seven years but was also released from duties without explanation.

She read the news this  morning at 7:14 a.m., including the Confederate battle flag taken down at South Carolina and Bobby Brown's new daughter.

Smiley's morning show, heard on more than 60 markets nationwide, is produced in downtown Atlanta and heard on Hot 107.9 locally. Porsha Williams remains as the female representative on the syndicated TV show "Dish Nation."

A 41-year-old Atlanta resident, Da Brat was the first female solo rap artist to go platinum with her album "Funkdafied" in 1994.

She spent three years in prison after a 2007 altercation at a nightclub, striking a hostess with a rum bottle. She also participated in the fifth season of "Celebrity Fit Club" on VH1.

Da Brat has been a regular visitor to the Smiley show over the past year. She has done freestyle battles with both cast members Headkrack and Gary With Da Tea:

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In May, she joined the show in the Caribbean:

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Jordan, in the meantime, has been widely reported as having been cut from "The Real Housewives of Atlanta." Nobody at Bravo has officially confirmed that and neither has Jordan. The reality is Bravo doesn't make final decisions on casting until well after production begins. And season eight production has just begun. So we'll probably know in a few weeks whether Jordan is out completely, reduced to a recurring role or kept as a full-fledged member of the show.

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Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.