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'Love & Hip Hop Atlanta' recurring member D Smith calls it quits

By RODNEY HO/ rho@ajc.com, originally filed Saturday July 9, 2016

D Smith, the transgender music producer, tried to make an impact on "Love and Hip Hop Atlanta."

Instead, she told Bossip that she is not coming back after this season. She showed up in a handful of episodes. Her most dramatic moments were getting upset with Tammy Rivera and Deb Atney defending Waka Flocka, Tammy's beau at the time and Deb's son, over comments that were construed as anti-transgender.

No [I won’t be back], I barely made it through this season. They barely got me on the first season, there was a whole month where Betty [Idol] and I weren’t on there because I quit the show in the middle of the season. I was uncomfortable with the dialogue. I don’t foresee me being on another season.

She said she was disappointed by how the show played out for her and she hasn't even bothered to watch.

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When I spoke with her as the season was starting, she said she was actually a "private" person. Her purpose to be on the show: “I want people to see I’m a serious producer. I take music seriously. I’m at heart a rock star."

My original interview with D Smith. 

There are three or four more episodes of "Love and Hip Hop Atlanta" before the two reunion shows. Mimi Faust, one of the few people D Smith liked on the cast, recently discredited rumors the entire cast had been fired.

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