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Steve Harvey signs Tamar Braxton to production deal after 'The Real' firing

By RODNEY HO/, originally filed Friday, June 3, 2016

Part-time Atlantan Steve Harvey announced on his morning show that his production company East 112 Street Productions is working with Tamar Braxton for possible future TV shows.

"She has a bright future. She is such a star. She has a plethora of talent," Harvey said. He suggested talk shows and game shows for her.

Tamar, in her first interview since getting booted from talk show "The Real," told Harvey she was completely shocked by the firing last month.

"I loved going to work," said Tamar, who has lived in Atlanta in the past.

"Had there been any controversy leading up this?" said Harvey, a part-time Atlantan.

"God no!" she said. "There were no issues. Me and the girls got along."

"Has anyone given you a reason for the firing?"

"No, to be honest. I wish I knew," she told Harvey.

She said it wasn't about money. She said there were no blow-ups on set. "That's what has been bothering me to this day," she said.

"Hollywood is filled with coward upper level people who sit in a room and make a decision," Harvey said. "Nobody is going to come out to be a heavy."

Tamar said she only found out when her husband Vince called someone at the show to talk about some unrelated issue. The moment was actually caught on camera on her WE-TV reality show "Braxton Family Values," which aired Thursday. She collapsed in tears.

"I just don't know what I did wrong," Tamar said to her sister Toni on the show. "I'm so humiliated, Toni — I don't know what to do. I know everybody's gonna think it's something I did or, 'She's this way, and she's got a big mouth.' I could probably understand more if I had known that I did something, but I don't know what I did."

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