Tatyana Ali FILES SUIT Over The Real Talk Show

Published on July 18, 2016

TATYANA ALI has launched a lawsuit against executives at Warner Bros. over U.S. talk show THE REAL.

Tatyana Ali

The former Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star claims she came up with the concept for a programme similar to the chat show in 2012 and presented it to TV bosses. Executives decided not to move forward with Ali’s pitch.

However, in the new lawsuit, she claims The Real debuted months later and was a “a direct production” of her show idea.

“With a great deal of disappointment and complete disbelief, (Ali) witnessed (her) concept come to life on major network television at the hands of the Defendant Corporations,” read the legal papers filed in Los Angeles on Friday (15Jul16).

The Real premiered in July, 2013 and featured hosts Adrienne Bailon, Tamar Braxton, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai, and Tamara Mowry. Braxton has since departed the show, which has been renewed through 2018.

Tatyana Ali

Ali claims the show’s female panel closely resembles personalities she presented in her pitch to TV bosses.

“The Defendant Corporations did not at any time, directly or indirectly, acknowledge the use of the Plaintiff’s Concept,” the lawsuit continues.

Ali is seeking unspecified damages from “all rightful gains, profits, and advantages derived by the Defendants” and the creation of a trust for “designated percentages of the proceeds resulting from past, current and future production and airing of The Real television program”