Tatyana Ali just sued the panties off everyone involved with “The Real” because they allegedly stole her talk show idea.
Her lawsuit is against Warner Bros., the show’s production company Telepictures, Hilary Estes McLoughlin, then-president of creative affairs at CBS Television Distribution, and Sheila Bouttier, who was SVP Development at Telepictures Productions.
Here is what happened. In 2012 about 6 months before the show aired Tatyana pitched her idea to Telepictures and they declined. Once the show aired, she felt as if it was her idea was pretty much stolen because that was the concept she had pitched.
“With a great deal of disappointment and complete disbelief,” the suit says, Ali “witnessed [her] concept come to life on major network television at the hands of the Defendant Corporations.”
Deadline reports about the lawsuit:
The suit claims Ali came up with an idea for a reality-based daytime talk show with “a unique and innovative format, which featured an eclectic group of engaging female celebrity hosts, each aged within their 20’s and 30’s … designed to pique the interest of the younger side of the mid-life/mid-career female population and featured a variety of contemporary discussion topics in a relaxed and informal setting.”
“The five female host panel cast members very closely embody and mirror the personal and professional profiles of the specific and potential female celebrity hosts openly proposed in writing and in discussion by the Plaintiff during ‘pitch’ meetings she held with the Executives,” the suit says. “The Defendant Corporations did not at any time, directly or indirectly, acknowledge the use of the Plaintiff’s Concept.”
Tatyana is demanding unspecified damages from “all rightful gains, profits, and advantages derived by the Defendants.” She also wants a collective trust of “designated percentages of the proceeds resulting from past, current and future production and airing of The Real television program.”
Tatyana is not playing with these people
Here is Tatyana on “The Real” in August of 2013: