Bobby brown knows a thing or two
about drama. Starting June 30, the R&B star, 36, will take his troubled
existence completely public in his own reality show on Bravo. He spoke with
NEWSWEEK's Allison Samuels.
So why a reality show? Haven't you had enough of cameras following you
I needed to do something to stay out of trouble. Too much free time ain't
too good for someone like me. And now that I'm feeling healthy and off the
drugs and other stuff I was doing—I feel like getting myself back on track.
But honestly, the main reason I wanted to do this is really for my kids.
They're always saying, "Daddy, why do they always make you look so bad in
the press?" You know? They don't see their father as a screw-up.
In one of the first episodes, you make some really crude jokes about
celebrities—like when you talk about Eddie Murphy wearing dresses in his
downtime. Any worry that that might come back to haunt you?
No, no worries. I didn't censor myself at all while the cameras were on
because that wouldn't be real. I don't mean anybody harm, but I've spent
most of my career being the butt of somebody's joke, so I don't have too
much concern about somebody's feelings getting hurt. If you can't take a
joke, then you need to go somewhere and die—and definitely get out of this
What was Whitney's response to the show?
She wanted no part of it. (Laughs.) But
then once the cameras started rolling and she saw how much fun I was having,
I couldn't get rid of her. I had to tell her, "This is 'The Bobby Brown
Show'—not 'The Whitney Show'!"
NEWSFILE: 19 JUNE 2005