The network released a statement Friday saying it “will work with her representatives to honor her request to end all future work for the network.”
Braxton’s recent suicide attempt and her preceding mental health struggles were — as she revealed in both a letter to the network and in an Instagram post Thursday — inextricable from her battles with the network. WeTV currently has two series from Braxton: “Braxton Family Values” — now in its seventh season — and the upcoming “Get Ya Life!”
Sources told Variety that Braxton, 43, is slated to make an appearance on at least a few more episodes of “Braxton Family Values,” which had started production before her recent struggles. “Get Ya Life!” had already been delayed earlier this week based on Braxton’s situation, but Variety’s sources believe that all six episodes of the show’s completed first season will be airing as planned, starting Sept. 10.
“Tamar Braxton has been an important part of our network family for more than a decade,” WeTV’s statement reads. “As she focuses on her health and recovery at what is clearly a difficult and personal time, we will work with her representatives to honor her request to end all future work for the network. We wish her nothing but the best.”
Braxton aired a number of grievances against the network in a letter she sent to WeTV brass weeks before her suicide attempt.
Braxton responded to a note the network sent outlining its efforts to support the black community, with a fiery missive that compared her TV bosses to “cruel white slave masters who once chained our forefathers, and the oppressive police forces that now terrorize our communities.
“I hope those ratings were worth it because you succeeded in destroying a great black family.”
She also blamed them for revealing the secret of her childhood sexual assault and rape “in front of my entire family and 100 crew members,” noting that she had previously kept it a secret from even her mother and that the resulting shame pushed her to ponder ending her life.
A family insider told Page Six that Braxton was also distraught over the choice of “Love and Hip Hop” producer Mona Scott Young to run “Get Ya Life!,” saying “Tamar felt ambushed … [by the hiring of] the person she said she did not want to work with.”
In her Instagram post Thursday, Braxton says she was “betrayed, taken advantage of, overworked, and underpaid” by WeTV, and added that “Reality TV personalities have no union, no coat of protection, no formal representation that protects our labor, our rights, our voices,” before pledging to fight for ethical business practices in reality TV.
Variety notes that Tamar “has been up until now the second-highest-paid talent in the history of WE tv, behind only her sister Toni.”
Tamar was hospitalized on July 16 for what was initially believed to have been a drug overdose.