The most iconic moment in TV history to me isn’t when we found out who shot J.R. It isn’t even the finale of M.A.S.H.or Friends. It’s when Tyra Banks still had her talk show and decided inviting Naomi Campbell on to discuss their feud would be a good idea. Rather than give in to Ty-Ty, Naomi spent most of the time scowzing (the scowling yin to Tyra’s smizing yang) and wondering what assistant she would be throwing her Blackberry at once the cameras stopped. Fast forward a few years, and Jada Pinkett Smith has basically turned that idea into an entire show.
Jada’s Red Table Talk is a show she co-hosts with her mother and daughter, and it’s a TMI extravaganza! From Will Smith dropping by to air out their marriage’s dirty laundry in front of their child and his mother-in-law to Gabrielle Union plopping down in a seat to discuss a 17-year feud none of us knew was a thing, the show has surprisingly been better than the community access TV-on-a-Flip-cam I was expecting. The new season is about to drop, and Jada is wadding balls deep into the Scientology pool to make nice with former foe and ex-Scientologist Leah Remini.
It was last year when Leah was full-throttle in her town crier mode of screaming out the names of Scientologists and their dastardly deeds. John Travolta could turn coal into diamonds from clenching his b-hole so hard in anxiety over what Leah might say about him, but she really seemed to drag Jada more than him. The Smiths were always rumored to be Scientologists, but they were never caught with their hands in the Xenu cookie jar. Leah claimed that Jada was definitely one, and Jada clapped back with a novella on Twitter that basically said she hadn’t met a religion she didn’t like, so fuck off. People says Jada reached out to say it’s all in the past and that their tiff is because they both were abandoned by their fathers:
“What was really emotional about it was realizing that there was two broken little girls in us that were abandoned by their fathers and turned into fighters who clashed.”
It also sounds like Jada was not the mature one here, and it was Leah who made the first move toward a mea culpa:
“It was really beautiful and she reached out to me. She was much more bigger than me in that way. It was nice to reconnect and release ourselves from all that nonsense that doesn’t matter.”
Somehow, I’m almost certain that releasing themselves entailed a lot of snickering at Kelly Preston’s acting “career” and Kirstie Alley resorting to Celebrity Big Brother.