Rickey Smiley and Claudia Jordan Part Ways, Claudia is Dropped from The Rickey Smiley Morning Show
AJC.com reports that Rickey Smiley has dropped Claudia Jordan from his syndicated morning show produced in downtown Atlanta and heard locally on Hot 107.9.
Jordan has had a rough month. Rumors have been floating about that Bravo may either drop or demote Jordan on the eighth season of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” which is just starting production. And she got a bad case of whiplash late last month after getting involved in a car accident. She said it may take months before she is 100 percent.
Curiously, on Facebook last week, Rickey Smiley posted a note that was clearly targeting a member of the morning team:
It kills me when you give people opportunity and the disrespect I have to deal with daily, my entire career. Being no nonsense and not taking shi from anyone is not bipolar. Saying no to someone isn’t being mean. I got folks who eat off me, get paid for what they do and can walk in the studio in they feelings [sic] about nothing… sounds good on the air. If you only knew. It’s not just white people that have entitlement issues smfh. All I do here is provide opportunities for people, come to work happy every day, work hard and have to deal with S on and off the air. The devil IS a lie. It’s all good because I appreciate the ones that’s respectful and loyal and trying to make these radio and tv dreams come true. So instead of mistreating an employer that provides an opportunity for you to have a career, if what he provides is not enough, then start your own. Simple. entitlement.
Claudia confirmed she is leaving the show on her Facebook page:
Hey friends and fam. I just wanted to make an announcement here for all that have been supporting me in all of my jobs, ventures and adventures. After working on The Rickey Smiley Show for a year I am moving on to more opportunities. There are a whole lot of things I want to do that will better showcase my talents, personality, intelligence and wittiness and I’m ready to pursue them! I’m grateful to Reach Media and to Mr. Smiley for giving me the opportunity which in turn helped me have a reason to be in Atlanta to be on the Real Housewives of Atlanta which was another amazing opportunity that has brought me nothing but more exposure, more checks and more opportunities in film and many other things. To those that rode with me through the storm when I was trying to adjust on the show with conflicting advice coming at me from all angles-I thank you. To my critics-I thank you also because you pushed me and motivated me to do better. I know I’m the second female co-host to depart in a year but I have total confidence that they will fill that spot with someone that will do the damn thing and be able to stay forever! I’ll miss the crew and made some real friends on the RSMS and I wish them the best.I also want to publicly say THANK YOU to Ebony Steele who was a total class act to me when I first started and has continued to check up on me and has truly shown me sisterhood despite everything. I can not wait to see her next move also. She’s talented and a radio star! But lots of things are cooking as we speak and I’ll post where you can catch me next REAL soon! XOXO CJ
The “Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast member joined a year ago after long-time co-host Ebony Steele was abruptly let go with no explanation. Steele has never talked openly about that situation.