The Misrepresentation of Mama Joyce [INTERVIEW]<br />

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weeks in a row and every damn thing. People keep saying ‘You’re a celebrity,’ and I ask, ‘How the hell am I a celebrity?’ I’m the most unpaid celebrity there is. I’m looking in the Us Weekly and I have a picture and I say, ‘How am I getting all of this attention? I’m not a celebrity!’ ”

Joyce Jones elaborates about how she promised herself she wouldn’t show up on Real Housewives anymore after her initial appearances because she wasn’t being compensated, or even reimbursed for transportation to get to and fro. The show’s producer Carlos King (a former Love & Hip-Hop producer) convinced her to appear more on Real Housewives, telling her viewer demand was high and Kandi needed a storyline. “And I said, ‘Well, for Kandi, I’ll come back for her because I’ll do anything for my daughter.”

But that—like so many reality TV real-life realities—has not turned out so well. She recently hired a publicist to help quell some of the negative attention she’s acquired.

“I’m only doing [it] because I didn’t like what was being said about me,” she confided.

Mama Joyce and Burruss, who just returned from spending her holiday in the Bahamas, are working to patch things up and spent New Year’s Day together. As far as Tucker, she says they “kind of make up” in an upcoming episode.

“If he makes her happy, I’m happy,” she adds. “I just want the best for her. And if he’s the best for her, well then I’m happy. All I want her to do is be happy. God knows that’s all I want.”

Karu F. Daniels’s work as an entertainment journalist has been featured in Jet, Playbill, Billboard, The Daily Beast, CNN.com and Essence. On Twitter, he’s @TontoKaru.