Fans of Bravo’s hit show “Married to Medicine” might be disappointed in learning that the show’s star and creator Mariah Huq has reportedly been cut from the show!
In addition to starring in all but one of the show’s seven seasons, Huq was also the first and only African American creator and executive producer at Bravo after bringing “Married to Medicine” to the network. But, back in April Mariah took to Instagram to ask why she hadn’t yet received a contract while other castmembers had.
Well, it looks like things haven’t been solved since because in a recent interview, Huq revealed how “horrible” her treatment has been at Bravo, as the network’s only Black creator.
After not receiving a contract for season eight, Huq spoke out after realizing that she’s among three creators at Bravo who also star in their shows, but is the only one who is Black and somehow the only one who has been pushed out of the show she created.
“There’s three of us at Bravo that have created, starred in and executive produced a show,” Mariah told AfterBuzz TV. “That’s me, Lisa Vanderpump of Vanderpump Rules and Whitney Sudler of Southern Charm. But it’s really tough. It’s not the situation I want to be in as the creator and executive producer of a show. But my status is I haven’t received a cast contract. I’m still connected to the show as a creator and executive producer. But my treatment as an African American creator and executive producer has just been horrible. I’ve tread very lightly with sharing my story.”
Mariah revealed that she spoke with Bravo directly about not receiving a cast member contract for the show and that’s when she was informed of her removal.
“I did have a conversation with executives at Bravo last week to express my concern with people saying I wasn’t going to return. And they pretty much just said “we don’t want you to return.” Mariah confirmed.
She went on to express her feelings toward being removed as a cast member on a show she created and brought to the network.
“I feel like I’ve birthed a baby and it’s been kidnapped from me.” Mariah explained.
It was also surprising to learn how despite M2M centering around the lives of African American women, the show’s production team doesn’t reflect much diversity.
“I’m about women empowerment.” Mariah said. “One of the things I always fought for was to have diverse women behind the camera as well as in front of the camera. That’s why I created the show. So what would I look like wanting to have a show with no women as producers? Every female minority producer, we’ve had at least four, has gone through the exact same thing I’m going through.”
Mariah explained how every female producer of color the show has seen has somehow been removed.
“They’re no longer with us and that’s a problem for me.” Mariah said.
As the show’s creator, the Tennessee native explained how disappointed she is about the lack of diversity going on behind the cameras.
“That says more about the culture that has been created at “Married to Medicine” and I’m ashamed to say that because as a Black creator you’re doing it to expand the territory and create opportunities for women, for women of color, for a large part of the groups that have been ignored for so long. So I’m upset about that. It breaks my heart.”
Mariah confirmed that she’s unsure if she will return to the show for season eight.