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‘I Want to Show Them How to be Bad B’s’: Kimora Lee Simmons Explains Why She’s Turned Down a Role on the ‘Housewives’ Franchise Despite Being Asked By Production Every Season  

Kimora Lee Simmons is no stranger to reality television.

The Baby Phat founder and her family were a part of Style Network’s “Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane” from 2007 to 2011. The reality show followed Simmons as she ran a fashion empire while raising her three eldest children, Ming Lee Simmons, Aoki Lee Simmons, and Kenzo Lee Hounsou. Its success spawned the spinoff “Kimora: House of Fab” in 2013. “Kimora: House of Fab” would end that same year after one season.

On Aug. 24, during an interview with “Entertainment Tonight,” Simmons recounted the good times she had shooting her reality series and opened up about the possibility of returning to the small screen.

When asked if she would do reality television again, Simmons revealed that different producers had pitched ideas to her all the time, including the Housewives franchise. The 47-year-old said, “Different producers call me all the time. They call me to try to be part of their show all the time.”

Further in the conversation, Simmons claimed she declined the offer to join the Housewives franchise in the past because of the cast’s edited clips. 

She said while discussing the Beverly Hills and New York Housewives franchises, “Here’s what I just don’t understand, I didn’t watch TV, are they mean to each other? Are they rude to each other? Because the clips I’ve seen, things I’ve heard, they’re kind of fighting. … Are they going to, like, invite you to a dinner party and then edit it to look a certain way?”

Simmons added, “’Cause, honey, I don’t have the patience for that.” When asked what type of show she would want to be a part of, the model stated she wants something realistic and inspirational. 

The mother of five said, “I don’t want to create fake drama. I want to compel people, teach people, aspire people, uplift them. I want to show them how to be bad b’s, how to look great, feel great, manage everything. Fall apart if you have to, but get back up and keep going. That’s what I want to show on TV.”

Toward the end of the segment, Simmons revealed although she doesn’t like how the cast members of the Housewives franchise are edited onscreen, she hasn’t completely closed the door on that opportunity and plans to take a meeting in the near future.

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