The man behind 'Love & Marriage: Huntsville' breaks down what makes his show TV gold and what he really thinks about Martell Holt this season
Carlos Kingis the executive producer behind some of your favorite reality TVshows.
- He broke down what makes his shows TV gold and what he hates about filming - like when the cast lies.
- King also shared his thoughts on "LAMH" star Martell Holt and his infidelity that caused his divorce.
Carlos King didn't earn the nickname "record breaker" for nothing.
You might not be familiar with the executive producer's name, but he's likely created those reality TV scenes you can't get out of your head. From producing an episode featuring Lil Wayne's daughter, Reginae, on MTV's "My Super Sweet 16" in 2015 to being the man behind eight seasons of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," and even the New Jersey spin off, King knows how to make good TV.It's why
Dustin Ross: It's no secret Carlos, that you have handcrafted some of the most meticulously curated storytelling and reality television. What is it that you look for in a personal story for your cast?
Carlos King: I was a journalism major in college. I thought I would be a reporter like Ed Gordon. [Laughs] So I'm all about the story. So having that education and background has propelled me to truly divulge into people's personal story that I feel is relatable to a mass audience...My audience has a certain expectation when it comes to my shows. They expect funny, shady, messy, but at the same time they expect the truth to unfold. When you watch "Belle Collective" and you see a woman named Marie, who's such a boss at work, and then we go home with her and she has a messy household, right? That's the stuff that people want from the shows I'm producing, and it's my job to deliver that.Well, you're doing a great job of it because those complexities of the human experience are what endear people to your productions. What is it that intrigues you the most when you are telling these stories; it's usually from the lens of a Black woman, right? I grew up in Detroit, Michigan. My mother was a housewife...so I grew up every day watching my mother, a Black woman, be the head of the household. She had a life before she had children. So me growing up witnessing that I've always been intrigued with the Black women's story. Listen, Black women are the reason why we have a new president; they make the world go around. So my role as a content creator is to provide a love letter to Black women stating that I see you, I hear you.
Yes, you can brilliantly tell these stories through the Black woman's lens, but that's not all you've done. You were also responsible for "
It's about relationships. I don't care if you're Black, white, green, yellow, Asian, Latino, whatever. Everybody can relate to what it's like to be in a relationship. I don't care if you're gay. I have a show on Netflix, called "Styling Hollywood," [starring celebrity stylist Jason Bolden and his home decor designing husband, Adair Curtis] about two gay Black men.Incredible show.
Thank you. Thank you, which was, of course my love letter to my community. So relationships are at the epicenter of all my shows.
I think that's incredible. How are you able to kind of play the game "in Hollywood," and still show up in these spaces as your authentic self?I tell people all the time: I get paid a lot of money to be myself. Obviously, I wasn't always this confident. When you're growing up in Detroit in the 80s and 90s...and there weren't any gay Black men on television nor in the neighborhood. And if they were, they were on the down low. So I never got a chance to see the interactions. So the moment I moved from Detroit to New York City, that's when I was welcomed by a community of straight Black girls. So [one day they said], "So do you have a boyfriend?" and I was like, "Who told you I'm gay?"
They said, "Girl, it's OK. You're no longer in Detroit." And just then, that was the introduction that I understood, Oh I get to like really be myself.
Speaking of your shows, let's have a little fun. I'm going to ask you a couple of questions. So without naming names, what made your least favorite cast member or person to work with the least favorite?Without naming names? I do not like it when like a cast member lies on production. That's the wackest thing to do. It's the easy way out. It's to get the attention of their fans...to be on their side because as a producer, you don't see what we do. So you could only assume that Carlos King is this wizard, this puppeteer who's making things happen behind the scenes, which isn't the case at all. What is one secret that you kept or did not air for a housewife, specifically?
You'll be shocked, it's a lot. I'll say this much, my biggest thing is you can tell me anything, real talk. I always go back to you and say, OK, are you willing to say it on camera? Nine times out of 10, they will eventually. It's 1% where they're just like, 'No and you can't tell anybody.' Most "Housewives" don't mind spilling their business. It's when they want to protect someone in their family or protect someone from the cast.
We've all heard the rumors, so for once and for all, is there anything that you want to put on the record about season nine of "
One last question: How do you feel about Martell Holt and his fall from grace that we're witnessing happen right in front of our eyes [on "Love & Marriage?"]
Listen, I don't feel good about it. Martell is someone who I have so much respect for and again, Martell and [his estranged wife] Melody are the reasons why we're doing a show called "Love and Marriage: Huntsville." I had no idea when I first met them that they had any marital problems. Zero. When I say to you, Martell was so enamored with Melody, I was like, Oh my gosh, she got this man whipped right here.At the end of the day, you can say what you want about Martell. He is an amazing father. And at one point in time, he truly tried to make things right. I think what everybody's witnessing is what happens when a man continuously makes a mistake and his wife is just fed up.
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