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BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 17: Amanda Seales performs onstage at the International Myeloma Foundation 13th Annual Comedy Celebration at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 17, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California.

Amanda Seales recently called out the producers of her former employer, The Real, for copying her Smart, Funny, & Black series. The television host, actress, and comedienne took to Instagram to share how “egregious” her former talk show is.

“Once again [The Real] demonstrates its low class and even lower vibration. Just so we’re clear, this is an EGREGIOUS bite of my “Smart Funny & Black” brand in an attempt to bring Black awareness into the programming of The Real,” Seales wrote on the social media platform.

“They couldn’t find ANY OTHER WAY to do this without it being a bite of my creation. Yes, I’m saying this on social media because the CONTINUED thievery of Black people’s work (even when supported by other BIPOC) needs to be called the F out and also because this is the most energy I’ll give it before going on with my day and creating more dopeness that will inevitably be pilfered by the less talented/ethical/ancestrally connected individuals of our species.”

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: Amanda Seales, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Adrienne Houghton, and Jeannie Mai attends the 51st NAACP Image Awards non-televised Awards Dinner on February 21, 2020 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

Seales ended her post by writing, “Happy Monday. VOTE!” and “Knowing networks, they did this because they knew I’d post and it would boost ratings.” During an episode of The Real, the show used a logo for their “Black Lives Matter University” segment, which was very similar to Seales’ Smart, Funny, & Black logo.

As we previously reported, Seales didn’t renew her contract with the daytime television show. Amanda Seales had a conversation on Instagram Live with her friend, actor Brandon Victor Dixon on June 2 and shared that her contract was up and she would not be renewing it.

“Well, you know what happened to me today. I’ve arrived because my contract is up at The Real and I did not renew it because it doesn’t feel good to soul to be at a place where I cannot speak to my people the way they need to be spoken to and where the people who are speaking to me in disparaging ways are not being handled,” she told Dixon.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 29: Amanda Seales attends the Premiere Of Focus Features’ “Harriet” at The Orpheum Theatre on October 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

“I’m not in a space where I can as a full Black woman have my voice and my co-workers also have their voices and where the people at the top are not respecting the necessity for black voices to be at the top too.”

“So you reach a point, even when it just comes to Hollywood in general. You’ve seen in me transform into a way where I just can’t function at this place the same way,” Sealed continued. “They’re planting white beans in my soil.”

Back in January, Amanda Seales joined the Fox series, replacing Tamar Braxton, who had been let go from the talk show and wasn’t replaced for several seasons. Tamera Mowry-Housley also didn’t return to the show as a host. Actress Garcelle Beauvais has since joined The Real as a co-host, as we previously reported.

Glennisha Morgan is a Detroit-bred multimedia journalist and writer. She writes about intersectionality, hip-hop, pop culture, queer issues, race, feminism, and her truth. Follow her on Twitter @GlennishaMorgan.