Anyone who watches the trailer for Irv Gotti and family’s “Gotti’s Way 2″ on VH1 wouldn’t be blamed for thinking the relationship between him and his soon-to-be ex-wife, Deb, is deteriorating. There are scenes foreshadowing therapy, friend intervention, arguing — you get the picture. The lovably mouthy Inc. record exec would disagree, however.
“It isn’t getting worse,” Gotti maintained with a smile while visiting the MTV News offices before the show’s season premiere (Tuesday, May 5). “With Deb, after season one, so many people were like, ‘Set boundaries. This is all that the people are gonna see.’ I’m like, ‘We’re just raising our kids.’ What’s so bad about me — even though we’re not together — coming over and the kids seeing us together happy? But she’s like, ‘No.’ She goes to a therapist. … I’m the bad guy. It’s conflict in this one, but the conflict is real. Even when I went to see Russell [Simmons], Russell is like, ‘You should pick the kids up and go somewhere else.’ Why? … With Deb, for the most part, me and her are cool.”
Gotti said that despite being under the microscope, his kids are happy, and there’s nothing he would have changed from the show’s first season except maybe the episode when his son Sonny cried because his parents were breaking up. Gotti even contemplated getting a stick to break the cameras that were shooting that scene.
“I always watch Dave Chappelle’s [skit] ‘When “Keeping It Real” Goes Wrong.’ I be like, ‘Is that me?’ ” Gotti laughed. “I think people like my reality [show] because they know with me, it’s not scripted. It’s all the way real.”
One thing he insists that we won’t see on the show is Gotti dating other women. It’s not like he’s become a priest or anything, but he doesn’t want to appear on TV with someone he’s not serious about.
Gotti said his biggest hope is that viewers, especially the guys, will watch the program and conclude, “You could be cool with the mother of your kids.”