Celebrity Favorites: Olivia, Chrissy, Emily B. of “Love & Hip Hop”
The first season of Vh1’s successful new reality series “Love & Hip Hop” officially wrapped with much fanfare thanks to the reunion special that aired on Monday. Still, what ended up being a series that followed castmembers Chrissy Lampkin (Jim Jones’ fiancée), Emily Bustamente (mother of Fabolous’ son), ex-G-Unit artist Olivia Longott and model-turned-rapper Somaya Reece wasn’t initially intended to be a show.
The original concept was based around Chrissy and Jim Jones and was titled “Jim and the Family Jones.”
‘They kinda changed the show; it was supposed to be ‘Jim and the Family Jones’ and then it turned into four women with our careers and figuring out where we are going in our lives,” Olivia told MTV News during a sit-down before the show premiered in March.
“In the beginning, it was a pilot about Jimmy, me and Jimmy,” Chrissy said. “And he wasn’t really comfortable with that and we took another meeting and [show producers] Jim Ackerman and Mona [Scott-Young], sat down and said, ‘How about we bring some more females to the cast and make it more interesting?” Chrissy was onboard for the change. “If I don’t have to work with Jimmy every day, I’m with it,” she said jokingly.
Emily, who has a son with Fab, felt immediately connected to Chrissy based off of her relationship experience. “I related it her,” Bustamente said of why she joined the cast. “I trusted it and I trusted Mona and I think it was a learning experience for me. It was a great opportunity.”
Vh1 confirmed earlier this week that “Love & Hip-Hop” has been renewed for a second season.
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