It's the hardest breakup fans of "Love Is___" will witness that's not their own. The show is cancelled and there will be no season 2. Deets inside...
In today's Men Ruin Everything news (we kid...kinda), those accusations tossed at the very married Salim Akil about a decade long affair full of alleged sexual assault and domestic violence is now stopping his bag.
The Executive Producer of "Love Is___" had a major lawsuit filed against him and OWN by a married actress, Amber Dixon Brenner, claiming to have been involved with him for the past decade. The details were salacious and the tea was piping hot. Not only did she detail frequent instances of physical abuse throughout the illicit affair, the suit accuses Salim of stealing her 2015 Luv & Perversity in the East Village screenplay as the basis of Love Is_
Of course, Salim denies there's any truth to any of it. Amber even dropped one of her two lawsuits (the copyright infringement accusation), keeping only one against Salim himself. It focuses on of accusations of “non-consensual assault and battery” and breach of contract over the Luv script.
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LOVE IS___ I am saddened that this great group of #artists and #storytellers will no longer get to create together on this project in this way. This was a special tribe— assembling teams like this is by the grace of God— and I will miss not being on set with them to make more magic. And though I know we will all go on to create more amazing work, I’m grateful there was a moment in time that we came together and had the courage to give our best to try and tell a story about love with love. #InTheLandOf #LoveIs
OWN clearly isn't having any of it. And neither is Salim's wife, Mara Brock Akil. The twosome haven't been seen together - outside of Election Day - since the accusation went public, and "Love Is___" is now cancelled.
“OWN has decided not to move forward with the second season of Love Is _ ,” the Oprah Winfrey founded outlet said Wednesday, five months after saying it was renewed.
“The TV memoir was inspired by the real-life love story of married producers Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil.”
The only upside: Deadline says their sources tell them the cast and producers were all still paid for the second season under contractual obligations. However, others on staff say it isn't true.
They BETTER not take Salim's other show "Black Lightening" away too. Ain't gotta throw the baby away with the bath water. He can go, if necessary. But the least we can do is let a black superhero idea play out on tv. Let us live!
Photos: Love Is' Facebook Page