Reality TV’s HBIC gets full TS Madison Experience. Tiffany “New York” Pollard will bring her larger-than-life personality to the WEtv series season finale to help the titular star launch her new venture.
Airing tonight at 10 / 9c on WEtv, the finale finds titular Madison’s new show running into a major glitch, forcing her team to fall out and jeopardizing her grand Hollywood opportunity. Pollard, meanwhile, will surprise Madison “with a shocking turn of events that could change everything.”
Ahead of the finale, TVLine spoke with the reality TV icon about how her friendship with Madison has blossomed and whether or not she will be on another reality TV show.
TVLINE | How and when did you meet TS Madison?
People don’t know that about me, but I’m a square. Sometimes I’m the last to hear what’s cool and what’s going on. [My brother] told me to watch TS Madison. He was like, “Girl, watch this show. It’s incredible. She’s perfect and funny, and she’s just going to give you your life. “So I watched an episode of the The Queen’s Supreme Court and I was addicted to Madison. Long story short, I was at an event and we just logged on. This lady is a force to be reckoned with.
TVLINE | What did you learn from her through this friendship?
I have learned to persevere in anything. If something is wrong, you should always show up. This woman will always find her way no matter what. I’ve seen so many people give up on her life, yet she is still making huge strides towards her goals. Anyone could watch it and be inspired to keep going, no matter what the trial or the storm.
TVLINE | On the show, you discuss a number of important issues affecting the LGBTQ + community, such as the use of appropriate pronouns and violence against black trans women. Do you think your friendship with TS Madison has made you a better ally?
There is no “thinking” involved. It’s a sure thing, absolutely yes. All hands and feet on the deck. I am so much more aware and knowledgeable. If you don’t know you’re ignorant, so get the job done and learn the terms so you don’t be offensive. Even if you don’t know you’re offending and are offensive, you are equally guilty. Having these moments of humility, thinking and growing is so important, and I urge everyone to keep learning to be more aware and smarter. This is what it is, and this is what Madison, and a lot of trans women I know, encourage me to be: better.
TVLINE | Based on your own reality TV experience, were you able to teach TS Madison anything?
Madison is a natural performer. You can go to a dentist with her to have your teeth pulled out and it will be the most amazing and fun trip ever. That’s why we love him so much. But the thing I always love to remind Madison about, and the thing I love to say that I’ve helped her with, is allowing haters to wear a hat and not allow it to affect her. I think sometimes Madison gets a little distracted. stand up for her honor and stand up for the woman she is because, you know, she can read to the dirt. But sometimes it can’t take too much of your energy. When you’re a person as tall as she is – she’s a lawyer, she’s an artist and so many other amazing things – it takes a long time. So keep a cool head: “Let me continue my journey and forget the haters.” This is how I like to be guided and help him on his journey.
TVLINE | We see The single person start counting with racism, which hopefully spreads to other shows. As the first black woman to headline a reality TV show, did you experience anything back then that you now recognize as racist or microaggression?
When i was in Flavor of love and I love New York… You are in such a condensed bubble that – I can only speak for myself – I had the impression that it did not exist. We were there for love and to win, so everyone was in competitive mode. You really strike a chord with me because when I was shooting these shows I’m in the sun and my skin got a lot darker. People would accuse me of bleaching because my skin is not the same tone as before [when I was filming]. But I defend myself and I say, “Hey, no. What it’s like I’ve never been in 90 degree weather before, so when you saw me filming at the time my skin was a little deeper from the exposure. But other than that, I haven’t experienced bad racism or anything like that.
TVLINE | How do you think reality TV shows have changed since then Flavor of love and I love New York?
I think a lot of things are in a little more controlled environment. When you’re the first to do something, there aren’t a lot of rules and regulations. It’s like trial and error, but with a lot of trial and error, a lot of great things have come into being. Some of my best moments were mistakes, and I feel like there isn’t a lot of room for that today.
TVLINE | Is there something about reality TV dating today that you would change?
Would love to see us come back to around 2005-2006 when Flavor of love was happening and people were just allowed to be themselves. Don’t be the “character” you feel the audience wants to see. Just be your little self and know that you are enough. I think it will bring a lot of magic back to reality TV.
TVLINE | As one of the most entertaining people on TV, what shows keep you entertained?
I appreciate Game of thrones, fuzzy area. I watch a lot of reality TV. Obviously, The TS Madison experience is one of my favorite shows. Shark aquarium…. I channel surfing a lot.
TVLINE | Well there are a lot of TV shows so you will never be bored.
And there are so many new stations. I’m like, “I can’t do this. I can’t keep up with these apps. I just wanna throw all my smart TVs out the window. It’s too much TV.
TVLINE | What do you think are some of the best reality shows on TV right now?
I like [OWN’s] Ready for love; I have the impression that there is an authenticity in this show. [Lifetime’s] Married at first sight It’s so fascinating to watch, but at the same time I’m like, “Oh my God, I’m glad it’s not me. I have to marry this man right next to view? I don’t know how they do it. It’s so fascinating to watch, but I wouldn’t want to be a part of it.
TVLINE | If you were single, do you think you would go on another reality show?
It would depend on my involvement in the cast and how big they look depending on what kind of man I would be looking for. Like, you’d almost have to guarantee that I end up with a defined life partner. But it would be difficult to create. It just depends. I should be really practical.
TVLINE | Is there something coming up that you are really excited about?
I’m so excited to tell everyone to watch the final of The TS Madison experience. Madison’s trip has been a remarkable run and I’m so happy for her … I have a lot of good things to come so check me out on Instagram at @tiffany_hbic_pollard. There will be announcements soon.