Mo and Kita give us a sneak peek into the third season of "The T.O. Show"
For Monique Jackson and Kita Williams, stars of "The T.O. Show" being on a television show is more than just a quest for reality star fame. The two women, who are also best friends and business partners, have executive produced the show as a platform to show a positive message image of Black women who can do it all.
We sat down with the multi-talented women to get a sneak peek at what to expect this season on the show.
ESSENCE.com: What has it been like this time around filming the show?
KITA: This has, by far, been one of the most complicated, chaotic, drama-filled seasons. This is our third season, so now we actually have enough archive footage to look back on the past seasons and see how much we've grown. We can truly see how things have changed in our lives, but we also realize that the one thing that has stayed consistent is that we can't get rid of T.O. [laughs]
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ESSENCE.com: You three have been really close friends for years. What has it been like maintaining a balance between business and friendship?
MO: It's always a challenge. Kita, Terrell and I have been friends for almost 12 years and we've worked together off and on throughout that time. There have been times when Kita and I have pulled away from T.O. and we've quit. This season you'll see us get to that breaking point again quite a few times. It's difficult because my first priority is my marriage and my children. My next priority is my business with Kita. We have a company, and T.O. is not our only client so it's a constant tug-of-war.
ESSENCE.com: Going into your third season, what are you most proud of?
KITA: Monique and I are the creators of "The T.O. Show," not just because we're somebody's wife or girlfriend. It took us six years to get this show. "The T.O. Show" was the first sports reality show on Vh1. Our "kids" from that are "Basketball Wives," "Football Wives," and "LaLa's Full Court Life" because had there not been "The T.O. Show" there would have been none of those shows because Vh1 wasn't doing sports until our show started. Monique and I are business partners. Outside of the cameras rolling, we are still working on the show and other projects for our company. We take the show very seriously because we want our show to be looked at as a show of quality.
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ESSENCE.com: What is the one thing you think people are looking forward to seeing this season on the show?
KITA: On the third season of the show, you'll see us going hard with a lot of different things that a lot of viewers can identify with. And you'll see a lot of skin from T.O. so you won’t be disappointed in the eye candy. [Laughs]
ESSENCE.com: Amen! So now that you ladies have conquered TV, what's next for Mo & Kita?
MO: We both executive produce "The T.O. Show" and we are working on other shows. We're in the middle of negotiating a deal with Oxygen. Outside of that Kita and I have started a beauty brand and empowerment series called "Define Your Pretty." During the first season of the show, girls would tell us "your hair is so pretty," or "your makeup is so pretty." We wanted to put a twist on the word "pretty" and "Define Your Pretty" encourages girls to look within themselves and understand that pretty is an inside job.
You can catch more of Mo and Kita when the third season of "The T.O. Show" premieres tonight on Vh1 at 9:30 pm.