Mean Betty on Jada Pinkett-Smith and the Power of the Rumor Mill
Are rumors responsible for the cancellation of Jada Pinkett-Smith’s show HawthoRNe? Meanie puts on her detective hat and investigates.
Kittens, brace yourselves, for Meanie has some terrible news for you: TNT, that venerable network which claims to “know drama” like no one else, has recently informed the world that HawthoRNe is no more. Gasp! Surely not! Can it be? Alas, it is! The hour-long medical drama about the saintly nurse Christina Hawthorne, as played by the lovely Jada Pinkett-Smith, has been given the axe, making the third season’s finale the final episode for the entire series. A cliffhanger! Tragedy! Now we’ll never know what happens next!
Although, kittens, Meanie has a confession for you: She never actually watched the show. Meanie doesn’t know about you, but she prefers lighter fare over her evening cocktails. But even so, Meanie finds the cancellation of the show fascinating, because she just can’t help but wonder: Doesn’t the timing of it seem a wee bit… fortuitous?
Consider: In July, gorgeous couple Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez spilt (Meanie is still crying over that one). Then, in August, rumors abounded that for Will Smith and Jada, there was trouble in paradise. Now, Meanie isn’t terribly good with math, but from what she can see, the common denominator here is HawthoRNe, which featured both Jada and Marc—and lo and behold, shortly after the whispers about dear Will and darling Jada began rustling in Meanie’s ear, a bomb dropped declaring that Jada and Marc were– ahem– carrying on; and that furthermore, it was this hanky-panky between costars that led to Will’s and Jada’s problems. Stories flew fast and furious: Will found out second-hand! Will caught them in action! Will was seen sobbing his poor little heart out about it! Of course, all of these rumors are unsubstantiated; the butler doesn’t even know the juicy truth behind the gossip, and believe Meanie, kittens, Meanie’s butler knows ALL the juicy truths behind the gossip (it’s one of the qualities that makes him such a marvelous butler in the first place). But rumors have a nasty habit of sticking around, and these rumors have proved no different.
It’s true that HawthoRNe has been a troubled show from the beginning; Meanie may not have watched it, but she does know that in spite of its first season having received largely negative reviews (not even the pool boy liked it, and he isn’t known for his especially discerning taste), it somehow managed to chug on for two more season like the Little Engine That Could. But apparently, this little engine really couldn’t, which no doubt led to the decision to yank it without so much as a by-your-leave. But when Meanie considers the circumstances surrounding the cancellation, she can’t help but think that perhaps the higher-ups at TNT were getting a teensy bit nervous about the hullabaloo concerning Marc, Jada, and Will. Perhaps they worried that all of this negative press about the show’s stars would cause it to lose its precious audience, which (let’s face it) was already too small to begin with. Was all of the tabloid drama the final nail in HawthoRNe’s proverbial coffin? It’s doubtful that TNT will ever tell us for certain, but Meanie remains convinced that the timing of the announcement is no coincidence.
Of course, Meanie might just be overindulging her inner conspiracy theorist. Still, though, it could happen… right, kittens?