On The Breakfast Club radio program, “A Different World” star Jasmine Guy criticizes NBC over a scheduling choice that she took “personally.”
The NBC sitcom spin-off “A Different World,” which was influenced by the first season of “The Cosby Show,” ran from 1987 to 1993 for six seasons. The narrative was centered on student life at fictional Hillman College, a historically black university with its headquarters in Virginia. Whitley Gilbert-Wayne, a recurring character throughout the whole series, was portrayed by Jasmine Guy.
Kadeem Hardison from “A Different World” and Jasmine Guy make an appearance together on a current episode of The Breakfast Club radio show. The two co-stars voiced their displeasure with the show’s shifting airtimes, which at one point put it in direct conflict with the Fox comedy “Martin” when it ran at 8:30.
The 60-year-old actress claimed that “A Different World” and “Martin,” two comedies with predominantly colored main casts, did their work a “disservice.”
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“I certainly found that to be personal. You only have two Black programs, so why did you schedule us to compete against one another simultaneously?” In an outburst on The Breakfast Club, Jasmine Guy. “And why did we deserve to be treated so poorly? You know, “Martin” is not our rival. Why did you relocate us when they start at 8:30 and we start from 8? That was a drawback.”
Jasmine Guy Calls NBC ‘Racist’
The “Vampire Diaries” actress said while speaking about their difficulties during “A Different World’s” airtime, that the contentious scheduling created a rivalry between them and “Martin. Guy believes that NBC treated them disrespectfully and blames racism for the decision.
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“I believe our audiences are similar. What do white people do as a result? Divide. Let’s air both of your popular shows at once because you have two of them. Their own shows are not subject to that. Jasmine Guy spoke forward. So yes, I do believe it was intentional, I believe it was racist, I am aware of the NBC management at the time, and I believe we weren’t appreciated.
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During its fourth and fifth seasons, “A Different World” outperformed the original series “The Cosby Show” in terms of ratings despite airing on a “detrimental” schedule. During the 1990 Primetime Emmy Awards, the series was also nominated for “Outstanding Technical Direction/Camera/Video For a Series.”