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Wendy Williams joins the New Aaliyah movie, which appears to be a big ol mess

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wendywilliamsLifetime’s forthcoming film about Aaliyah has chosen a Nickelodeon actress to replace the Disney Channel star who dropped out of the film last month.

Zendaya Coleman, 17, who was set to play deceased R&B singer Aaliyah, decided against moving forward with the role at the end of June.  On Friday, it was confirmed by radio/television personality Wendy Williams that another actress, Alexandra Shipp, will fill Coleman’s position.  Williams also revealed that she will be an executive producer of the movie.

“I’m excited to exec produce the Aaliyah @lifetimetv movie w/ @DebraMChase. Prod starts later this month and @AlexShipppp will play Aaliyah,” Williams wrote over Twitter.

Coleman posted videos on Instagram explaining why she really let go of the role, and she also congratulated Shipp:

“Let me just explain something. The reason why I chose not to do the Aaliyah movie had nothing to do with the haters or people telling me that I couldn’t do it, I wasn’t talented enough, or I wasn’t black enough. It had absolutely nothing to do with that.

The main reason is that the production value wasn’t there, there were complications with the music rights, and I just felt like it wasn’t being handled delicately considering the situation.

And I tried my best to reach out to the family on my own, and I wrote a letter, but I was unable to do so; therefore, I felt not really morally OK with moving forward with the project.

With all that being said, congratulations to the new woman playing Aaliyah; I only hope she does not have to deal with half the hate that I had to deal with. And remember that we are all human beings trying to do what we love to do. Let’s practice motivation and love; not discrimination and hate. All right?”

Shipp, 23, is best known for her roles in Nickelodeon productions such as “House of Anubis” and “Victorious.”

Are you happy with the new decisions surrounding the film?



  1. Unk

    July 21, 2014 at 5:05 am

    Anytime you want to add more drama and confusion to a bad situation, just put Wendy Williams at the helm of it and watch things fall apart even quicker than before. If this film is ever made at all, I predict it will be a complete and monumental embarrassment to the Lifetime Network ending in lawsuits for all parties involved.

  2. janp

    July 21, 2014 at 9:06 am

    This is just sad. Hate and jealousy will always be our worst enemy

  3. Devon

    July 21, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Wendell oops Wendy Williams IS a big ole mess.

  4. Butch

    July 21, 2014 at 10:59 am

    SMDH@Debra Chase

  5. Tasha Smith

    July 22, 2014 at 5:30 am

    Now I know I will not be seeing this movie. Wendy just needs to go away.

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