Or­lando co­me­dian Seales will be co-host on ‘The Real’

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Or­lando co­me­dian Amanda Seales has joined “The Real” as the syn­di­cated talk show’s fifth co-host.

Seales, who stars on HBO’s “In­se­cure,” had been a guest host sev­eral times last year.

“What was al­ways so great when I would come and guest-host with y’all was, I re­mem­ber at the end of the first two weeks I looked up and was like, ‘Wait, I was my­self for the whole two weeks and I didn’t have to think about any­thing,’” she said.

“The Real” an­nounced Seales was a per­ma­nent co-host on Mon­day’s show. She joins Loni Love, Jeannie Mai, Tam­era MowryHous­ley and Adri­enne Houghton.

Af­ter be­ing show­ered by con­fetti, Seales was in tears about her new job.

“We are in a busi­ness and in a town where you are be­ing scru­ti­nized so much, and it’s al­ways like, ‘You gotta play the game,’” Seales said. “It’s re­ally just dope to come to a space where there was four women who I get along with on and off-screen, and we have dif­fer­ent per­son­al­i­ties, and we have dif­fer­ent points of view, but that’s the world, that’s what it is.”

She said it was an honor to bring her voice to “The Real.”

“I have been at this a long time. I did not just show up,” Seales, 38, told her fel­low hosts. “I am not new to this y’all. So, to get to be here and have some­where to sit ev­ery day and be my­self and talk to the world is an honor.”

Seales, a grad­u­ate of Dr. Phillips High School, was born in Los An­ge­les. At 8, she moved to Or­lando, where as a kid she worked in the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try. She acted in the Nick­elodeon se­ries “My Brother and Me,” danced at Walt Disney World and per­formed in com­mer­cials.

She plays Tif­fany on “In­se­cure,” which has com­pleted film­ing its fourth sea­son. She head­lined the HBO spe­cial “I Be Knowin’” and hosted NBC’s “Bring the Funny,” a con­test for co­me­di­ans. She has con­tin­ued to tour as a co­me­dian.

“The beauty of my shows is that when au­di­ences come to an Amanda Seales show, it’s like we’re hang­ing out,” she told me be­fore play­ing Or­lando last year. “You don’t say the same con­ver­sa­tions to your friends over and over again. So you’re not go­ing to get the same show over and over again with me.”

That ap­proach should help her on “The Real.”

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“The Real” an­nounced Or­lando co­me­dian Amanda Seales was a per­ma­nent co-host on Mon­day’s show. She joins Loni Love, Jeannie Mai, Tam­era Mowry-Hous­ley and Adri­enne Houghton.

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