gloria Estefan is wary of the Red Table. “What were we guys saying?” she asks her niece, talk show host Lili Estefan, and daughter, musician Emily Estefan, who are gathered for a conference call. “It’s the color of the table!” Lili said, as if she accused a tint of witchcraft furniture. “Or they drug us!” Emily adds. Laughing, Gloria has the last word. “They inject us with truth serum.”
The point is, there is something mystical about the Red Table, or perhaps at least about the candid and outspoken women who agree to “get there”, to use the verbiage as the place of. iconic gathering won.
Since 2018, actress Jada Pinkett-Smith, her daughter Willow and her mother, Adrienne Banfield-Norris – three generations of women from the same family – have sat down to Discussion on the red table, the Facebook Watch talk show which launches its first spin-off on October 7 with Red table: the Estefans.
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“When Jada came to me about it, I already thought the show was awesome,” Gloria says. “Like, innovative and revolutionary, being able to actually speak without interruption, without having to make a sound sample, without having to sell a product.”
Calling the conversations that Pinkett-Smith and her family revealed or unfiltered would be like calling the debates on View orderly and polite speech. No other talk show finds its hosts unveiling their deepest secrets and most vulnerable truths in the depths of the show’s three seasons.
They discussed porn addiction, sexuality, racism and gun violence. In memorable episodes, Gabrielle Union has come to the table to expose a 17-year feud with Pinkett-Smith rooted in the industry’s rivalry as black women; Ellen Pompeo spoke about her interracial marriage and white privilege; Leah Remini came to bury the hatchet on her hint that Pinkett-Smith had Scientology ties; and Jordyn Woods, Kylie Jenner’s best friend, shared her side of the story when she was accused of kissing Tristan Thompson, Khloé Kardashian’s ex and her daughter’s father.
In a rarity when it comes to this kind of show, the headline gossip is seen as an added bonus, not the central mission or reason to watch: rather, it’s the shocking franchise of the Pinkett family. -Smith. Of course, these two attributes sometimes collide.
The Red Table has also proven to be a useful, albeit uncomfortable, tool for discussing the family’s headline gossip, as it was this summer when Pinkett-Smith came with her husband Will Smith to the table to discuss the tabloid bombshell reports that she was having an affair. with singer August Alsina, with, says Alsina, Smith’s blessing.
The episode of “entanglement,” as it came to be called after Pinkett-Smith comically characterized the relationship – which occurred when she and Smith were separated – as “an entanglement”, has been seen over and over again. 35 million times. This makes the episode’s very personal and very juicy content now the first thing on fans’ minds when the Estefans launch their Red table: the Estefans Wednesday at 12 p.m. ET – which is certainly an interesting position.
“I know you want to know,” Lili said laughing. “We left our entanglement episode for season 2.”
The women had actually started talks about a spin-off in the spring, long before the word “entanglement” was on the tip of anyone’s tongue. When asked what she thought of the episode, Gloria replied, “My real reaction was, ‘August! Why did you kiss and say ?! I mean, come on! But they were honest. They accepted it and they discussed it. It was a bomb for them, I’m sure. I don’t think they expected this one.
“Now I want to bring them back to the table and find out what happened next,” Lili says. “‘Tangle 2.'”
It should come as no surprise that this is not the first time that Gloria Estefan has been asked to host a talk show. There have been lingering offers throughout much of his career, whether it’s to host his own Cuban-American version. The Oprah Winfrey Show or Ellen, or bring this perspective to a View-as series of panels. But, unlike other celebrities recruited for these concerts, she had the advantage of knowing Lili’s experience by hosting the popular Univision talk show. El Gordo and La Flaca for over two decades and the commitment that demanded.
She, Lili, and Emily went to Pinkett-Smith’s house and watched the family film an episode. They were shocked to see that it really was a long, deep, and prolonged conversation that they were having, just as it appears when played on Facebook Watch. They saw that there was no bait or sensational rig.
If the overwhelming response when someone looks Discussion on the red table is that they admire how vulnerable and free the Pinkett-Smith family is when they talk about such sensitive issues, the immediate follow-up is, “But I could never be like this with my family.” Yet the Estefans did the opposite. They signed up for it.
“When Gloria called me, I remembered that I said yes right away. “Oh my god, that sounds good! I love the show, ”says Lili. “And then after I said yes, I was like, ‘Oh shit, I said yes.’ Then of course when we started getting ready and talking about it, I thought, you know, this is the perfect place to talk about what happened to me.
“My real reaction was: “August! Why did you kiss and say ?! I mean, come on!“
What happened to her was a scandalous divorce from her husband after 25 years of marriage that lit up the tabloids and gossip in the Spanish-speaking world. A paparazzo grabbed her husband with another woman, and the family bought the compromising photos to avoid further embarrassment. Wednesday’s first episode will feature the Estefan family publicly discussing the ordeal for the first time, with Lili’s 18-year-old daughter Lina joining them as well.
The eight-episode season will also see the women discussing sexuality, their personal mental health issues, and loss. Guests will include Gloria’s husband Emilio Estefan, Rosie O’Donnell, Michelle Rodriguez and Matt Mauser, the widow of Christina Hauser, one of the victims of the Kobe Bryant helicopter crash.
“We have a different background” than the Pinkett-Smiths, Gloria says, explaining how the show, while similar in format and philosophy, will be distinctly different. “Sadly, no porn addiction here.”
“Where are there ?!” Emily laughs.
“La Flaca and I lived the years leading up to social media,” Gloria continues, referring to her niece by her talk show nickname. “The only way to get whatever we were feeling was through a journalist’s eyes and his editing pen. You have to realize that every show and every interview that we did, we got screened and someone else was still controlling our narrative and our story. It draws the curtain on a lot of the moments that people have shared with us over the years: my accident, starting over, divorce, mental health, which is a very big topic right now. The purpose of this show is to help heal not only ourselves, but also other people with the connection they will make with us as a family.
One thing that will not be put on the table: Donald Trump.
We ask to what extent women’s conversations specifically engage politics, and how administrative decisions affect them as Latinas and immigrants. Emily explains that apart from a “get out of the vote” message, they avoid politics. But that doesn’t mean she sees the series as apolitical. “Even something as simple as three women sitting at the table and able to voice our opinions, you go back a bit of history that would have been a joke to someone.
“Look, there are only eight episodes in the first season,” adds Gloria. “We wanted to share the most personal matters we have with everyone because you have to build a relationship before someone trusts you enough or cares enough about what you have to say to give you that political space. . “
“To tell you the truth, right now, for me, everything is nauseous,” she continues. “I find myself turning off all the news channels because it’s all the time. I see with my own eyes what is happening. No one is happy with this, and things are being used in a very confrontational way in every community, as we are going through a very, very difficult and important time.
Not that there aren’t many spices to look forward to. “Wait till you see us under the table,” Gloria laughs. Actress Kate del Castillo brought a bottle of tequila with her when she was a guest on the show. “It’s the only entanglement we’ve had. We had a few tangles with tequila shots.
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