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Dysfunction Pays off Again: La Toya Jackson Gets Reality Show

Tue., Aug. 7, 2012 7:34 AM EDT
by Terry Shropshire

Many thought that LaToya, in red on the far right, could have been a model as a teen and tween.

The least talented member of the legendary Jackson musical family is getting her own reality show. Kim Kardashian must be smiling somewhere at this latest news.

La Toya Jackson, the only one of the nine children of Katherine and Joseph Jackson to fail to record at least one gold album during her ill-fated career, will have her reality show aired on, surprisingly, Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network.

Who said you needed any skills to make it in this world?

Scheduled to debut in 2013, “Life with La Toya” promises to be a “candid look” inside the life of the 59-year-old sister of the late Michael Jackson as she balances family, friends and her career. La Toya Jackson, who competed on last year’s edition of Donald Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice” opposite the bombastic Nene Leakes and arrogant Star Jones, is following in the footsteps of her brothers Jermaine, Jackie, Marlon and Tito into the reality TV game. The brothers starred in the short-lived A&E series “The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty,” which aired for six episodes after it debuted in December 2009.

Recently, La Toya had been the voice of reason as she fought to quell the mushrooming Jackson family feud that’s become tabloid fodder. But you would think that after watching your family air their dirty laundry in public over a will and custody battle that she would opt for a moratorium for peace and quiet.

According to media reports, Jackson, who was considered the beauty queen of the Jackson sisters coming up out of Gary, Ind., but squandered it on a series of laughable cosmetic surgeries and a Playboy spread, will have the cameras following her as she documents her day-to-day activities, various business ventures and her relationship with her family.

Why Oprah is signing up for this is another question. But after sitting down with the Kardashan clan and 50 Cent in recent months, we see that the media mogul is going in a radically different direction philosophically than when she ruled over daytime talk shows.

–terry shropshire

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  • Jazz

    Wow, is OWN doing that bad?