Oprah to give man with 34 kids by 17 women a reality show


Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network is banking on a man who can’t stop procreating. According to Variety, OWN ordered a pilot of a reality show that will feature Jay Williams of Atlanta.

Williams first appeared on Iyanla VanZant’s “Iyanla: Fix My Life” and detailed how he fathered 34 kids by 17 women. The new reality show will follow Williams as he interacts with the 17 mothers and his attempt at being a good father.

Of course, there was extreme backlash on Twitter after the announcement was initially made. Many Twitter users questioned Winfrey’s integrity and suggested that she was exploiting Williams’ unfortunate situation.

In 2013, rapper Shawty Lo filmed a pilot for a reality show that showcased his 11 kids by 10 women. However, the show, “All My Babies’ Mamas,” was canceled due to criticism by several popular bloggers and a Change.org petition that viewed it as a poor representation of Black culture.

Williams’ show will debut on OWN in September.

A.R. Shaw
A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Follow his journey on Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.

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