This star begging to be released from ‘Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood’

LHHH cast member Moniece Slaughter. Photo: Instagram-moniece_slaughter

The reality show juggernaut “Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood” has devoured yet another soul.

Not long after former “Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood” star Masika Kalysha bolted from the show to join the cast of “Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta,” another woman is pleading desperately to be released from the show as well. She pretty much says her life depends on it.

Moniece Slaughter has written an alarming open letter to “Love & Hip Hop” franchise creator Mona Scott-Young begging to be released from the show, as her sanity hangs in the balance.

In a long, disturbing Instagram post, Slaughter says that the show has “sucked the life” out of her, she’s “miserable, depressed” and is “suffering from anxiety.”

“As I have a moment to reflect. Peace and quiet. Just me, by myself. There are a few things I wanna get off my chest. I want to thank @monascottyoung @stefateaser & @msrocc68 for this opportunity and platform. It’s allowed me to be able to financially provide for myself and my son. Secondly, I have to thank everybody that encourages me and supports me and has grown with me over the past 5 seasons. Since season 1 until now.

“There comes a time when we (adults), have to be honest with ourselves. A while ago. I arrived at a place where I realized continuing to come back (when I felt myself slipping emotionally/mentally) was doing me more harm than good. But after being told no to a clean release, and not being able to pursue other avenues in television; I simply returned to ensure my son was taken care of.”

Slaughter adds that when she learned that she would not be un-cuffed from her personal prison that has become “LHHH,” she said her mind and body completely collapsed and crumbled on her.

“At the top of this season, when I was told no to a release, I had a complete mental breakdown. I chose to intensive outpatient therapy and medication. But today, I’m in a place where I absolutely can not take any more. For any reason. I’m miserable. I have completely run out of steam. I have no more to give to this franchise. It’s sucked the life out of me. My depression. My anxiety. My sleep deprivation. My weight loss. Are at an all time high. And with a slightly teary stare, I am begging you. Humbly. Desperately. Please. Release me.

“I don’t know how else to drive it home. But I feel like I’ve run out of options. Just release me. Let me go. And let’s be thankful for 5 amazing seasons. But I need off this ride. For my sanity. For my son. For myself. I neeeeeeeeddddd to be released. #withlove??”

What do you make of Slaughter’s desperate plea to be let out of her mental purgatory? Should Scott-Young and the other producers let her go? Or will it set a bad precedent?

Terry Shropshire
Terry Shropshire

A military veteran and Buckeye State native, I've written for the likes of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Business Chronicle and the Detroit Free Press. I'm a lover of words, photography, books, travel, animals and The Ohio State Buckeyes. #GoBucks

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