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TLC's 'Starter Wives'

Network Pulled Plug ...

'Cause Ratings SUCKED

2/20/2013 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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TLC's failed reality show "Starter Wives Confidential" -- featuring the exes of 50 Cent, Lamar Odom, DMX, and Funkmaster Flex -- was pulled off the air ONLY because the RATINGS SUCKED ... despite speculations otherwise.

You'll recall, the reality show was cancelled a few days after its Jan. 29 debut. Many believed it was due to a slew of problems plaguing the show -- including 50 Cent's outspoken dislike of his ex's participation.

Even one of the stars, Monica Joseph-Taylor (Flex's ex) was confused by the sudden purge, writing on her blog, "Is it ratings? Is it a change in network direction…or all the outside drama?!"

TMZ obtained a letter -- written from the network to the cast members -- which sets the record straight.

The letter states, "Unfortunately, due to the low ratings, the remaining episodes will not air on TLC, but will be viewable on TLC.com."

It continues, "The decision by TLC isn't personal, although I know it is to you all, and for that we are very sorry.  You ladies gave your all to the show and everyone at TLC is very disappointed that the viewers didn't take this ride with us."

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kakes    

TLC is very disappointed that the viewers didn't take this ride with us.".. OMG...I'm disappointed they continue to make shows likes this. TLC stands for The Learning Channel. what would I learn from them? How to be a gold digger? TLC now stands for THE LOSER CHANNEL

547 days ago
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Kristin     

Some of these women weren't even WIVES! Just baby mamas!

547 days ago
18.

JusticeINC    

Hopefully this ends all the shows with skanky spoiled women. Kardashians, Real Housewives, etc. They all need to go.

547 days ago
19.

Phreaky    

And you just know all these vapid idiots were banking that this was going to make them all "celebrities" like the housewives franchises. Ha - idiots. There are far more vapid, self-obsessed useless reality celebrities than the world can handle right now. Better luck next time. Guess you'll have to shop at Target.

547 days ago
20.

Joey Jr    

Tlc should change their name , they are the trashy channel now

547 days ago
21.

Holdon McGroin    

It got pulled because everybody already knows the story. Starter Wife = $20 hooker on every street corner in the country.

547 days ago
22.

[MR] J    

IM SINGLE YOURE AVAILABLE GILR

547 days ago
23.

smurfya    

TLC should pull the plug on itself!

547 days ago
24.

tleeg    

You cant turn a hoe into a housewife.

547 days ago
25.

en Todo Momento!!    

who wants to watch a television show where it sounds like women are married to washing machines and household machines or items? the super ab flex is not a 'husband'.. i'm just sayin..

547 days ago
26.

Spicy mag    

The Learning Channel?? Next thing MTV will stop playing music videos.,

547 days ago
27.

john    

AHHH HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA HOOKERS!!!

547 days ago
28.

Nancy    

Looking at them, I would say this show should have been called "look at what I purchased with my welfare check"

547 days ago
29.

NYCBlackMan    

Nobody cares about dem..................TRUTH!

547 days ago
30.

Luvbunny    

The problem wasn't the show but the fact that this show was not suitable for the network. This kind of reality show would be better on Bravo, Oxygen or VH1.

547 days ago
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