Even those dating-show contestants defined by their professional lives—the hot lawyer, the hot doctor, the ambiguously defined ‘entrepreneur’ who’s either deeply in debt or a drug dealer, etc.—always have a faint whiff of unemployment about them. But perhaps the least conventionally employable of them all is Tiffany “New York” Pollard.
What did Pollard do for a living before achieving her presumed lifelong goal of becoming famous as a contestant on VH1’s Flavor Of Love? No idea. What did she do for a living after her most recent reality starring vehicle, the aptly titled New York Goes To Work, ended in 2009? Mostly just appear wherever and whenever someone was willing to pay her to be herself, it seems. (You can find out how much one of those appearances goes for these days here.) Can you actually imagine Tiffany “New York” Pollard donning an apron, or working a cash register, or generally doing anything at any time on anyone else’s terms besides her own? Hell no, and that’s what’s so great about her. Whether you like her or not, every time she threatens to fight somebody on TV, you’re watching the American Dream in action.
Well, as Dolly Parton once said, “it takes a lot of money to look this cheap.” And so, after her turn on Celebrity Big Brother earlier this year, Pollard’s back to host a new reality dating show. This particular series, The Ex, hinges on two twists: First, that each episode will feature exes competing to find new love from the same pool of eligible bachelors, and second, that all of said bachelors will be gay men. The Ex isn’t the only gay dating show on TV—there’s also Logo’s Finding Prince Charming, hosted by Lance Bass—but it could be the most melodramatic, as Pollard seems very emotionally invested in these men’s love lives. “You’re my rock,” she tells them, showing her emotional support while still making it all about her at the same time in classic reality-TV fashion. Keep living your truth, Tiffany. We salute you.
The Ex’s premiere date and network have yet to be announced.