Sharon Carpenter isn’t a stranger to controversy. As a reporter for Global Grind and former contributing correspondent for BBC World News America, being at the epicenter of debates is what primed her to become an award-winning broadcast journalist.
But these days the British beauty is at the helm of a different type of storm—one that involves her personal life, and she’s all for it. Sharon is co-creator of VH1’s The Gossip Game and is one of seven media personalities on the show (including Angela Yee, K. Foxx, Kim Osorio, Jas Fly, Ms. Drama and Vivian Billings) covering the fast-paced, competitive urban entertainment beat in New York City.
Vixen caught up with the New York resident to discuss drama (yup, this includes Ms. Drama) on the reality show and why she’s positioning herself to be the next female Ryan Seacrest.
VIBE Vixen: What was your exact role in developing The Gossip Game?
Sharon Carpenter: Tone Boots and I came up with the concept for The Gossip Game, discussed a number of potential cast members, and then pitched it to VH1. The VH1 execs were all for the idea and brought on Magilla Entertainment, and of course Mona Scott-Young, to help develop it along with Tone’s company District Media. Meanwhile, I was asked several times to consider coming on as a castmember. After much thought I decided that it could be a great opportunity, particularly when there is a demand from audiences to know more about the lives of all types of public figures, including journalists and hosts. I realized I probably need to be a little bit more open about myself.
In dealing with reality TV, there’s a certain amount of drama that comes with it, how did you plan to deal with the drama? And did you expect there to be any?
Conflict is what makes stories and shows interesting. Even when you’re doing a news story, there is usually some type of conflict within the story that you are addressing or exposing and that often times what makes it interesting. But, there’s a certain amount of drama in reality. We all face drama in our own lives everyday and now you’re actually going to see that on camera.
It seems that you’re a bit under the radar, like you’re not as drama-filled. Is that your intention?
I’m someone who doesn’t like to cause a scene. I’m also someone who will confront a person if I feel like they’ve done something inappropriate, or they’ve done something wrong. I’m not afraid of confrontation, but I don’t like to cause scenes in public. When you’re in a professional environment and you’re around you’re peers and you’re in the middle of a scene it’s definitely not a good look.