TLC has known LA Reid for more than two decades, which is why group member Chili isn’t too surprised about accusations of Reid being a sexual harasser.
In an interview with Billboard, Chili and T-Boz promoted their new self-titled album, shot down rumors of Lil Mama replacing Left Eye and also shared some interesting thoughts on their former label boss LA Reid. In case you don’t know the history, TLC was brought into the music industry via Reid’s LaFace Records and went on to become one of biggest girl groups of all time. However, they also made history when they admitted to being “broke as can be” after selling more than 10 million copies of their 1994 album CrazySexyCool. So yes, they’ve had some ups and downs with the man. Naturally, in their decades-long relationship, they’ve seen and heard some things about the man the much of the world may not know or want to believe.
When asked what they thought about Reid being fired from his top position at Epic Records amid sexual harassment allegations, Chili offered that the only surprise was that he lost his job.
Watkins and Thomas have seen the best and the worst of the music industry, and while they’re not bitter, they’re honest in a way that some of today’s big stars, who thrive on an air of opaque mystery, perhaps cannot be. There is, for one, their reaction to Reid’s exit from Epic amid sexual harassment allegations. “I hear more people are coming out saying stuff,” says Watkins, as Thomas buries her face in her hands. “I was surprised he was fired, but [the accusations] didn’t come as a surprise. I don’t wish him anything ill. But surprised? No.”
LA Reid has been silent in the weeks following the accusations.