As deadline.com reports, the former “Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air” star filed her suit last July, claiming that she pitched a talk show to Warner Bros. and Telepictures back in 2012, of a celebrity-hosted program aimed at viewers young women.
The show would have “a unique and innovative format, which featured an eclectic group of engaging female celebrity hosts, each aged within their 20’s and 30’s … designed to pique the interest of the younger side of the mid-life/mid-career female population and featured a variety of contemporary discussion topics in a relaxed and informal setting.”
“With a great deal of disappointment and complete disbelief,” Ali’s suit said, she “witnessed [her] concept come to life on major network television at the hands of the Defendant Corporations,” when “The Real” premiered in July 2013, featuring co-hosts Adrienne Bailon, Tamar Braxton, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai and Tamara Mowry.
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“The five female host panel cast members very closely embody and mirror the personal and professional profiles of the specific and potential female celebrity hosts openly proposed in writing and in discussion by the Plaintiff during ‘pitch’ meetings she held with the Executives,” the suit says. “The Defendant Corporations did not at any time, directly or indirectly, acknowledge the use of the Plaintiff’s Concept.”
The court’s ruling noted that not only did Ali “voluntarily” reveal her talk show idea, but she failed to present in her suit “facts or concrete information protectable as a trade secret.”
Ali made the trade secret laws part of her claim but the court ruled that such laws do not protect ideas. Information that would be protected as trade secrets — formulas, methods and techniques… which were not claimed by the actress.
Meanwhile, “The Real” has been renewed through 2018.