The former sitcom star is claiming she came up with the concept for the daytime talk show and pitched it in 2012 but was told they "decided to decline," according to Deadline. The Real debuted six months later as "a direct production" of the idea she came up with, according to the lawsuit filed in the Los Angeles Superior Court.
"With a great deal of disappointment and complete disbelief," the suit reads. Ali "witnessed [her] concept come to life on major network television at the hands of the Defendant Corporations."
Ali's concept called for a group of female celebrity hosts that ranged in ages in order to attract different audiences.
“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 suit is asking for unspecified damages as well as a collective trust for Ali of “designated percentages of the proceeds resulting from past, current and future production and airing of The Real television program.”
This is definitely something that isn't going to be over for a while.