It started with a shoe flying. Then flew the insults, the girls to the stage and ultimately, the girls from the building. And when the dust settled, many questions remained about what exactly had gone down in the fight between Deelishis, Bootz, Buckwild, Buckeey, Saaphyri and New York at the Flavor of Love 2 reunion.
To help make sense of the madness, we (separately) talked to four of the girls involved in the mele -- New York, Deelishis, Buckwild and Bootz -- and one impartial bystander. After the jump, read quotes from the girls that have been put together to tell what was going through their minds when they went off.
The pressure mounts...
New York: I expected those girls to act as animals because, you know, that's what they are. They're vicious, they're jealous, they're mean and cruel, and it was just straight chaos. I didn't expect that, but when I saw it, I was not surprised. You have to look at the quality of the individuals that were in the house. They had no class. They were just straight ghetto trash. Please take that down because it's the truth.
Buckwild: I threw a shoe at New York because basically, I thought it was hysterical. I think there was nothing better to throw at her unless there would have been a rubber chicken sitting there. I'm a fan of the show myself, so I thought about it -- I wanted to see Buckwild throw a shoe at New York's head. I was happy to be able to accomplish that.
Deelishis: I wasn't out to get New York. I was gratified, I had done my best to get to know this guy. I felt that we were compatible and he did, too. My daughter was there, I was able to reunite with the girls. This was a good feeling for me. Getting at New York was the last thing on my mind. Getting at her was enough in Belize, in my opinion. She walked away for the second time, having been intimate with this man. That was enough damage in itself. I didn't have to do anything.
Bootz: Everybody wanted their revenge back on New York to show America that she's a little punk. That was my point, I wanted America to see. During the first show [of Season 2] featuring New York, she made a comment about me being a ghetto hoe and hip-hop trash. She knew that I wasn't going to see that till it aired. That episode aired right before the reunion. She never said that to my face, and that's what pissed me off. She said that she had backed up in the corner, and that pissed me off, too. Don't try to act like I'm a punk because you're scared to let me know. People that watch the show think we see her saying that, because people ask me questions like, "Oh why didn't you say anything to her?" They don't realize that we can't see that stuff.
Buckwild: She don't even say that crap in front of Flav! She's not that stupid. She's evil, she's a horrible person, she says horrible things about people. You don't have to be evil to win the game, and Deelishis proved that.
Deelishis: New York's entrance wasn't when we expected. We thought she'd come out second-to-last. She didn't win the show, so why is she the grand finale? It was because they had to set the scene, they wanted to make sure Deelishis was already out there.
New York: I felt that they kept me out of the show till the end because you save the best for last.
Deelishis: They played a clip we hadn't witnessed prior to coming to the reunion. That episode that we saw hadn't aired yet. I never knew that she said something about my birthmark on my eye, she said something about "her s***-stained eye and her mustache" and then she turned around and said, "Her mom must be an alien, she's an innovator, she sprouted plastic hair," some stupid comment. My natural reaction to that was, "Oh you're gonna get it." You turn around and insult my mom, who is, like, one of the sweetest people to step her foot over the threshold of that house?
Like Dat: You would react that way too if, after all this time, you didn't realize someone was talking about your mama like that. New York creates drama, but you don't have to talk about nobody's mama. And Deelishis being from Detroit and her mom being mad nice and everything, forget it. That's enough to upset anybody.
The fight erupts...
Deelishis: I reacted and I didn't think about it. I ended up charging at her and I wish that I hadn't.
Bootz: I ain't gonna lie, I would have really hurt her. When I got past everybody, I thought I was gonna get her. But I knew that the reason they had that stage so far away was that they knew that we wanted revenge.
Buckwild: If I had gotten hold of her, I would have disfigured the bitch. It would have been worth it. I got people on MySpace that's willing to bail me outta jail for whooping that bitch's ass. A lot of people don't like her.
Like Dat: I'm looking at Big Rick and, you know, Big Rick held his own because at one point, he had three of those girls he was holding back. I know he's big and everything, but I was sitting there and watching like, These are my girls, should I go out there and do something?
Buckwild: My main point in rushing the stage was to cause a diversion. I figured I could get either one or two of the security guards on me so somebody could get through.
New York: I was not afraid. I felt like I was on top of the world. I got a reaction. I don't care what kind of reaction I get, whether it's negative or positive. I got under those girls' skins enough that they were bum rushing me. I was elated. I was happy. It felt grand.
Deelishis: I'm upset that I even reacted to her. That gave her more power. It showed her she had done exactly what she set out to do: to frustrate us . . . If there was anything I could do over in my entire involvement in Flavor of Love, I'd do my reaction to New York's comments over. At the end of the day, it did not change who she was. It changed who I was. It changed how people would view me as, and I do not like that. I hate it.
Buckwild: The only thing I regret is missing her by about five inches. Look for that shoe on eBay soon!
New York: I knew I was going to be OK. My gown was couture, my hair was perfect. There was nothing out of place with New York. Had I gotten socked, it wouldn't have mattered. I would have gone down looking terrific, are you kidding me?
The tempers cool...
Deelishis: It didn't take much to cool me down. An environment can really take you over. You're human. Once the match was struck, the fire was burning. The fire continued to burn within me because the situation grew. She was still on the stage, she was still livin' at the mouth, my homegirls were trying to get a hold of her. When they took us outside, you're out of that environment and you're like, "Oh my god, what did I just allow myself to be a part of?"
Bootz: We went outside and Buckeey got into it with some guy that claimed he was an audience member. He was calling everybody on the show hoes. I didn't find out till after what it was all about, I just remember her screaming. And he was acting stupid and then Buckwild threw water at him, and I was just laughing. After a while, Flav came out to talk to us, but I didn't give a damn about what Flav had to say.
Buckwild: Flavcame out and told us we were hysterical and it was funny. We left forcibly. We tried to wait in the parking lot for the bitch, but they called security and had us thrown out.
Deelishis: When I was out of the environment, everything was put into perspective. [My daughter] Jasmine wasn't in that environment at all. After she had said her hellos and greeted Flav, they took her out. But once they brought her outside where we were cooling off, and I was like, "Oh my god. That's not the type of mother that I am. That's not the type of mother I want to be portrayed as. And I don't even want to have to explain anything to my daughter about why I'm outside." She knew that the show was still going on inside the studio. I immediately was like, "Oh my God, Lord forgive me." It didn't feel good, that's not my character. I felt terrible. I couldn't sleep with that for days after.
New York: Deelishis had to calm down to come back onstage. She pushed her emotions to the side for Flav. It was all a joke. Deelishis and I, we definitely have some unsettled business.
Buckwild: Oh, it's unresolved, trust me. New York better not run into me nowhere. That'd be my favorite day of the year. That's what happens when you have a nemesis.
Bootz: New York is such a punk and I think she realized this is not the show to f*** with. This is not Season 1. We're not people that will just let you run over us. I told her, "I'm not Pumkin." I said, "Bitch, you put your hands on me..." She got scared. I think that's why she left the stage. She gets on my nerves because she's not as hard as people think she is.
Like Dat: I'm always gonna be diplomatic about this because there's got to be a reason behind, there's got to be a story behind everybody's actions. New York's there to create drama. She said and, likely, did despicable things. She obviously said things that made them angry. But we are still ladies and we do have to keep our composure. I don't like her, but you didn't see me out there. I wasn't even in the house with her and she was talking about my big fat ass.
Deelishis: What's funny is so many people, when they come up to me, the first thing that comes out of their mouth is, "Oh my God, why didn't you hit her with the curling iron? Why didn't you beat her?" So I thought about that later. When I got back from L.A., I had to call home after the reunion and people asked how things went. I'm like, "Guys, I have to tell you, some things went down that I didn't plan and that I didn't expect. You're gonna be disappointed." When I told my mom, she was just quiet. She didn't talk for the rest of the conversation, she just listened to me and I know she was really disappointed. When she saw the episode later, though, when New York made the comment about the sprouting of the plastic hair, oh my God, I never saw my mom condone that type of behavior! She was like, "Oh yeah, you shoulda kicked her ass!"
New York: The girls are so weak. They let me make them look like complete idiots. They all looked like they needed to be in the psychiatric ward. And they let little old me do that? Come on, you know New York is the bomb. I'm the only woman that I know, thus far, that can make six women bum rush the stage ready to kill me. Are you kidding me? I loved it. I loved every second of it.
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