Is Boris Kodjoe Headed Back To The Hollyweird Unemployment Line?

- By Bossip Staff

Y’all stop talking all this mess about light bright Boris, okay! He says none of it is true.

Despite concern expressed by TV-watching experts, who think it’s never a good sign when a new show loses a million viewers in it’s second week on air, Boris Kodjoe is confident that his corny fake Bond show “Undercovers” isn’t going anywhere any time soon.

“We’re doing great,” he assured. “This year has been a weird year for new shows – there hasn’t been a runaway hit. It has to do with so many different things, from programming to budgets and the economy as a whole. The bottom line is, we have a great show and everyone who sees the show loves the show, which is great.”

Though many trade publications have reported that ‘Undercovers’ is underperforming, with its debut ratings of 8.7 million viewers, followed by a dip to 7.2 million in its second week, Kodjoe said that the network it pleased thus far.

“NBC and Warner Bros. love the show, and they’re supporting the show,” he offered. “Now we’re in a position to build and that’s where we want to be. We want to find our audience and keep our audience, and that’s what we’re doing. I’m beyond-the-moon excited about doing this. It’s literally the first time in a long time that two African Americans have been able to lead a one-hour drama on NBC. It’s been over 30 years! So to be in this position is just a tremendous honor, and I’m proud to be a part of it.”

In case you’re wondering, we think that “It’s been over 30 years” comment is a reference to Diahann Carroll’s groundbreaking show “Julia.” Your show ain’t that, Boris. Especially since the show’s two lead characters could have easily been of any other race.

Still, he’s bringing African-American viewers to NBC in droves, apparently.

In an amazing feat, ‘Undercovers’ has already upset CBS – pushing it to third place – and helping NBC become the most-watched network in black households.

“That’s another aspect that I’m so proud of,” said Kodjoe. “Again, my people have come out to support, and that’s what we have to do! If we want programming to change and if we want programming to become more diverse in film and in TV, we have to be the ones to support. We have to buy tickets and come out and spend, because at the end of the day, it’s a business and it’s based on numbers. ‘Undercovers’ is a great example because we have come out to support and we have to continuously do that. I’m so excited about that. It shows that all those stereotypical things that’s out there don’t have to be the only form of programming depicting us.”

Oh, and about those pesky IRS rumors?

“It’s something that has been taken care of a while ago,” he acknowledged. “The press got wind of it way late, after it’s been already done and arranged and everything is taken care of. No worries. People don’t have to be concerned about me.”

Listen: clearly it happened. And Nicole‘s last show got cancelled in less than one season. And worse financial woes have befallen couples with much more stable work histories than you two. So… yeah. We actually can be concerned.

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  • nana

    Like I said in Dutch, Laat Boris met rust mensen!!!

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  • Truth Teller

    Why do we continue to knock one another down, we should be applauding to see a Black man who IS married and TAKES care of his children. White people dont tear each other down like we do to one another. At least he is trying to feed his family. Support him instead of supporting Flavor Flav and other lowlives.

    • http://www.showmestate.com 5'10" AKILLAH RICHARDS (A SPADE IS A SPADE)

      these mfs are not black. dont you see that? either that or THEY ARE SOME LAME BLK DUDES WHO HATE TO BOOST THEIR SELF ESTEEM.

    • Milly

      Well said. I agree w/you Truth Teller!

    • kalli

      aren’t you the same one who keeps knocking rihanna down on a daily. NOw here talking about what black people do to each other. Please spare me the hypocritical sermon.

  • carebear

    1. Neither boris or is leading actress are african-american. Boris isnt even black, he is bi-racial. I don’t know a lot about the other chick, but she looks some what mix to me.

    • Truth Teller

      At least he acknowledges being Black while you have blacks as dark as dusk claiming to be half spanish or cherokee indian.

    • carebear

      I’ll agree to some extent, but Bi-racials are NOT BLACK. How can you have a white mother/father or what ever race and claim to be black… when I have 2 black parents. The standards for being black is too low. Too many of u mofos stick to the one drop rule. Look at black beauty in the media, U have to tan white women(beyonce and rihanna) A.Keys(bi-racial) and halle(bi-racial) enough is enough. IF YOU ARE LIGHT DAMN NEAR WHITE, MOST LIKELY THERE IS MORE WHITE THEN AFRICAN IN U…. IF U ARE BI RACIAL, U ARE NOT BLACK!!!!!!!!

    • i am she

      People can be black and biracial synonymously. I get that.

      I just don’t like how people use race identity as a means to placate or USE a certain demographic.

      He insisted on being biracial earlier this year where they ran a publicity blurb on how proud he was that the two lead characters are biracial. Nothing about black identity was mentioned in that blurb.

      It’s like when a black person’s biracial friend insists they are black when they need something, or are around other ‘blacks’, but as soon as they get around whites, or really need their favor, they separate themselves from the black ‘friend’, ignore them, play them – dis them even. “Oh, I’m not with that guy.”

      But now, when they are seeking to build their numbers and secure the show, he wants to play the black card.

      That just doesn’t sit well with me.

      I too don’t understand why American production houses and casters vie so hard to cast foreign born African descended actors when the native ROOTED African descended population is so poorly portrayed in the media, where improvements could be made in portraying them.

      Then I ask, why do they have to be biracial? What about all the non-biracial Africans in Hollywood seeking acting jobs – the ones who don’t have strong Caucasian features.

    • The Dude

      I Am She

      “It’s like when a black person’s biracial friend insists they are black when they need something”

      It’s not fair to bi-racial people to say that they all do that kind of stuff that you just said. I know bi-racial people and have some in my family and they don’t do that. Most of the ones I’ve known in my life haven’t done it.

    • i am she

      “The Dude”

      I didn’t say all biracial people did that, be it’s clear that THIS IS KODJOE’S approach.

    • carebear

      Black and bi-racial are not synonymously. U can be part black and part white. But there is no way in hell u have a white mama or dad and consider urself black… that’s that one drop rule i was speaking of. Anything else u stated, i agree with.

    • The Dude

      @ carebear

      “U have to tan white women(beyonce and rihanna) A.Keys(bi-racial) and halle(bi-racial) enough is enough.”
      …………………………
      Since when did being light skinned mean you weren’t black? My brother’s light skinned, I’m dark, and we have the same black mother and black father, but according to you I’m black and he’s not?

      “IF YOU ARE LIGHT DAMN NEAR WHITE, MOST LIKELY THERE IS MORE WHITE THEN AFRICAN IN U…. IF U ARE BI RACIAL, U ARE NOT BLACK!!!!!!!!”
      …………………………
      My brother is lighter than Boris Kodjoe. Does that mean he’s not black? You mean to tell me that my blood brother is whiter than I am even though we have the same exact DNA? It’s obvious that you have issues with lighter skinned and mixed black people(especially the women).

    • The Dude

      @ i am she

      I get your point. My mistake.

    • i am she

      Black and Bi-racial are social identities in which a person can identify as synonymously.

      There are people born to white/black parents who identify as Black ONLY – it depends on the person and their experience and/or choice.

      There are many BLACKS with Caucasian ancestry, which makes them part white; but they’re BLACK in identity. They don’t identify biracial because that’s not their experience.

    • The Dude

      @ carebear

      “But there is no way in hell u have a white mama or dad and consider urself black…”
      …………………………
      Plenty of mixed black people do that, especially in America. Most people regardless of race in the U.S. will tell them the same thing.

      “that’s that one drop rule i was speaking of.”
      …………………………
      You used Halle Berry and Alicia Keyes as examples right? I’m sure that both of them have more than one drop of black in them.

    • carebear

      They do have more than one drop of black in them, but they are both bi-racials who were raced by there white mothers. I am not talking down on anyone, i just wish black people would take pride in themselves. From light to dark or whatever. I just simply what ppl to acknowledge that fact that ligh comes from white. Anyone who says differently is a lie. Akeys and halle are half. I do not consider them black, my mix friends dont consider them blk, i wish more ppl would stop considering them blk.

    • The Dude

      @ carebear

      Anyone with any sense can tell you have issues with light skinned and mixed people. Everyone knows that blacks were originally darker and most still are, but lighter skin doesn’t change someone’s genetics. You said earlier that a light skinned person has more white in them than darker ones and just based on my own family, I know that’s not the way DNA works. Two dark skinned people can have a light skinned baby. Does that mean the baby is whiter than them?

    • carebear

      How do i have a problem with mix/light ppl? All i am saying is that most mix ppl are mix and most light ppl have some sort of white in them. Where do u see the problem. I dont understand how u came to that conclusion. Is it because i am some what hurting u because there are light skin ppl in ur family? u stated that original blacks were dark skin… and that’s the only point i was trying to get across. So does that mean u hate mix/lightskin ppl? do u resent ur brother?

    • carebear

      True, so true. two dark skin ppl can produce a lighter child. I do not know exactly how skin tone works but ill use eye color for an example. Blue eye is a european trait and recessive, brown eye is dominant. U get two ppl with that recessive gene and the child can come out with blue eyes, correct? doesnt that mean down the line the child has white in them. Maybe ur brother happened to get the l

    • The Dude

      @ carebear

      You used light skinned women like Beyonce and Rihanna in this discussion even though they had nothing to do with it. You were basically saying if you were “light and damn near white” like them you had more white in you than black when in reality, their complexion has nothing to do with the amount of black or white they have in them. You clearly have some negative feelings toward them for something that no one can control.

    • The Dude

      @ carebear

      Almost all African-Americans have some white in them. Having lighter skin or blue eyes doesn’t mean you have more white in you. That’s just how genetics work sometimes. Malcolm X was about 75% percent black and he was lighter than Kodjoe who is half black.

    • IAN

      THEY DON’T HAVE TO BE AFRICAN AMERICAN BLACK PEOPLE COME HERE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD AND WE ARE PART OF THE AFRICAN DIASPORA.

    • hhu

      i am she@biracial people are not black! my girlfriend is biracial She is proud of her white and blacks side ! she doesnt act white nor act black she act like herself wtf i noticed many of you people say that biracial people are delusional but they are not. come to sweden biracial people hang out with both white and black and if you ask them they will say there nationalitys or that they are biracial every major newspaper out her in sweden printed that the first biracial president was obama

    • carebear

      @THEDUDE- by saying you believe i have a problem with light skin ppl…u must believe whites are inferior. What’s wrong with being white? Both of rihann’s parents are mix and beyonce claims creole(sp) all the time…so how was i lying? U can look at both rihanna and beyonce and see that they have more white in them than the average blk person. U can not sit here and tell me that they’re 100% black. I can’t even believe theyre more than 60 percent black…but that’s just me. I have no hate or resentment towards light/mix ppl… I just want ppl to understand that the original africans are DARK SKIN PPL so lighter skin comes from white skin

    • MochaDreams

      Well, based off of his actions and devoted presence in the Black community, he’s Blacker than A LOT of people with TWO Black parents, if you ask me. Despite what you may believe because of her fair skin, he’s MARRIED to a BLACK woman, he doesn’t shun Black film and television projects, and he’s been involved in efforts to encourage Black entrepreneurship. A couple years ago, he was one of the judges for a Business Plan Competition that had candidates from various HBCU’s… it was actually broadcasted on TVOne, but people were probably too busy trying to define him as either “Bi-racial” or “Black” to realize it.

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  • i am she

    They’re just reporting what’s reflective in the stats and trade industry publications/reviews.

    Although 8-7 million viewers isn’t bad. With that amount of viewership it does give the show a chance to improve to later grow their viewership. Clearly people want to see HIM on tv, but they want to see a quality production, interesting story line, etc… as well.

    Desperate Housewives lost viewers for a bit, but seem to be doing well now.

  • i am she

    lol @ “I’m so proud of ‘my people’ for coming out to make me rich.” Which ones, the biracials or the blacks?

    (sarcasm)

  • http://deleted Just Sayin

    I for one like the show!

  • Romello185

    He said its been 30 yrs since the last black lead tv show…

    I guess he forgot about the Cosbys.

    • gb

      “I’m beyond-the-moon excited about doing this. It’s literally the first time in a long time that two African Americans have been able to lead a one-hour drama on NBC. It’s been over 30 years!”

      The key phrase in that statement is “one-hour drama”, which would exclude “The Cosby Show”

  • i am she

    but earlier this year he insisted on his biracial identity, not the black identity.

    he’s only emphasizing his black ‘identity’ now because ‘it’s convenient’.

    He’s only appealing to blacks now for support because ‘it’s convenient’, whereas earlier this year he didn’t need black supporters, he didn’t target them as a proud biracial lead actor.

    I like Halle Berry’s approach when addressing her race identity (identities). She claimed hers neutrally and never seemed to placate one over the other.

  • http://www.showmestate.com 5'10" AKILLAH RICHARDS (A SPADE IS A SPADE)

    Boris is brown skinned and do you haters ever stop hating on the handsome, successful black men? gee whiz.

    • i am she

      It doesn’t matter what his skin color is, he gets a thumbs down for a his race gaming.

  • http://bossip myann

    I was excited about the show. The characters are good looking, the productions looks good but the plots and the show period is hella boring !I gave up last week !

  • i am she

    Let’s get some ‘Black’ or African descended people, how ever they may identify, who really appreciate ‘the Black audience’.

  • http://www.showmestate.com 5'10" AKILLAH RICHARDS (A SPADE IS A SPADE)

    NO ONE KNOWS WHAT HE IS BETTER THAN HIM. IF HE SAYS HE’S BLACK, HE KNOWS WHAT HE’S TALKING ABOUT. AND THIS MAN IS NO WHERE NEAR LIGHT BRIGHT AND DAMN NEAR WHITE. MARIAH CAREY, YES.

    • i am she

      it’s not an issue of challenging his identity, just on that seems to be saying that it out of convenience.

      “i’m black when i need your support, and biracial when i don’t. “

    • MochaDreams

      Boris NEVER claimed to be ‘Bi-racial’… despite having a German mother, he’s always said he identifies as ‘Black’.

  • http://www.showmestate.com 5'10" AKILLAH RICHARDS (A SPADE IS A SPADE)

    THERE ARE SOME HISPANICS, HINDUS, NATIVE AMERICANS, MIDDLE EASTSERN, HAWAIINS, AND ALSKAN ESKIMOS THAT ARE DARKER THAN SOME BLACKS AND THEY ARE NOT BLACK. NEGROIDS COME IN ALL SHADES AND COMPLEXIONS.

    • carebear

      Negroid from west africa are dark skin people. That’s what real black is, any other form of it must have some sort of mixture from seomthing… The only blacks that were some what light are the south africans because they are not as close to the equator. But real black is chocolate, lol.

    • i am she

      who said they don’t…besides, the term NEGROID is both archaic and insulting.

      There exists better, more politically correct, terms to use.

  • carebear

    I am not being racist, the man is not BLACK. HE IS BIRACIAL. WHAT CAN’T U UNDERSTAND? I AM NOT A RACIST BY ANY STRETCH OF THE IMAGINATION…. BUT U CNT HAVE A WHITE MAMA AND A BLACK DADDY AND CONSIDER URSELF BLACK… THE STANDARDS ARE TOO LOW. I DEFEND BIRACIALS WHO SAY THEYRE NOT BLACK OR WHITE BUT BIRACIAL

  • http://www.showmestate.com 5'10" AKILLAH RICHARDS (A SPADE IS A SPADE)

    RIHANAA, BEYONDFAKE, CHRIS BROWN, MICHAEL EALY, FAITH EVANS, BLACK. NEGROID RACE. LAUREN CONRAD, IVANKA TRUMP, JUSTIN TIMERBLAKE, JOHN MAYER, WHITE. JENNIFER LOPEZ, FAT JOE, GEORGE LOPEZ, HISPANIC. THE END.

  • http://www.showmestate.com 5'10" AKILLAH RICHARDS (A SPADE IS A SPADE)

    @ I am she: “negroid” is the SCIENTIFIC term for the black race. mongoloid is the scientic term for the other race.

    • i am she

      they don’t use that term anymore.

    • http://www.showmestate.com 5'10" AKILLAH RICHARDS (A SPADE IS A SPADE)

      @ I am she: Im young. there is no new “scientific” term for the black race.

      @carebear: HE said he was Black.

    • i am she

      you’re right, and many scientists have disregarded the idea of RACE.

    • Dan

      WHAT IS THE COMMON TERM FOR SPICS ESPECIALLY THE ONES WHO LOOK LIKE LALA AND ROSIE. AND OH YEAH, CAREBEAR IS A SPIC TOO. ALWAYS OBSESSING ABOUT BLACK PEOPLE AND OUR PERCENTAGE OF WHITE OR BLACK BLOOD. CAREBEAR WHY DON’T YOU JUST WORRY ABOUT HOW WHITE LATINOS HATE YOUR SPIC AZZ. WORRY ABOUT THE LACK OF SPICS ON T.V.

  • http://www.showmestate.com 5'10" AKILLAH RICHARDS (A SPADE IS A SPADE)

    george lopez is darker than faith evans, but guess who is black?

    • carebear

      And which one of them has more white in them?

    • i am she

      If you think I have an issue with anyone’s skin color, then you’re a complete idiot.

  • http://www.showmestate.com 5'10" AKILLAH RICHARDS (A SPADE IS A SPADE)

    and boris kudjoe doesnt look even remotely white. so stop with the colorism bs.

    • carebear

      Boris is mix. He has said this time and time again. His dad is Ghanaian and his mom is german… those are facts.

    • i am she

      Well, colorism and race politics are major issues in the world that negatively affect and rob many.

  • http://www.showmestate.com 5'10" AKILLAH RICHARDS (A SPADE IS A SPADE)

    im so sick of oh im from south africa and he’s from north africa. im from portugual and he’s from puerto rico. NO ONE CARES.

    • i am she

      it matters when people in your own country don’t even get representation…

  • chrissy

    Well hollywood still sees his a z z as black….so it really doesn’t matter….and so does white america….lol

    mongoloid are special people that look alike …not another race…lol…….

    • http://www.showmestate.com 5'10" AKILLAH RICHARDS (A SPADE IS A SPADE)

      NO CHRISSY, PEOPLE CHANGED THE MEANING OF MONGOLOID. IT MEANS, ASIANS, NATIVE AMERICANS, HAWAIINS, ALSASKAN ESKIMOS, ETC. DARK BUT NOT BLACK.

    • i am she

      If Hollywood, WHITE Hollywood saw his *** as black, he would have been cast on the show.

      The White Establishment in Hollywood, they love biracial, biracial looking people of African descent over those who don’t have that look.

  • http://www.showmestate.com 5'10" AKILLAH RICHARDS (A SPADE IS A SPADE)

    SO WHAT IF HE’S MIXED, HE’S STILL BLACK. HE SAID SO HIMSELF. SO WHAT IF HE DOESNT DENY HIS BACKGROUND TO PLEASE BLACKS WHO ARE NOT MIXED. BLACK IS BLACK. HAD HE SAID, IM NOT BLACK, IM MIXED, YOU NEGROES WOULD BE IN AN UPROAR. AGAIN, IT’S 2010 GET OVER RACE.

    • carebear

      How is mix black? does that make any sense. It doesnt matter how he sees himself or how other sees him… I am taking genetics… the man is genetically not black… I am over it tho… ya’ll keep holding on to that one drop rule til there are only blacks in africa and everyone else mixed out

    • MochaDreams

      @carebear

      Well, since you’re studying genetics, what percentage of Black blood allows you to identify as Black? 51%, 62.5%, 75%? And the question I should have been asking you instead of I am She… What exactly is your ancestry? Are your parents 100% pure Africans? Even if they are native Africans, are you sure there is no mixed ancestry in your bloodline?

  • http://bossip tam

    I would appreciate him saying he’s not African American he’s mixed. I don’t see bi-racial people as black. maybe black AND what ever the case may be but not black and I don’t think they should represent black people. Nothing wrong with representing people period but why black people when they are not black. I lol when mixed people claim black..like really ! What am I then ? It’s stupid how can you be two things but claim one. if you are an apple and an orange how can you claim to be one.

    • carebear

      THANK U!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THIS IS ALL I AM TRYING TO SAY. I AM GLAD THERE IS SOMEONE ELSE ON THIS SITE WITH COMMON SENSE.

    • i am she

      But if he’s a citizen of this country, he is African-American.

      Besides, technically, most deeply rooted African-Americans are indeed mixed with something.

    • Pleeezzz

      Well maybe you should contact the white half of you and ask… if its no big deal, then why do the white half of me like to ask “what is your RACE on a job application, bank loan, country club application..etc etc” ???

      And remember… You can only check one box.

    • Cuban

      we can represent black people because we are black people. i know a lot of latinos the white ones who don’t want puertoricans calling themselves latino because they don’t consider them latino but puertos do it anyway. Puertos even declare that spain is there motherland even when they look like roberto clemente and are black as dusk.

  • i am she

    you can’t determine how black or biracial a person is by their skin tone. lol

  • i am she

    you’re kidding, right?

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