New York (real name Tiffany Pollard), the two-time runner-up and chief antagonist among the contestants on two seasons of VH1s runaway hit Flavor of Love, is coming back and shes looking for lovethis time with her own show, I Love New York, a whole new batch of bachelors, and a little chip on her shoulder about her former fling, Flavor Flav.
Lets talk about your two seasons on Flavor of Love. Among the other women contestants, you werent exactly popular.
I think that the other women had a problem with me simply because they couldnt handle the truth. I was the only one there not looking to be on television or to further my career. I was the only one in the house genuinely there for Flav, and you know that caused chaos through the house because I was the realest woman there.
Now I have to ask you about that. You did get a TV show out of it
[Laughs] Did I ask? Did I ask to be on TV after?
No, not at all. I was never there to pursue any type of television career or anything like that. I was there looking for love but VH1 saw that I love intensely, but I was not there to be on television, I was there looking for a good man.
Lets talk about Flavor as a sex symbol. I think hes sort of an unlikely sex symbol. What do you think of that?
[Laughs] All I can say is that Flavhes sexy to me, hes a wonderful guy. Hes hot, he knows it, and I know it too, and thats all that matters.
Some people have accused Flavor of Love, especially regarding the second season, of trading in stereotypes with the casting.
[The two seasons are] not identical in any way. The girls on the second season are way more trashy, vulgar, risqu, theyre just classless, and it wasnt like that the first season. Yeah, there was a lot of big bitches on season two, if thats what youre asking me, yes.
So you attempted to bring a little bit of class to season two?
Oh, yes, and I totally did. I would say that I was the only true classy woman in the house, but moreso on season two because everybody was just shaking their ass, theyre knowing how to work a pole! You know its just so tacky!
But you didnt shy away from starting a few fights.
Im always going to bring the truth, so if you have a problem with the truth youre going to have a problem with New York! Im not an instigator, but where I see a flaw, I will call you out on your flaw!
Is that in your personal life as well, that youll call people out?
[Laughs] People constantly ask me, Are you New York, are you really like that? Um, yes, thats me! New York and Tiffany are one. Maybe New York is Tiffany turned up, umm, about 10 notches, but I definitely do not stand for any BS in my real life.
I sense that you get some of that from your mother.
Oh, God, yes! I dont know what I would do or where I would be without my mother. Shes so strong and she showed me the way. I will always be [giggle] just a phenomenal woman because of my mother.
Your mother almost got thrown out of Flavs house. She was not into him.
My mom knew that Flav wasnt good enough for me. Its funny because I couldnt see it, and now I see that we werent meant to be together. He knows his place! When my mom pushed him, he knew! Id have whooped his assI hope this is recordingbecause, yes, I would have gave his ass a whopping had he touched my mother.
Lets talk about your new show, I Love New York. Your mom is going to be part of the show?
Shes going to be a huge part of I Love New York. Shes there to help me out, and basically tell me, You know, Tiff, I think this guy is not right for you, this one may be right for you, and this one is perfect for you. And I need her point of view. She was right twice, and I knew I could not do this without my mom.
Tell me about some of the contestants vying for your attention. What were they like?
I had some guys that were cocky, some guys that were sex symbols, I had some guys that were [giggle] a little thuggish, but most of all I had some guys that were truly there for New York, and thats what puts a smile on my face at this point.
So we can look forward to some sexy men on this show?
[Screams] Oh, God, there are some beefcakes on the show! I had guys on the show that can just appeal to the max. Whatever your flavor, I got you! I Love New York [giggle], this show is so sexy and so hot. I dont even know if it can make the television! Theres so much lovin going on in this show.
There were some bisexual women who were contestants on Flavor of Love, and Flav seemed way into that. What did you think of that, and do you know if there were any bisexual contestants on I Love New York?
Im not opposed to that type of thingto each his own. I have a really cool girlfriend and shes like that. And thats OK. [Laughs] I like someone that can be truthful. So thats cool if they came to the house and said, Look, I like beef, and I like the other meat, you know what I mean? As far as I Love New York, I think I did have a couple of bisexual guys in the house. I require a lot of attention, and I need a man to give me 100%, you know, youve not gone split me up and be into Tiffany and Timmy, oh, no! Its all Tiffany.
Lets talk about the guyswere they backstabbers? Competitive?
I would say that the guys who came to my house were intimidated by me. Every time I would come downstairs and talk to these guys Id see sweaty palms, and theyd be wiping their brows. It took me time to break down the walls with these guys, but they knew they had to come correct. My guys were very classy, very well-spokenyou know I had a couple of thugs in there. I cant say anything terrible about any of the guys.
Did they get in any fights?
Oh, God, yes! These guys were nuts. Sometimes Id wake up and Id just hear Thump, thump, thump, thump, thump, just like running up the stairs, and all this profanity. These guys were nuts! They flipped they lid over me.
Tell me about Chamo.
He is my confidant, hes my girlfriend, hes my best friend, but most importantly hes my personal assistant and stylist. Hes an amazing guyhe is a queen! At times he steals my shoes. He steals my thongs! Hes constantly dipping into my makeup. Chamo, I love him. We love each other, were best friends for life.
Did Chamo help you pick the guys?
Hes my eyes and my ears when Im not present. He reports back to me, hes like, NY, this happened when you werent hereI think you should know about this guy.
Does Flav appear on your show at all?
Oh, God, does that ruin it for those who want him to? Because he so totally doesnt! I dont miss him not being on my show. I dont want to leak too much, but Ill tell you this. Ive been getting a few phone calls from people back east telling me that Flavs been badgering me all of a sudden. I really dont appreciate that. I dont know where the animosity comes from. He insists upon saying negative things about me and my mom and I dont appreciate that. Hes spewing out hate and Ive never shown him anything but genuine love. Oh, God, Im getting mad because I dont know why hes hating on me right now. Ive been trying to keep that a secret from you, but, no, its out. Hes been very nasty.
So now that youve got a new man, what does that do to your relationship with Flav? Is that why hes saying some unkind things?
Im a big gossiper, but Im going to leak this out. Hopefully they dont get mad at me, but Flav saw me at [a party] and he like, New York, call me later, I want to get up with you. And I wont tell you exactly what he said, but it was on terms of sex, like he wanted to get with me, and he used the F word but I wont say it. And he left it on my message and I still have that message, and Im like, You know Flav, I dont think that would be a great idea, so after I say no to him, he just wants to badger me and put all this bad stuff on my name and I really dont appreciate that.
Did the guys on your show spend a lot of time in the mirror like the girls?
I had a few pretty boys on my hands, but it was for good reason. The girls on [Flavor of Love] that stayed in the mirror looked like, Wow you could have did that in three secondsyou look like shit still!
I will just tell you that the house is sheer New Yorkits big, its amazing, its fabulous, colorful, just makes you want to go in there and let your hair down. Its the quintessential soap opera. You already know that the show [has finished taping,] and the work is done I am in love! I found him. You have to stay tuned. It airs January 6, thats a very special dayyou cant miss it. Its my 25th birthday!
[Actually the show began airing January 8, 2007]
Is it a real 25, or a Hollywood 25?
Oh, God, should I have a Hollywood age? You know Im just so wise, I dont think I can get away with a Hollywood age!