It’s official: Flavor of Love is over. But as one chapter of the titular character’s life closes another opens — in a Wizard of Oz-like twist, Flav has realized that what he needed (Liz the mother of his youngest son Karma), has been right there in front of him all along. We spoke to a visibly tired, but in his words “relieved,” Flav immediately after the reunion taped. Below, he talks about his newly minted fiancée, the series that remade him into a household name and why Flavor of Love‘s end doesn’t mean he’s turning his back on reality TV entirely. From the looks of it, those chapters are bound to keep coming.
Flavor of Love is officially dead. How do you feel?
Flav: Right now, I feel so relieved. You know what I’m sayin’? I feel real good right now that I got my true love. I wanna be with her forever and ever and ever, man.
At what point did you realize that this was what you wanted?
Flav: Honestly, I kinda realized it around Flavor of Love 2, but we had to get past Flavor of Love 3. You know what I’m sayin’ and the whole 9? Definitely, man. This [gestures to Liz] is something to realize here.
So you got nothing out of Flavor of Love 3?
Flav: It took me to do this show to really, really realize yes, I’m right and I’m gonna stick with my son and his mom.
So it was worth doing to give you that confirmation?
Flav: Definitely so. None of the girls, out of all 65, had qualities like Liz.
Can you talk about her qualities?
Flav: She’s a very, very good mom at home. She’s a very wonderful person and she’s been hanging in there with me. I love her so much for that. I think right now she deserves the best and the best is me.
Has it been hard, Liz?
Liz: Very. It’s hard seeing someone you love on TV looking for love, especially when I knew that he had love. I was the one.
Have you watched the show?
Liz: I’ve watched some of the shows, but it’s real tough. You never want to see someone you love on TV with other women.
I know that this qualifies as a happy ending, but is there any sense of sadness about Flavor of Love being over? It’s a show that millions of people love.
Flav: No. People really thought that Flav couldn’t find love. That’s not true, because I had love all along.
Do you have a favorite season?
Flav: This one, the third. This is my favorite thing, out of everything I’ve done. The way I’ve ended this season is the greatest.
Are you still on track to hit that goal of 10 kids?
Flav: Yes I am.
Liz: We’ll try.
What’s up with the new ‘do?
Flav: I wanted to try something different. Everybody’s always improving their looks, so I thought, “Why not improve mine?”
It’s hot. Public Enemy is set to play quite a few shows this summer. How does that feel?
Flav: We never broke up. As long as I’m living and as long as Chuck D is living, Public Enemy is always going to be alive.
Chuck criticized Flavor of Love in the past…
Flav: But I mean, everybody is entitled to their opinion. At the end of the day, it’s all about my opinion. That’s what it all boils down to.
Looking forward, how are things in the world of sitcoms?
Flav: I’m having fun with that right now. It’s so different than reality TV. With reality TV you got cameras on you 24 hours a day, and you’re under your own direction. With sitcom television, I’m under someone else’s direction. I’m rehearsing and delivering lines. And I’m really having fun with it. I’m hoping that this can last for another five to 10 years.
Flavor of Love is over, but does that mean that your time with reality TV in general is over?
Flav: No. That doesn’t mean I won’t be on reality TV again, but I won’t be on reality dating shows anymore. It’s over. I got mines. I got my flavor of love right there.