Despite Allegations from Ray J, Sources Say Naomi Judd Did Not Call Grits 'Slave Food'

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After filming with Naomi Judd for the upcoming U.S. adaptation of the Australian cooking competition My Kitchen Rules, Ray J has accused the country musician of referring to grits as “slave food.” Sources from the show, however, deny that she said it.


Ray J—who’s cast on My Kitchen Rules alongside Judd, Andrew Dice Clay, Brandi Glanville, Lance Bass, and his sister Brandy—posted the following video to Instagram after learning that Judd wanted off the show because she feels she’s better than her co-stars:

“I just heard some disturbing news,” Ray J says into the camera. “...Miss Judd has some disturbing things to say about me, about Brandy, about people on set...I don’t know, maybe I was tripping when she said she didn’t like grits because it was, I don’t know, ‘slave food’ or that she would rather starve then eat grits. I don’t know what was going on, but I felt uncomfortable.”

Producers have since reviewed the footage and sources tell TMZ that Judd never made the “slave food” remark:

According to sources connected to My Kitchen Rules... when the cast gathered Wednesday, producers played back the “grits” footage in question. We’re told what really happened is Lance Bass and his mom served shrimp and grits — as part of the show — and during the meal Naomi said when she was growing up her mother wouldn’t let her eat grits ... because it was poor people’s food.

It’s a huge distinction from what Ray J said in his video post — that he’d seen Naomi refer to grits as “slave food.” We’re told Naomi was merely telling a story about something her mom had said.

Ray J’s Instagram video has since been taken down and out of the conflict, only one thing has become clear:

Grits are good.


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Her mother sounds like a bitch.

She might be right, though. I was poor as hell growing up and some of my favorite foods were grits and grilled cheese. Ooooh and buttered bread sprinkled with cinnamon. You don’t need to be poor to like that one, though.