Richard Fears For Danity Kane Fanbase
Picture: Danity Kane bare all for PETA
The remaining members of Danity Kane fear they will lose their fanbase following the shock departure of D. WOODS and AUBREY O'DAY.
The girl group, put together by Sean 'Diddy' Combs from his reality TV series Making The Band, fired the two singers in the finale of Making the Band 4 earlier this month (Oct08).
But the surviving trio, Dawn Richard, Shannon Bex and Aundrea Fimbres, are worried the move will cost them their fans.
Richard tells Essence magazine, "We talked about it, and there's a fear we have of losing our fanbase. But at the end of the day, Diddy made his choice to let us decide, and we would like to continue with the name and the group.
"This is our lives, and you can't just say no to your dreams. I love working with the group. However, it's so hard to say what will happen. I would prefer that the original group members remain. It's hard enough for fans to follow as is."
However, Richard concedes that firing O'Day from the group was a long time coming - because she would continually fail to turn up for shows.
She adds, "I have totally been supportive of the group - that's my priority. We had shows where Aubrey didn't show up, and we had her back and no one wrote about it or said anything."
But Richard insists rumours she will leave the band to pursue a solo career are unfounded - although she admits she would be open to the idea if that's what Combs has in mind for her.
She continues, "Some of the other girls have pursued their interests, and I have sat back and supported them in their individual pursuits. It (the rumour) truly hurts my feelings, because I work so hard, and I've been so honest from the beginning. Again, my priority has always been Danity Kane. I've never missed a show or meeting, so it's just interesting how people perceive things. I can only put it in God's hands."