On top of revealing how Jorge's prison sentence has changed her life for the worst, Anfisa Nava recently explained why they're done with the show.
She says that negotiations for a pay raise fell through, and that she and Jorge didn't want to be TLC's "little b--ches."
Anfisa was throwing shade at her former castmates, and Paola and Russ have issued a response.
Anfisa has dedicated a lot of her free time to bodybuilding recently, but she still makes time for her fans.
"We had to make a choice," Anfisa explained recently.
"Either we go into something on our own, like our YouTube channel and other things," Anfisa said.
"Or," she continued. "We had to become the show’s little b--ches and do whatever they tell us to do, like some people."
It was that final jab that caught the attention of fans, and ultimately prompted Russ and Paola to respond.
In a very lengthy YouTube video (Paola and Russ want fans to watch their 15 minute YouTube video? In this economy?), they replied.
"It was very undermining, the way it was stated, and it generalized the cast," Russa states. "And we just didn’t appreciate that,”
“If you’re going to make jabs," Russ suggests. "And you’re going to call someone out, then do it."
"But don’t generalize it, because, in the end, we’re all a part of this," he says.
Generalizing hurts everyone. He has a point.
"And," Russ says. "We all want to be a part of this."
Paola and Russ continue, saying that the show has helped them to build a base of fans and to connect with viewers.
"And thanks to the show, all of you know about us,” Paola says.
“To be honest," Pao continues. "We are grateful to have been on the show for so many seasons."
That's a very positive attitude.
Russ and Paola go on to praise Danielle Mullins and Mohamed Jbali for bringing attention to 90 Day Fiance.
They say that the controversial couple "really put the show on the map."
We don't dispute that.
Paola then praised Danielle for having been so smart with how she spent the money that she made from the series.
The timing of that was awkward, since Danielle has been begging fans for cash.
To be fair, Danielle invested her money into her home and into furthering her education. It wasn't frivilous spending.
Paola and Russ then suggest that Anfisa was trying to bite off more than she could chew with TLC.
"Just because that specific person is not getting the ridiculous amount of money that she’s asking," Paola says.
It's clear that the person to whom they are referring is Anfisa.
"Yeah,” Russ adds.” I mean, they’re asking something along the lines of Kim Kardashian."
That's a doozy of a claim. We have trouble beliving that Anfisa wants $500,000 per episode.
We suspect that Russ and Paola don't realize how much Kim makes per episode -- or how much they themselves could be making.
"Even more than what Kim Kardashian can get,” Pao claims, "And let’s be honest -- this is not MTV, this is not E! Entertainment television."
"And at the end, yeah, the money is good," Paola says. "But the idea of doing this show is not just about the money."
Well, she and Russ both work. Anfisa has not been shy about being fixated on money.
Pao has other priorities.
"You have fun," Paola says. "You enjoy it. You want to share your story."
Paola is great, but she's missing the mark about this.
TLC is a television network, not a cobbled-together YouTube channel.
And 90 Day Fiance ratings tend to outpace other major reality series.
Maybe the stars have been told that they can only afford to make $1,000 or so per episode.
But many suspect that they could be making a whole lot more, with TLC still turning a tidy profit.
After Paola shared the video, she received some heated comments from diehard Anfisa stans.
Yes, they exist.
Paola defended herself and Russ.
"She is trying to stay irrelevant by trashing the show and the cast," Paola says of Anfisa's abruptly ended reality career.
Pao says "calling us 'little bitches of the network' just because she didn’t get what she wants it’s ridiculous!"
"If she hates the show so much," Paola suggests. "Maybe she needs to move on and stop tagging 90DF and talking s--t about the cast!"
"Maybe it is none of my business what she says," Pao admits. "But I’m part of the franchise and that video wasn’t just about her."
"I wish her nothing by the best as I know she is alone in this country with her husband in jail," Paola says. "Have a great day!"
Nice shade there, Paola.
Meanwhile, Anfisa had her own response to anyone who thinks that she was calling them "little b--ches."
"If the shoe fits, wear it," Anfisa announced.