Did Claudia Jordan's Popularity Lead To Her Exit From 'The Rickey Smiley Morning Show?

Entertainment | Camille Travis | 07/15/2015 | 10:30 AM EDT

A source says tension between Jordan and Smiley led to her departure

It seems Claudia Jordan's popularity could have been her downfall in her gig with "The Rickey Smiley Morning Show," causing the media personality to leave the nationally syndicated radio show.

With news of Jordan's departure from the show comes rumors of what went down behind the scenes to make her leave her post. The Atlantic Journal Constitution's Rodney Ho says a dip in ratings was just a small problem of a larger issue between Jordan and Smiley.

According to the report:

"The radio show’s ratings on Hot are up year over year overall and among 25-54 year olds but have fallen among younger listeners. Last month, it ranked in a tie for 13th overall with a 3.7 share overall compared to a 2.6 share in June, 2014. Among 25 to 54 year olds, it’s up to a 4.4 share from a 4.2 share a year ago. Among 18 to 34 year olds, it fell from a 7.2 and second place in June 2014 to 7th place with a 4.6 last month.

My source said Smiley, in a huff, had stopped talking to Jordan a couple of weeks ago. With ratings down in many markets, the source said Smiley was looking for excuses. (His show is syndicated in more than 50 markets, including St. Louis, Miami, Detroit, Dallas and Chicago.)

'Claudia was an easy target,' the source said, although whenever they made public appearances, fans flocked to Jordan. That may have bugged Smiley, too, the source said.

'She's the most interesting person on the show,' the source added. 'Rickey couldn't have that.'"

Jordan announced her exit last week on Facebook, stating that she was moving on to other opportunities that would "better showcase my talents, personality, intelligence and wittiness."

She has since been replaced by rapper Da Brat, who made her debut on Monday.

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