Andrea says Florence Henderson is “trying to maintain her Carol Brady bullshit”; Maven calls Tawny a “drug addict”

One of the biggest surprises about The Surreal Life 6 cast was the fact that Mrs. Brady, aka Florence Henderson, was so controversial. As TV Guide says, she “pushed people’s buttons and polarized the cast.” Two of the cast members who didn’t warm to Mrs. Brady were Andrea Lowell and Maven Huffman, and they talk to TV Guide about her and their lives in the house.

Maven is far more diplomatic, saying Florence “came in with an agenda. She came on in the role of ‘Florence Henderson as Carol Brady,’ and once that was over with she was back to her normal life.” Andrea, who Florence basically called an immorral slut because of her Playboy career, saying that Florence’s lectures were “such an act. Flo is trying to maintain her Carol Brady bullshit and appeal to her fan base.”

The two also talk about the other in-house trainwreck, Tawny Kitaen, and both suggest she was high on something. Andrea says, “Obviously Tawny is on… well, you know,” but refuses to say more. Maven says, “I’ve met a lot of drug addicts in my life, and most of them are functional. Tawny isn’t one of them.”

Surreal House Mom Dubbed a Flo-ny [TV Guide]

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.