Cheetah Girls Disband, Bailon Dismisses Disney Firing Rumor

Rumors that Disney rid themselves of the Cheetah Girls are somewhat true according to Cheetah Girl stars Adrienne Bailon and Kiely Williams. “I think that the brand has come to an end,” says Bailon, who was caught in a nude photo scandal late last year. Dismissing rumors that Disney ended the franchise, which included several movies and merchandising deals, with the girls after Bailon’s nearly nude photos upset parents Bailon says “Like everything, High School Musical will no longer be. Same thing. We had a great run.” Bailon and Kiely Williams, previously in the hit R&B group 3LW which hit a road bump when, now ‘Notorious’ star Naturi Naughton left the group at the peak of their success, look forward to other projects. While Bailon seems content with the end of the Cheetah Girls, Williams, who was rumored to have said that the group was fired due to Bailon’s photos and the backlash that ensued afterward, says she’s sad that the photos put a damper on their ending. “We were excited about going out on a high note. It’s sad that this negative attention put a damper on that”. Since their debut in August of 2003, The Cheetah Girls have released three movies, three studio albums (one certified Platinum, another certified 2X Platinum), and a host of merchandising deals including dolls. Originally launched with former Cosby-kid Raven Symone, The Cheetah Girls, based on books written by Deborah Gregory (of the same name), have been applauded for presenting a positive and diverse image for children. SRC: JustJaredjr

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