Ben Tankard

Ben shares what you should know about his family, what he thinks of Brooklyn's marathon, and what happened at his prom.

on Nov 7, 20130

Bravotv.com: What do you want people to know about your family as they start watching the show?
Ben: I want everyone to see how exciting and funny my blended family is. Each family member is like a cartoon character. I also think as people watch the show they will see themselves in one of us. I also want to [use the show to] reach out to long-lost loved ones and say "I love you and we are thicker than water."

Bravotv.com: What did you think of Cyrene's would-be-suitor Josh?
Ben: He reminds me of myself when I was his age: tall, intoxicating smile -- and maybe a little too handsome. His long arms concern me: I hope he does not turn out to be an "octopus" with Cyrene. Keep your hands to yourself, juvenile! (LOL!)

Bravotv.com: Do you always ask so many questions and challenge potential suitors to basketball games?
Ben: No this is new for me, in the past when Cyrene has brought a "friend" to my attention, it has been someone very short. This is the first time I have had to look UP to talk to one. . .

58 comments
Curiously
Curiously

The first show was maybe but it grew on me quickly.  We are able to see how Tankards make their money.  You need money to live and how you can is only  determined by your own finances.   I love how Jewel seems to embrace all of the kids and even take up for them too!   I am enjoying this show and look forward to it every week!

 

 

uv2lay
uv2lay

when jewel said that if she had take a vow of poverty, she would not be saved-SAVED!- i could not turn away. the show has not let me down. i am as disgusted as i thought i would be. 

brittjarv
brittjarv

I do not like this show I think that they are about money and always talking about how much they have. I don't think the lord is about money. Bravo No No.

beachmom419
beachmom419

i am probably not Bravo's target audience as a white middle aged straight woman. i love the family. i have my favorites (Brooklyn, Benji and Junice). conversely, jewel comes across way too focused on money and material possessions. she is just like the wives of many fallen television evangelists. and ben's choice of words (to the camera) are so often hurtful, judgemental, insensitive or downright cruel. i have to wonder why in the world anyone would look to him for spiritual guidance. may be the same reason scientology has its followers:  their faith is not about who you believe in or how you believe, it is about the reward you get out of it. i find that sad, disheartening.

deboria
deboria

Brooklyn need to realize her ship has passed and stop trying to take the opportunities  from her baby sister that she gave up by becoming pregnant.

deboria
deboria

Watching the show for the first time...love Benji! He's too funny!

Carlette813
Carlette813

I really like the show.  The positive representation of an African American Blended Family, is well over due.  Bravo!!! Bravo and thank you.

loved1
loved1

Making money as a gospel artist is making money from "the church." 

 

It's interesting that he talks about how he wanted his family to be a light. They are a light but not in the way he intended. They are an example of the fruit you produce if your foundation is built on worshiping wealth & the love of money.  They make a mockery of the church - bible quotes are taken out of context and used as punchlines in the wife's confessionals. 

TSan
TSan

I can't believe the behavior on this show. What in the world???

d.williams.397
d.williams.397

brooklyn just have to grow up and stop living in her childhood hell she got a kid of her own concitrate on that and let daddy spoil his baby girl while he can

shellywalker
shellywalker

One of the things among many that stood out was the fact that his daughter was at the LAUNDRY MAT washing her clothes on Sunday Morning while he was at the church handing out money trying to impress small minds. Might be a good idea to buy your daughter a used washing machine before showing out.

just100
just100

I am going to change dot org and get a petition going to stop this travesty. This show is messing up my bravo line up.  I so love RHOA,WWHL and Fashion Queens.

lisa2
lisa2

Now this is a reality show!  I love the church scenes because this is typical in any African American family.  Ben loves his wife, kids and Jesus and he is giving back.  He is a kind and generous man.

brichey38
brichey38

Seriously Bravo!!!  I don't have a problem with people pretending to be Christians, people do it all the time. I don't have a problem with people who have money and who are Christians.  I don't have a problem with people being grateful for having money.  But this show seems to be the most unreal, reality show I have ever seen. The worst ever!!!! Perhaps it will get better, and they will stop flaunting and acting like "New Money" So what NBA team did Mr. Ben play for? Nobody who is used to having money acts like these people. Whew!!!  Changing the channel. Embarrassed!!

Bravofan4ever
Bravofan4ever

So really was the sermon that we saw at his church real?  How to be rich, drive big trucks have a big mansion etc?  Most Christians don't come to church to hear this...

Bravofan4ever
Bravofan4ever

I wish there was a "thumbs down" or "dislike" button on blogs, Facebook, etc. 

Hulali
Hulali

If a successful man wants to do a reality show and showcase a blended family and excessive weath then that can be entertaining.  But to wrap this kind of lifestyle around him being a preacher and spiritual leader is upsetting and just plain WRONG!

hrdebbie
hrdebbie

STOP IT-please STOP IT!. Now how can I enjoy my Bravo Reality TV guilty pleasures without feeling truly guilty by watching this shameful mess from the point of view of a self proclamed Christian.Shameful! I..... I guess I just won't watch it.

bevebrown
bevebrown

I was dismayed that the toilet bowl scene was included.   I found it insulting, thought that a millionaire could afford an emergency plumber.   What were they thinking? Way too much information-also he next few scenes involved food-I had to turn the show off.

hummingbrd
hummingbrd

Hello to the Tankard family .... I just caught your show for the 1st time & I loved it  & I cant wait to see what's next !

 You all seem down to earth and simply put it shows your family has strong love ....

God bless  ...

Ms4BitenFruit@aol.com
Ms4BitenFruit@aol.com

Another family on Reality TV flaunting their High off the Hog lifestyle....sorry but I'm not impressed!

jasmyn.s.holland
jasmyn.s.holland

Reading the comments all I see is people mad about things they don't even know. He made his money from the NBA and Music not his church.with they do non-profit. Christians are the worst judgmental people ever.   Smh at yall.

jh102289
jh102289

Stop Just Stop your kidding me right???? They all should be ashamed

hevndwlr
hevndwlr

 Luke 16:13 - “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”

 

1 Timothy 6:6-11 warns us that there will be “constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain. But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.”

 

There is nothing wrong with being rich. However, I feel that there is something wrong when you're always pursuing that path of wealth. You should not pursue your wealth in the form of money or possessions on earth but rather build your wealth in heaven by all the blessings and good deeds you do while you're here. The earth will be burned up, along with all your wealth and possessions here, and your true wealth that you sent ahead of you to heaven will remain forever.

 

 If you are blessed with wealth, then you should share that blessing with those in need. There's nothing wrong with having money in order  to fill your NEEDS. When you're wasteful and spending money on frivolous things (houses larger than you actually need, filled with extravagant furnishings, more cars than any one person needs....you get the picture)  you are taking away a blessing you could share with others in NEED because of your selfish WANTS. 

 

Why is it that when someone is blessed with millions of dollars they feel the desire to flaunt that fact with jewels, cars, multiple houses, $10,000 purses and walk-in closets filled with designer clothes and shoes? Live a NEEDFUL life, not a wasteful one. 

 

 

 

 

@alicebrennan
@alicebrennan

I enjoyed this family so much! I like them more than "Preachers of LA." Like Ben said, "there are no ghettos in heaven," there are actually streets of gold. Message! Continue to prosper and remain blessed, Tankard family! I love your show and message, such positive images! I will continue to watch. You have my blessing.

nikkidl
nikkidl

I really enjoyed the show last night and I like your family.  I feel as though you, your wife and kids are real.  People have to understand that you made your money from music and professional basketball.  You don't call yourself a preacher, but a "reacher", however I consider you to be a motivational speaker.  There's nothing wrong with what you are doing.  I know that you believe in tithing, therefore no one knows how much you are giving back to the poor.  I especially liked Brooklyn and Brittany.  I am a Christian that have gone through and am going through some things that I am less than proud of in my life. However, I do believe that Jesus loves me and he's helping me through.  I will continue to watch the show.  It made me happy.

JennAnderson
JennAnderson

Why would someone, especially a preacher, need more money to do a reality show about their lives, family etc.. They seem to be living pretty good and don't really need anymore money.  Just don't get this world, the rich get richer.  

kr.gallant
kr.gallant

This show should have been called "The 7 Deadly Sins" --  wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony!  The family is disgusting and HOW DARE THEY rape the community in the name of "God" to pay for all of their excesses!

 

BRAVO TV -- Take these clowns OFF THE AIR!

lisa2
lisa2

I like Ben Tankard because he is NOT making his money from the Church. He is a past professional basketball player, inspirational speaker for NBA D League and a gospel recording artist. THat is how they make their money and it is fine to be blessed like that. I think it is commendable that he is taking care of his blended family. I just wish that the adult children get a career that they are passionate about and stop living at home.

princess45
princess45

This show is a joke i cannot believe that this is what this world has come to, this family bragged the whole entire 10 minutes of me watching the show and the tv was turned off, really Bravo come on this is the worst that you have done anyone that boast and brag about their riches is a sin, i dont see anything where they are grateful for anything, are you kidding me. sorry The brady family did not act this way you make that fake show look more entertaining. Preacher i think not and anyone following  your church you maybe short some members with this foolishness. Get some pointers from Nene on how to carry yourself on National television!!!!!!!!! and i thought love & hiphop was bad this is the worst i have seen in reality tv. you can definitely tell the wife has never had anything in her life..lmao i am weak!!!!!

divagirl2
divagirl2

 @shellywalker  You took the words right out of my mouth.. I mean how can you afford to buy a private jet , but your daughter is at the laundry mat washing clothes?!?! .I don't like people that  front & act like they have more than they do. Brooklyn is cool but. I don't like this show at all..

MissPeebles
MissPeebles

 @brichey38 Ben Tankard never said he played in the NBA.  He said he played for a minor league team.  

hevndwlr
hevndwlr

 @jasmyn.s.holland It does not matter where he made his money from. The fact that he & his wife are pastors of a church & flaunt the fact that they have money, that they pursue money  - Jewel does a "Billionaire Confession" every day which is showing her worship of money. A quote of Jewel's: “If I had to take a vow of poverty I would have never gotten saved.”  This DEFINITELY shows you that she has put her love of MONEY before her love of God. 

 

 Luke 16:13 - “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”

jasmyn.s.holland
jasmyn.s.holland

He doesn't make his money from his church.  and He and his wife share their wealth too. But I guess you got that all in 1 esp. only God is supposed to judge.

shellywalker
shellywalker

 @@alicebrennan

 Ghetto is not a location.  It is a behavior and people take it with them.  Make sure you don't throw your trash all over the streets of gold while purchasing bootlegged Christian CD's and DVD's because it too will began to look like all of the other neighborhoods that once looked good until the people with ghetto behavior showed up.  Just because you have money does not mean that you are not ghetto.  Ghetto is people and not a place.

shellywalker
shellywalker

 @JennAnderson

 Neither does Donald Trump.  Will someone please tell me what the cash ceiling is for black folks is.  I didn't get the memo.

CoraNiecyChadwick
CoraNiecyChadwick

Oftentimes, the rich get richer because they seize opportunities like this. That's how they stay rich. As he pointed out in the interview, he's just as familiar with being poor, enduring bankruptcy and repossessions. He's learned to keep earning to avoid that again. BTW, not too many folks would be interested in watching a reality show about broke folks - an episode or two maybe, but not a whole season. Most of us are living it and don't need any reminders on how to succeed in that. LOL

Nastybaby
Nastybaby

 @princess45 Don't blame Bravo--displaying excessive wealth is par for the course for this network.  I am just irked that this family agreed to do a show like this.  

cyndyt
cyndyt

 @hevndwlr  @jasmyn.s.holland  They both call themselves "Pastors" yet both have been married before.  A Pastor of a Christian Church can not be divorced and remarried.

Seems to be a trend in today's church. John Hagee left his 1st wife for the wife he has now. SMH

lisa2
lisa2

 @JennAnderson

 He has been a gospel artist for over 20 years and also has the gg as inspirational speaker for the NBA.  He is actually quite famous in his own right.