Joseph Simmons, a.k.a Rev. Run, and his wife Justine recently discussed their reality television show and family life in an interview with Front Row. The rapper and his wife discussed everything from spirituality to stardom.
When asked about “Run’s House,” Justine commented on the concept of cameras monitoring the family’s daily interactions. Contrary to some families, the Simmons gang is not influenced by public scrutiny. As Justine states, “We were really fine with cameras.” Even during difficult moments, the family views public exposure as God’s way of helping other families in need. As Justine explains, “I think the biggest challenge was when the passing of Victoria happened. But I think God prepared us. He let us know the show wasn’t about us, personally; it was about us helping others. I knew right away that this is God and other people are going to be helped through our experience.” Justine and Run later adopted Miley who helped heal pains associated with the tragedy.
Upon being questioned about his vision for the show, Joseph commented: “First, of all, God put it on a crazy channel, MTV. He put it where the people don’t expect to see any church people. So our thing was just to show them what we’re like…I wanted to show people that we had a nice family.” Since its debut, “Run’s House” has earned high viewing ratios from fans. It seems that everyone wants to know what the Simmons are doing.
In addition to high ratings, the couple has personally received positive feedback. As Rev. Run states, “A lot of people say their families have come closer together because of the show and book.” The Simmons appear to be using their famous platform to strengthen the family unit.