These are a bunch of idiots.
Ryan is primarily at fault here. I'm sure he started out 'everyone has a voice, we are all family, WE are 9MAG' but then when VH1 licensing and cash showed up, now he's the boss. Ryan wasn't the only one running/creating 9MAG. If that were the case, he wouldn't have needed/included a staff to whom he gave basically equal status. My analysis doesn't include Charmaine/Danielle, but people like Kat (who is equally, if not more talented) and Phor/Van (even Don) who are more personable and probably bring more foot traffic into the shop on a regular. Ryan is too stuck on himself to cultivate a steady client base, and before this show he was not dragging all the celebs he wants us to think he was.
Ryan is a straight bitch ass IMO. He feels like he can holler at, cuss, and talk to people any kind of way, but then get offended if he is treated reciprocally. I also think Rachel came back to a steady paycheck and is now in his ear trying to run shit and be another Dusty Dutchess. Notice after she had her outside baby by who she thought would be a big star (Jeremih), she was out the door for the bright lights of LA. Now all of a sudden, he ain't popping, she is back in Chicago to pick up those VH1 checks and be 'in love' with Ryan's punk ass again.
Phor is the pussiest of all pussies. He will never pop off musically, and he knows this, so he will never condemn wrong as long as he is getting his TV paycheck. We've seen that in prior seasons, and it's back now. JR is a nobody, as is the new receptionist. Ryan is going to torpedo his show because of ego. At least Cease let the Puma/Sky/O'Shit/Donna mess play out for years and got his money that way while stacking for other locations. Ryan (and the little voice beside him, Rachel) is smelling himself too fast and is letting go of the personalities that make his show a show. In the words of NeNe, he's playing for the wrong team. Once he fires all the personalites, he's left with nothing, while Cease's non-tattooing ass has opened up other branches/tv franchises. Phor, JR, and Dumbass Ashley/Don drama aren't enough to keep me tuning in.
Speaking of Mr. and Mrs. Dumbass...could Trashley have made it any more clear that she only married Don for the title/'prestige' of being married? Now she wants to quit her job and be a stay at home mom to a kid who's about to go to kindergarten? Bitch, the raggedy piece of man you got (who you are probably still sharing) has ZERO skills, ZERO education, a short lived position on a fourth tier tv show, and is the unskilled "assistant" to his brother who barely works part time. In what world do you see him supporting you in some grand Mommy lifestyle? You basically saying you ain't gonna work and it's up to Phor to support you all. And Phor is a big enough bitch to do it.
Ashley, bye. I need Don's other baby momma to have at least finished her degree and be leading the little girl in a better direction cuz her daddy's side aint shit.
Glad Kat is out, I wonder if she will be getting a spinoff or opening/working in a legit shop out West. She, like Ryan, is talented, and I hope at least one of them escapes the stupidity trap and prospers.