Carnie Wilson has been dubbed the "Mama Bear" of Wilson Phillips and it appears the crew of the pop group's new reality show "Still Holding On" reaps the benefits.
The show premiered on the TV Guide cable network on Sunday, April 8. It sees the group, made up of the singer, her sister Wendy and their friend Chynna Phillips, organize a comeback tour and deal with Wilson's second weight-loss surgery.
"I like to cook for the crew, so as the cameras are there, I'm making chicken soup," Wilson, 43, told OnTheRedCarpet.com ."I like to feed them. It's like, you become a big family."
"She's the Mama Bear," Phillips added. "She has the mama-grizzly instinct."
Wilson underwent lap-band surgery, in which a silicone band is placed around the stomach to shrink it to the size of a golf ball, on January 18. She has lost 32 pounds, her surgeon, Helmuth Billy, said in a press release. The procedure, he says, helps people feel fuller quicker and for a longer period of time after eating.
Wilson, who is the daughter of Beach Boys singer and songwriter Brian Wilson, underwent gastric bypass surgery in August 1999. At the time the singer, who is 5'3'' tall, weighed nearly 300 pounds. She lost 150 pounds but later gained the weight back. Wilson went on to become a contestant on "Celerity Fit Club" in 2006 and lost 22 pounds.
In February 2010, Wilson appeared on "The Dr. Oz Show" where she was warned about her weight gain and blood pressure. At the time, she was weighed in front of the audience and was shown to be 218 pounds.
In November 2010, Wilson was dropped as a spokesperson for The Fresh Diet for eating food not include in its restricted diet plan.
Wilson made a brief comeback in 2011 to audiences with her appearance alongside her Wilson Phillips band members in the hit film "Bridesmaids." Wilson also appeared on a January 2 episode of "Celebrity Wife Swap," and was seen swapping lives with "Growing Pains" actress Tracey Gold.
The Wilson Phillips singers are also promoting their new album, "Dedicated," which was released on April 3. Phillips, who competed on ABC's "Dancing With The Stars" last year, said she and her bandmates knew they were "taking a very big risk" with their new reality show."
We knew that once you take the dive into reality TV, there's no turning back," she said. "It was very scary for us. But we decided, as a group, that the overall positive was worth it for us because we knew that A, it was going to get our faces out there on a weekly basis and that we were going to be able to gain new fans and also regain our old fans."
"We also felt it was really important that people got to know us a little bit because 20 years ago, we were completely different people and nobody knew who were because all they saw were the music videos," she added. "They didn't get to know us because we didn't tour. We barely toured. This is a way for us to get out there and be able to personalize ourselves more with people."