In a joint interview with Tyson on 20/20, Givens told Barbara Walters that life with him was "torture, pure hell, worse than anything I could possibly imagine," and she went on to describe his volatile temper.In October 1988, Givens filed for divorce and was granted a temporary restraining order.Her attorney, Marvin Mitchelson, said "She loves Michael Tyson.
In 1996, Givens co-starred on the sitcom Sparks, which aired for two seasons on UPN.
In January 2000, she took over hosting duties on the syndicated talk show Forgive or Forget. Givens has since had recurring roles on The Game, Tyler Perry's House of Payne, and Chuck.
Additionally, she has had a recurring role on the TBS show Tyler Perry's House of Payne, and a guest role on USA Network's Burn Notice.
In addition to television and film roles, Givens has performed onstage.
She returned to the entertainment industry later that year as the host of the talk show Forgive or Forget, replacing television personality Mother Love halfway through the show's second season.
Ratings initially increased after Givens took over hosting duties, but the show garnered low ratings and was soon canceled.Givens starred in the 2009 stage play A Mother's Prayer, which also starred Johnny Gill, Shirley Murdock, and Jermaine Crawford.In 2007, Givens published a memoir entitled Grace Will Lead Me Home.A May 7, 2009 article in Forbes magazine reported that the Internal Revenue Service was suing Givens for unpaid federal income taxes totaling 2,000 (3,000 today), which includes interest and penalties.The government had asked a federal court in Florida for a judgment against her on 39 assessments covering a span of eight years.2015 starred along Clifton Powell, Mishon Ratliff and Malachi Malik in the segment Mama's Boy of TV One's anthology romance horror film Fear Files.