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Last Sunday’s premiere episode of Real Housewives of Atlanta may have left some fans disappointed, but according to the Nielsen Ratings it was the “highest rated season premiere in series history”!

Over 2.9 million people tuned in to watch NeNe Leakes and Sheree Whitfield engage in “toof wars” (thanks RT commentariat for coming up with that one!) and was the number one watched “unscripted cable telecast” (re: reality TV) on Sunday night. Additionally, it was the most watched season premiere in Real Housewives history! Hotlanta truly lives up to its name!

The season is about to get much more dramatic, according to Bravo, as the ladies embark on a safari adventure and continue to settle the score. However, filming was far from easy as the Huffington Post is reporting that Kim Zolciak and her former BFFL NeNe refused to speak!

“Nene and Kim refused to film a single scene together this season,” an insider reveals. “For 14 weeks we will watch the show play out where its two breakout stars refuse to talk to each other.” Wow! If you were expecting a sit-down to hash out their differences, expect otherwise.

“Producers begged the two ladies to film a scene together. They wanted them to sit down on camera and talk about what went wrong like they did on the New York version of the show with Bethenny [Frankel] and Jill [Zarin],” a friend of NeNe’s detailed. Do NeNe and friend belong in the same sentence?

“But unlike Jill, Nene wouldn’t fall for it. She knew she was being set up. Nene knows that Bravo is developing a spin off show for Kim and would edit Kim to be more sympathetic to set up her new show. So she refused to be part of any of it.” Ok, don’t hate me for saying it, but I think NeNe was smart for refusing to partake. She knows she can’t keep her cool in situations like that and it pretty much ruined Jill’s reputation after she tried in vain to recapture her friendship with Bethenny following a season of bad blood. Well, there’s always the reunion!

In other Kim news, her 11-11-11 nuptials to fiancé Kroy Biermann will be happening this Friday, and the second tackiest wedding of the year — second to Kim Kardashian, of course — is soon to be deluging us with photos of the event. Despite the similarities between the two Kims (both marrying much-younger athletes) Kim Z promises her Made For TV wedding is nothing like Kim K’s! “If I doubted my marriage to Kroy even 1 percent, I would never do it,” she insisted.

“I hate it that Kim’s going through what she’s going through,” Kim says in an interview, sympathizing with Kim K. “It’s hard, I mean it is hard to be in the press and have your relationship dissected. It’s unfortunate, but Kim and Kroy are not Kim and Kris.” Thankfully…

Revealing that she has been filming “behind-the-scenes stuff” (aka her new spin-off?), Kim is quick to point out that Bravo never forced her to televise the event. Kim claims the network was more than happy to accommodate any requests she had related to filming and put no “pressure” on her to share more than she wanted to. Kim has stated in previous interviews that we will not see her giving birth!

Well, here’s hoping Kim and Kroy’s marriage lasts longer than 72-days because while I can handle two Kims’ fantasy weddings, I’m not sure I can take two Kims’ fantasy divorces!

ARE YOU SURPRISED BY THE RHOA RATINGS? DO YOU BELIEVE KIM AND NENE WILL RECONCILE AT SOME POINT? ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT KIM’S WEDDING AND POTENTIAL SPIN-OFF?

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