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Ever since the fourth season of Real Housewives of Atlanta ended the buzz has been about producers adding two new Housewives – one tall, one small to the cast. While Kenya Moore has long been identified as the Team Tall addition, a bandy of names have been flying across the gossip channels (touting everyone imaginable who lives nearish to ATL) about who will be the second newcomer.

Well it would appear that Porsha Williams Stewart is has officially signed onto the show as the new lady!

First reporting on Porsha’s new job is StraightFromTheA, who insists that she is definitely the newest castmember. Other sites have said contracts have been signed. SFTA reveals that producers approached several ladies looking for the “It Factor” but no one seemed to work out. And then they met Porsha and signed her right away.

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The rumor of Porsha’s addition to the cast is so concrete that even some of the more major tabloids are confirming her. In Touch Weekly is listing Porsha as the newest lady on the block after she was spotted attending Cynthia Bailey‘s P.T. Rose Moscato party.

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Apparently producers felt the need to really turn up the drama and are looking for a classy yet sassy lady to replace Kim Zolciak who will have an “extremely limited role” in this season’s show thanks to her second pregnancy and her desperate attempt to get a permanent spinoff.

In fact, SFTA claims that the reason this season is taking so long to film is actually Kim! The rumor is that NeNe other castmembers were annoyed by the special circumstances Kim was receiving, so they “banded together and REFUSED to tape until Bravo gave them some specifics on Kim’s role this season.” Speaking of Kim… she just had another baby!

Now back to the specifics on Porsha. First of all, she actually IS a Housewife and is married to Kordell Stewart, a retired NFL player who played 11 seasons most recently with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The two tied the knot last year. A video of their wedding is below.

Secondly, Porsha is an Atlanta native (unlike Kenya who reportedly relocated to join the cast) and currently lives in Buckhead, GA – a suburb.

As for her pedigree, Porsha is the granddaughter of legendary civil rights leader Rev. Hosea Williams. She is also very active in the church and her grandfather’s philanthropic organization. Hopefully this means she’ll stay above the fray (re: not sinking to any NeNe Leakes levels of trashiness).

SFTA also reports that Porsha has been taping with the cast for about a month and so far, so good. She apparently attended the 2012 Runway Red Safari Wonderland Kid’s Fashion Show with NeNe, Cynthia, and Phaedra Parks. Photos of the ladies attending the event are available at SFTA.

Also at the event with NeNe was Gregg Leakes! Their reconnection is a rumored storyline this season, but it seems like they were never all that separated to begin with despite their divorce. Speaking of NeNe, In Touch reports that “Kim and NeNe are still not speaking, so these two will add some very needed new drama and storylines.”

As for other rumors, apparently Kenya will be replacing Marlo Hampton and NeNe of season’s yore as the “bitch” character since NeNe is looking to class up her image. And although Marlo will make an appearance or two she is not part of the show in any significant way. Kenya has been brought on to stir the pot and bring the drama!

All of this is sounding great and I’m hopeful Porsha will help move this show in a more positive and interesting direction. I am tired of the over-wrought drama and the totally tasteless behavior on Housewives!

[Photo Credit: Facebook]

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 NeNe, Brent, and Gregg at the Red Safari Wonderland Kid’s Fashion Show [Photo Credit: NeNe's Twitter]

Another shot of Porsha Williams Stewart [Photo Credit: Facebook]

Porsha, NeNe, and Kenya at the Red Safari Wonderland Kid’s Fashion Show [Photo Credit: Twitter]

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