Bravo just announced the return of its most popular franchise (yes – it beats Jersey) and there are some exciting new ventures on the horizons. On-screen besties NeNe Leakes and Cynthia Bailey are both back. As are Phaedra Parks and Kandi Burruss. As previously leaked (in what is the worst kept secret is Atlanta) Kenya Moore joins the cast. And the other new Housewife is for-real Atlanta socialite Porsha Stewart!
Surprisingly missing is of course Kim! Who is not included in the official cast photo, but is listed as a Housewife. Rumors were abound that she was basically non-existant during filming because of her pregnancy and the other women started protesting her lack of involvement. Rumor has it this spawned Bravo to reduce her role in the series. Kim hasn't been tweeting about the new release date. Perhaps this means her spin-off is a permanent deal and she'll be lessening her role as a Housewife in exchange for her role as a housewife.
NeNe was all to happy too announce on twitter that she was the "The only original standing. That should tell you a lot." I see she's let go of grudges. "Big surprises coming this season on the housewives! Tune n & get the truth! If they don't show it, I'll tell ya!" she also wrote.
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So what can we expect this season? Drama. Plenty o Drama! Do they sell that somewhere? Maybe Kroger? "New ventures, sizzling romance, a whole lotta donkey booty, and two new Housewives arrive to turn up the heat in Hotlanta," Bravo promises.
"NeNe as she embarks on a new adventure as a rising star in Hollywood. In the love department, NeNe flirts with the idea of rekindling a romance with her ex, Gregg, meanwhile, new love is in the air for Kandi who has recently found herself a man.
Focused on their expanding businesses, Cynthia dabbles into the world of pageants and Phaedra decides to create a fitness video all about achieving that signature 'donkey booty.'
Our recently married Housewife Kim is also busy expanding her family, but manages to make it out for the ladies' events — even ones where NeNe is the guest of honor. Will these two ever make up or will she further distance herself from the group in favor of her family and man?
New Housewives Kenya and Porsha also join the mix and waste very little time stirring things up among this group of southern ladies.
I truly miss my love She by SheBroke and I certainly hope she'll be making a cameo (or 50). ATL just isn't the same without her fantasy Chateaus, and her pretend millions, and her repo'd cars, and her stunning fashion lines.
Real Housewives of Atlanta premieres Nov 4 at 9/8c on Bravo.
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