As for what to expect this season, a Bravo press release gives us a brief synopsis of this season’s story lines. Viewers will get to see Nene Leakes endure a rocky marriage as husband Gregg is no longer working. Nene will be pursuing her independence while getting a job working as an entertainment local reporter.
Kim Zolicak will continue to work on her music “career” with castmate Kandi. With the failure of her clothing line, Sheree Whitfield will attempt an acting career while dating a doctor. And Kandi Burruss, who lost her fiance last year, will start dating again while working on her new album.
BELOW ARE INDIVIDUAL CAST PHOTOS AND BIOS OF THE LADIES!
Cynthia Bailey – Glamorous Cynthia, who is a friend of Nene, resides in Atlanta with her 10-year old daughter, Noelle. The Alabama-born beauty moved to New York City 18 years ago to pursue her dream of modeling. Cynthia joins the show at a pivotal time in her relationship with her boyfriend of three years, Peter Thomas.
NeNe Leakes – NeNe is facing some of her biggest challenges yet. Once her rock, NeNe’s husband Gregg Leakes is no longer working and has gone behind her back to do some “business deals.” With her marriage on the line, NeNe is pursuing her independence more than ever. She lands a position as an entertainment reporter for the local news channel, seeking to transform herself into a career woman, while still keeping an eye on her sons.
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Kim, 32, brought along her mom Karen (the woman responsible for the wig legend),and her two daughters. Above is a picture of Kim and her mother. “It was a closed practice and she sat in the family section while she cheered him on. She had so much fun, and she’s very supportive of him,” says Kim a source to InTouch.
And did we mention Kroy, 24, is not married?
In other Atlanta news, former star of the show DeShawn Snow has now put her Atlanta mansion up for sale. Yes this is the same mansion that DeShawn and husband Eric Snow were shown moving into during the first season of the show.
Homesoftherich reports “the 15,000 square foot mansion is located in Alpharetta, GA and boasts 6 bedrooms, 6 full and 6 half bathrooms, floating staircase, 2-story great room, formal dining room, 2-story family room, gourmet kitchen with breakfast room, 6-car garage, paneled gentlemen’s study, separate ladies office, home theater, wine cellar, billiards room, card room, recreational room with large custom bar, hair salon, steam shower, dry sauna, basketball court, swimming pool with spa, and a gazebo with fireplace.”
It seems just like last month we were reporting the shocking news that Eric Snow, husband of DeShawn Snow had gotten his mistress pregnant. Well that was then and this is now as the mistress has now delivered a baby girl for Eric.
StraightFromTheA is reporting the former Real Housewives of Atlanta star, who only filed for divorce back in May, became a dad again on July 14th, as his mistress Marisela Alvarado gave birth to a healthy 8-pound baby girl whom the couple have named Ava Maria Snow. A picture of the baby is below.
While the divorce is still ongoing for the Snows, reports state that Eric, a former NBA player, is worth $20 million and might have to shell out an estimated $8 million dollars to DeShawn along with the Atlanta mansion the couple shared with their three sons.
Eric has yet to publicly comment on his divorce or mistress. DeShawn however seems to be moving on and is said to be working on a Disney project for her three sons. DeShawn is reportedly in talks with the network to cast her three sons, Eric Javon, Darius Michael, and Jarren Christopher in a major Disney deal, which involves a television pilot.
A report by Popeater today states that the Bravo Housewives are tired of being used by the network.
According to Popeater, “All the ladies have had enough of being used by Bravo and plan to start fighting back.” A source tells the site, “They are pissed that they only get paid $3,000 to tape each episode and are furious that they get paid nothing to tape the reunion episode. It’s two full days of their lives with no lunch breaks and no pay. Everyone on the set is getting a paycheck except the stars. How can that be right?”
The $3,000 per episode fee was unveiled in Teresa Giudice’s bankruptcy documents. However, that amount only applies to the Real Housewives of the New Jersey. Negotiations are done separately for each franchise and the Real Housewives of Atlanta did receive $100,000 each for their second season, and will be reportedly receiving $150,000 each for their upcoming season 3. One of the Atlanta Housewives confirmed the salary to the Atlanta Constitution Journal a while back. No word yet on how much the other franchises are receiving.
And in case you follow any of the housewives on twitter, you probably noticed a lot of them took a trip to New York last week, while not revealing what they were going there for. Well Popeater is now revealing the executives at Bravo decided to have the housewives make an appearance on ‘The Fashion Show,” in other to boost the ratings.
“None of the housewives wanted to be on ‘The Fashion Show,’” an insider dishes. “However, the network insisted they film all week for hours and hours, and to add insult to injury, they got nothing in return. Not even a thank you.”
Popeater also reveals that the reason the Atlanta Housewives decided to dial down the drama during last year’s infamous boring reunion show was because of money. The ladies reportedly took a stand together, agreeing not to fight unless they got paid. This reportedly led to Bravo paying the NYC ladies for their reunion, thus leading the drama filled 3-hour reunion special.
The reunion of the NJ Housewives is also being taped today and tomorrow in Atlantic city according to Popeater. It’s safe to say the entire premise of the reunion will be all the ladies vs Danielle. Wonder if Kim G. will make a special appearance?
So are the Bravo Housewives getting screwed? Absolutely. The Housewives series continues to hit ratings highs as the popularity of the show continues to soar all thanks to the ladies who decided to put their heads into this toilet to put their lives (the good and bad) on national television.
To give you an example of this, the main stars of MTV’s The Hills‘ were earning over $500,000 per season, while the Atlanta Housewives only earned $100,000 per season last year. The ratings of both shows? About the same, plus there are less cast members, meaning less people to pay on the Atlanta Housewives. So yes, I do think the ladies deserve more money, but then again, something tells me these women would do the show for free, as they all seem to want to be famous at any cost, or no cost at all rather.
Also want to add that the guy that wrote this article has relationships with a number of the NJ Housewives, so the source for this story is likely one or more of the NJ ladies.
In other NJ news, it seems Danielle Staub continues to hit new lows, even after the release of the self-leaked sex tape that came out earlier this year.
The Crushable blog is reporting that Danielle encouraged some crazed fan of the show on twitter, after he made some disturbing remarks about Ashley Holmes.
Twitter user @PriinceEdwiin tweeted the following to Danielle: “ItsMyBDAYToday And I Want @_ashleyholmes 2 kill herself & videotape so I can sit back, relax, & share the popcorn w/ @DanielleStaub.”
Danielle then tweeted back: “HAPPY BIRTHDAY boo!!!! May Every wish come true!!”
And despite the public outcry, Danielle has yet to take down the status. The story even makes this week’s issue of Life&Style with a “source” close to Ashley’s mom Jacqueline Laurita telling the mag, “No matter what happened between Danielle and Ashley, Danielle is the adult,” says the insider. “She’s a mother. What if someone said something like that about her kids? How would she react then?”
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According to the NYPost, Kim Zolciak has moved on from the still married Big Poppa as she reportedly got into a tiff with her new blonde boy toy boyfriend when she caught him “checking out a hot redhead while puffing a cigar. Kim caught him in the act,” said a witness.
Well the said boy toy has now been revealed. He is Kroy Biermann, a 24-year-old NFL player who plays for the Atlanta Falcons. InTouch magazine reports “they’ve been dating for about two months.”
An insider tells the mag Kim and the 6’3″, 260-pound defensive end were seen “laughing, kissing and have a great time together,” during Cynthia’s wedding on Saturday despite their drama.
In other Atlanta news, Lisa Wu Hartwell’s publicist is now confirming she is indeed leaving the show this upcoming season.
Carlos Scotttells the AJC Lisa “doesn’t want to just be a reality star.” It seems Lisa is trying to get her foot into acting. A few months back, she had a small role on a “Meet the Browns” episode. She just did a fitness DVD. And she’s working on a film with Robert Downey Jr., added her publicist.
And despite the widespread rumors than Lisa got the ax from the Bravo network for being too boring, her publicist insists the decision was mutual.
A new report by the Black Voices Web site also reveals that Lisa won’t even be on the opening credits and may only pop up in a handful of episodes as the show introduces the two new cast matesPhaedra Parks and Cynthia Bailey.
Black Voices also gives another reason for Lisa’s exit from the show, stating that Bravo “basically wanted to script elements of Lisa’s life and make her amp up the drama. She wasn’t with that at all. Lisa felt like if her real life alone wasn’t enough for the network, then maybe it was time for her to go.”
New Atlanta housewife Cynthia Baileytied the knot this weekend, but of course it wouldn’t be a housewives wedding without any drama.
First, a publicist for the Real Housewives of Atlanta star sent out a press release to multiple media outlets informing them of her impending weekend nuptials.
While the press release seemed harmless enough, Bravo was none too happy. A publicist from Bravo contacted Access Atlanta, telling them that Cynthia had yet to be officially confirmed as a new housewife.
Cynthia’s publicist, after getting a stern call from Bravo, then contacted Access Atlanta as well wanting them to take down the wedding story because Cynthia “wasn’t supposed to reveal this life-changing plot line, per Bravo’s contractual arrangement.” It was obviously too late by this point as the story had spread. Interesting though to see how things work within the Bravo network.
In other news, the wedding did take place this weekend and the NYPost ended up posting a lil tidbit about a certain co-star acting like a diva.
According to the Post, Cynthia’s wedding to restaurateur Peter Thomas was held up for 45 minutes by Nene Leakes, who apparently barged into Cynthia’s bridal suite and demanded her hair and makeup be done.
The drama didn’t end there as Kim Zolciak then reportedly got into a tiff with her new boyfriend/blond boy toy, who “was checking out a hot redhead while puffing a cigar. Kim caught him in the act,” said a witness.
The Post reports all the Atlanta housewives were in attendance except Lisa Wu Hartwell. Not surprising considering the report that came out months ago revealing Lisa will be kicked off phased out of the show this season.
UPDATE: Nene Leakes is denying The NYPost story, posting the following on her twitter page -
“Why do these bloggers lie so much! I went 2 a wedding demanding hair & makeup! Now y would I do that? I have my own team! Thank u
I caused drama @ a wedding! Yup that’s what I do now. Go 2 weddings & cause drama
I know they cant help but talk about me! Who else they gone talk about?? TING TING”
Fast forward to today and there is now more news on what caused the actual split between the two. According to the StraightFromTheA, and FreddyO blogs, a pregnant mistress is to blame.
A source reveals to FreddyO that Eric left his wife of 12 years, DeShawn, for his pregnant girlfriend. The alleged pregnant mistress is Marisela Alvarado, who happens to be a former Michigan State classmate of Eric’s. A picture of Marisela with Eric from their class reunion is below.
Another source tells the StraightFromTheA blog that Eric’s cheating ways isn’t a surprise, as he was always a cheater during his marriage to DeShawn and was very open with his cheating.
“During the first season of the real housewives of Atlanta, Deshawns husband would be on camera talking to other women on the phone, flirting with other women and/or cursing her out all on camera as if no one was watching. A couple of times, the producers had to remind him that the cameras were recording.”
Eric filed for divorce back in May and has yet to publicly comment on the cheating allegations.
According to Radar, theReal Housewives of Atlantastar has been spending a good amount of time in Los Angeles recently, and has yet to be seen wearing her wedding ring.
This doesn’t some as a surprise as Gregg made recent headlines when an audio tape of him trashing Nene leaked online just weeks ago. Gregg has since apologized for the things he said about his wife. Multiple media outlets had reported a strain in the Leakes’ marriage stemming from her son Bryson’s recent arrests and rumors of an alleged affair with NFL player Charles Grant.
A source told Radar: “NeNe has admitted that it’s over between her and Greg and she was not wearing her wedding ring recently.
“She is worried that Greg might go public about some of her secrets because she has admitted that she has some ‘skeletons’ in her closet. Also Greg has indicated that he might want some alimony payments from her should they get divorced, so, the situation could get really messy.”
According to the source, Nene, 42, also fears Gregg might try to cash in on the demise of their marriage. “And he may try and cash-in on her fame by writing a book or giving interviews about their life together,” added the source.
NeNe and Gregg met while she was working as an exotic dancer called Silk at an Atlanta club. They have been married for 14 years.