On last night’s episode of Real Housewives of Atlanta, Kim got ready for Kroy to leave for training camp and the rest of the ladies planned their trip to South Africa! NeNe decided to really stir up the drama by sneak inviting Marlo, and telling nary a soul, but Cynthia. And, oh my, were the ladies surprised, but not thrilled when Marlo joined them at the departure gate!
Things begin at Marlo‘s house, and ok, call me crazy, but I love the decor and the color scheme. NeNe is impressed that Marlo read Kim and Kandi the riot act at Cynthia‘s agency opening and definitely didn’t back down. On the tour, NeNe discovers Marlo has a full security system installed in her house, which she can monitor from her bedroom! Who is she, Drita D’avanzio? Is she mistressed to the mob in secret?
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Sweetie, who had been Kim’s friends for years and is very close to both of her daughters, claimed to have no issues with Kim’s treatment of her nonetheless it bothered some viewers to the point where a “Free Sweetie” campaign was started by a radio station.
This summer fans learned that Sweetie had been set free because Kim allegedly fired her poor, beleaguered assistant. Sweetie continued tweeting Kim’s daughter, Brielle, occasionally and has been seen in a few episodes of this season. Neither Sweetie, nor Kim, explained what happened with their relationship and neither woman has made negative comments about the other to the media.
I know, the maturity displayed is the most shocking element of this whole situation. It’s so… un-Housewives of them!
Fans still want to know what the EFF happened!? We may never know, unless Bravo is saving it for Kim’s spin-off, which was filmed in part over the summer as she prepared for her November wedding to Kroy Biermann. In the meantime, it looks like Kim and Sweetie still have some sort of relationship — at least according to the Twitter!
Earlier this week, Sweetie tweeted about not being able to sleep and needing a 5-hour energy drink in order get up super early. That prompted Kim to tweet a warning against it! “noooooo those things are dangerous,” Kim reminded her former(?) friend, adding, “last time we took that we thought we were having a heart attack!”
The ladies continued to engage in friendly banter with Sweetie reminiscing about times of energy drinks past, “lmao ugh yeah I was feeling that heart attack feeling again.smh!!!”
“I learned the 1st time! Baha! Never again,” Kim replied. “lol now that I think about it. All nighter driving from Tennessee…hahhahaha! #hardworking,” Sweetie recounted. “Baha! Be safe! Xxo,” Kim tweeted back. So are these two friends again or what? I’m guessing yes, and Sweetie simply chose to take a different, less stressful job. For all we know, Bravo “made” Kim fire Sweetie for dramatic purposes!
Moving on, Kim gold digger extraordinaire recently blogged that she was warned against dating Kroy! Um… are we sure it wasn’t the other way around? “I was warned by everybody: ‘Don’t date Kroy, he’s an NFL player, don’t date him,’ ” Kim explained, claiming friends also worried about their six-year age gap.
“I had never dated somebody younger in my life. [Kroy] was 24 when I met him, but he’s really mature,” Kim revealed. “There aren’t a lot of guys at 24 who would step into a commitment with someone who has children. That’s a sacrifice. And I just think Kroy is definitely wise beyond his age.” Yes, Kroy does seem very mature — and patient!
While Kim makes no secret that Kroy’s amazing ass-ets are what initially attracted her, she quickly realized he was more than just a good tight end. “After I met him, he just sent me a text that said, ‘It was really great to meet you. I’ll be in touch.’ Some guys, when you meet them, they try to play it cool for a couple days. But Kroy just sent me that text. And, honestly, people always say you just know when you meet The One. And almost immediately I just knew.”
I want to know how many of Kroy’s friends warned him, ‘Don’t date Kim!’ Regardless, I hope these two are happy and I wish them the best of luck in their future!
Finally, a new episode of RHOA airs tonight and the Housewives, minus new mommy Kim, leave for Africa. Pulling a fast one, unbeknownst to the other ladies, NeNe secretly invites Marlo Hampton — the mug shot model, financed by faith, gold-digging fauxcialite! No one is too pleased with the new addition.
While everyone else prepares for their trip, Kim schemes to lose weight the easy way and the sudden end of the NFL lockout forces Kroy to travel, leaving Kim and KJ behind! A preview of the new episode is below!
RHOA airs tonight on Bravo at 9/10c.
ARE KIM AND SWEETIE STILL FRIENDS? DO YOU BELIEVE KIM AND KROY WILL LAST FOREVER?
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Although, to be honest, Nene calls everyone in her life both a fake and a hater, so Kandi could have just walked away. Nene is probably calling some Starbucks Batista a “hater” right now, in between throwing wads of dollar bills up in the air.
The conflict appears to have come from the trip Nene, Kandi and Cynthia took at the beginning of the season to Miami (the one where Nene made fun of Kandi’s thighs in her talking head interview). Kandi explains why she was even on the trip to begin with: “Let me tell y’all something about her fake a*s.” Kandi adds, “I didn’t even really want to go on that trip. The only reason why I was even invited on that trip is because I was the only one that was even on speaking terms with her during that time other than Cynthia.”
After the trip, Kandi made a comment to the other housewives women at Kim’s birthday party making fun of Nene’s new found wealth and her constant reminders that she was “rich.”
As to why Nene was so offended (probably because she’s not rich at all), Kandi is similarly confused:”Name something else I said. Even when I was with her in Miami, I made a joke about the being rich thing.”
What was most interesting about Kandi’s comments is that she herself tried to clear the air about the trip in her Bravo blog, but her efforts were thwarted by the powers that be, who deleted Kandi’s explanations for her behavior.
She says, “I said all this in my blog, and then [Bravo] edited my damn blog. So I told them, I said, ‘I’m not blogging no more.’” True to her word, Kandi has not posted a blog since November 15.
In any case, Nene and Kandi will never be best friends, or even close friends. She says, “”She don’t call me. I don’t talk to her outside of the show.” Even during events the ladies are at for filming purposes, Nene stays away: “Even when all of us are together at certain events, half the time, she don’t even speak to me!”
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In case you were planning on enriching your life culturally, you can put those plans on hold! Bravo has released their upcoming schedule of new and returning drugs, television shows!
The most shocking on this list of programs is the inclusion of Millionaire Matchmaker, which apparently will be returning for its sixth, yes, SIXTH season of awful, offensive, stilted, garbage. There is apparently no shortage of professional extras willing to get berated by Patti Stanger or millionaires willing to pimp out their businesses. Bravo has yet to announce a premiere date but it’s slated to return this year.
Also returning: the strangely charming Pregnant In Heels, Million Dollar Listing, Bethenny Ever After on February 20 (but we already knew that) and Inside The Actor’s Studio on January 31, the Bravo show that refuses to die despite a million Housewives franchises. Of course, in case you’ve been busy living life Tabatha Takes Over started its fourth season on January 10th, with Tabatha taking over more than just salons, but every kind of business she can find.
Slated to premiere in the spring are the following shows with my very own synopsis! If no premiere date is listed that means the show will air sometime in the spring.
Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis (Premieres March 14) — Jeff ran out of houses to flip, so now he is taking Jenni and Zoila on the road to redecorate people’s homes and lives. Because when you think life coach, you think an anal-retentive control freak who has alienated almost all of his loved ones! (Just kidding Jeff, I love you!)
The Kandi Factory (premieres March 4) — Another housewife gets her own spin-off! This time around, Kandi Burruss will show us inside her songwriting empire as she mentors young artists. And she’ll probably talk about vibrators a lot.
The Ring Leader (premieres February 27) — You know what we need more of on tv? Shows about wedding planning! Here’s another one, following around wedding planner Kristin Banta.
Shah’s of Sunset – Yet another attempt at the Miami Social/that weird Dallas show about rich young people. Only this time, with Persian-Americans.
Love Broker — One matchmaker on Bravo isn’t enough, now there must be two! This time, the show will follow Lori Zaslow.
Million Dollar Listing New York – The same douches you’ve come to expect on Million Dollar Listing, but in New York this time.
Around The World In 80 Plates - If Top Chef and Amazing Race had a baby. Or, as the press release says, “12 chefs competing in a culinary race across 10 countries in 44 days.”
Kathy — The original Bravo-lebrity, Kathy Griffin gets her very own talk show as well as two comedy specials to premiere in the spring.
Don’t Be Tardy For The Wedding –In my mind, this show would be titled, “Deleted Scenes from this season’s Real Housewives of Atlanta” but apparently Bravo thinks you care enough about Kim Zolciak to watch her plan her wedding to football player Kroy Bierman.
For up to date listings and premiere dates, visit BravoTV.com.
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On last night’s episode of Real Housewives of Atlanta it was all about roots. Phaedra decided to plan a cast trip to Africa so the ladies could learn about their ancestry and Kim and NeNe met face to face for the first time in months and decided it should probably be the last.
Things start out with Kim hauling her infant to the gun range. Safety first! Kroy has decided Kim should learn how to shoot and get a gun. I guess she sometimes has to deal with a rampant moose. At first Kim is nervous, but then she gets into being a pistol packin’ mama! Kim gets a pink 9mm and while she doesn’t love having a gun, she’s into getting something pink. Next I am sure she will wrangle a LV gun case.
Cynthia and Peter are meeting Apollo and Phaedra for a double date to work things out following the husband’s altercation at Kim’s babyshower. Phaedra declares it is a “powder in your panties” kinda day, basically a typical hot summer day in the south. God I love southern summers. And friction, what friction? Because everyone is getting along great.
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It’s Sunday, the day of rest and that day where you are filled with free-floating anxiety. Not because you have to return to work tomorrow, but because it’s Real Housewives of Atlantatime and some states cruelly do not allow you to purchase alcohol on Sundays. Personally, I think Bravo should petition those laws to change. RHOA without wine is criminal.
However, I digress. While the ladies have been in the news due to Nene Leakes‘ guest role on Glee (and her unsurprising revelation that she is still with “ex-husband” Gregg) as well as the very sad revelation of Marlo’s past, the other women have been fairly quiet on the scene.
Kandi Burruss, songwriter turned adult toy impresario, gave an interview to Sister 2 Sister about the group that made her famous, Xscape, claiming they will never have a reunion: “We didn’t get along. Why would I go back for a headache and I [didn't] really make that much money in the situation? That don’t make sense.”
Kandi also adds that despite the group’s success they hardly made any money. “I don’t want to give no exact numbers, but we didn’t make that much money off of our albums for us to have three platinum albums… We really didn’t get a lot of money as a group,” stated Kandi.
Also, not making sense isCynthia Bailey in her latest Bravo blog, where she reveals that husband of the year Peter Thomasrecently gave her a gift of a three-day spa retreat… for her alone.
“I am so blessed people have responded to my first big business venture with so much love and support. Having to review thousands of applications to attend The Bailey Agency is a great problem to have! However, my husband Peter did surprise me! Peter sent me away to an astonishing all inclusive spa for three days. I usually don’t like surprises, but since I was beyond exhausted and in dire need of a massage, I made an exception. I spent three gorgeous days alone doing spa treatments, reading books, napping, and watching movies. It was incredible, and I felt reawakened! Thank you, Peter, for the gift of rejuvenation and peace! I love you for giving me exactly what I needed. As always, I am grateful.”
While the gesture is sweet, three whole days alone at a spa? One day alone at the Atlanta Bliss outpost would have been nice, but three days seems like he is sending her away for other reasons. She also explains Peter’s disappearance at the opening of The Bailey Moneypit, The Bailey Agency. Apparently, Cynthia’s party was the one time Peter had to run to his business, Bar One, to “deal with something.”
“Peter Thomas was the one that spent most of his day setting up everything up for The Bailey Agency opening. He made sure that everything was beautiful and perfect. I was happy that he took the time to help me out, because managing Bar One is a full-time job. Between bouncing back and forth between The Bailey Agency and Bar One, he was exhausted. At one point he stepped out to check on something at Bar One and was MIA during my thank you speech. Of course, when he returned the speech was over and the rest is history. My only issue with Peter was that he should have communicated to me that he had to step out and would be right back. Communication is key!”
Again, somewhat understandable, but I’m curious why Peter just didn’t send Cynthia a simple text about where he was, or let any one else at the party know he would be stepping out. Oh, I know why: because he is inconsiderate and selfish.
Cynthia also explains why she received marriage counseling so quickly, turning it around on us, and saying we should all get counseling! She goes on:
“We needed to bring in a third party. So we decided to seek counseling from Pastor Pollard. He was the pastor that married us, and we both welcomed his advice. After talking with the pastor, Peter and I both left the church with a sense of encouragement, enlightenment and support.
I would recommend any married couple to consider marriage counseling. Any marriage can benefit from the spiritual support. People are not perfect, and most marriages are not perfect. I don’t want to change, or expect Peter to change. We are who we are. I just want us to be better than we are. We love each other and this is a fight worth fighting for.”
I would be very worried if my very young marriage already necessitated marriage counseling, but I’ve only been engaged once (as opposed to Cynthia’s three times) so clearly, I know nothing. Let’s hope these wacky kids figure it out!
Moving on to newbie Marlo Hampton, who hosted an event in ATL days ago, only to suffer an unfortunate wardrobe malfunction! Err we’ll just let the pics do the talking below!
On tonight’s episode, the women gear up for their big vacation to Africa. In the following preview clip, the producers force Kandi invites all the women to sit in the private room of a restaurant with Kandi’s mother, Joyce, at the head of the table to clear the air. Nene and Kim are contractually obligated to sit across from each other and refuse to even say hi, even at Joyce’s request. This might get weirder than Crazy Island!
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In the interview with The Insider, Nene, age 44, opens up about her acting role, her relationship status (hint – hubby Gregg Leakes is still in the picture) and reveals her thoughts on possibly joining the cast of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills!
Below are excerpts from Nene’s interview with the Necole Bitchie blog -
On Her New Role On ‘Glee’
I’m on ‘Glee’ and I play a character called Roz Washington. She’s the synchronized swim coach and she’s nemesis to Sue Sylvester, who is Jane. She’s very strong willed; she’s very straight forward; she’s not afraid of Sue Sylvester and she’s there to take somebody’s job.
On Her Acting Career -
A lot of people don’t know that we did a show “Before They Were Housewives” and I would come to Los Angeles for pilot seasons every year. One year I bumped into Robi Reed-Humes, who did a lot of casting for Spike Lee at the time, she got really known from doing that. She was casting a film with Cuba Gooding Jr. called “Fighting Temptations” and she cast me in that film and I was able to get my sag card that way. Then I had a small part in “The Parkers” & “Girlfriends.”
Then it kind of phased out for me. I wasn’t getting any auditions anymore and I really wasn’t coming out here to try. Then I met the producers of “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” so I’m saying all that to say I was into acting long before I became a reality star. I would absolutely love to continue to act. Whether or not I leave reality TV, I don’t know. I can say this negativity pulls your energy down.
On Possibly Moving Over To The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills -
[Laughs] Stop it. I don’t know if I would transition and work with the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. They’ve never done that before [but] that would be interesting if Bravo pulled that off. Right now, I think they like me in Atlanta. I would give them a run for their money.
On Who She’s Dating -
Myself. You know I will never have a public relationship again I don’t think. That’s one of the regrets I have; is putting my personal relationship out there. Greg and I aren’t totally done. Who knows what the future holds. I don’t know about putting my relationship out there but do I have secret admirers, of course.
Nene also spoke about her business ventures stating that in addition to the Sacramento airport restaurant she just opened called “Famous Famiglia”, she plans to open other restaurants. At the moment she’s working on a wine line called Miss Moscato and hopes “to do clothes, shoes, lashes… make-up and perfume.”
Not surprised to hear Nene admit she is still involved with Gregg. It has been widely reported that the two were never separated and that the whole storyline of The Nene dating business man John Kolaj was all manufactured for the RHOA. In fact, Nene and Gregg were photographed last year during filming, looking pretty cozy and trying to hide from the cameras.
[Photo Credit: Allen Berezovsky / PR Photos]
The video interview of Nene with The Insider is below!
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I usually love, love, love some Real Housewives of Atlanta gossip, but today’s story leaves me sad. Newbie not quite Housewife Marlo Hampton admitted on this week’s episode that she had been arrested seven times (yep – one for each day of the week!) but she brushed her arrests off as mainly probation violations, stating she is now a different person. NeNe Leakes quickly changed the subject to something that matters more to her — shoes — so we never got more insight into Marlo’s past. Until now.
Marlo has been up front about her troubled childhood growing up in foster care in Florida after her mother succumbed to drug addiction, but the fauxcialite started her foray into the criminal world early. StraightFromTheA blog is reporting exclusive details on one of Marlo’s arrests when she was in her early twenties.
Marlo was initially arrested back in 1998 in Florida and charged with Aggravated Battery w/Great Bodily Harm of which she was later convicted, serving six months in jail. See the mugshot from that arrest, which features Marlo smiling, below.
Apparently, while she was in a club Marlo got into a fight with another young woman over a man. During the altercation Marlo pulled out a razor blade (or another extremely sharp object) and repeatedly sliced open her opponent’s face!
The fight left the other woman horribly disfigured and she allegedly almost bled to death in the club while awaiting medical attention. Six-years later the woman, who was a mother, committed suicide at 33 by jumping off a bridge, thus leaving her son behind.
StraightFromTheA had originally reported on Marlo’s shady past and cited that as one of the major reasons Bravo had decided not to make her an official Housewife. In response to that discovery the family of the victim of Marlo’s attack came forward and gave their side of the story to the blogger. The family states they have no “ill feelings towards Marlo. That’s between her and God.”
“All that we ask is for her not to refer to my sister as a bitch or even mention her name, because she has passed away,” the family requests. Asking that Marlo refrain from calling the woman a “bitch” reportedly stems from alleged comments Marlo made about “cutting a bitch” or “fighting a bitch” when explaining the altercation to someone else.
“I received a call stating she had jumped to her death, she was a beautiful, strong minded young woman who leaves behind a son,” the email describes.”We will never honestly know what drove her to this decision, or what drove her to that moment of desperation, we do know that she left behind fun, loving memories.”
Of course, like with all suicides, there is no way to know what led the person to ultimately take their own life. An incredibly tragic and sad story. May she rest in peace. Screenshots of the original email from the woman’s family are below.
In response to details of her arrest coming to light, Marlo gave a statement to Access Atlanta‘s Rodney Ho about her version of the events and that time in her life. Here is Marlo’s statement in its entirety:
“I am shocked and saddened to hear of the recent distortions of events and false accusations disseminated over an altercation I was involved in over a dozen years ago. It had been my preference, out of respect for the person involved, as well as her family, to not speak about this incident publicly, but the recklessness with which the story is being manipulated has forced me to come forward.”
“I was in my early twenties, and what took place started out as an argument with someone who was once my friend, over the phone. In the first incident, I was ambushed at my house and badly beaten. Though charges were initially filed, those charges were later dropped and I filed a restraining order. As disturbing as the carrying of a weapon may seem, it was quite common in the environment in which I was raised, and not only I, but also the person involved in the altercation, had each brought weapons to protect ourselves. There was a confrontation, her knife dropped, mine did not.”
“I was arrested and convicted of aggravated battery for which I served 6 months in jail. What is so disturbing about the false reports now circulating is that it was she, my friend, who appeared in court on my behalf and fought to reduce my sentence.”
“Like many people, I was deeply saddened by her untimely death – 6 years later – and shocked at the recent attempts to connect me to it. Ultimately, it does a disservice to her and her family, to guess and draw conclusions as to her state of mind when she committed suicide.”
“Those reasons are obviously personal and painful and do not deserve to be speculated on for the purposes of entertainment or drawing readers to your site. She and her family remain in my prayers.”
My attorneys will be sending a cease and desist letter with a request for retraction shortly.”
It’s a shocking and interesting story and, as with all cases, everyone involved has their own truth. Marlo continues to remain a “recurring” character on RHOA and Bravo has not made mention of giving Marlo an increased or permanent role on the cast. My guess is that with all the legal imbroglios happening with the Giudices, the Lauritas, the Armstrongs, etc. they made the decision to distance themselves for the duration. We’ll see what happens…
Thank goodness Phaedra Parks is well armed should the need arise. You know she’s the type of woman who carries a .9mm inlaid with mother of pearl in her purse. I’m sure she keeps it wrapped in the prayer cloth and stashed right next to the holy water and taser! Can you tell I’m a Designing Women fan?
Also, thank goodness Marlo (or her assistant) spelled “cease and desist” correctly, unlike some Housewives who obviously cannot read or pronounce the phrase (ahem… Tamra Barney!).
[Photo Credit: D. Salters / WENN.com]
THOUGHTS ON THE INFORMATION PRESENTED? SHOULD MARLO REMAIN INVOLVED IN RHOA? DO YOU LIKE MARLO ON THE SHOW?
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