Have you ever watched a TV show and had absolutely NO idea what happened? Yeah, that was pretty much my experience watching last night’s boring episode of Real Housewives of Atlanta. So, Phaedra hosted a dedication for Ayden and I don’t know what all that pomp and circumstance was about, but it was very cute. Sheree, at the behest of Bravo, tried to force Damon to propose to her daughter, and Kim and Cynthia had the meekest, tamest showdown in RHOA history. Where’s NeNe when you need her! So, let’s get this recap started!
Things begin with Phaedra running around the church, planning Ayden‘s dedication. Phaedra’s white jeans are distracting me, I hate white jeans. I initially thought it was a baptism and became alarmed, because Bravo’s track record with christenings is not so hot. Bravo certainly likes to use children’s religious ceremonies to create drama, doesn’t it? Anyway, this was a dedication. And it involves the baby being carried on a floating sled thing called a palanquin, surrounded by other children in white, who are ringing bells. Or, maybe that’s just Phaedra’s take on the situation. By the way, did anyone think Phaedra’s pastor was Bobby Brown for a second?!
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As you know, Kim recently announced she was pregnant for a second time with husband Kroy Biermann. Just in time to start promoting that spin-off “Don’t Be Tardy For The Wedding“! Rumors circulated that Kim was pregnant with another boy, but the bewigged one is claiming she hasn’t told anyone what she’s having yet!
Of course, as with all good speculation, there’s an unidentified source who claims, “They’re so excited because Kim already had two girls and now that she’s having a second son, the family will be balanced out with two of each.” However, Kim wants everyone to know that there can be no “secret source” as the couple hasn’t told anyone the baby’s gender! What better way to spread that news than via Twitter.
“@biermann71 and I JUST found out the sex of the baby a couple days ago of and we have NOT told a soul soooo all this speculation is funny!!”, Kim Tweeted. “Although I know the gender we just want a healthy baby,” she added.
Kim also confirmed that the couple has picked a baby name. “wait til u hear the new babies name we came up with it all on our own ;),” she teased.
Moving on from Kim to her former bestie, one has to wonder: Is NeNe Leakes getting too big for her britches? And by britches, I mean Atlanta. After her recent stint on Glee, it seems that the Neenster is more of a star than any of her RHOA counterparts, and she doesn’t need to follow in their footsteps (ahem, Kim and Kandi Burrus!) with a spin-off. NeNe recently shared with her followers on Twitter (where else?) that she had been approached about doing her own show, but for now she prefers “acting & talk show hosting.” Her fans don’t want her going anywhere though, as they love her on RHOA, with one tweeting, “just don’t leave #RHOA u make the show.” The always humble NeNe’s reply? “Ur right abt that because these chicks r boring.”
NeNe also used her Twitter page to show her softer side and discuss her relationship with Gregg. While the recent episodes have shown NeNe struggling with the finality of her divorce, her heart, it seems, may still be with her estranged husband. When asked by a fan if she thought that she and Gregg may be able to work through their differences, NeNe responded, “Hopefully some day! We hav [sic] an unbreakable bond.”
Not shockingly, NeNe didn’t give direct answers when responding to questions about the state of her relationship. When a fan inquired, “R u & Greg tryin 2 work things out ? I hope so u guys seem like wonderful parents,” NeNe avoided the question, but stated, “Greg is my 1 & only Tru love.”
And fear not RHOA fans, you still have a few episodes of the drama to enjoy before the reunion madness ensues! NeNe tweeted, “we have 3 more episodes then the reunion begins.”
On tonight’s episode, Kim and Cynthia are the only ladies to make it to Phaedra’s ginormous Christening party for Aiden, and the passive aggressiveness ensues when they must sit at the same table. After making some comments about the Africa trip, Cynthia and Peter dip out, with Kim going after her for a confrontation. Speaking of parties, Kim is planning a surprise party for Kroy’s homecoming. Am I the only person who is grossed out to learn that Kim dries her wigs in the microwave? Sheree helps her daughter’s boyfriend pick out an engagement ring, but here’s hoping she doesn’t scare him off with her expensive taste and advice to “work overtime” to afford it.
A new episode airs tonight at 8PM ET on Bravo. Watch a preview clip below!
THOUGHTS ON KIM’S LATEST PREGNANCY? DO YOU THINK SHE’S HAVING A BOY OR A GIRL? DO YOU THINK NENE WOULD REALLY TURN DOWN A SPIN-OFF? WILL SHE AND GREGG RECONCILE?
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In Housewives world, one day you’re friends, the next day you’re… not. In the latest Real Housewives of Atlanta, extra Marlo Hampton seems to feel that her gay slur wasn’t that offensive and she is accusing former bestie NeNe Leakes of being two-faced for thinking otherwise. Le sigh.
NeNe has spoken out defending Marlo numerous times and claims the two are cool, but NeNe wasn’t so impressed with Marlo’s use of the F-word. And being NeNe, she made sure to let everyone know. In Marlo’s first-ever Bravo Blog (oh no – does this mean she might be *gasp* a full-time Housewife next year?) she slams NeNe and accuses her of shooting her mouth off after last years Tour Bus Incident with Sweetie Hughes! Oh, lawd!
“Lady Leakes,” Marlo addresses her, “you protest much about accusations of racism and are quite vocal about my bad choice of words, but I have seen you in action and you forget yourself. You already know the world is not full of “sweeties!” Never forget #thetourbusmassacre…”
Well, that’s very interesting and I simply cannot wait for NeNe to respond. You know it’s coming! This should be a very exciting reunion if the Talls start attacking each other!
Moving on, as Phaedra Parks is defending her decision to have twelve cakes at son Ayden‘s first birthday party – one for each month he’s been alive. What’s she going to do for his sixteenth birthday?
“Most people have their favorite occasion or holiday; for me, it’s birthdays because they are a personal holiday celebrating one’s entrance into life,” Phaedra explains in her Bravo blog. “I wanted our son’s first birthday to be a memorable occasion which would set the tone for each birthday to come.”
“I wanted the party to be filled with all of Ayden’s favorites,” she explains, “since Ayden has brought us 12 months of pure joy, I wanted a custom cake to commemorate each month.”
Phaedra also explains that the location was selected because the water park was named after her great-aunt, whom she had a very close relationship to growing up. Awww… that’s very sweet. Unfortunately, her aunt passed away from cancer before Ayden was born.
“The only location I considered was the water park conceptualized by and named in memory of my dear aunt, Frances Meadows,” Phaedra writes. “My aunt Frances was the first woman, and first person of color, elected to city government in Gainesville, Georgia. Her political platform was family based. The Frances Meadows Aquatic Center is a concept she fought for in order to facilitate positive family interaction.”
“Although Ayden will never have the opportunity to personally know her, I wanted to pay homage to her legacy by having his first birthday party in a place erected and named for someone who dreamed big and stood up for what she believed in.”
WAS MARLO RIGHT TO REMIND NENE ABOUT HER OWN OUT OF CONTROL ACTIONS? DO YOU THINK MARLO WILL BE RETURNING NEXT YEAR? WHAT DO YOU THINK KIM IS HAVING: BOY OR GIRL? DOES PHAEDRA’S EXPLANATION ABOUT THE CAKES MAKE SENSE?
Are you ready for some reunion gossip? It’s just about that time for the Real Housewives of Atlanta, who just wrapped a reunion special so intense that host and Bravo exec Andy Cohen left to go on vacation immediately after. If you’re a seasoned fan of the housewives, you know that every season there is always the same line about how it was the best ever, so I’ll believe it when I see it. In the meantime, we can do what we do best and speculate!
It appears that “friend” of the housewives and lover of luxury goods Marlo Hampton was brought on to the reunion to stir up drama. Per “insiders,” Marlo made a scene when she called out Kandi Burruss as a “sugar mama.” It’s interesting that Marlo sees this as an insult, since she’s been living off of the kindness of generous rich folks for quite some time now (allegedly). Kandi made her money and if she wants to spend it on some hot young thing, why not?
Next up, and a bit funnier, is the rumor that Marlo ends up accusing Kim Zolciak of using that enormous ring Big Poppa bought her a few seasons ago, to help pay for the new ring that husband Kroy Biermann got her. While, that’s a unique way of discarding presents from ex-boyfriends, it’s also not true.
Kim immediately headed to Twitter to clear up the allegations with a photo, posted below, of both rings side by side. Why buy a ring when Bravo can get a product placement deal from a jeweler? Since Kim’s wedding became fodder for her spin-off special, I don’t doubt that is what happened. I also don’t think Kim needed to trade in any jewelry. If there’s one thing we know about Kim, it’s that she’s actually not too bad with money. You can check out the picture below. Apparently, the ring does mean a thing.
The final rumor, and one that’s been floating around for some time now, is that Marlo will not be invited back to the show due to her criminal background. One report on PerezHilton alleges it’s due to “her past as an escort.” Marlo has had several documented run-ins with the law for check forgery and assault. While, nearly all the housewives have had legal issues, mostly relating to real estate and bankruptcy, the only other housewife who has had a truly checkered past is Danielle Staub, and we all know what happened to her. No one likes a lawsuit, so I bet Marlo (and her designer clothing) won’t be returning.
The only thing Marlo really contributed to this season was drama, with no fun to back it up. I get the impression she was supposed to be a sidekick to NeNe Leakes, someone else with a big personality who could create interesting scenes. Instead, there was major diva attitude and a homophobic slur.
“For some reason no matter what we do, Sheree never has a good time at our events. I’m not really sure why she even bothers to come. Oh, maybe since she had already decided that she was going to have a horrible time, it would at least be a great opportunity to bring Lawrence to confront Marlo about the whole F-word issue. From the look on her face, she clearly enjoyed every single minute of it.”
Cynthia weighs in on Kim’s absence from the party. She wasted no time expressing how she truly feels about Kim, and it’s not surprising:
“It was not exactly a shocker that Kim did not attend the party. She is an associate, not a friend. The invite was a courtesy, same as the baby shower invite. I often get invited to outings amongst the girls that I choose to attend out of respect, not desire. In hindsight, Kim’s absence was actually a small blessing. I’m sure nothing would have been good enough for her, and she would have brought her own bottle of wine.”
A photo of Kim’s engagement ring from both Big Popppa and Kroy is below!
TELL US: DO YOU THINK MARLO WILL RETURN TO THE SHOW? WERE YOU A FAN OF HER ANTICS? DO YOU THINK KANDI IS A SUGAR MAMMA? AND WHAT ABOUT KIM’S RINGS?
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“Kroy and I are so excited,” Kim, 33, states. “To decide we wanted to get pregnant again and have it happen so quickly was such a blessing.”
Even more surprising, is how Kim, who is four months along, managed to keep this a secret. “People are going to be shocked, because nobody knows,” says Kim, who reveals she has yet to find out the sex of the baby. “I’m so excited that KJ will have a little buddy,” she adds.
Well, if we’re going by the prediction of Kim’s psychic, Rose, it’s safe to assume Kim will be having a girl! Rose not only predicted she would have a son, before she even met Kroy, but during another visit with Kim this season, she predicted Kim would be having another little girl.
Kim and Kroy tied the knot last November, months after welcoming their first child, son Kroy Jagger (KJ) Jr., in May. Kim has two daughters–Brielle, 15, and Ariana, 9–from a previous marriage and relationship.
Even better for the Biermanns, Kroy, 26, recently signed a $10 million contract renewal with his NFL team, the Atlanta Falcons. You can read more about Kim’s pregnancy in the upcoming issue of Life & Style magazine, out on newsstands tomorrow.
Bravo announced last week that Kim and Kroy’s spinoff series, Don’t Be Tardy For The Wedding, will premiere April 26 at 9 p.m.
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UPDATE – Star Magazine is reporting that Kim is expecting a baby boy! “They’re so excited because Kim already had two girls and now that she’s having a second son, the family will be balanced out with two of each,” a source tells the mag.
On last night’s episode of Real Housewives of Atlanta, NeNe couldn’t go through with finalizing her divorce and Cynthia divorced her sister by asking her to stay out of her marriage. Kim and Kandi made amends and Kandi successfully wrote a country song with artist Jo Dee Messina. Sheree learned that Tierra‘s boyfriend is planning to propose – and has already asked Bob for his consent!
Things start out at Cynthia‘s house. Peter and Cynthia are both upset about Mal‘s behavior at their anniversary party. Cynthia decides she is done with their fighting, to which Peter claims, he has no issues with Mal he just doesn’t want to deal with her.
Moving on, Kim and Kandi get together for a heart to heart at her new rent-a-mcmansion. Kim acts as if she is lady of the manor, but she’s really hoochie on the hill. I did like her red striped sofa. Kandi and Kim discuss how their friendship got so off track, and it basically is because of a little track known as, Tardy For The Party. They agree business and friendship don’t mix and I notice Kim never apologized for stealing Kandi’s money!
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With their fourth season starting to wind down, the Real Housewives of Atlanta filmed their reunion show on Friday! And according to the tweets byAndy Cohen and some of the housewives, it is the best reunion to date! Below are some of those tweets:
Andy Cohen – “We just wrapped the #RHOA Reunion. Probably the best ATL reunion in 4 Seasons of the series. And I’m on vacation now! SeeYa!”
Nene Leakes – “The 1 thing I learned @ the reunion show yesterday is that people will say, do & believe whatever #Dumbbroads“
Kandi Burruss – “Good morning! Yesterday I let people get under my skin & take me out of my character.#GoingHam but Im Looking forward 2 a better day 2day.”
Kim Zolciak - “Some ppl n this world have no class, using the F word referring to gays is disgusting, insulting my husband etc is why prison is where she shud of stayed!”
Nene - “I can’t wait 2 get back 2 Lisa’s house that I live n! LOL LOL the lies Mr Never Land tells! They never end”
Nene – “Finished the reunion show early this morning where shots were fired & lies were told but Raleigh NC i’am here”
A photo of Kandi Burruss at the reunion is below! It seems like Sheree one or more of the housewives accused NeNe of living with former housewife, Lisa Wu Hartwell.
Meanwhile, this season’s Real Housewives of Atlanta drama has centered around the feud between the talls and the smalls. However, lots of pesky gossip is surfacing behind the scenes, leading me to think that some of the biggest drama is stuff we didn’t get to see.
According to Marlo Hampton’s most recent Bravo blog, she’s learned a lot. Some might even say she’s tinkering on the edge of a new vocabulary. She writes, “Today I learned a new word, shadanfreude \SHOD-n-froy-duh\ , noun: A malicious satisfaction obtained from the misfortunes of others. I learned that when people around you do not mean you well, you must not give them the tools with which they can trip you up.” That sounds like it is straight from Webster’s Dictionary. Dern, that’s deep Marlo!
Talking about that vacation which never seems to go away, Marlo continues, “Some time had passed since my mistake. To be honest, I had hoped that with it all taking place on a different continent, maybe it would not have traveled back home. There I was, all dressed up and ready to play — I expected the evening only to be fun. But Sheree [Whitfield]had been waiting. To look at it now, she had it all planned out. She had as fast as she could made sure to tell on me, and like a vulture circling its prey, she had chosen the optimal time to strike — when I least expected it and was defenseless.” Um, to which mistake is Marlo referring?
Marlo then goes on to explain why she lied to Lawrence about using the F-word, you know, even though it was caught on camera! She adds: “I did not want to lie. I wanted the opportunity to explain and to say sorry. But I couldn’t, because she was there, gloating, so eager to bring my mistake to light. I felt ambushed, backed into a corner. Her smiling face was so hateful, so cunning. What strikes me, is that her friend is not even her concern. In her enthusiasm to set me up, she actually delighted in causing him pain, by stating it was him I had directly talked about, when it was not.”
Marlo is probably just happy to be off the radar, as Phaedra Parks’dark past seems to be surfacing. A former friend of Phaedra’s is coming forward with a tell-all book touting the Atlanta housewife as the ringleader in an alleged insurance and forgery scam that sent her husband to the clink.
The source, Angela Stanton, is promoting a book, Lies of a Real Housewife–the book cover is below–and recently revealed a lot about her former friend and alleged partner in crime in an interview with vibe.com. She speaks about her time in state prison and giving birth while handcuffed to a bed in jail. Angela lost her mother while serving her sentence, and Phaedra went to the funeral in her place. Once released, she was charged with seventeen counts of conspiracy, and her friend Phaedra wouldn’t represent her, citing a conflict of interest. It was at this point that Apollo’s brother, Everett Nida, claimed Angela was the mastermind behind the crimes.
While she didn’t have to return to prison, Angela found it nearly impossible to find a job with her criminal past. She was scraping by for her children, and even attempted to become a “dancer” at a nightclub. Angela says she was shocked to turn on RHOA to see that Phaedra had married Apollo, and had been able to maintain her lifestyle and give birth not handcuffed to a bed. She was disgusted that Phaedra could pretend to be a friend and even attend her mother’s funeral, and then turn on her. While Angela holds herself accountable for her actions and decisions, she maintains that it was not her, but Phaedra, who was the brains behind the operation. She states, “My book is not about vengance, it’s about justice.” An excerpt of her book is below.
Phaedra Parks was the answer to everything. The only thing I really needed to know was how to act. All my life I always believed that acting was part of my God given talent. Along with hustling, acting came natural. I began thinking of myself as this smooth criminal. I had gotten accustomed to the quick money by now, and quite naturally I never turned down any jobs, no matter how high the risk.
The next mission would be one of the biggest jobs ever assigned to me by Phae. The assignment was well thought out, strategized, and planned. The execution of it was going to demand time. These types of jobs have to crawl before they mature and start walking. Then low and behold, before you even know it, they were off and running…The first part of my assignment involved scoping out potential vehicles at luxury car dealerships. Each day I simply drove around Atlanta, and the surrounding cities looking for potential prey. Every car lot I visited had several luxury cars. I spotted all of the latest models of Porsche, Mercedes Benz, Hummers, Corvettes, and Cadillacs.
Once I had the information recorded, I reported it back to E. We rarely discussed business on the phone. So E and I met daily, and swapped information, and fake documents. It seemed like we never stopped. I provided the VIN numbers, and he provided the fake identification cards, and fraudulent registration cards matched to the vehicles I previously recorded. At this point, I was handling all of the day-to-day operations.
The cars were then sent to a chop shop. The VIN numbers were filed down, and replaced with new ones. Once replaced, I was provided with fraudulent certificates of vehicle titles from the state of Ohio. It seemed like I was going back and forth to the Department of Motor Vehicles in Hapeville, Georgia, on a daily basis. The Ohio titles had to be swapped out for Georgia. No, ifs, ands or buts about it, that was an important step of the scam.
There were other areas of the business that required my attention. This was a major operation, and I could only be in one place at a time. Phae insisted that I enlist the help of my cousin, Sheree. She too was a go-getter and about her business as well. Anything having to do with making money, she was with it, and so was I…
On tonight’s episode, Peter and Cynthia discuss the scene Mallory made at their anniversary party. Cynthia seems ready to write off her sister at this point. Kandi and Kim have a sit down to clear the air. They discuss the comment about Kim not holding a black baby and how their collaboration with Kim’s music career put unnecessary stress on their friendship. They miss trips to the Bahamas, Connect Four games, and their girls playing together. Can I get a collective “Awwwww”? NeNe meets with her attorney to discuss the status of her divorce from Gregg. She is feeling scared about such a big decision, having been with Gregg for such a long time. The Neenster seems very vulnerable, but even in the lawyer’s office she’s cracking jokes. A new episode airs tonight at 9PM ET on Bravo. Watch a preview clip below.
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The press release reads: “The pressure is on as she rushes to find a dress, lose remaining baby weight and cosmetically enhance trouble spots. With the date quickly approaching, problems mount- her invitation is leaked to the press and her mother refuses to attend the wedding. Still, Kim is determined to marry Kroy and won’t let anything ruin her perfect day. Don’t be tardy for this party as Kim refuses to give up on happily ever after.”
The show premieres with double episodes on Thursday, April 26, at 9pm and 9:30pm et/pt. A preview clip is below!
Moving on to other news, Kim, 33, is now finally revealing the real reason she fired her long suffering assistant, Sweetie Hughes.
In her latest blog for Bravo, Kim writes: “Sweetie began to become a bit lazy, she didn’t seem like herself anymore, and it worried me. The last thing I want is for our relationship to be ruined because of my role as her boss. Because of those feelings, I had to let Sweetie go.”
Kim, who states she’s known Sweetie for over 12 years and considers her a part of her family, adds, “That decision was best for the both of us, because now she’s just my girlfriend. No obligations, not stress. I’d much rather let Sweetie go and keep her as a friend, than keep her and jeopardize one of the most important relationships I have! Assistants come and go but you can’t buy loyalty.”
Kim didn’t end there; she also explained why she did not attend Cynthia Bailey’s anniversary party. Kim blogged, “As far as Cynthia’s one year anniversary party, I absolutely was not attending. First off, Peter acted like a total ass at my baby shower, and second I wasn’t about to attend an event for someone who implied I am racist (saying I would never hold a “black baby”). ”
She continues, “It’s amazing to me how upset Cynthia has been about my comment last year that Peter and Cynthia won’t last a year when her own family thinks that! I am happy for Cynthia and hope her marriage lasts forever, but I am entitled to my own opinion and had absolutely no desire to attend her event.”
Finally, Kim also took to her Twitter page this week to post a picture of herself with no make-up on! That pic is below.
And speaking of tweet pics, NeNe Leakes and Kim Kardashian met up again this week in Atlanta to do a photo-op dinner! Kim is back in Atlanta to film more scenes for her recurring guest role on Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva.
Kimmie Kakes tweeted a photo of herself with NeNe on Wednesday with the caption “HOTlanta is not the same without dinner with @neneleakes LOVE YOU!” That pic is also below!
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TELL US – THOUGHTS ON KIM’S NEW SPINOFF SHOW? WILL YOU BE TUNING IN? PLUS THOUGHTS ON WHY KIM FIRED SWEETIE?
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