Episode 12 of the Real Housewives of Atlanta brought us spa confrontations, Kim singing, and Nene snagging a huge/astronomical celebrity interview but the best part of Sunday night might have just beenPhaedra Parks and her husband Apollo Nida’s appearance on WWHL, during which Apollo claimed he was 4 years younger than Phaedra. In this recap, I set the record straight on that while touching on whether or not Big Poppa aka Lee Najjar is broke and in foreclosure. Will also briefly touch which Bravo housewives I strongly dislike. They are now 5 by the way. Would also like to know which housewives you all despise dislike the most. With that said, let’s get right to the recap!
The episode begins with Kandi Burruss(who’s album Kandi Koatedis in stores now – a nice album) rehearsing for her upcoming promo tour, which is a week away. The best part of this rehearsal is when Kim shows up to show Kandi what her performance will look like. Once again, Kim whines, complains before showing off her lazy performance routine to go along with the bad singing. Here’s a tip for Kandi – have her lip sync. Kandi is not too pleased with Kim’s laziness but doesn’t have time to dedicate to Kim as she also has to focus on her own performances. Kandi wants Kim “to pull it together.”
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In an interview with Black Voices, the 38-year-old Atlanta entertainment attorney discusses her snobby portrayal on the show, clears up her statement about her husband Apollo Nida committing a white collar crime, opens up about her new baby boy, and defends her “boughetto” baby shower. Excerpts from Phaedra’s interview below -
BV: What was your impression of the show and ladies before joining?
PP: I wasn’t a huge fan of the show. I didn’t watch the show faithfully and I was familiar with most of the people on the show just from being in Atlanta and frequenting some of the same shopping districts. So, I knew them all, but didn’t have a close relationship with any of them besides Kandi [Burruss] who I hung out with and we travel in a lot of the same circles
BV: Speaking of not always being portrayed in a positive light, how do you feel about your portrayal since the first few episodes of ‘Housewives’ have aired?
PP: I think because my background is different from some of the other ladies, you have to make a distinction and sometimes how they distinguish me is not really who I am. If you meet me , I’m probably the most humble down-to-earth person mentoring young girls and on the show you don’t see that part of my character. I think I’m portrayed as a snob and I’ve never been a snob, but at the end of the day people have to realize you’re only seeing 15 minutes of me on the screen and I’ve lived over 30 years. You can’t sum up a person’s character in a matter of 15 to 17 minutes one night a week.
BV: Nene Leakes said [Apollo] went to jail for stealing cars. Is that really a white collar crime?
PP: He didn’t go to jail for stealing cars. He went to jail for racketeering. It’s easy to say what he went to jail for when you aren’t educating yourself and reading the case. And, I don’t know if she’s qualified to make a statement about anything unless she is a legally educated [person] and can read the case and cite to the actual case.
BV: How is the baby and parenting going?
PP: I never knew I could be so happy but I’m crazy about him. He’s very, mild mannered and developing his personality. He’s very independent and so I’m assuming he’s taking after both of his parents. He is not a cry baby. He’s real quiet.
BV: What’s going on with the compromising with Apollo in terms of your parenting techniques?
PP: We are great parents and things changed once the baby was born and once the baby is here you see it’s a huge responsibility. You’ve got this person you’re responsible for he’s a blessing, but you know I’m going to be accountable for his upbringing so it’s very important for me to know I’m making a leader and this world is waiting for another Martin Luther King, Jr. or Obama and that’s what I’m trying to instill in my child.
BV: Didn’t one of the ladies describe the [baby shower] as ‘boughetto?’
PP: Ha! (laughs) That was Kandi. I think she thought the rhinestones on my eyes was ghetto but the event was very elegant event at The Tavern at Piedmont Park and I had about 175 guests. Lots of judges and lawyers and dignitaries and it was a nice event. I like to invite people from all walks of life so I had a Hodgepodge of people there.
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On the 5th episode this season, Kim is a guest on Kandi’s web chat show during which she discusses cheating; NeNe makes a plastic surgery revelation to Cynthia; Sheree has a good time on a date while Phaedra decides to do a pregnant photo shoot. And the ladies decide to celebrate Mother’s Day with a meal, dishing on sex and NeNe’s marital dramas.
Also, a special episode of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen is slated to air tonight. The guests will include Patti Labelle and Kandi Burruss.
In other Atlanta news, Phaedra Parks did a new interview with Zap2It during which she discussed joining the show and once again defended her decision to marry her husband Apollo Nida. Excerpts below -
Phaedra On Joining The Show – “At the time, I really didn’t know, because it wasn’t always well-spoken of in Atlanta to be very honest with you,” said Phaedra. “I’ve done reality TV a few times, so I’m pretty familiar with it. At the end of the day I understand that what makes for good TV are sensational events and drama and cattiness and some of this other foolishness sometimes. And that’s just part of the madness of TV, and particularly reality TV.”
On Her Husband Apollo - “At the end of the day, you have to realize I married him,” Phaedra said. “He doesn’t have to sleep with anyone except for me. No one has to be bothered with him except for me. So, why is it anyone else’s concern?”
A preview of tonight’s episode is below -
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So what can we expect tonight? One word – DRAMA! Unlike the New Jersey Housewives’ second season, which we had to wait almost 9 episodes before the infamous country club scene, the Atlanta ladies bring the drama on the season premiere! Nene Leakes and Dwight Eubanks will almost come to blows tonight as Nene decides to confront Dwight on rumors he has been spreading about her husband Gregg. Rumors which include Gregg trying to borrow money from him.
Meanwhile, the other housewives read about Kim Zolciak’sarticle in Life&Style magazine, during which she comes out as a bisexual, and they all try to get the scoop on the real deal with Kim. Sheree Whitfield decides she now wants to act following the failuredemise of her She By Sheree fashion line. Kandi Burruss tries to get back into the dating scene following the tragic death of her fiance last year. One of the new housewives, Phaedra Parks will also be introduced in tonight’s episode.
In other Atlanta news, new housewifePhaedra Parks has found herself in the media headlines since the February announcement of her addition to the show. The reason? The Atlanta Entertainment Attorney just happens to be married to an ex-con named Apollo Nida.
Apollo, 31, was convicted in 2004 for racketeering. He was paroled last year in May 2009 after serving five out of his 18-year prison sentence. Phaedra and Apollo married late last year and the two recently welcomed a baby boy in July.
Phaedra, 38, defended Apollo and her decision to marry him in a recent statement. Part of that statement is below -
My husband was convicted of a white-collar crime. It was racketeering. He comes up for an appeal and we just hope that works out positively. But he wasn’t guilty of harming any person or anybody and unfortunately that’s what happened. I married my husband because I loved him and he loved me and I think that’s the foundation of any good relationship. I didn’t marry him because of his past or because of his future. I married him because I respected him and I realized⎯everyone should realize that people make mistakes.
I know who I am and I have a very good sense of my husband and what our relationship is built on. So at the end of the day I have to go home to him and so whomever you marry has to be your personal choice. And that has to be a choice that you’re willing to live with. I married him because I love him, not because somebody else loves him and has to live with him and deal with him every day⎯it’s because I do so if you can live with your decision then that’s all that matters.
UPDATE – Apollo’s mugshots have been added below.
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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.
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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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RadarOnline is reporting that former enemies Nene Leakesand Kim Zolciakcame together last Friday and decided to confront honorary 6th housewife Dwight Eubanks, leading to a very nasty war of words and chair throwing between the parties.
“Dwight was at the hotel for what he thought was going to be a casual meeting,” a source tells Radar. “But instead the producers had their own plans as they brought in Kim and NeNe to confront Eubanks about several issues, only for Dwight to call them out. NeNe and Kim came storming into the hotel and got straight in Dwight’s face, accusing him of spreading lies about them and making up rumors.”
The source continues, “It was absolutely crazy! NeNe and Kim were both screaming at him, and he gave back as good as he got. Dwight started yelling at NeNe that she was nothing but a common prostitute and that she had hooked up with a married man, and he totally trash talked Kim too.”
The rumor now is that Nene’s husband Gregg Leakes was still married when she met him, while dancing at a strip club. “NeNe lost her temper and attacked Dwight with a chair, breaking off a leg and Kim threw a vase at him! It was like a scene out of some crazy movie!,” continued the source.
Access Atlanta was able to get ahold of Dwight, who confirmed the events did indeed take place. “It was real… she bruised me up a little bit,” said Dwight. When asked if there was any permanent damage, he said, “I’ll survive. We’re fine.”
In other Atlanta news, all of the housewives including the two newest housewives, Cynthia Bailey and a very pregnant Phaedra Parks were all in attendance at a listening party for Kandi Burruss, who is currently working on her new album. Photos of that below -
The surprise however comes in the form of Cynthia Bailey, a model who has also been cast. This brings the total number of Atlanta Housewives to a large seven. The five returning housewives brought us so much drama last year, one can only imagine what the addition of two new women will bring.
As for what is known about the ladies, Phaedra is a high power celebrity attorney that has represented celebrities such as Jermaine Dupri and Bobby Brown. She recently got married to Apollo Nida, and according to various reports, her husband has a rather impressive criminal background, and reportedly did a couple of years in prison.
As for Cynthia, she has a daughter with actor Leon Robinson aka Leon, and apparently has a lot of celebrity friends. She is reportedly best friends with actors Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker.
This is a smart move on Bravo’s part as there had been rumors the five returning Atlanta housewives were all getting along, so these two new additions to the cast should shake things up a bit. After all, we would not want to watch an entire season about the women being nice to each other right? Anyone remember the infamous boring season 2 reunion?
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The third season of the Real Housewives of Atlanta is set to begin filming next month, and the rumor mill is already going out of control. The main questions on everyone’s minds are who will be joining the cast, and who will be getting the axe?
The first question seems to have been answered as several Atlanta bloggers are reporting Celebrity Power Attorney Phaedra Parks will be the latest “Housewife” to join the cast. Blogger Thea fromStraightfromthea.com was the first to report this. According to Thea, she called Phaedra to confirm this news and though Phaedra did not confirm or deny the news, her reaction to the question was apparently confirmation enough.
But of course, with joining a hit show like the Real Housewives franchise comes some negativity as well. People are already starting to dig us skeletons about Phaedra, and blogger SandraRose.com alleges Phaedra is a “groupie” who has always wanted to date or be close to celebrities. There’s also an unconfirmed story about Phaedra’s husband Apollo Nida, having some past troubles with the law.
Kim Zolciak’s former publicist, Jonathan Jaxson, also confirms Phaedra will be joining the cast. According to Jonathan, Lisa Wu Hartwell will likely be the one to get the axe, but his sources reveal it could also be Sheree Whitfield.
What’s clear is Kandi Burruss, Nene Leakes and Kim have signed on for Season 3. And although NeNe and Kim were demanding significantly more money to do the show, in the end, Jaxson reveals they each got about $150,000 each, a 50 percent raise from the $100,000 they each received to do Season 2.
Bravo is expected to make an announcement on Monday regarding the show’s cast.