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Well, I knew this was going to be a lackluster season of Real Housewives of Atlanta when Bravo didn’t even bother to redo the infamous intros. And I was right. The season finale served us vibrators, gifts galore, and really nothing much–but it’s all over but the crying, aka the reunion; which is where the good stuff usually happens anyway.

Things started out with Cynthia Bailey and NeNe Leakes furniture shopping; which quickly turned into therapy replete with a sofa long enough for even NeNe to lay down on. NeNe is looking for a sectional–and a second chance at love as she announces that she’s made her decision and is going through with her divorce. Maybe it wasn’t a storyline attempt to get a spin-off after all?

NeNe announces the end of her marriage is like a death–perhaps she can employ Phunerals by Phaedra for a burial service worth dying for! I see trumpets, top hats, and horse-drawn carriages in store for your marriage license, former Mrs. Leakes. NeNe knows Gregg will continue to be a wonderful father and friend–but sadly he must cease to remain a booty call.

And onto more TMI. Kandi Burruss receives her boxes of Bedroom Kandi products. Here comes Happiness and Joy. I’m scared…  She and her Xscape days acidwash micro-mini (holy ’80s) get right to Skype-ing Suki about the new products. Kandi is planning a launch party and she wants to create an evening of pleasure for women. It will feature massages, hot men, and sex toys. I’m pretty sure that’s also called the AVN awards, but anyway.

Kandi lets us know she has been testing the wares and they are so successful at getting their point across, she hasn’t even gotten to vibrate to the music. Suki then announces the “clit-stick” is ready–and it’s waterproof. Kandi proves her freak number is a straight ten when she mentions she could take it on an airplane and no one would know she’s having a pleasure party in her pants. Remind me never to fly first class out of Atlanta for fear of sitting next to Ms. Mile High Self-Rub.

Moving on, Cynthia is also testing out her new products by hosting the first ever Bailey Agency Modeling search. It’s pretty much a low-budget, generic ANTM without Nigel Barker, The J‘s, or Tyra‘s spirited and impassioned speechesl. Lame. Cynthia excitedly finds a few girls which will get free entrance into her school of modeling. There she’ll them the art of being oblivious and how to marry a Papa Smurf all their own. Peter, who is coordinating everything in absence of Mal,  shocks the pants off me when he actually stays for the whole event! Is this a new Peter? Turning over a new leaf? Good for him!

Kandi is also sampling models as she scouts attractive men to take off their shirts and administer massages at the Bedroom Kandi launch. Phaedra Parks and She by Shefired are assisting her with the arduous task of examining attractive men and sexually harassing them. Bravo loves them some rowdy women with raunchy senses of humor, don’t they? Phaedra is, of course, up to the task of examining donkey booties and suggests the men wear Speedos for the main event. Shockingly Kandi vetos that and it’s decided the men will wear pants with a lining to prevent any sort of protruding elements. Everybody knows the lining makes all the difference….

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We’re still bringing you the weekly photo roundup in a short bit, but first wanted to put up some shots from last night.  The stars of Bravo gathered in NYC for the Bravo All-Star Party special edition of Watch What Happens Live.  A slew of the celebs were spotted leaving their hotels on their way over to the event, so we wanted to share!

Above: Melissa Gorga of The Real Housewives of New Jersey.  Below: NeNe Leakes, Jacqueline Laurita, Caroline Manzo, Tamra Barney, Taylor Armstrong, Phaedra Parks, Cynthia Bailey, Mercedes “MJ” Javid, Kim Richards, Adrienne Maloof, and more!

Did you watch the show last night? Do you need therapy after listening to that sing-off??!!!

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On last night’s episode of Real Housewives of Atlanta, all the ladies conducted themselves with dignity and nobody got hurt. Kim finally convinced someone to marry her, and NeNe contemplated leaving Haterville behind for the wilds of Los Angeles – where no one is fake. Nope – not in the least! Oh, and Phaedra announced that her phuneral home was coming soon. Watch out Atlantians – you’re about to be buried with style.

Things begin with Cynthia and Kim meeting each other for lunch. If you said “say what?” you’re not the only one. But apparently, Cyn decided handling things like an adult was better than getting into a screaming match in a church parking lot, so she invited Kim to lunch to work out their differences.

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Atlanta, Atlanta, Atlanta…There is so much going on that I don’t know where to start!  If you had told me several seasons ago that Kim wouldn’t be with Big Poppa, Phaedra would be accused of being a criminal kingpin, and NeNe would be a legitimate actress on a television show, I would have died laughing.  Looks like the joke is on me!

As you recall, Phaedra Park’s former friend Angela Stanton has promoted an e-book in collaboration with Vibe.  Lies of a Real Housewife:  Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil makes some pretty strong accusations regarding Phaedra being the mastermind behind a crime spree that landed both Angela and Apollo Nida in jail.  Vibe.com shared a series of video interviews with Angela in conjunction with her book release.  In one of the videos, she states that Apollo’s “brother” lied about the extent of Angela’s involvement, in an effort to take the heat off Phaedra.

Now Vibe is issuing a “clarification“–or what regular folks would call an “Oops!”–on Angela use of the term “brother.”  The site back pedals, “In the first clip (of three), Ms. Stanton refers to an individual involved in the criminal scheme described in the book, as the brother of Apollo [Phaedra’s husband]. It appears as if Everett and Apollo are not related by blood and Ms. Stanton refers to Everett as Apollo’s ‘street brother’ in her book. The statements made in the video clips were made by Ms. Stanton in a figurative manner and not in literal terms.”  I wonder how many other Oops clarifications the site will have to make in connection with this book.  Tamara Tattles notes that the book, which was holding the 67th spot on Amazon upon its release, has now dropped to the 5,289th position.

NeNe Leakes seems to have a new biffle in the form of Glee creator Ryan Murphy.  The Neenster has been honing her acting skills on the hit series, and it was just announced that she will be starring in Murphy’s latest pilot, The New Normal.  The show centers around a gay couple and their surrogate, and NeNe will play the recurring role of Rocky.  It appears that the RHOA reality star may have found the perfect way to channel her dramatic personality!

NeNe recently tweeted a picture of her famous bestie, stating, “THE MAN that is changing my life 1 script @ a time Ryan Murphy.”

Adding another photo of her and Ryan for her followers, NeNe tweeted, “I gotta get that Emmy baby & this man is helping me make sure that happens.”  Both of those photos are below.

NeNe’s former best friend/current nemesis Kim Zolciak also took to the twitterverse to defend herself when a follower called out her behavior towards former assistant Sweetie Hughes.  After someone tweeted “RT @snooki I hate when people are mean to their assistants. Your not cool. responded, @throughmyeyes__ how about my former assistant/friend @sweetieHughes is one of my dearest closest friends soooo stfu!”

Mere minutes later, Kim gave quite a shout out to her friend, tweeting, “First vacation in a loooong time w/ out @sweetieHughes we already miss u!!! If u wanna come I got u ;)” A hilarious picture of Kim’s wigs on said vacation is also below!

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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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Babies and spin-offs and drama, oh my! It’s been a big week for Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Kim Zolciak, as she dropped a pregnancy bomb on the media. Not to be overshadowed, her nemesis NeNe Leakes took to Twitter to debunk spin-off rumors and declare her love for Gregg.

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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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.

Speaking of the “f-word” incident, Cynthia Bailey wrote about it on her Bravo blog, and the drama that Sheree Whitfield stirred up at her recent televised anniversary party.

“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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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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