Kandi Burruss also revealed that Bravo is currently negotiating with all five ladies for season three. Nene Leakes revealed earlier this year that the ladies were each paid $100,000 to film the second season. That amount should go up as the Atlanta housewives have brought in the highest ratings ever to the housewives franchise.
They averaged 2.8 million viewers per episode. You can compare that to the 1.8 million viewers the Real Housewives of Orange County received for their last episode.
Lisa Wu Hartwell, Kandi Burruss & Kim Zolciak
In other news, Kandi Burruss celebrated the opening of her Atlanta store boutique, TAGS, last night. In attendance were her fellow housewives, Lisa Wu Hartwell and Kim Zolciak. Noticeably not in attendance were Nene and Sheree. Photographer, FreddyO reports Nene was out of town, and Sheree’s daughter had a play that night.
It is also reported that Big Poppa aka Lee Najjar was also in attendance, but did not allow any photographs of himself taken. Kim is back to sporting her “engagement ring” so it’s safe to say these two are back at it.
Bravo had planned to film a two-part show this week that was due to air on the network on October 29 and November 5. The taping has now been rescheduled in light of the death of castmate Kandi Burruss’s ex-fiancé Ashley A.J. Jewell.
Dwight Eubanks confirmed this news to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The hairdresser and honorary “sixth housewife” said he didn’t expect AJ to be edited out of the upcoming episodes.
“I don’t see them editing him out. It’s television. It’s reality. We just have to prepare and get geared up for next year,” said Dwight.
He also added that he is uncertain of Kandi’s future on the show, saying: “She’s had such a dramatic year. She had her uncle die, too. She has her own career to focus on. Now her life has changed with her daughter and taking temporary custody of [AJ’s] twins.”
Kandi has however previously voiced her desire to return for a 3rd season before the passing of AJ.
ESSENCE.COM: Since you stopped by the ESSENCE office in August, how have you been keeping busy? LISA WU HARTWELL: Believe it or not, I’ve been speaking at churches and colleges. It all started at Pastor Jamal Bryant’s church for his empowerment seminar. I was invited to speak, and when I did I backed everything up with scripture. A lot of people were shocked that I knew the Word, but that’s a side of me folks don’t get to see on the show and that’s my spiritual side. I was saved when I was 19 and very into the church. After I spoke there were other bishops there and they invited me to come speak at their churches. It’s funny how everything comes back full circle.
ESSENCE.COM: Who knew? Would you describe yourself as an overzealous Christian? HARTWELL: Yes, I was a fanatic. If I was in someone’s car and hip-hop was playing I would turn their music off, or I refused to be around certain people, which was wrong because those are usually the ones that need to hear the Word the most. My brothers used to hate to see me coming and called me a holy roller. I was really into church, but I started to backslide a bit, but I’ve always had morals and integrity. Now, I don’t claim to be holier and thou because I’ve learned to find the balance. It’s just funny how God has a sense of humor and makes sure to always bring you back to him without you even realizing it, so I’ve been enjoying speaking at churches.
More Bravo housewives are following in the steps of Kim Zolciak, by taking photos for the NOH8 campaign.
Gretchen Rossi, Sheree Whitfield, Dina Manzo and Kandi Burruss are the latest housewives to participate in the NOH8 campaign, in an attempt to promote themselves gay rights. Real Housewives of Atlanta’s honorable 6th housewife, Dwight Eubanks, gets in on the action as well.
The NOH8 (No Hate) campaign was created to help raise awareness for marriage equality in California.
Check out the photos of the remaining housewives below!
We now have the photos of Lisa’s line, and let’s just say some of her pieces should have remained in the closet. The above photo is pretty much as “good” as it gets.
When asked to describe her clothing line, Lisa says, “I wanted very classical, elegant pieces, but still a little flirtatious. I think these days a lot of women overexpose themselves to get attention.” The good news is wearing Closet Freakwill definitely get you some attention, though likely not the type of attention you were looking for.
This clothing line is in addition to Lisa’s many businesses – which include a jewelry line, real estate company, children’s clothing line, and any other business she decides to come up with while this post is being written. A reader once asked a good question, saying – “Lisa has a lot of businesses, but do any of them make her any money?” Interesting question indeed.
Photos of Lisa’s Closet Freak line is below. The 18-piece collection includes skirts, tops, jumpsuits and dresses.
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The Real Housewives of Atlanta threw themselves a premier party to celebrate their upcoming second season. The 2nd season is set to premier tonight on Bravo at 10/9c.
In attendance were housewives – Kim Zolciak, Lisa Wu-Hartwell, Sheree Whitfield and NeNe Leakes — along with new Housewife Kandi Burruss. Honorable sixth housewife, Dwight Eubanks was also in attendance. Sheree’s hair looks umm interesting, while Kim’s hair looks great for Kim standards.
In other news, Nene will reportedly expose Kim’s past as a stripper in her new autobiography titled “Never Make the Same Mistake Twice.” Kim’s ex publicist, Jonathan Jaxson, echoed the same story when he claimed Kim used to be a stripper in Atlanta back in 2003, who went by the name of Barbie.
Nene writing about Kim’s stripping past is interesting, considering the fact that she is also rumored to have been a past stripper. Seems Danielle Staub of the New Jersey Housewives is in good company.
Dlisted also posted the below photo of Kim Zolciak during her high school freshman year. No the photo is not from the 80’s, but was taken in 1993. Interestingly, pre plastic surgery Kim looks a lot like her eldest daughter.