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Ready or not, here they come! Some of our favorite and not so favorite Bravo Housewives are set to bring their drama onto the popular game show – “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.

Eighteen of the Housewives are set to appear on the show February 22 – 26 as they team up with real-life housewives for a special presentation of “The Real Housewives of Millionaire.” Housewives from all four casts – New York, New Jersey, Atlanta and Orange County – will participate.

Andy Cohen, Executive Producer of the Housewives’ franchise will sit in via Skype as the expert for the “Ask The Expert” lifeline all week. Not to worry though as the Bravo housewives will not be without any help.  They will actually be paired in the hot seat with the contestant housewives to help them answer the trivia questions.

The Housewives that will be teaming up with contestants include New Jersey cast members Caroline, Dina, Jaqueline and Teresa; New York cast members Kelly, LuAnn, Ramona, Alex and Jill; and Atlanta housewife, Kandi. Celebrity questions will then be presented to the contestants by Orange County Housewives Vicki, Lynne, Jeana, Gretchen and Tamra, as well as Danielle from the New Jersey cast and Lisa and Sheree from Atlanta.

Jill Zarin of the NY Housewives talked about her excitement in doing the show – “I’m really excited to be here. I bet I’m the only one who really watches the show on a regular basis. I watch it every day. I TiVo it and watch it at night. I do. And then when I got asked to be on the show, I died. It was like dying and going to heaven.”

Dina Manzo of NJ was nervous and hoped to get a lot of pop culture questions.  “I’ve been too busy to get ready, that’s why I’m so afraid. I could redecorate the whole set with my eyes shut, but I’m scared to answer these questions. I just hope she has a good sense of humor, my partner,” said Dina.

TELL US – WILL YOU BE TUNING INTO THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF MILLIONAIRE?

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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 from Straightfromthea.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.

Phaedra Parks with Husband Apollo NidaPhaedra Parks with Husband Apollo Nida

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The Real Housewives of Atlanta have spent the past few months out of the spotlight following their highly rated dramatic 2nd season, but that is all about to change soon as their 3rd season will begin filming in the upcoming weeks.

What is clear is Kandi Burruss, the fan favorite, will definitely be returning. What is not clear is who will be getting the axe for the 3rd season. This seems to be causing some drama amongst the cast as an “insider” spilled some not so nice things about Kandi to Atlanta blogger – Sandra Rose.

According to this insider, “Kandi’s attitude has taken an abrupt 180 degree turn and she now believes she is the star of the ‘Housewives’. In fact, the closeness between Kandi and the show’s producers has the other cast members so on edge that they have drastically altered their lifestyles out of fear of being kicked off the show.”

The insider also reveals the other housewives are jealous because the producers of the show have been going to Kandi to get her input on adding a new housewife. Apparently, a lot of women are dying to get on the show as more than 30 Atlanta-based industry execs, socialites and D-list celebs have interviewed for the role of ‘housewife’ on season 3. The prospects include former Soap star Victoria Rowell, who has surprisingly expressed a desire to join the show. She is said to be the front-runner.

Also coming this third season, Kim Zolciak will be revealing her bisexuality. She has broken things off with Big Poppa and has been dating a female DJ who goes by the name of DJ Tracy Young. Things are said to be very serious between the two, and there have even been rumors of marriage. Nene Leakes is also said to be going on a crash diet, and is apparently afraid that she might be the one on the chopping block.

A photo of Kim with new girlfriend DJ Tracy Young Here!

According to the report, no one will know who’s getting the axe until the right before the 3rd season begins filming.

Kandi also took to her twitter page to deny the claims made in the story and expressed her desire to have all her fellow cast members return to the show. -

“So i just saw that B.S. on the blog 2day about me throwing my cast mates under the bus to producers. dont believe that mess

4 the record i want @neneleakes @kimzolciak @lisawuhartwell & @iamsheree 2 all stay bcuz they make the show hot!”

Easy to see why she is the fan favorite. I believe Bravo might surprise us and actually keep all the women while adding a 6th housewife. However, I do believe if anyone will be getting the axe, it would be Lisa Wu Hartwell, while likable, she had the most boring storyline last season.

TELL US – DO YOU WANT TO SEE ANY OF THE HOUSEWIVES GET THE AXE? AND IF SO, WHO?

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The Real Housewives of Atlanta will return for a third season but some of the housewives may not be returning. According to a NYDailyNews report, NeNe Leakes and Kim Zolciak have become more demanding, requesting more money from Bravo to appear on the show. Bravo on the other hand isn’t willingly to succumb to their demands and may have plans to have the two “divas” replaced.

“Bravo has been taking meetings with some notable and wealthy Atlanta women about possibly joining the show,” says the insider. “They’re trying their best to keep the process under wraps, but they’re gearing up to make a major move in the third season.”

TMZ is also reporting that part of Nene and Kim’s demands includes having Bravo pay their electric bill, demanding an upgrade in flying from coach to first class, and they also want stipends for wardrobe, hair and make-up.

According to the source, Bravo wants the other housewives - Kandi Burruss, Sheree Whitfield and Lisa Wu to return as long as they like. “Kandi was a fan favorite last season. Her audience approval ratings were through the roof,” the insider explains. “And Sheree’s clothing line [She by Sheree] and her catch phrase, ‘Who gonna check me, boo?’ were definite standouts.”

“Things with NeNe and Kim have been intense,” says the source, “but Bravo feels the show is about the franchise as a whole and won’t let one person stop it.”

No one seems to be commenting including Bravo and reps for NeNe and Kim. I’m guessing Bravo leaked out this story as a ploy to tell Kim & Nene to get on board or else. The same thing happened right before the Real Housewives of NYC started filming, Jill Zarin allegedly wanted more money, and Bravo wasted no time casting for new housewives, threatening to replace Jill.

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As the second season of the Real Housewives of Atlanta ended so has their relationship off camera. The ladies attended the Soul Train Awards in Atlanta where Kandi Burruss and Sheree Whitfield revealed that their friendships are only on screen and once the cameras stop rolling so does their “friendship”.

It’s a working relationship,” Sheree told BET.com. “We don’t hang out. I don’t wanna say it’s just for the show. We were put on the show and we were not friends so it’s something that you have to build. Am I saying that would never happen, no I’m not saying that? But right now, it’s just a working relationship.

We do not make up things for TV,” Kandi told BET. “The arguments are real, the bonds…I don’t know about the bonds. I mean, of course because we have to be around each other for the show, you know? I don’t know if we would always hang out that much.

It’s no surprise that their on camera “friendship” is almost as fake as the title “Housewives”. At least we can give the Atlanta housewives credit for being honest.

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The buzz around the rumor mill this week was that Sheree Whitfield would be leaving The Real Housewives of Atlanta. However Bravo is saying not so fast. A rep for Bravo confirms that no decisions whatsoever have been made about season three and the rumors are false.

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.


Real Atlanta HousewivesLisa 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.

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The autopsy result is in, and it confirms Ashley A.J. Jewel, former fiance of Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Kandi Burruss, died from a rare trait of sickle cell anemia that became fatal because of a fight he had back in October.

AJ’s death is still however being ruled as a homicide based on a report from the Fulton County medical examiner given to AJC.  “Although Mr. Jewell died of complications of his underlying natural disease conditions, [the] complications would not have occurred if he had not experienced the extreme exertion that was part of the physical altercation,” the report said. “Due to the active involvement of another person, the manner of death is classified as a homicide.”

Initially, it was believed Jewell, 35, died of blunt force trauma to the head. The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office later said AJ most likely died from sickle cell, a condition he did not know he had.

Frederick Richardson has been charged with voluntary manslaughter in the death of AJ. He is currently free on bond.

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