I'm going to be totally honest with y'all…every time I'm assigned a Real Housewives of Atlanta post which involves NeNe Leakes and Kim Zolciak I hear NeNe's voice in my head screaming variations of "Keep your legs closed to married men" and "WIG!" the entire time I'm typing. It's equal parts awesome and a tad crazy. It's like I have NeNe Tourettes.
We all know that the once besties turned frenemies turned mortal nemeses (Looky there! I just learned the plural of nemesis…informative and educational!) have been going back and forth about the real reason Kim allegedly leaves the show mid-season. There's even a Twitter battle immortalized on the Internet where they spewed insults. Kim claims she quit, while NeNe has her on blast for being fired.
Kim counters with her own spin-off in the works (why would Bravo fire her, it basically promoted her?), while the Neenster cites pre-existing contractual obligations regarding said spin-off. Is NeNe going to law school in between filming her reality show, her sitcom The New Normal, and her guest spots on Glee? Kim's new spin-off is set to premiere in April and is creatively titled Don't Be Tardy…does she owe Kandi Burruss royalties for that title?
Don't Be Tardy For… uuuuh… the Weave Convention? Kim Zolciak was conspiciously absent from the season 5 Real Housewives of Atlanta promo photos after several rumors maintained that she was largely absent from filming obligations. Well apparently it's because the former Real Housewife turned real housewife has landed herself a permanent spinoff!
Kim will definitely be present in season 5 of RHOA, but sparingly according to TMZ. Instead Kim was granted her own show which has already started filming in Georgia. Don't Be Tardy For The Wedding was a surprising ratings hit for Bravo last season – probably because of the much-anticipated wig removal and apparently good things come to those who wait!
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!
[Photo Credit: WENN]
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON KIM’S NEW SPINOFF SHOW? WILL YOU BE TUNING IN? PLUS THOUGHTS ON WHY KIM FIRED SWEETIE?
CLICK THE CONTINUE READING BUTTON TO SEE THE PREVIEWS AND PHOTOS!
For starters, Kim’s three dress changes totaled $92,000, though Kim has stated her main wedding dress, in the above picture, was used. The $58,000 pre-owned, handmade Baracci gown made of Duchess satin was also embellished with Swarovski crystals, pearls and embroidered lace.
“We spared no expense, you only do this once,” Kim, who’s on her second marriage, told Life & Style. “This is it for me. It’s very expensive but we’re in a position where we’re able to do that and I’m thankful for that.”
Kim, 33, and Kroy, 26, also spent $14,000 on their 11-layered cake! More photos from Kim’s wedding are below!
In other Kim news, Bravo has finally confirmed today that she does indeed have her own spinoff show coming soon! The title? The ever so clever ‘Don’t Be Tardy for the Wedding.’ The network promises the docu-series will chronicle Kim’s extravagant wedding.
The press release reads: “Each thirty minute episode will follow the adventures of Kim preparing for her wedding on the lucky date of 11/11/11. With less than 2 months to plan, she enlists celebrity event planner Colin Cowie to help design a dream wedding in her brand new multi-million dollar home. The pressure is on as Kim 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.”
As for Kim, she reveals she is excited about the new show. “I am so excited to give an up close and personal look at the next chapter in my life,” Kim said. “My life has turned into a true Cinderella story and to watch the pieces unfold is going to be great! I can’t wait to share with all of you!”
“Don’t Be Tardy for the Wedding” is expected to premiere on Bravo in 2012.
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON KIM’S WEDDING AND THREE WEDDING DRESSES? $1 MILLION TOO MUCH TO SPEND? WILL YOU BE WATCHING HER SPINOFF?
CLICK THE CONTINUE READING BUTTON TO SEE MORE PHOTOS FROM KIM’S WEDDING!
While there’s no confirmation yet on the Nene’s show, Rob Shuter of the Huffington Post revealed today that Bravo is moving ahead with a reality show for Kim, a la Bethenny Frankel.
“Kim is a game-changer. She was the first housewife to release a single [“Tardy for the Party”] and just like Bethenny [Frankel], she fell in love and got pregnant while taping the show. She’s the perfect choice for the next lady to get her own show,” reveals an insider.
Bravo giving an Atlanta housewife their own spinoff isn’t exactly a major surprise as till this day, the franchise remains the highest rated housewives series for the network. The season three finale brought in a record breaking 4.4 million viewers. Season four began filming in April and is scheduled to debut before the end of this year. The RHOA seasons usually premiere in the fall.
“Kim’s new show is going to follow the very successful Bethenny formula,” an insider adds. “A new mom and her fiancé trying to make everything work. Juggling baby, boyfriend and career. But instead of all those trips to a therapist that Bethenny made, expect Kim to work out her problems at the nail salon with friends.”
Should definitely be an interesting show! The report that came out earlier this year stated that if either Kim or Nene got their own spinoff, they would be leaving the RHOA. So it’s very likely season 4 will be Kim’s last season on the show.
Kim gave birth to her third child, a baby boy, back in May, and is currently living with her NFL beau/baby daddy Kroy Biermann. There are rumors the two are engaged but nothing has been confirmed by Kim.