So typically, the plan is to wait a few weeks into a Housewives season before doing weekly recaps, but within 10 minutes of watching the Real Housewives of Atlanta season 3 premiere last night, I knew a recap was coming today.
The season premiere definitely did not disappoint. It brought the drama as well as some highlarious great one-liners. “I’ve been chasing dick since I came out of the womb” anyone? Priceless.
My only pet peeve with the Atlanta ladies is that last night’s episode just seemed o what’s that word I’m looking for — phony! From watching the show, it is rather obvious that the ladies are very aware of the cameras and are definitely playing things up while getting into their characters. Example – Sheree’s comment about winning an Oscar one day. It just seemed like she was playing into the whole narcissism aspect of her character. I wasn’t buying it nor do I believe she really feels that way, nor do I think she has a new found passion for acting. I believe the ladies are turning things up a notch this season as not to get the Lisa Wu Hartwell treatment.
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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.
TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON TONIGHT’S SEASON PREMIERE? PLUS PHAEDRA’S DECISION TO MARRY AN EX-CON?
If you thought the second season of the Real Housewives of Atlanta was dramatic, then buckle up for the ride as the season three trailer brings even more drama!
In the two minute preview clip released by Bravo, we see Nene Leakes telling off her husband Gregg Leakes, while on a different occasion, Kim Zolicak and yet again Nene, get into a shouting match during an argument in what looks to be the back of a tour bus.
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.
BELOW ARE INDIVIDUAL CAST PHOTOS AND BIOS OF THE LADIES!
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.
TELL US – ARE YOU EXCITED FOR THE 3RD SEASON OF THE ATLANTA HOUSEWIVES?
New Atlanta housewife Cynthia Baileytied the knot this weekend, but of course it wouldn’t be a housewives wedding without any drama.
First, a publicist for the Real Housewives of Atlanta star sent out a press release to multiple media outlets informing them of her impending weekend nuptials.
While the press release seemed harmless enough, Bravo was none too happy. A publicist from Bravo contacted Access Atlanta, telling them that Cynthia had yet to be officially confirmed as a new housewife.
Cynthia’s publicist, after getting a stern call from Bravo, then contacted Access Atlanta as well wanting them to take down the wedding story because Cynthia “wasn’t supposed to reveal this life-changing plot line, per Bravo’s contractual arrangement.” It was obviously too late by this point as the story had spread. Interesting though to see how things work within the Bravo network.
In other news, the wedding did take place this weekend and the NYPost ended up posting a lil tidbit about a certain co-star acting like a diva.
According to the Post, Cynthia’s wedding to restaurateur Peter Thomas was held up for 45 minutes by Nene Leakes, who apparently barged into Cynthia’s bridal suite and demanded her hair and makeup be done.
The drama didn’t end there as Kim Zolciak then reportedly got into a tiff with her new boyfriend/blond boy toy, who “was checking out a hot redhead while puffing a cigar. Kim caught him in the act,” said a witness.
The Post reports all the Atlanta housewives were in attendance except Lisa Wu Hartwell. Not surprising considering the report that came out months ago revealing Lisa will be kicked off phased out of the show this season.
UPDATE: Nene Leakes is denying The NYPost story, posting the following on her twitter page -
“Why do these bloggers lie so much! I went 2 a wedding demanding hair & makeup! Now y would I do that? I have my own team! Thank u
I caused drama @ a wedding! Yup that’s what I do now. Go 2 weddings & cause drama
I know they cant help but talk about me! Who else they gone talk about?? TING TING”
According to Radar, theReal Housewives of Atlantastar has been spending a good amount of time in Los Angeles recently, and has yet to be seen wearing her wedding ring.
This doesn’t some as a surprise as Gregg made recent headlines when an audio tape of him trashing Nene leaked online just weeks ago. Gregg has since apologized for the things he said about his wife. Multiple media outlets had reported a strain in the Leakes’ marriage stemming from her son Bryson’s recent arrests and rumors of an alleged affair with NFL player Charles Grant.
A source told Radar: “NeNe has admitted that it’s over between her and Greg and she was not wearing her wedding ring recently.
“She is worried that Greg might go public about some of her secrets because she has admitted that she has some ‘skeletons’ in her closet. Also Greg has indicated that he might want some alimony payments from her should they get divorced, so, the situation could get really messy.”
According to the source, Nene, 42, also fears Gregg might try to cash in on the demise of their marriage. “And he may try and cash-in on her fame by writing a book or giving interviews about their life together,” added the source.
NeNe and Gregg met while she was working as an exotic dancer called Silk at an Atlanta club. They have been married for 14 years.
In the audio, which his lawyers are now calling an unauthorized recording, Gregg can be heard bashing the Real Housewives of Atlanta star, saying she has let the Housewives fame go to her head. “I put $300,000 of my own money for [NeNe] to become a housewife. Without that, she wouldn’t be sh*t . . . She’s going to give me every dime of my $300,000 back,” said an angry Gregg.
As we reported last week, Gregg was secretly recorded by radio host Corey King, during what he thought was a private phone call between the two. The reason King decided to tape Gregg’s conversation? Well allegedly, Gregg owes Cory some money and began avoiding Corey when he couldn’t pay him back.
In a new statement released through his lawyers at The Gardner Law Group, Gregg apologizes to his wife and acknowledges the two are having marital problems. The statement also claims Gregg’s conversation with King took place after an argument with Nene.
Excerpts from his statement below -
“On June 2, 2010, an unauthorized audio taped conversation between Mr. Gregg Leakes and Mr. Corey King was made privy to the public by Mr. King and Large FM. While Mr. King touted an “exclusive interview”, the taped recording was obtained by fraud and deception. Neither Mr. King nor Large FM were granted consent to interview Mr. Leakes and an interview never occurred.
Throughout the duration of the call with Mr. King, Mr. Leakes was under the impression that he was simply confiding in a friend after an argument with his wife. However, Mr. King has demonstrated through this blatant disregard of Mr. Leakes’ privacy that he does not even comprehend the word “friend”. The audio recording was deceptive and the release of it was nothing short of malicious.
It is not a secret to anyone that Mr. and Mrs. Leakes are facing marital challenges, a situation common to many couples. However, there is no doubt that Mr. King’s intentions were dishonorable, hateful, and inexcusable. His deceptive act was committed without any regard to Mr. or Mrs. Leakes.
Mr. Leakes has apologized privately to his wife and he offers a sincere apology to the others mentioned in the audio. Any further discussion of the matter should be amongst Mr. Leakes and those individuals, privately.”
TELL US: DO YOU THINK GREGG AND NENE’S MARRIAGE STANDS A CHANCE AFTER THIS INCIDENT?
Jill, who’s popularity has taken a huge dive this season, all thanks to her mean girl behavior, simply refuses to be un-liked. And just how far is Jill willing to go to get you the viewer to like her again? Well according to the new UsWeekly cover story, Jill went as far as to hire 4, yes 4 media consultants to try to help her repair her tarnished image. The US article reveals Jill even had the “four media related people sleep over at her house to prep her for the reunion show.”
So what does it mean when one woman has 4 media consultants helping her? Well it means 99.98% of what she says and does is contrived and calculated, whether it be asking her former BFF to be her friend again just two weeks after calling her wedding a “circus,” or even leaking out a story to the press to falsely proclaim she and the said former BFF are friends again.
And just this weekend, Jill, who according to the UsWeekly article uses her mean girl behavior to overcompensate for being unpopular in High School, posted the following message on her twitter and facebook-
“I will not tolerate haters on my my Facebook and Twitter accounts anymore. The show is now OVER. I will be blocking anyone following the serious haters as well. Dina gave me good advice. You know who I mean. Haters come with being a celebrity..we all have them but I will do my best to block them and their followers. Peace and Love…not hate. If I blk you by accident. post on jillzarin.com and I will get it.”
It seems Jill and her co-star Kelly Bensimon are very fond of the word “hater.” And its safe to guess that a “hater” in the eyes of Jill is anyone who is critical of her vile bad behavior this season. Oddly enough, Jill/Susan Saunders was caught earlier this year, harassing and threatening someone on Amazon.com who gave her book a bad review.
Jill, who got a lot of sympathetic comments on her facebook (but then again if she got negative ones, we would have no way of knowing considering she reportedly pays someone to delete negative comments) decided to turn it up a notch just hours later, posting the following -
“So..we are being harassed and threatened by a family from chicago and Alabama. We have contacted authorities. I will block anyone who is linked to them per postal service law enforcement until they finish investigation. This is a serious crime and all evidence has been handed over. If you are involved in anyway..I sugg…est you stop. Enough is enough. It is NOT funny or a joke.”
What’s interesting is celebs or people in the public eye are always told to NEVER publicly discuss or announce to the public that they are being threatened or harassed. One of the main reasons for this rule is to not encourage other nutjobs to do the same. And by the way, getting threats or being harassed is very common for celebrities, reality stars included. What is rare however is deciding to announce it to the world.
Jill, being the crafty one that she is, however is more concerned with manipulating getting the fans to feel sorry for her than following proper protocol. And considering the long list of Bravo Housewives who are not too popular with the viewers, it’s highly unlikely Jill is the first one to receive threats or be harassed. She is however the one to announce it to the world. But then again, perhaps it’s not Jill’s fault. Maybe one of the four media consultants she hired advised her to do so. Ahh that crafty Jill!
TELL US: DO YOU FEEL BAD FOR JILL? OR SHOULD SHE LEARN TO LIE IN THE BED SHE MADE HERSELF?