Last night on Real Housewives of Atlanta, the ladies returned to the States, to nothing but drama. NeNe learned Bryson got arrested, Peter is spending more money Cynthia can’t afford to waste, and Kim is furious over Kandi‘s alleged “black babies” comment with Sheree stirring the pot all the way to millionaire’s row! Oh, these girls – no moving experience in Africa was going to move them!
The women are getting ready to leave South Africa. Marlo has the housekeeper bring her an icee and pack up all her things, while she lounges on the bed barking instructions. I’m very surprised she and Kim don’t get along better – they have many similarities! Meanwhile, NeNe needs help zipping and hauling all her Louis VOO-Tawn luggage to the car.
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The ladies of the Real Housewives of Atlanta return tonight, after taking Sunday off, last week. Of course, even after taking a short break, there is no break in the women discussing the recent drama on that never-ending trip to the Dark Continent.
Marlo tells the site, “I don’t think of her as a friend either. The only reason we communicate is because of NeNe [Leakes]. We don’t have anything in common except we’re both tall and pretty.” And they both have some healthy self-esteem, I’ll bet. Marlo, who describes the pair as “cordial,” admits she was disappointed that Cynthia joined the smalls in gossip, while the castmates were vacationing in South Africa.
“It did shock me that she was talking to them about me,” Marlo reveals. “When we were in Africa together, we did get along. We did talk.”
As viewers recall, Cynthia changed her tune about Marlo when the Neenster joined the group for lunch. Marlo continues, “When NeNe came back around, it was, ‘Oh, I love Marlo.’ She’s a little two-faced here.”
Marlo also discusses her role on the show, saying she knew from the start she wouldn’t be joining the cast as a main housewife. Marlo isn’t even married…although, let’s be honest, being an actual housewife has never been a prerequisite to starring in the franchise. Marlo says, “I knew I wasn’t going to be a housewife..I knew what my position was in the beginning.”
However, rumors are swirling that Atlanta’s Kim Zolciak will be getting her own Bethenny Frankel-style Bravo spin-off, leaving a vacancy in the cast. Marlo isn’t automatically assuming that she will fill that void, stating, “I gotta wait and see what God has planned.”
Also getting her own show is Kandi Burruss, whose show The Kandi Factory airs tonight at 10PM ET on Bravo. In an interview with DetroitNews.com, Kandi discusses her Bravo spinoff and her anger over Sheree’s two-faced actions in Africa!
First, Kandi explains why she decided to take a leap with her own show. “I don’t want people to get confused,” Kandi states. “I’m not a reality star, I’m a business and entertainment mogul who happens to be on a reality show. ‘The Kandi Factory’ will allow me to show peole what I really do. I love helping people and I love making hits.”
And when it comes to her drama with Sheree, Kandi reveals: “I was irritated when I watched the whole thing again.” She, however, adds that she and Sheree are still friends. “I’m not the kind of person who holds grudges,” Kandi says. “I was mad at Sheree for what she did but that’s not enough reason to cut her off and not be her friend.”
Moving on to Kim Zolciak, as things continue to go well for her and her new husband, Atlanta Falcon’s defensive end Kroy Biermann. The Atlanta Journal Constitution’s online edition is reporting that the NFL player will likely sign a lucrative contract extension. Yesterday, an insider close to the negotiations stated that the re-signing was “imminent” and would likely happen within the next thirty-six hours.
Kroy was a fifth-round draft pick in 2008, and the source claims he wants to negotiate a three-year contract. The Falcons, however, would like to lock in his contract for up to four years. The good news for Kim Kroy, is that the deal will be worth between $10-12 million. That’s a lot of wigs!
Meanwhile, NeNe and Cynthia hosted a party in North Carolina this weekend, along with rapper TI. Baksetball Wives star Tami Roman was also in attendance. Photos from that event are below!
On tonight’s episode, the women pack up to head back to Atlanta. Well, all except for Marlo, who lounges, while her poor South African housekeeper painstakingly follows her every command regarding shoebags, carry-ons, and designer name dropping. Kandi and Cynthia discuss tension with Sheree. Phaedra, Sheree, and Cynthia take away life lessons from the vacation, while NeNe believes they will be returning to Atlanta as two separate groups yet again, the talls and the smalls.
Back in the states, Kim is worn out taking care of her two daughters and a newborn. While she has two housekeepers, she is in desperate need of a nanny. Kim gets mad beyond words when she finds Sweetie and Brielle lounging by the pool. Who does Sweetie think she is? She doesn’t need a tan! Kim shouldn’t be charged with going through all of these resumes herself! Additionally, on the NeNe front, Bryson gets arrested, again. Shocking, I know. A new episode airs tonight at 9PM ET. Watch a preview clip below!
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT MARLO’S COMMENTS IN REGARD TO CYNTHIA? SURPRISED KANDI’S STILL FRIENDS WITH SHEREE? WILL YOU BE WATCHING KANDI’S NEW SHOW?
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Mugshot Marlo Hampton is all about clearing her goodish name and promoting herself, now that she has the illustrious and reputable platform of Real Housewives of Atlanta. The notorious Marlo, who certainly is the most notorious Housewife to grace the screens of Atlanta, is answering questions about her questionable past and encouraging us to reserve judgement. Yeah to the right!
Marlo wants you to know she isn’t full of excuses and fully embraces her ex-conn ex-life, but she wants to set the story straight and separate reality from reality TV. “There’s much more to Marlo than the 10 minutes” on the show, Marlo warns.
“I was surprised that they were focusing on my arrests,” Marlo admits. “Phaedra [Parks] with her husband and Sheree [Whitfield] has had her mix-up with the law. I was shocked about Kim [Zolciak] and the way she was talking about a Big Poppa when she dated a married man.”
Marlo says the trouble started in college. That was arrest number one. “While I was in college, that’s when I got into altercations and that was a felony charge. I was just mad at the world,” she explains to Sister 2 Sister. Marlo, apparently, attended University of South Florida and earned a BA in Interdisciplinary Science. Shocked? Yeah, me too!
Then, she was arrested and charged for check fraud. “I mis-balanced my check for the books I was buying. It was one check for me just being in college writing a check for one book. They blew that so out of proportion,” Marlo insists. “I wasn’t the best in math.” It’s called a calculator, m’dear!
Unfortunately, things spiraled from there and next thing she knew she had seven mugshots under her (then Forever 21) belt! “It’s important for people to know I was on house arrest. Four of those were probation violations and not new charges,” Marlo clarifies. Marlo claims in one arrest, the accuser actually defended her to the judge! “She had asked the judge to reduce my sentence and we made peace. We’re fine. We’ve talked several times.” I’m assuming she’s referring to her arrest for aggravated assault.
Marlo’s criminal past prevented her from getting a job so she had to hook up with wealthy sugar daddies so she opened her own business, a clothing store. “When I started taping with the show, I closed the store down.”
Marlo cautions viewers, “Don’t go by just what they see,” because there is definitely more to her than meets the eye! That’s exactly what I’m afraid of.
Moving right along, Sheree has a lot to say lately. Is it because she really, really can’t afford to get fired wants to secure a place in Season 5? Taking to her Bravo Blog, she is dishing on the fight with Marlo, the trip to Africa, and the comments about Kim!
According to Sheree, the tension began at the airport. “Upon seeing Marlo, I knew instantly that there would be some drama, because she was not invited by Phaedra, the host. Why was no one informed that she would be coming on the trip? I knew she felt the need to do something to get attention!”
Sheree claims the dinner party invite debacle occurred when her friend Kevin called last-minute and asked her to include Cynthia in the invitation. “I didn’t think to invite Cynthia [Bailey], because I was sure she wouldn’t attend without NeNe [Leakes], and I certainly wasn’t going to invite Nene. We had not spoken since the argument a few months ago and after the disrespectful way she acted at Kim’s friend’s house in Miami last year, it just wasn’t happening.”
“As we are getting ready for dinner, my friend Kevin calls, who also knows Cynthia and NeNe, and asks me to invite Cynthia to the dinner. Well I did,” Sheree recalls.
And Sheree is accusing Cynthia of pulling a “Taylor Armstrong” and saying things to Marlo behind her back to re-instigate the situation! “Cynthia, Cynthia, Cynthia…messy. I’m not quite sure what the problem was.”
“For Marlo to run over and go from 0 to 60 all because I did not invite her, the person who no one knew was coming (not even the host) and that came with NeNe (the person I don’t speak to), to a party! Really?! Why would she want to go? Why would I want her to go? Why is she so angry? Why is she using hateful, derogatory words? Why would she choose to use that word to describe my friends? I’m not a judgmental person by any means. I love all kinds of people, regardless of their sexual preference.”
And about all of Marlo’s accusations, Sheree wants you to know she has standards. Are we considering Bob Whitfield “standards” now? “I refuse at this day and time to sell myself short. I like what I like, and I can tell you for certain that sleeping with senior citizens just for bags, shoes, or money definitely isn’t it!”
Now onto that infamous safari ride, where it may or may not have been implied that Kim is racist, uninterested in international travel and too self-absorbed to bother with underprivileged children or dealing with NeNe in a foreign country. “The safari ride with Phaedra, Cynthia, andKandi [Burruss] got really interesting,” Sheree recounts.
“Was it just me or were there ONLY black babies/children there?;” Sheree wonders, referring to the orphanage. “To me, making those statements and agreeing with Cynthia on that sentiment was basically insulting Kim and implying she could possibly be racist. It seemed to me like she was throwing her friend Kim under the bus. I don’t understand why Kandi can’t seem to grasp that. Who wants to possibly have to defend their character to millions of people about something someone said, especially if it could possibly be untrue? It’s not fun!”
“I chose to mention what was said in the jeep not while Kandi wasn’t present but while she sat next to me, because I didn’t feel like that was right. If she really felt that way, then she should tell her and allow her to respond.”
Sheree admits she mis-communicated what was actually said, and Kandi did not make the comment about Kim holding black babies. “Again, I stand corrected, Kandi did not say the black baby thing.”
“Believe me, if it were the other way around or if it were any of my other close friends and I witnessed someone they think is their friend talking badly about them, I would do the absolute same.”
As for some of the good moments of the trip, Sheree says she loved the safari and enjoyed her time at Kevin’s dinner party. “Overall, my African experience was simply amazing and very educational,” she concludes. “The most touching part of this entire experience was going to the orphanage and the village to give away some much needed goods.”
HAVE YOU CHANGED YOUR OPINION OF MARLO AFTER HEARING HER SIDE OF THE STORY? WILL MARLO BE BACK NEXT SEASON? WAS SHEREE WRONG TO START DRAMA BY TELLING KIM WHAT WAS SAID ON SAFARI?
It has been the Battle of the Bravo blogs for the ladies of the Real Housewives of Atlanta. NeNe Leakes comes to the defense of her new bestie, Marlo Hampton, while getting a couple digs to former biffle/mortal enemy Kim Zolciak. Of course, because she does everything that her Neenster idol does, Cynthia Bailey also professed her affinity for Marlo in her blog, while making a few comments about Kim, as well. Oh, and she also is adamant that she doesn’t do everything that her idol Neenster does. Sure…
NeNeblogs, “All the talk about Marlo’s fashion… LOL! I swear, these girls are not smart!” Oh Neens, I can hear your raspy voice laughing as I read those words.
NeNe goes on to remind viewers that at the Bar One opening, in the beginning of Season Three, the Smalls were fans of Ms. Hampton, as long as Marlo wasn’t a fan of NeNe’s. She recalls, “From what I understand and can see with these two good ole eyes of mine, they liked Marlo and were cool with her as long as she wasn’t cool with me! They were doing what haters do, being envious, conspiring, and trying to figure out a way to bring you down! They wanted so badly to have me and Marlo fight over a man I was NEVER involved with sexually! They were down with her!”
NeNe addresses Marlo’s, less than stellar (and might I add criminal), past and states that it has no bearing on the pair’s friendship. She explains, “Yes, I’ve heard about Marlo’s past, and everybody has one. Some worse than others, but she treats me nicely, so I see no need to not do the same for her!”
Having doled out enough compliments for a months worth of blogs (for NeNe, at least), she returns to what she does best–call out Kim, responding to rumors that a certain someone was MIA from the Africa trip because she couldn’t be in such close proximity with NeNe. NeNe continues, “As far as Kim not coming to Africa because of tension between me and her, it’s all lies. I’ve been in the same room as Kim a few times, and I give her nothing! I haven’t spoken to Kim in two years and have no plans to.” In all fairness, I have to point out that perhaps Kim’s newborn coupled with her husband’s absence was probably higher than NeNe on the list of reasons which caused her to decline the vacay.
NeNe touches on the women’s experience with the medicine man, and agrees–slightly– he was correct in saying her current (but estranged) husband, Gregg, is a good man. She cryptically reveals, “Gregg is a good person, which is why I married him, but a good man doesn’t always equal a good husband. I know what I’ve been through!” Wow. Sometimes what you don’t say speaks volumes!
Back in Atlanta, NeNe insists she is diving right back into the thick of things and living above the drama. She states, “I’m working on opening The L Lounge and getting various products on the market.”
Ending her blog on a high note, she proclaims, “I’m a lot of things at times, but one thing is for sure, I’ve always been the type of woman that stands alone, stands up for what I believe in, and doesn’t need validation from anyone!” I feel like I’m Every Woman should be playing!
On Cynthia’s Bravo blog, she writes the exact same things Nene did about her thoughts on Marlo, in light of the comments she made to the Smalls. Cynthia claims to like Marlo, but her blog entry is the slightest bit passive aggressive. Is someone sad that NeNe’s time is being monopolized by the newest Tall?
Cynthia begins, “I like Marlo. We are very cool, but we are not close. The most time we have spent together was in South Africa. Any time spent we spent together has been through NeNe. The two of them have become great friends and really connected. I am cool with all the girls (most of the time), but NeNe is the only one I talk to on a regular basis. I really don’t have a problem with Marlo, and like I said, personality wise, we are different.”
“Marlo loves fashion, and it seems to be a big part of who she is,” Cynthia continues. “I love fashion as well, but outside of my fashion school, fashion is not big priority in my personal life. I really don’t have an interest in talking about clothes, shoes, and bags all day long with Marlo or Karl Lagerfeld himself for that matter.”
Cynthia goes on to defend her statement about Marlo, saying, “I have no problem repeating any of the comments that I made regarding Marlo to NeNe (or Marlo) while on safari with the Smalls. I honestly didn’t think my comments about Marlo were a big deal. So what, I said that we have two different personalities and I don’t care to talk about fashion all day. That’s how I feel. What’s wrong with that?” Nothing…except you would never say that in front of the Queen Ne.
As if she read my mind, Cynthia writes, “NeNe knows exactly how I feel about Marlo, so what else did I need to say. These ladies have had plenty to say about Marlo, so my two cents seemed “small” in comparison.” Clever! See what she did there?
Her take on Marlo’s past is the same as NeNe’s. Cynthia says, “I have never questioned where Marlo gets her money, her criminal past, or this 80-year-old sugar daddy the Smalls seem to be so interested in talking about. I don’t care how any of the girls get the money to support their lavish lives, because it is none of my business.” Continuing, she compliments her new co-star, “Without question, Marlo rocks the hottest and latest fashions in this group! No one can touch her. While we may have a piece here and there, she is the walking (and talking) Gucci ad! I think she even gets a lot of her looks straight off the runway. Fabulous!”
Of course, Cynthia couldn’t let the compliment end there, adding, “If you see me with an expensive designer look straight off the runway, please believe it came straight from a NY showroom and I’m wearing it for free. I have a family and a business to support. I can’t afford it, and make it a point NOT to act like I can.” Mee. Yow.
Summing up her blog she gives her two cents on Kim. Cynthia admits, “I said I couldn’t PICTURE Kim in Africa at the orphanage holding African kids. I also said, ‘I’m not saying she WOULDN’T do it, I just can’t see it.’ That’s just my opinion, like it was her opinion that my marriage wouldn’t last a year. Kim and I are not exactly best buds, we don’t owe each other anything.” However, she is quick to add, I don’t think Kim is a racist.”
Finally, NeNe’s youngest son Brenttcelebrated his thirteenth birthday last week with both Nene and Gregg in attendance. While Cynthia was nowhere to be found, Marlo was on hand to gift Brentt a pair of Gucci sneakers! Can Marlo come to my next birthday bash? Check out pictures from the party below!
Also there is no new episode of RHOA tonight, instead Bravo will air a special about Kim and her husband Kroy. I can sense your high level of excitement!
THOUGHTS ON NENE AND CYNTHIA’S BRAVO BLOGS? IS CYNTHIA LOSING NENE TO MARLO? WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT BRENTT’S NEW KICKS?
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I will never forgive Kim Zolciak from depriving us of her presence during the Real Housewives of Atlanta‘s trip to Africa, where they pledged to be nice after visiting an orphanage, and then followed that up with endless arguments about nothing.
It would have been truly hilarious to see Kim in that environment, away from her suburban bubble of Bentleys, fat-sucking lasers, and chain restaurants. But, alas, Kim passed on the trip, and a few people have accused the sole white lady on the cast of being racist and not wanting to go to Africa.
On her recent Bravo blog, former musical partner Kandi Burruss does not back down, making it clear she still believes Kim would NOT have wanted to visit the orphanage:
“First off, I do not think Kim would have gone to Africa, even if she hadn’t just had the baby, and I don’t see her spending time at an orphanage, especially not the one we went to in Africa.As for me saying I don’t see her at the orphanage, no I don’t. She may disagree, but that’s my opinion. I just don’t see her being the type to be there. Not that Kim wouldn’t help. I think she would help with giving donations to get them what they need, but I don’t see her doing physical help.”
Kandi also thinks it was simply a matter of Kim wanting to avoid being around Nene Leakes. That’s certainly understandable since the women’s feud has gotten rather ugly on several occasions.
“Kim has been avoiding NeNe for over a year. It would have taken a million dollars to get her to come on a trip where she was stuck for a whole week in close proximity to NeNe. On top of that she hates long flights.”
The supremely lazy Kim might be type to send a check and return to the hotel for a much-needed spa day, but she begs to differ in her Bravo blog, and says she doesn’t mind dirt, or holding children of any race:
“Cynthiaand Kandi seemed to think I wouldn’t attend the Africa trip because NeNe would stop me and I wouldn’t want to hold African children. Although Cynthia made the initial comment, Kandi co-signed, so she’s just as guilty in my eyes. You are supposed to be my friend, why are you agreeing with a hater? If Kandi believes I wouldn’t go to an African orphanage, then she doesn’t truly know me. I love children and always have. I love to take care of people, which is why I went to nursing school.
Kandi says I am germaphobic, and yes, I like my house clean, and no, I didn’t want people around KJ his first few months, etc. But let’s be honest, as a nurse I have wiped many asses in my time, suctioned people, and held a basin when they were vomiting, so forgive me for being educated on all the germs that are out there, but there is nothing that a little hand washing can’t fix. “Germs” have never prevented me from holding a sick child, an adult’s hand, or walking into a less that sanitary place. End of story.”
Fans may recall the time that Kim said she would “shovel shit” for her daughters if she ever lost her ATM, otherwise known as Big Poppa, so she may be on to something. Kim also addresses Nene’s comments that she is too superficial to take on such a charitable task:
“NeNe mentioned that I am materialistic and superficial, which I found funny coming from someone who says she is “very rich.” I love my Louis Vuitton, I love my YSL, and I will STILL die in Dior, but never have I boasted and made displays of my items in hotel rooms. I am very blessed and grateful to have what I have. I never take my things for granted, or the things I’ve been granted will get taken away.”
We have to give a point to the Zolciak for this. None of the Atlanta cast members have ever been able to go very long without mentioning clothing labels or money, with perhaps the exception of Kandi, who has always been a bit more grounded. But none of these ladies have ever shown up ANYWHERE in just a pair of worn Old Navy yoga pants and a Target tank top – know what I mean? Speaking of label-whores, Kandi also mentions Marlo in her blog post, and her discomfort at her constant braying of her expensive wardrobe (earned with a paycheck that came straight from the heavens if we are to believe her):
“I think for the most part Marlo is a nice person, and yes, I think she’s fashionable, but I just don’t like being around people who constantly boast and brag about what they have. At a certain point people will only notice you for what they can see on the surface, if that’s all you seem to offer. I think Marlo has an incredible closet full of beautiful clothes and shoes, but the constant talk about them I can do without.”
Back to the topic of the Wigged One, Kim, the final question is, is she in fact racist? Kim says she isn’t and that if she was, she would not be on this show:
In my eyes children in need are children in need. I have said this before, and I will say it till I die, I DON’T SEE COLOR, not with women, men, children, or adults. What they said was ignorant and rude. I do not need to explain that I am not a racist, because the people who know me know my heart.
I embrace all races, and if I didn’t, I wouldn’t be a cast member of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Need I say more?
My feelings are that Kim is completely checked out of this show, and didn’t see any personal benefit to going on the Africa trip. She’s consistently missed group events throughout the seasons, and the one housewife vacation she went on last season was to visit one of her boyfriends. With Kim, sticking to the surface answer is probably the closest to the truth.
TELL US: WHY DO YOU THINK KIM SKIPPED OUT ON THE TRIP TO AFRICA? DO YOU THINK SHE IS TOO SELFISH TO HAVE GONE TO THE ORPHANAGE? WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE OTHER CAST MATE’S COMMENTS ABOUT HER?
On last night’s episode of Real Housewives of Atlanta, the ladies promised and swore to turn over a new leaf after their moving experience in the South African orphanage, but alas their epiphany was brief and insincere.
After seeing the heartbreaking poverty of the children of the orphanage, the ladies sit down to dinner at their five-star resort to reflect on how privileged their lives are. They have “beautiful homes, beautiful fashions, a lotta labels,” Phaedra points out. Phaedra’s speech about appreciation was tailor made for Marlo, I see. Bespoke, if you will. Too bad Marlo was focusing on something being wrong with her plate instead of contemplating the day. Everyone promises to put future petty squabbles into perspective and approach situations in a more adult manner. Kandi is the first to speak up with a a ‘yeah right!’
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After an interviewSweetie gave to blogger ATLien about her termination as Kim’slackey right-hand-woman created some hullabaloo about Kroy’s potential prejudices, the ladies started tweeting up a storm to discredit the story.
As you recall, ATLien wrote, “I’ve heard rumors that Kim’s new husband, Falcons player Kroy Biermann doesn’t ‘prefer’ African-Americans chilling around the house, and since Sweetie is clearly one of those, it’s been inferred that he may be the cause of her sudden job loss.”
Not one to take this gossip lightly, Kim took to the mean streets of her Twitterhood to set the record straight. On Friday, she tweeted, “Under no circumstances did @sweetieHughes imply @biermann71 was racist nor discriminates against african americans when u do an inter be legit! Its disgusting!”
Sweetie was quick to respond to her twitter pal and former boss, saying, “@Kimzolciak ignore the BS and Have a wonderfull day sweetie:)” which was later followed with, “Omg America get a life!!!!!”
It appears the world may never know the back story behind Kim and Sweetie’s parting of ways. Of course, we can always read between the tweets…and pray the situation is highlighted on the upcoming Don’t Be Tardy for the Wedding!
In other RHOA news, Phaedra Parks spoke with Naughty But Nice Rob with the Huffingtonpost, defending former client Bobby Brown. Bobby has been receiving backlash in the media regarding the tragic death of his ex-wife, singer Whitney Houston. While many have blamed Bobby for enabling his wife’s addictions while others have criticized his support of the pair’s 18-year-old daughter Bobbi Christina.
Phaedra, who has often talked on the show about representing Bobby as his attorney, tells the site, “What we have to remember is that they both were adults and as adults we make choices. They are adults. Whitney took responsibility for what happened with her life. She was wonderful, an icon. I’m happy to have worked with both of them.”
When asked about Bobby’s delay in rushing to his distraught daughter’s side in L.A., Phaedra again dismisses the public’s criticism. She states, “In defense of Bobby, when this happened, he was on stage.”
Phaedra continues, explaining, “He doesn’t have a private jet. He got there as soon as he could. He is a wonderful father. I know he will be there for all his children. I’m worried for any child that looses a parent at a young age — that point in your life is when you need your mother. At 18 years old, you are beginning your transformation to be a women.”
Our thoughts continue to be with Whitney’s family and friends.
And finally, going back to where we started (Twitter is always full-circle!), Kandi Burruss and 9-year-old daughter Riley will be moving from their old home in Fayetteville, Georgia and a new McMansion pictured below!
Kanditweeted the below picture with the news, “Just got a new house!!!!!! So much work to be done….”
Wow! That is quite an upgrade, but well-deserved in light of Kandi’s success both on the show and with her other ventures. Her late-night radio show, Kandi Koated Knights, continues to gain popularity, while her line of adult toys is about to launch. Combine all of this with her upcoming Bravo spin-off Kandi Factory, and I’d say Kandi is earning quite enough to make that jump. Congratulations!
Don’t forget about tonight’s episode, airing at 9PM ET. “No Bones About It” continues with the women’s tour of South Africa. Everyone dines in luxury, discussing their time at the orphanage and how silly their petty fights seem in light of what they’ve seen. Phaedra cites the women’s bounty of good things, with Nene agreeing that they are all certainly blessed. Marlo just needs the waiter because the her lunch is undercooked. Phaedra takes it upon herself to impart culture on her travel companions, and the ladies head to a museum. They learn that in certain villages, if a man gets his father or brother to go fetch a lady who has caught his eye, she must become his bride. Kandi isn’t keen on that proposal.
They also meet a help artist herbalist who lets them smell the ancestors (they smell a bit like “pee” according to the ever honest Neenster), and he throws some bones to tell the women’s fortunes. For a mortician, Phaedra isn’t on board with the bone throwing. Sheree is not digging on his prediction that she will never marry again because she’s too old. However, the medicine man is adamant. He also informs Nene that while Greg is a very good man, if she isn’t happy, she shouldn’t stay. Later, Marlo gets sick.
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF KIM AND SWEETIE’S TWEETS? ARE THEY JUST TRYING TO SAVE FACE? THOUGHTS ON PHAEDRA’S BOBBY BROWN INTERVIEW AND KANDI’S NEW HOME?
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Sweetie Hughes is tired of the speculation about why she no longer works for Kim Zolciak. The most infamous assistant to ever grace the screens on reality TV is speaking out about what really went on and setting the record straight on the rumors that she stole from Kim.
Speaking to StraightfromtheA, Sweetie reveals that the first time she heard the alleged rumor that she had stolen from Kim was on twitter, and she was shocked. Sweetie reveals that it’s absolutely absurd, and that for years she handled Kim’s money. “That shit is crazy! Do you know how much money I handled for Kim. As her assistant I had bank account access and all that… something that other assistants never had the opportunity to get that far… so as far as loyalty it’s been very high.”
“I think someone just made it up and I realize that out of every assistant she’s ever had, I’m the one they always talk about… they always try to keep my name out there, which is cool, it ain’t hurting me.”
Kim confirmed in a tweet that Sweetie definitely did not steal from her and rumors that she did are completely false. “@SweetieHughes would never steal from me you sick bloggers get a life,” Kim wrote.
Sweetie explains that Kim has been using employing her for years and she has no idea why she even became her assistant in the first place.”To be honest, I really don’t even know… I guess it was just spur of the moment. I just happened to know her so well it just worked out,” Sweetie shares.
“She had so many different assistants it just worked out. I worked for her way before she was famous. I did the same thing I was doing now back then… at the age of 15. The only thing I couldn’t do back then was drive…. coffee… scheduled appointments… I did it all.” I think calling Kim “famous” is a stretch…
When asked why she was fired, Sweetie was perplexed, openly admitting she doesn’t really know, but claims that she initially tried to quit! “I actually quit in the beginning and was like.. you know… I have school and stuff… but agreed to work until she found another assistant,” she explains. “And it so happens I just continued to work… but we went back and forth basically and it just went on and on.”
“Did she call me and while I was on my way to work to say not to come in to work or ‘its not gonna work out’? Yeah she did but I been asking for that about a year ago,” Sweetie reveals! As for what prompted the initial split, Sweetie blames the camera crews, but she feels they parted amicably. “I guess it’s a lot of stress, a lot of filming going on… but it’s not like it was on a really bad note.” Sweetie and Kim definitely remain friendly if twitter is any sort of reliable source.
Sweetie isn’t interested in giving away too many details about the break-up, she just wants to clear her good name. “I don’t want to bash nobody. The one thing I have is loyalty. A lot of people don’t have that and that’s the one thing I have.”
When asked about the rumor that Kroy Biermann was uncomfortable having African Americans in his home and that prompted Kim to let her go, Sweetie was pretty nebulous in her answer, simply stating that Kroy is “cool”
“Yeah… he’s cool. He cool. That’s all I’ve got to say. I prefer not to… umm… We’re just better off cool,” Sweetie muses. Interestingly she adds, “There’s only so much someone can take.”
My two cents: I had suspected Sweetie was growing tired of Kim’s divatude and her increasing demands. Regardless of how inappropriate NeNe’s behavior was on last year’s Miami bus trip, I think there was a kernel of truth to what she said, and Sweetie knew it on some level. I personally think Kroy either didn’t want Sweetie around so much or he felt like her work wasn’t up to standard, and that played a role in Sweetie’s termination. I believe the larger role was played by Bravo in order to drum up more of a storyline for Kim’s new spin-off and RHOA, Bravo may have encouraged Kim to make that a focal point. Or really, maybe they just both grew tired of each other!
On last week’s South African adventure, many wondered if Cynthia would be iced out of NeNe’s bestie circle and supplanted by Marlo Hampton, who was willing to buy NeNe’s love and access to celebrity with Gucci handbags. NeNe wisely did not take the bait – maybe cause the purse was ugly. Nonetheless, Cynthia seemed mighty left out as the other Talls played Barbie Dream House, meanwhile, she sat alone and self-styled at the breakfast table, while the Smalls speculated that she had been usurped.
Cynthia wants to make it clear that’s not the case, and the two are still very much in love, despite what the show might lead us to believe. “NeNe’s always been very supportive and very loving. I have no control over editing and what they choose to show on the show, but please believe me, NeNe supports 100 percent,” Cynthia tells Sister2Sister.
“I’ve definitely gone to her for a lot of guidance. She’s been in this game a lot longer than I have, and I think she’s smart, and she’s an incredible businesswoman,” Cynthia explains of why she values their friendship.
Cynthia also reveals that the person NeNe is still closest to, is possibly soon-to-be-ex-husband, Gregg Leakes and a reconciliation isn’t totally out of the question for the two! “Anytime NeNe really wants to talk to somebody she really considers a true friend, she’s going to call Gregg first, and I don’t think that’s gonna change if they move on or not.” NeNe has previously admitted in an interview that things aren’t over with Gregg, even though she has been hanging out with Olives, aka John Kolaj.
As for the haters spewing hate, Cynthia just ignores them and she doesn’t take them personally – because that’s Atlanta for you! Cynthia says she definitely treats the show as a “job” and that she uses it for “the amazing platform that it is.”
THOUGHTS ON SWEETIE’S COMMENTS ABOUT KIM? WHAT DO YOU THINK HAPPENED BETWEEN THE TWO OF THEM? ARE CYNTHIA AND NENE TRUE FRIENDS? WILL NENE AND GREGG GET BACK TOGETHER?