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Reality stars never cease to amaze me.  Namely, one Evelyn Lozada, but that’s neither here nor there.  Vibe recently interviewed Evelyn of Basketball Wives, alongside Tamar Braxton of Braxton Family Values, Kandi Burrus of RHOA, and Chrissy Lampkin, formerly of Love & Hip Hop fame.  The interview addresses the violence and drama fueled fights often highlighted on these shows, and the women, one in particular, seems to like laughing all the way to the bank.  I was, however, extremely impressed to see Chrissy take responsibility for her temper.  It’s a long interview, so I’m just sharing my favorite highlights.  You can read the whole discussion here, and try not to laugh when Tamar says Evelyn is beautiful “inside and out.”  Enjoy excerpts from that interview below!

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She by SheBroke has officially hung up her rented Housewives crown and moved on to other venues. Since leaving the show that made her extravagant spending and delusional ideas about elegance and soffisication a household topic, Sheree has decided to go in a completely different direction and one that I think will serve her well. Hey, she might even become She by ShePaid!

Speaking to Essence Magazine, the former Real Housewives of Atlanta star shares how things have been since announcing her retirement. “I’ve got a couple projects that I’m working on that I’m really excited about. I’ve partnered with a company called Xooma to create a 5 million-pound fitness challenge,” Sheree reveals. “We’re trying to help a generation get healthy. I’m really excited about it because this is my realm and what I love.”

Sheree maintains that the decision to leave the show was completely her own. “It was an amicable split,” Sheree insists. “I was ready to move and I don’t need to explain myself to anybody.”

“I am super happy and I’m moving in a different direction. This is what I know. I’m not about just being on a show bickering and fighting with women. There are big parts of my life that weren’t shown that I’m ready for everybody to see.”

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Real Housewives of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes is definitely moving onto bigger and better things! Ever since her vitriolic and frankly crazy stint on Celebrity Apprentice, the ever so demure Mrs. Leakes has been getting some major cred for her overly dramatic ways!

Glee creator Ryan Murphy seemingly loves him some NeNe (just like Andy Cohen does!) and he has cast her in a recurring role for his newest sitcom, The New Normal. A trailer was just released for the NBC show, which is likely to be a hit.

With all of NeNe’s new-found success away from the venue of reality TV, I have to wonder if her days as a reality star are numbered. Rumor has it NeNe has been making a lot of demands in order to remain on the show – including stipulating who gets the job as a new housewife.

Further cementing that she may be soon abandoning Housewives for the big leagues, NeNe recently attended the extremely shi-shi American Ballet Theater Spring Gala at The Metropolitan Opera House. Hopefully she didn’t get into any altercations. A photo of NeNe at the gala is above!

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WILL YOU BE WATCHING THE NEW NORMAL? ARE NENE’S DAYS ON HOUSEWIVES NUMBERED?

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Kenya Moore is allegedly the newest castmember on Real Housewives of Atlanta. The former beauty queen and current model/actress was called in to replace the fired Sheree Whitfield. Interestingly, until recently Kenya didn’t even live in Atlanta – she lived in LA – and she’s not from there. She grew up in Detroit. So how did a non-Atlanta native land a spot on a show about Atlanta housewives?

Additionally this begs the question – is Bravo taking storyline manipulation too far? I mean this is supposed to be reality TV, but how little is too little reality? Popular Atlanta blog Tamara Tattles has been investigating the issue of how Kenya ended up on the producer’s list to join the show.  First of all, Tamara confirms Kenya is definitely a member of the cast next season.  And that she came to the producers’ attention from former Apprentice villain Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth!

And how does Omaraso know Kenya? Through NeNe Leakes! Apparently back in the days when NeNe was threatening Star Jones on Celebrity Apprentice, Omarosa was her behind-the-scenes mentor. While she obviously didn’t do a very good job directing Ms. Leakes in business etiquette, she made an impression on the feisty housewife and the two remained friends.

Last July, NeNe (along with supposedly estranged husband Gregg Leakes) were hanging out at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans. Omarosa was also there – with her friend Kenya! NeNe and Kenya hit it off and NeNe started dropping her name to producers. Kenya agreed to relocate and thus her entry into the Real Housewives was cemented.

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Well, it looks like Kenya Moore is marking her territory. Amidst speculation that the former Miss USA is joining the cast of Real Housewives of Atlanta, Kenya confirmed she is indeed, the new cast member. Bravo isn’t going to like her announcing that!

Hopefully this won’t be a case of counting her chickens before they hatch, but Kenya spoke to Sister2Sister where she all but announced her new job! “I’ve had an opportunity recently to be on a reality show,” Kenya she revealed. “I feel like it’s almost like my duty to take the job because it’s the converse of what we’re seeing now.”

Kenya says her motivation for joining was to stop the image of women on reality TV as being “immature” and “petty,” which is why she had no interest in Basketball Wives! Kenya confirmed she is not involved in that show, but coyly reveals she will be involved in another one!

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Our favorite reality TV stars can’t get enough of the spotlight during their regularly scheduled time slots, so they take to Twitter to share even more with us. And we love them for it! Here’s a roundup of some of our favorite photos from the Twitterverse this week! Enjoy!

Above: when RHOBH, RHONJ, and RHOC collide!  Gretchen Rossi shared this shot on her Twitter account: “Thanks for the fun night girls @melissagorga @kylerichards18 @lisavanderpump”

Below: Reza Farahan, Dina Manzo at the Kentucky Derby, Tamra Barney’s new family photo, NeNe Leakes, Aubrey O’Day, Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola, Golnesa “GG” Gharachedaghi, Aviva Drescher, and more!

 

Photo credit: Gretchen’s Twitter

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Those Real Housewives continue to deliver for Bravo. Bravo’s ratings last month were their best April ratings in the network’s history.

From the Bravo Press Release:

“The network averaged 916,000 total viewers, up 10 percent compared to April 2011, and delivered 549,000 adults 18-49. Maintaining its No. 1 position as the most affluent, educated and engaged audience in cable entertainment, Bravo ranked No. 11 in primetime among all cable entertainment networks in the adult 18-49 demo for the month.”

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While we’re all still mourning the exit of Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Sheree Whitfield, she’s ready to move along and take on the fashion world.

Sheree’s rep told Us Weekly yesterday that Sheree is working on her clothing line and revamping it into a line of fitness wear instead of the glamorous elegance that was She by Sheree.

“Now was the right time to head into other endeavors that she has on her plate. She’s going to be launching her fitness blog and revamp She by Sheree as an athletic clothing line rather than couture fashion.”

Couture fashion? There was a couture fashion line?  *cough cough*

Wiping the coffee off my chin and moving along.  It seems that Sheree’s clothing line played a part in her decision to leave RHOA. Sheree was feeling that the show played favorites with Kim Zolciak and NeNe Leakes and helped their endeavors along, while ignoring hers.

Sheree A friend told Radar Online: “Sheree was jealous of Kim and NeNe. She felt like she wasn’t getting as much attention, they all started together but it’s been unbalanced ever since.” Including the pimping of personal product lines on the show.  “They went out of their way to promote Kim’s wig line and gave her a spin-off for her wedding”, and they let NeNe film with both Glee and Celebrity Apprentice.  (and let’s not forget Kandi’s toy line!) Meanwhile, they spun Sheree’s clothing line launch into a huge joke.  (Thank you, Bravo!)

“She launched a clothing line and they turned it into a joke about how bad the clothes are. She wants to be a fitness instructor and they didn’t even promote that. They didn’t encourage her like they did the other two. She is just not as exciting, she is not as ridiculous, so viewers don’t care as much.”

All that whining aside, it boils down to money! Duh! How else will Neverland be completed? Sheree walked after she was offered significantly less than the others for the upcoming season.

“She was not offered the same money as they were. To be offered less money was the final blow, they said take it or leave it – so she left.”

Speaking of salary, Kim Z was obviously offered plenty, because despite reports that NeNe supposedly demanded they fire her, Kim’s definitely in for the next season of crazy.

Kim took to Twitter yesterday to squash the rumors that she’d been giving her walking papers along with Sheree.

“Lmao…I WILL be back next season on RHOA …. Going to miss @IamSheree though!!! Its Media fakeout!! They always lie!”

There ya have it. Kim is In.

TELL US – ARE YOU DYING TO BUY A SHE BY SHESPORTS BRA? DO YOU BELIEVE KIM WILL BE BACK NEXT SEASON? DO YOU THINK NENE TRIED TO HAVE HER FIRED?

 

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