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.
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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.
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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.
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The Atlanta Journal Constitution is reporting today that Sheree, 39, owes two separate law firms more than $180,000 in divorce-related fees.
According to AJC, Sheree was first sued last year by attorney Steve Montalto for more than $87,000 in unpaid fees related to her divorce to ex-husband Bob Whitfield. The lawsuit has yet to be resolved.
Montalto says Sheree has “ignored and stonewalled any effort to respond to post-judgment discovery about her assets and income,” He has asked a judge to force her to respond and to threaten her with incarceration. “She thinks she’s above the law,” he said.
The next lawsuit was filed just days ago on June 10 by Weinstock & Scavo. The law firm began working with Sheree in 2007, and alleges she owes them $96,190.18 in fees related to her divorce. Even worse, interest on the owed amount has mounted to $18,709.07.
This news doesn’t come as a big surprise as Sheree’s financial struggles has been well documented in the press. She lost her home to foreclosure just last year. Sheree has yet to comment on the lawsuits.
The Atlanta housewife attended a Dancing Stars of Atlanta Benefit event Sunday night along with her fellow castmates and the photos tell it all. While Nene has yet to publicly comment on her plastic surgery, she looks noticeably different in the face. There are also rumblings that she had more than her nose done. You can see more photos of Nene below.
Nene who was in attendance with her husband Gregg despite separation rumors, was actually at the event to support her fellow housewife Sheree Whitfield, who danced at the charity event which raised thousands of dollars for the Alzheimer’s Association.
Also in attendance were Kandi Burruss, Kim Zolciak’s wig, and new housewife Cynthia Bailey. Photos below are courtesy of FreddyO.
The Real Housewives of Atlanta ladies have been rather busy lately. The good news is no evictions, foreclosures, or short sales have been reported for any of the housewives in almost a year. And though a new housewife (reported to be Phaedra Parks) has been added to the mix for the third season, Lisa Wu Hartwell revealed exclusively to Hollywood life that no housewife will be leaving.
This is good news for Lisa, as she was heavily rumored to be the housewife getting the axe. As for her feelings for the new housewife, Lisa has none as she revealed she doesn’t know the newest housewife. Lisa also recently made her TV acting debut when she guest starred on the TBS sitcom – Meet The Browns on Monday.
Sheree Whitfield – It seems Sheree has found out the hard way that starting a fashion line is never easy, as she has now decided to move on from her infamous She by Sheree fashion line. “I’ve slowed down quite a bit,” Sheree told HoneyMag.com. “It’s a lot of work and I’ve got so many things that I’m really passionate about. Don’t get me wrong that’s my passion, but right now it’s hard trying to find the right group of people to come together and help out. You can’t do it by yourself. It takes a team. And being in Atlanta it’s very hard. If I was in L.A., if I was in New York, if I was in Paris, you have those type of like-minded people. I can’t find people with the same business sense that I have.”
Nene Leakes – The always loud outspoken Nene had quite a bit to say about the rumored upcoming Bravo housewives franchise – The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. “If they do the Beverly Hills Housewives, they’ll probably be all plastic – big lips, fake tits, tummy tucks,” she told Pop Tarts. As for her favorite Bravo housewife? Nene reveals that “Gretchen Rossi (of the O.C) is the only one that I truly, truly love,” she added. “I think she’s fun, beautiful and she’s making all the bit**es mad and I love it. Make ‘em mad girl! She has great hair; we talk all the time and just had dinner together in Beverly Hills. Did I say she has great hair?”
Kandi Burruss – Blogger SandraRose recently reported that Kandi’s newly opened boutique store, Tags, might be going out of business very soon. According to the blogger, business has been slow for the store, which opened last November. The blogger also claimed the store was being closed during business hours and phone calls were going unanswered. Kandi however denied this story in an interview with AJC. “Our store is doing very very well,” she said, while also acknowledging that January was slow but that’s a traditionally quiet month for clothing retail anyway. Kandi revealed November and December were very strong and that the boutique just added online shopping as well at www.tagsatl.com.
The 3rd season of The Real Housewives of Atlanta is scheduled to begin filming next month. The housewives will reportedly become the highest paid Bravo Housewives at the rate of $150,000 each, which makes sense considering their series is the most watched.
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 fromStraightfromthea.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.