Since their 2008 debut, Real Housewives of Atlanta has been one of the most beloved Housewives franchises on Bravo. It has also been one of the highest rated, season after drama-filled season. And former producer Carlos King has a little something to do with that. The “King of Reality TV” spent 4 seasons making RHOA great. In addition, he also produced the spin-offs that showcased both Kandi Burruss and NeNe Leakes getting married.
He reunited the OGs of RHOA, but his without his girl NeNe. The Instagram account Real Housewives Franchise posted the news on their page. The caption provides us with the details, “The Real Housewives of Atlanta OG’s (minus NeNe) reunite for the first time in 14 years on The Nightcap with Carlos King, which is set to air on June 11 on OWN.” It goes on to share who will appear, “The half-hour program will have Shereè Whitfield, Kim Zolciak-Biermann, Lisa Wu and DeShawn Snow share life updates and rehash drama from the first season.”
Ok, first things first – a half an hour? How can he spend only half an hour with our RHOA season one queens? Secondly, and I know we all all wondering – what about NeNe? Carlos and NeNe are allegedly close. And Carlos has sung her praises for years. Just last year, he said, “NeNe became a huge star after season 1. I saw it coming…She didn’t believe me. She was like ‘Shut up bitch.’” Carlos added, “She just made everyone laugh. She was fun and hilarious. She had it.”
Fans in the comments agreed. One user wrote, “Kind of anticlimactic if you’re missing the true OG.” Another agreed, “I know NeNe has her case going on.. but we miss her! Idk… she and bravo need to come to a resolution.” The “case” the comment is referring to is the open lawsuit NeNe has filed against Bravo. Which might just make things tricky for Carlos if he wants to stay on Bravo’s good side.
In April, NeNe filed suit against Bravo alleging racism during her time on RHOA. The suit reads in parts, “NBC, Bravo and True foster a corporate and workplace culture in which racially insensitive and inappropriate behavior is tolerated — if not, encouraged.” NeNe accused Kim, who she had a tumultuous friendship with on and off-screen for years, of racist behavior. While Kim is named in the suit, NeNe is not suing her directly.
So it looks like now we have our answer as to why NeNe likely wasn’t invited. Things would be pretty weird if the two of them sat on stage together after NeNe used Kim as an example in her lawsuit. But the real question is – if Carlos is cool with NeNe, why would he have Kim as a guest over her? Plus, we all know who the bigger star is. Kim is years removed from relevance and NeNe is an icon, even if she has lost fans over the years. But NeNe also claimed in her suit that Bravo had blackballed her after she spoke out…is this just one more example?
TELL US – DO YOU THINK THEY SHOULD HAVE HAD THE SHOW WITHOUT NENE? HAS SHE LOST HER SHOT TO BE PART OF RHOA, EVEN OFF BRAVO? DO YOU THINK SHE IS STILL COOL WITH CARLOS?
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