Real Housewives of Atlanta might have had a lackluster last season, but it wasn’t always that way. Sure, the days of NeNe Leakes and Kim Zolciak arguing on a tour bus over a one hit wonder are long gone. But I recently did a rewatch of the good ole days. One person stuck out as a true star that carried the show: Phaedra Parks. Drag me if you will, but that woman brought a je ne sais quoi to the franchise.
From calling people “oatmeal pie face” to using phrases like “crazier than a road lizard”, Phaedra brought it all. The off the cuff jokes, the sheer delusion, the notion that she could get away with faking the due date of a pregnancy. She had it all! Of course, Phaedra got the boot for the unforgivable. Sadly, that was the point she had to stop being my favorite housewife. But it does seem as though she has had some time to reflect on her past on RHOA. She even graciously accepted an apology from Kenya Moore for her inappropriate behavior towards Phaedra’s said then-husband, Apollo Nida.
It’s been a while since Phaedra Parks was living her best life on Real Housewives of Atlanta. Phaedra was kicked off the show ahead of Season 10 after she spread a rumor that Kandi Burruss and her husband, Todd Tucker, wanted to allegedly drug and sexually assault Porsha Williams. That is still so wrong.
Phaedra also engaged in a feud with Kenya Moore. During a RHOA tropical get-away, Kenya flirted with Phaedra’s husband, Apollo Nida. Phaedra shamelessly busted out her thong collection, and it was enough to make anyone blush.
As this season of the Real Housewives of Atlanta comes to an end, the real star of the show has proven time and time again to be Bolo the stripper. He was the main source of drama throughout the season. Kenya Moore has been on a mission to expose Porsha Williams and Tanya Sam for sleeping with the stripper at Cynthia Bailey’s bachelorette party. Porsha and Tanya have denied it and won’t fess up. Bolo caused some tension between Drew Sidora and LaToya Ali as well, thanks to some booty poppin on a coffee table. At the reunion, a Bolo mannequin was even present on stage to convey his importance to the storyline.
What RHOA really needs, like Marlo Hampton suggests, is Phaedra Parks back. Phae is a master at stirring the pot and make Atlanta dramatic again. It was rumored she was going to replace COVID Bailey last season, but unfortunately, that didn’t happen. We could’ve saw Phaedra and Twirl unpack their drama surrounding Apollo Nida. She could’ve been involved in the amends made between Porsha and Kandi Burruss, even though she was the reason for the feud in the first place. Truly, so many moments would’ve been better with Phaedra there. Maybe next year.
The Real Housewives franchise has its fair share of cast financial scandals. And as each scandal breaks, fans question how the network vets their cast members. Lisa Vanderpump and Ken Todd supposedly violated California labor laws. Former business partners sued Dorit Kemsley & PK Kemsley for monies owed.
Teresa Giudice spent 11 months in jail for bankruptcy fraud. Her ex-husband Joe Giudice was away for 41 months. Phaedra Parks’ ex-husband Apollo Nida who served 96 months. Recently, Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star Jen Shah was charged with alleged conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering. She’s facing one of the heaviest legal battles in Real Housewives history. A battle that, if lost, will come with a lengthy prison sentence. If found guilty, Jen could face a maximum sentence of 30 years.
We all know that Monique Samuels will not be on Real Housewives of Potomac when the show returns for Season 6. It’s been rumored that she’s been replaced by Mia Thornton, but it’s unclear if Mia is a full-time Housewife or a part-time cast member.
We also don’t know if there are any other new additions to the cast, but there is some potentially explosive gossip circulating.
When Real Housewives of Atlanta producers asked Kenya Moore if Drew Sidora’s husband Ralph Pittman was good looking during one of her confessional interviews, I could not help getting flashbacks to Kenya and Apollo Nida flirting it up back in the day. On every cast trip, they irked his then-wife Phaedra Parks. She was so annoyed that she wore that whole mesh bathing suit/ coverup ensemble.
They argued about this at multiple reunions. Apollo even claimed that Kenya came on to him off-camera when they were both in Los Angeles. Phaedra slut-shamed Kenya for years. Kenya disrespected Phaedra’s marriage for years. It was just such a messy situation, all around. Then, right before Apollo was set to go into prison he finally spit out the truth: he never saw Kenya in LA. He made that whole thing up. Regardless, the damage was done. Phaedra and Kenya’s animosity produced some iconic moments, but does she regret any of it?
During these trying times, we take what we can get and what we are getting is more Candiace Dillard. Real Housewives of Potomac had an explosive season and part of it was due to Candiace’s award-winning performance as the “before” photo of an Oprah makeover. I would like to remind the class to keep your hands to yourself because sometimes folks who talk the talk don’t want to walk the walk.
Candiace’s trip to the wild side with Monique “Please Do” Samuels gave the show a boost. This particular #physicalaltercationbybravo garnered so much attention, LOTS of people weighed in, including other Housewives. Enter Porsha “I Wish A Bitch Would” Williams, the Real Housewives of Atlanta star and friend to Monique. Porsha implied Candy sued Mo for a money grab. Candiace responded (because she was 600 miles away), but apparently didn’t get it all out. Now Candy has something else to say to Porsha – Chris Bassett, come get your wife.
There’s really no clever introduction for this story. Homophobic tweets have resurfaced from Real Housewives of Potomac cast member Candiace Dillard. A majority of the posts she shared are from 2010 and 2011.
The already-controversial reality star has spoken out about the public’s discovery of these tweets.