The success of a Real Housewives season is based on several factors, one of the biggest being the cast. The Real Housewives of Potomac has been so successful because the cast is truly an ensemble and they all bring their A-game year after year. And we saw last year on the Real Housewives of Orange County that no matter how hard you try, some ladies will just NOT work well together to make good TV. The rumblings around the current grandma-filled season of the Real Housewives of New York is also evidence of that, especially considering they’re a teeny tiny cast of 5 this year. And that’s clearly why Bravo is taking its time to figure out the next move for the Real Housewives of Atlanta.
Last season of RHOA was a bit all over the place. The Bolo hype was real, but aside from that, the season felt disconnected and a little stale. Kenya Moore and Porsha Williams will obviously never resolve their issues, and that as a storyline is played out. Newbie Drew Sidora and her bad wig was a bit of a bust. And Kandi Burruss and Cynthia Bailey essentially brought NOTHING to the season, and 50 Cynt even had a whole ass wedding. And again I’m pleading, WHY IS Marlo Hampton STILL PEACHLESS? Make it make sense.
It’s no secret Real Housewives of Atlanta might need some help. Last year was a fever dream and in the space of about five reality television minutes, it appears Season 14 of RHOA will revolve around Porsha Williams and her 97 wedding ceremonies to Simon Guobadia. Maybe if we’re super lucky, Drew Sidora will be there to provide updates on the prophets every five minutes and the Kenya Moore Hair Care marching band can supply entertainment.
Gossip is swirling that Cynthia Bailey’s time might be up, combined with hints of a potential returning Housewife. Chances are good it isn’t Phaedra Parks because it wouldn’t be Bravo’s best look to throw another opportunity at the woman who started a rape rumor. Now it appears Shereé Whitfield has picked up the phone, called Tyrone (called him), and she’s telling him to come on because the Bone Collector might be back on the job.
I firmly believe there is literally nothing Kandi Burruss can’t do. The Real Housewives of Atlanta star is a singer, songwriter, producer, restauranteur, actor, businesswoman, philanthropist — the list goes on. She’s also a badass mom and wife to Todd Tucker, and they are the definition of a power couple. Even though some people (*cough cough* NeNe Leakes) question Kandi’s career or come up, she remains unbothered and always finds a way to make her coin. The moral is don’t start none with Kandi and there won’t be none. Hear that, Phaedra Parks?
Season 13 of RHOA showed me that while I love Kandi, she might be beyond the show. While she used to get in blow-up fights with the cast, now she seems calm and collected. Well, unless you’re messing with her food. She doesn’t seem to hold grudges, forgiving Porsha Williams after all their history. She knows the definition of girl code and could teach Kenya Moore a thing or two about loyalty. Plus, she’s the Mistress Angel and has always been true to who she is on the show, through the good times and the bad. (Those rough days of Todd vs. Mama Joyce have stuck with me).
If this season of Real Housewives of Atlanta could be summed up in two words it would be “friend of”. It seems that Marlo Hampton, Falynn Guobadia and LaToya Ali were the only ones who came with their peaches in hand. Most of Falynn’s drama has been happening off screen and we can’t get enough. But let us not forget when she insulted
Porsha’s new man Falynn’s soon-to-be-ex, causing Falynn to chase her out of her house with a golf club. All in a medusa outfit complete with body paint. Whew.
But LaToya wasn’t done bringing the smoke, pissing off literally everyone. She came for Drew Sidora so hard, I didn’t think Drew would survive the season. And despite coming into the season as Kenya Moore’s new bestie, she certainly didn’t stay that way.
The current season of the Real Housewives of New York is truly unlike any other. The smaller gang of five women take on the coronavirus pandemic (namely, Ramona Singer’s maskless antics) and a racial reckoning across the country that truly impacted NYC in a significant way. The show FINALLY added its first Black cast member Eboni K. Williams, a friend of Leah McSweeney and a totally badass career woman.
It’s clear as Bravo has started to diversify Real Housewives casts from many cities that the burden is being put on the woman of color who are responsible for educating and correcting the behavior of upper-class white women of privilege. Just look at Tiffany Moon’s first season on the Real Housewives of Dallas or Crystal Kung Minkoff’s first few episodes on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. And honestly, it’s not their job to be the moral compass of the group. Just show me their massive houses and fabulous lifestyles, and let the ladies who can’t get with the program read a book to deal with their own issues.
Last week’s RHONY episode was especially hard to watch. Luann de Lesseps called Eboni “angry” and kicked her out of her house for correctly saying she has more education than her fellow co-stars. The Countess needs a chill pill. I’d understand the outrage if Eboni was trying to be the queen of cabaret or a spokesmodel for Jovani, but that’s not the case.
Season 13 of the Real Housewives of Atlanta might have been a bit of a “snoozefest” if it weren’t for Kenya Moore doing what she does best — stirring the pot and being as messy as possible. Whether she was trying to expose who slept with Bolo at Cynthia Bailey’s bachelorette party. Or throwing low-blows back and forth with Drew Sidora, Twirl knows how to play the villain. We also got to see another side of Kenya — her crush on LaToya Ali. This brought out a playful side, especially in the midst of her split from Marc Daly. And she and Marlo Hampton buried the hatchet, which made Porsha Williams pretty upset.
However, one of Kenya’s worst moments occurred at Falynn Guobadia’s Halloween party (you know, back when she was still with Simon Guobadia and he wasn’t engaged to Porsha4Real). Kenya dressed up as a “warrior princess” in a culturally insensitive Native American outfit. She and Bravo apologized after the episode aired and at the reunion, even though she tried to bring Drew down for doing the same thing. However, Drew has a tribal heritage and wore a Native American outfit as part of a cultural celebration, so it ended up looking even worse for Kenya. But to be fair, this is far from the first time a Real Housewives has been called out for cultural appropriation or racist actions. And some of them didn’t even give half of the apology Kenya gave.
It’s clear that every Real Housewives of Atlanta fan has plenty of feelings regarding Porsha Williams’ recent engagement to Simon Guobadia. Simon, otherwise known as the soon-to-be ex-husband of Porsha’s friend Falynn Guobadia, went down on one knee just a month after the two started dating. P got herself a huge diamond, a three-part TV special about her life and a whole lot of backlash. Oh, and a storyline for next season.
Considering Porsha4Real brought Falynn onto the show in the first place, it seemed like the ultimate break of the girl code. Even more than Kenya Moore’s investigation into BoloGate. Simon says the two called it quits because Falynn was cheating, which sounds like an Erika Jayne excuse. However, Falynn has receipts, proving she’s a better peach-holder than Drew Sidora, that the two aren’t even legally divorced yet. Meanwhile, Porsha has limited comments on Instagram while she dreams up her ideal TV wedding.
These prophets better stand all the way back because that Delilah spirit is coming in hotter than Hades around here. The Real Housewives of Atlanta is still bringing it after the final reunion episode. Am I the only one with whiplash from the latest on Porsha Williams and Simon Guobadia? Where is Drew Sidora when she could finally have something interesting to talk about?
I can’t imagine anyone reading this right now isn’t aware of the split between Falynn Guobadia and Simon. Pretty much anyone with a pulse at this point can thank a resurrection. I think we all just about died at the news of Simon and Porsha’s engagement last night. And after “only a month” together? Something in the
matched up Instagram pictures from January buttermilk isn’t clean….