It’s not every day that a Housewife walks away from the limelight on their own accord. Let’s just say these roles attract a certain time of fame-seeker. But, there are exceptions to every rule.
Following her single-season appearance in season 11 of Real Housewives of Atlanta, Shamari DeVoe made it very clear to her fans and critics that she was NOT fired from the franchise. Instead, the singer who was brought on by her pal Kandi Burruss decided to leave the show on her own. If you blinked, you may have missed Shamari’s time on RHOA. Personally? I adored her.
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.
No one can deny that Season 11 of Real Housewives of Atlanta was a tough one for NeNe Leakes and her husband, Gregg Leakes. NeNe ripped up Cynthia Bailey’s friendship contract because Cynthia was hanging with Kenya Moore.
NeNe was infuriated when RHOA co-stars Kandi Burruss and Porsha Williams ventured into NeNe’s closet against her wishes. Worst of all, Gregg announced in June of 2018 that he was battling stage 3 colon cancer.
Real Housewives of Atlanta alum Phaedra Parks is a controversial character. When she first joined the show, she was hilarious with her quick one-liners and over-the-top parties put on by none other than Dwight Eubanks. When Phaedra was good, she was good — pickle photo shoots, her mortician journey, her donkey booty in a thong. But when she was bad, boy, did things get dark. We can’t forget her crusade against Kenya Moore, calling her a “whore” every chance she got, based on lies from her ex-husband Apollo Nida. And the nail in the coffin was when she spread horrible rumors about Kandi Burrus and Todd Tucker, claiming they were planning to drug and rape Porsha Williams. While Miss Phaedra might have no regrets from her time on RHOA, she probably should have a few.
As an RHOA cast shakeup is imminent, fans have been talking about who they’d like to see added back to the show. Phaedra and OG Sheree Whitfield’s names have been thrown around quite a bit. And to be honest, I was rooting for Phaedra. I miss her hilarious reads and her adorable children on my TV. But her actions are unjustifiable and she needs to put in the work to earn a return. And based on some of her recent social media activity, it’s not exactly looking like Phaedra is ready to sit back, listen and learn. Unfortunately.
Real Housewives of Atlanta star Cynthia Bailey was smitten with Mike Hill from the jump. They even had the cute nickname, “CHill.” She put it out in the universe that she wanted to marry Mike in 2020. The model was previously married to Peter Thomas, but they called it quits in 2016.
Mike asked for Cynthia’s hand in marriage on July 26, 2019 at the grand opening of the Bailey Wine Center. The RHOA star was shocked! You know what else was shocking? Finding out that Mike and his ex-wife used to watch the show, and Cynthia was their favorite Housewife. Wow.
Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Season 13 wasn’t all that. There are rumors that a cast shake-up may be in the works, and honestly, the franchise needs it.
Cynthia Bailey was involved in some of the action this season. Her dungeon-themed bachelorette party, which was thrown by RHOA co-star Kandi Burruss, featured stripper Bolo. And Porsha Williams and Tanya Sam were alleged to have spent some sexy private time with Bolo.
Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kandi Burruss is one of those people who always has a million things on their plate at all times. She started off her career as a singer/songwriter but has dabbled in a little bit of everything. Including Kim Zolciak’s failed singing career. She’s got several successful businesses and a boss attitude to match. And her partner-in-crime Todd Tucker is always by her side, whether he’s helping with projects or taking care of their adorable kids.
While Kandi is always working, her recent seasons of RHOA were light on the drama. She always brings a sexy edge and plenty of hilarious facial reactions, but that’s about it. Her shining moment from Season 13 wasn’t when she was running Cynthia Bailey’s dungeon party as Mistress Angel. It was when she blew up on Kenya Moore for not sharing a crab cake. That’s the Kandi I need to see more of if she comes back to RHOA next season.