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).
The Real Housewives of Atlanta has really undergone a transformation over the past few seasons, mostly due to NeNe Leakes‘ dramatic exit. NeNe’s final season on the show was a letdown considering her OG status. She barely appeared in episodes and fought with everyone in her path. Well, accept her No. 1 sidekick Marlo Hampton. She ditched the Zoom reunion never to return and has called for fans to boycott Bravo since her hasty exit.
NeNe is as skilled at being a reality TV personality as she is bad at being a good friend. She’s burned a lot of bridges throughout her time on RHOA because she’s the queen of shade, even if she takes it too far. Particularly, her decades-long friendship with Cynthia Bailey crashed and burned over 50 Cynt’s relationship with Kenya Moore. And we thought 50 Cynt was the weird friend with her contracts. The two made up, sort of, but haven’t stopped throwing shade back and forth now and again. Like, NeNe would only go to Cynthia’s wedding if she was paid to attend. She’s all about her bag. But to be fair, it’s clear after Season 13 that Cynthia has no storyline without NeNe.
After Season 13 of the Real Housewives of Atlanta, the cast is clearly due for a shake-up. Marlo Hampton needs a peach in her hand, to fix the “snoozefest” of a show. Kenya Moore and Porsha Williams’ long-time feud has been overplayed. And we even had #Bologate and Prophet Lott, yet the season just didn’t hit like the good old days. But I gotta give the ATL ladies a break — the COVID-19 pandemic took its toll on all Bravo shows. And it definitely wasn’t the worst — looking at you, Real Housewives of Orange County.
There’s been a lot of buzz about who will appear on RHOA Season 14. LaToya Ali may be one and done after her explosive debut. There are always rumors swirling that Phaedra Parks and/or Sheree Whitfield will make a return. Maybe even NeNe Leakes, never say never. And it’s obvious some of the girls just need to go.
Even though Cynthia Bailey went forward with her
superspreader wedding last year, she brought very little to the show. She really has been chilling on the sidelines since the days of Peter Thomas causing drama are behind her. Just look at the last reunion — she barely said a peep. Aside from defending having a huge wedding in the midst of a global pandemic, so big that even Bravo bailed on filming.
Marlo Hampton may not be a full-time Housewife, but she delivered the drama last season on Real Housewives of Atlanta. During the bachelorette party trip, hell froze over when Marlo and Kenya Moore made up. Of course, Kenya wanted to out Porsha Williams as one of the RHOA cast members who got frisky with stripper Bolo. Porsha wasn’t happy to see her friend Marlo siding with Kenya.
Marlo accused Porsha of lying when she denied having sex with Bolo. At the dinner with Big Freedia in New Orleans, Marlo had a melt-down at the table because she was trapped in the middle between warring peaches Kenya and Porsha. Marlo was so extra during that dinner.
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.
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.
The once great NeNe Leakes has fallen pretty far off the ladder. I’ll say it, NeNe was Real Housewives of Atlanta. If you watched that show, you knew who NeNe was and if you didn’t watch, you probably still knew who NeNe was. She was funny, she was refreshing, and she put RHOA in a place where it would not currently be without her influence. That was my say something nice.
Somewhere along the way, NeNe lost sight of the big picture. Instead of staying the course, she tried to take over the ship and appoint herself captain. But her ego grew several thousand sizes too big and even she lost control of it. NeNe
got fired left RHOA during the 13th season and she likens it to one of the music industry’s most heart-wrenching moments. In a recent interview, NeNe equates her departure from Housewives to that of Beyoncé Knowles leaving Destiny’s Child. I think the only current correlation between NeNe and Bey is NeNe has Bills, Bills, Bills.
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.