When you think about it, Bravo really changed the face of reality television. Sure, Bravo didn’t invent the genre, but over the years, the network has taken risks to start a wide variety of reality themed shows–from real estate to yachting and more. Many of these shows have been very successful and have been game changers in the reality television world.
Of course, the franchise Bravo is probably best known for is the Real Housewives. Who knew in 2006 that the franchise would still be going strong in 2019. From the original Real Housewives of Orange County, the show has landed in cities from New York to Dallas to Beverly Hills. One of the most successful spin-offs has been the Real Housewives of Atlanta. Recently, Peter Thomas, who used to be a regular on the show when married to Cynthia Bailey, shared his thoughts about how the men on the Housewives shows are portrayed.
It is Kenya Moore’s first season back since taking a brief departure from Real Housewives of Atlanta and she is already bored. Her return has been a thorn in the side of co-star NeNe Leakes and her marriage took a nosedive after filming the began. She has also reportedly had conflict with Eva Marcille, who has allegedly labeled Kenya both manipulative and a compulsive liar. So basically Kenya checks all the boxes for a reality television star.
That’s not to say it’s all been awkward. Kenya and her new baby have apparently been spending a lot of time with Porsha Williams and her daughter, Pilar Jehna. She’s also palling around with Cynthia Bailey, who is seemingly floating on a cloud of sex and wedding plans, since her engagement to Mike Hill. Aside from NeNe, another gal not pleased with Kenya’s revival is the non-peach holding Marlo Hampton. This is not unusual because Marlo is NeNe’s
henchwoman only remaining friend on the show. Now Kenya is saying she’s tired of the same old faces, no matter how many new faces some ladies can buy. She wants to jazz up the cast and cancel Marlo while she’s at it.
Am I the only one who clicked “rewind” when during the last episode of Real Housewives of Orange County? At some point in the conversation when Braunwyn Windham-Burke and her husband Sean Burke talked about “how pretty” Tamra Judge is, she told him that Tamra and Eddie Judge are just like them because they have threesomes too.
Wait. What? Was I just not paying attention during the previous episode with Braunwyn’s initial threesome confession? When did Tamra say that? Did I just tune out because I didn’t want to hear another conversation about CUT Fitness or her sons’ feud? Or is Braunwyn lying? Or did she divulge some information that Tamra said away from the cameras?
Phaedra Parks was part of Real Housewives of Atlanta for eight seasons. Phaedra was married to ex-convict Apollo Nida, and we watched as they welcomed their two sons. RHOA viewers also saw their marital struggles as their union fell apart.
In 2014, Apollo was sentenced to eight years in prison for fraud and identity theft. Apollo was released in June of 2019, but he violated his halfway house rules a few days later. So, he went back to jail. In a decision that surprised no one, Phaedra filed for divorce.
Real Housewives of Atlanta fans haven’t heard these words in a hot minute: “Mr. Chocolate.” All the way back during RHOA Season 7, Phaedra Parks was rumored to be dating a guy known as “Mr. Chocolate”… while she was still married to Apollo Nida.
Even with the text print-outs, Phaedra denied the cheating allegation, but the mystery remained. Or at least it did. Andy Cohen spilled the tea on that man’s identity.
There are some reality TV stars’ kids that we have literally watched grow up throughout the years. It’s crazy to think that Real Housewives of New Jersey viewers saw Teresa Giudice pregnant with Audriana Giudice during the Season 1 reunion. Now, she is a fifth grader. Do you feel old yet? I do. How about this one: Gia Giudice is a freshman in college.
Jersey Shore fans saw Snooki and JWoww go from hard-partying roomies to devoted moms. Now, their kids are in school too. And just like most other moms, reality TV stars took (and shared) photos of their kids’ first day of school.
It feels like a whole lifetime ago since Real Housewives of Atlanta fans saw Phaedra Parks take her young sons to visit their father in a Philadelphia prison. And I don’t even know these people. Imagine how Apollo feels. That’s actually the last time he saw his sons and it was probably paid for by the Bravo network.
Now, Apollo is out of jail and back in a Philadelphia halfway house since late July. And he’s back on Instagram. Recently, he accused Phaedra of keeping their two sons from him.
Andy Cohen is the boss of all bosses. Somehow he is able to put up with dozens of Housewives across seven cities. That sounds like an exhausting job. However, someone has to do it! There are so many characters and personalities among the various cities. No two Housewives are alike, and we love that. The variety in each city is what makes the reality TV franchise something special to watch.
Andy has probably learned a lot from the various women that have been on the franchise. Between Watch What Happens Live and the reunions, he spends A LOT of time with them. Hopefully, some of their traits have rubbed off on him. Well, as long as he avoids the super shady and petty characteristics. We want to know who HE thinks he is similar to. Set the record straight Andy!