As Season 13 of the Real Housewives of Atlanta is nearing its end, I can confidently say that it was a bit of a let down. And it’s a shame because it had so much potential. Porsha Williams jumped head-first into activism and even got arrested at a protest. She may or may not have had a little too much fun with Bolo at Cynthia Bailey’s bachelorette party, but is pleading the fifth. Bravo gave us a wedding, a few break-ups and make-ups and even some brand-new cast members. But still, the season was a snoozefest. Particularly when it came to most of the peach holders.
Thankfully, the friends-of RHOA saved the day. Newbie LaToya Ali got into it with everybody. She shaded Drew Sidora’s wig, which ignited a season-long feud. She’s fought with Falynn Guobadia, Porsha and even her bestie Kenya Moore, who had a crush on her. And, as always, Marlo Hampton was a major highlight – even getting in the middle of the Kenya and Porsha feud. And wearing hazmat suits to events like a queen.
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.
This season of Real Housewives of Atlanta has centered on Cynthia Bailey’s wedding to sportscaster Mike Hill. And Cynthia’s wild bachelorette party in South Carolina. Stripper Bolo allegedly hooked up with two of the RHOA peaches. We’re looking at you, Porsha Williams and Tanya Sam!
In April of 2018, Cynthia and Mike met on Steve Harvey’s talk show, Steve. Mike was one of three eligible bachelors that Cynthia could select to date. In 2019, after Cynthia and Mike were dating for a year, Cynthia let it be known that she expected to marry Mike in 2020. No pressure, right?
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.
Real Housewives of New Jersey “OG” Teresa Giudice is living her best life right now. She split from long-time husband Joe Giudice after his pesky deportation to Italy. Before that, Teresa stood by her man through infidelity rumors and a stint
in jail at camp.
Teresa and Joe’s divorce was mostly completed in September, but the RHONJ stars are waiting for a court date to finalize the paperwork. Now Teresa has a new man, and she made it Instagram official.
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.