As if you didn’t already know, Real Housewives of Atlanta castmember Lisa Wu Hartwell (one of the only REAL housewives on the show) will be leaving this season.
Atlanta housewife newbie Cynthia Bailey’s drama filled wedding took place this past weekend and Lisa Wu Hartwell was a no-show. Her absence sparked rumors that she was no longer part of the show. Reports now say that she and Bravo have parted ways over “creative differences”.
I’ve called Lisa’s storyline “boring” on many occasions and apparently that’s Bravo’s assessment as well. A source close to Atlanta Housewives production says,
“They basically wanted to script elements of Lisa’s life and make her amp up the drama. She wasn’t with that at all. Lisa felt like if her real life alone wasn’t enough for the network, then maybe it was time for her to go.”
I’ve heard tales of Bravo producers begging Lisa to create drama within her household so that viewers would stay interested but she refused. [Good for her!]
With a successful real estate business, as well as a book launching soon, Lisa’s got a lot going on besides the show anyway. Ed Hartwell also recently launched a new fitness calendar.
Lisa and Ed are such a cute couple and while it may be “boring” to watch them besides the likes of drama-filled NeNe Leakes, it’s refreshing that they keep their love alive without all that “extra”.
Now for the juicy stuff!
Cynthia Bailey married entrepreneur Peter Thomas last weekend in a ceremony that was taped for the show. Thomas is/was owner of Atlanta’s Uptown Restaurant and Lounge.
Word on the street is that the location is now closed due to some unpaid expenses and there is a lien on the building in excess of $25,000. I’ve also heard that there were many employees that showed up for work a few days ago who were totally caught off guard by the closing.
This current state of affairs is not surprising at all, being that Bravo intentionally chooses their “housewives” based on drama factor. We’ve all been trying to figure out what Bailey’s spin will be on the show and if this restaurant closing is any indication, I’m sure we’ll be seeing some Fox-5 type investigations on her new hubby, like they did NeNe’s.
Stay tuned… this season is about to be off the dayum chain!