Kandi Burruss, Nene Leakes, Cynthia Bailey & Phaedra Parks return for the drama, while Kenya Moore and Porsha Stewart are the two newbies on board (which I exclusively revealed many many months ago HERE and HERE).
Noticeably absent? Sheree Whitfield (who quit after she got fired at the end of Season 4), Kim Zolciak (hate to say I told you so) and Marlo Hampton, who apparently offended Bravo higher ups last season with her gay slur.
Photos + new cast member bios below…
**Updated with Season 5 Trailer***
Meet the two newbies… Porsha Stewart and Kenya Moore.
Porsha Stewart: Profession? Housewife.
Porsha is a saucy southern lady and embodies the essence of a confident woman wise beyond her years. A true “Georgia Peach,” Porsha was born and raised into a prominent family in Atlanta and is the granddaughter of Civil Rights leader and philanthropist, Rev. Hosea Williams. Residing in the exclusive Buckhead community in Atlanta, Porsha is a recent bride to former NFL football player Kordell Stewart and takes prides in being a new mom to her stepson, Syre.
Porsha always keeps family first, but in her spare time she manages to nurture a budding music career as well as various business ventures. Porsha will be taking her family’s legacy and enriched heart for giving into her new family with the unveiling of Kordell & Porsha Stewart Foundation for Cancer Research.
Porsha also enjoys spending time outdoors, reading, yoga, and afternoon dips in her pool. Well-known on the Atlanta social scene, some might say Porsha has it all.
Kenya Moore: Profession? Housewife (with no husband)…
Kenya is the triple threat with beauty, brains and talent.
Originally from Detroit, the former psychology major left Michigan with fierce drive and determination to build her own unique brand.
Perhaps most recognized for being crowned Miss USA, Kenya is also known for acting and having worked with many “A” list stars, is a film and TV producer and CEO of Moore Vision Media. She finds Atlanta to be the perfect environment to grow a business and a rich social life. Aside from being a serious career woman, Kenya enjoys writing, hitting the gym, and never passes up an opportunity to speak her mind.
A hopeless romantic, Kenya is ready to start a family with her Mr. Right.
[Sidebar: I spilled a ton of tea about Kenya's "search for Mr. Right" in a previous post... CLICK HERE if you missed it.]
Bravo’s synopsis of Season 5 falls right in line with my previous revelations about the show:
New ventures, sizzling romance, a whole lotta donkey booty, and two new Housewives arrive to turn up the heat in Hotlanta. Season 5 of The Real Housewives of Atlanta follows NeNe as she embarks on a new adventure as a rising star in Hollywood.
In the love department, NeNe flirts with the idea of rekindling a romance with her ex, Gregg (with whom she NEVER REALLY BROKE UP), meanwhile, new love is in the air for Kandi who has recently found herself a man. Focused on their expanding businesses, Cynthia dabbles into the world of pageants and Phaedra decides to create a fitness video all about achieving that signature “donkey booty.”
Kim is NOT in any of the promos and Bravo explains her absence as follows:
Our recently married Housewife Kim is also busy expanding her family, but manages to make it
out for theto at least one or two of the ladies’ events — even ones where NeNe is the guest of honor. Will these two ever make up or will she further distance herself from the group in favor of her family and man?
And as far as the DRAMA I’ve warned y’all about all Summer… Bravo reveals:
New Housewives Kenya and Porsha also join the mix and waste very little time stirring things up among this group of southern ladies.
The premiere episode of the show is scheduled to air on November 4, 2012 at 9pm EST and trust me when I tell you at least one of the newbies *cough* (Kenya) is bringing the DRAMA, as evidenced by her actions at last night’s black tie event.
Will you be tuning in for Season 5 or are you over it already?