Season 6 of The Real Housewives of Atlanta is coming to a close, and there have been a slew of rumors about cast firings.
The popular reality show, whose cast members include Nene Leakes, Phaedra Parks, Kandi Burruss, Kenya Moore, Cynthia Bailey and Porhsa Williams, may have actually completed it’s highest rated season yet.
The fight that occurred between Porsha and Kenya during part one of the reunion show (click HERE to watch again), has apparently bolstered each of the ladies stock in the reality show world, but that hasn’t stopped the rumor mill from running with talk that Porsha had been booted… especially after Andy Cohen kindly sent her home during the taping.
Many have reported that Porsha, Cynthia and even Marlo (who’s not even a ‘housewife’) have all been booted from the show for season 7.
Well I beg to differ my friends… and I have the REAL tea on the season 7 cast!
If care to know who’s leaving, who’s staying and who’s coming aboard for season 7, read below (spoiler alert!)…
For the record, Marlo’s guest appearances were all UNPAID, just like the other ‘background’ characters you saw coming and going (i.e. Chuck & Mynique Smith and Christopher & Natalie Williams).
From what I’ve heard, all Marlo got outta the deal was a few camera shots showing off her fabulous fashions and a chance to ‘stick it’ to her former friend Nene, by cozying up to Kenya Moore.
That’s it. I hope it was worth it….
Rumors of Porsha being fired first started back when it was revealed that she dragged Kenya across the reunion show floor.
My sources all confirm that Porsha’s job is safe and she will be returning next season.
Unfortunately, Kenya Moore’s spot is safe as well. *sigh*
As long as Moore is willing to act a fool for her pay, she’s guaranteed a paycheck.
On the other hand, Kenya may opt to leave on her own (fingers crossed), for I’ve heard that she has her own scripted show in the works for TVOne.
Former ‘besties’ Nene Leakes and Cynthia Bailey have clearly been at odds, and while Nene admitted that Bailey was the weakest link during her one on one with Bravo Andy on Watch What Happens Live!, Bailey isn’t going anywhere either.
That leaves Phaedra Parks and Kandi Burruss, and needless to say, they’re both safe as well.
So you heard it here first, no one is getting booted… none… zero… zip… nada!
That being said, there will definitely be some new (and/or recycled) additions to the cast next season.
It’s been a long time rumor that ex-housewife Sheree Whitfield would be returning and being that she had absolutely NOTHING on her plate, that’s not as far fetched as some may think.
When Sheree left the show, she was making around $400,000 and my sources say that IF she returns, she won’t be getting anywhere near that dollar figure.
I’ve heard Sheree asked for $200,000 to return for season 7 and executives laughed in her face. Negotiations continue, but while Sheree would probably want fans to believe she’s playing herd ball, it’s a known fact that she’ll return for free, so at a minimum, she’ll have a few ‘Marlo-like’ cameos filming with Kenya Moore.
For the record, I’m told that producers also asked Kim Zolciak to return and she said no… (or hell no!).
Another new (brand new) addition that I’ve heard Bravo has their eye on is Valeisha Butterfield-Jones.
Valeisha (36), is the wife of Atlanta Hawks player Dahntay Jones and daughter of North Carolina Congressman G.K. Butterfield and State Representative Jean Farmer Butterfield. She is also a graduate of Clark Atlanta University.
Valeisha married NBA baller Dahntay Jones in 2011, and is no stranger to the blawgs being that she was involved in several high profile relationships prior to finding the love of her life (she was once engaged to rapper Game and also dated BET’s Terrence J.).
But Valeisha Butterfield-Jones is not just a basketball wife.
She spent six years as Executive Director of Russell Simmons’ voter education and youth empowerment organization Hip-Hop Summit Action Network and went on to work in the Obama administration from 2009-2011 as Deputy Director of Public Affairs for International Trade, after serving several years as a volunteer.
In 2012, Butterfield-Jones served as National Youth Vote Director for the Obama for America re-election campaign. She was also once recognized by ESSENCE Magazine as one of its top 40 executives under 40.
Valeisha would probably be my best bet as a new addition for season 7, but nothing is written in stone as of yet.
So to reiterate…
1. No one is getting fired. All season 6 cast mates are said to be returning for season 7.
2. Bravo is definitely considering bringing back former ‘housewife’ Sheree Whitfield, but her pride may be a deciding factor being that they are unwilling to pay her much (if anything).
3. Kim Zolciak was asked to return but she said no…
4. Valeisha Butterfield-Jones is in the top running to be the newest housewife to hold a peach…
How do you feel about news that everyone will be back for season 7?
Glad, mad or sad??