The Real Housewives of Atlanta concluded it’s explosive 7th season with the airing of Part 3 of their 3-part reunion show last night (May 10, 2015).
NeNe and Cynthia discuss the demise of their relationship and if there is any glimmer of hope for a reconciliation. Claudia and NeNe address their rocky start and attempt to settle their differences.
Therapist Dr. Jeff joins the ladies to rehash their group therapy session and in a shocking turn of events, NeNe breaks down in tears and opens up to the group that leads to a surprising conclusion.
VIDEO: RHOA S7 Reunion (Part 3)
Kandi’s new catch phrase is ‘let’s be clear’ and it’s clear that she and her hubby Todd are working on expanding their family despite their marital issues.
An entire segment was devoted to the pair, as they spoke about everything from Mama Joyce’s ‘half-assed’ apology for calling Todd’s mom a prostitute to the drama surrounding their pre-nup issues.
Kandi noted that her mom’s apology was made well before Todd’s mom died, providing an excuse for what seemed to viewers as her mom’s heartlessness about the situation.
Todd spoke about how supportive the cast was when his mom passed away and how both Peter and Gregg attended the funeral (Gregg even spoke during the proceedings).
It was also revealed that Phaedra provided some assistance with the funeral arrangements, although she wasn’t able to attend the service.
[Sidebar: The real shade of the segment was when Phaedra was asked about her take on Kandi’s marital problems, Parks made it known that she would stay OUT of their business… but ‘let’s be clear’ Kandi clearly doesn’t follow the same ideology in that she asserted her opinion time and time again about Phaedra’s issues with Apollo.]
Nene and Cynthia address the demise of their friendship and throughout all of the explanations, we still don’t know why they aren’t friends.
This reunion took us back two seasons to when Nene called Peter a ‘bitch’… Cynthia attempts to break it down and whatever the issue is between these two occurred over how that storyline developed.
Gregg and Peter agreed to hash it out on air, but Nene and Cynthia didn’t know it would go as far as it did. Cynthia also brought up Nene’s appearance on WWHL after last season’s reunion, where she spoke about Cynthia being boring.
Bailey seems to feel that Nene speaking out against her on the aftershow was her effort to ‘take food off her table’.
[Sidebar: There’s that ‘puppet master’ accusation again. Does Nene really have the power to boot people off the show? Interesting.]
Nene seems to only be offended that Cynthia insinuated to the other ladies that Nene was a ‘bad friend’ but whatever the issue is… it seems fixable. But being that they are both on a ‘reality show’ built on drama, the rift just gets bigger and bigger with each passing season and even THEY don’t know why.
Porsha Williams went from a happy homemaker with Kordell Stewart, to the princess of Thotland (or Thotlanta) this season on RHOA.
It was just a few seasons ago that Williams couldn’t even go to a strip club without her husband’s permission, but now that she’s single…. Nene joked that she now WORKS in one.
‘I done twerked my way into happiness….’ Porsha states as she jokes about her raunchy attire.
Williams also talks about how her grandfather, Hosea Williams, was portrayed in the film Selma and his work during the civil rights movement.
Porsha seems happy in her singledom and admits that her attire is a bit risque, but she’s having fun and there isn’t a law against that… is there?
For whatever reason, Andy let Claudia speak this week as they addressed Nene’s ‘half-breed’ statement.
While Leakes has apologized about 10 times on air for her statements, I’m personally appalled that Jordan was let off the hook about her own offensive statements.
Claudia has made it known time and time again that she’s ‘half-white’ (or ‘half-black’- whichever suits her audience) and that she has a hard time ‘fitting in’.
Sadly, Jordan’s ‘tragic mulatto’ storyline was jeopardized by her own racist comments: 1. She once referred to a Black man as a monkey (READ HERE), 2. she once called Tiny Harris a ‘waste of light skin’ (READ HERE), 3. she once joked about not seeing dark skinned Black people in the dark (READ HERE).
Due to outrage surrounding Claudia’s ‘colorful’ commentary, she switched up her storyline and pretended to be an aspiring comedian, I assume in an effort to make viewers believe that all those racial comments were supposed to be funny… didn’t work with me.
‘Let’s be clear’… (in my Kandi voice) Nene apologizing to a person who clearly has her own offensive views on race would be a moot point. They should clearly let bygones by bygones and move on.
Nene revealed that Claudia was more upset about being called a ‘hollywood hoe’ than she was at the half-breed comment, but whatever the case, Leakes provided an apology to the world (but not Claudia) about her comment, stating:
If you’re asking me to apologize to the viewers, then fine. If there is anyone out there who were offended by that comment, then I wholeheartedly apologize to you for that. I never meant to offend anyone by making that comment at all.
I have friends that are bi-racial. My girlfriends are Black, White, Chinese. Hell… I may even be mixed.
Chile… I guess.
Dr. Jeff returns for the final segment of the reunion show to discuss Nene’s explosive departure during their friend therapy session.
Nene brought out the issues surrounding why she chose to walk out of the session, stating she was abandoned, abused, and had her own issues throughout her life and she felt ‘some kinda way’ about how everyone else used their pain against her, while she chose to hold her own pain deep inside.
Leakes has an emotional break down (or break through) on the reunion set as Dr. Jeff revealed it was his strategy to get Nene to share her struggles with the rest of the group by allowing them to confront her first.
Cynthia Bailey speaks up and shares with her former friend how she’s proud of her and her accomplishments and how she knows that Leakes is struggling with the stress of having the whole world on her shoulders for her family, friends and her own personal goals.
Nene leaves the set to regroup and Cynthia, Phaedra, Porsha and Dr. Jeff all go along with her to calm her down.
Kandi, Claudia and Kenya remain on set, and it’s clear that Kandi doesn’t see it for Nene at all. Even Kenya offered a bit of empathy, although she tried to make it all about her.
Burruss, who seems to cry on cue most days, didn’t seem to feel a thing as Nene left and even acted amazed that Cynthia returned with tears in her eyes.
Gregg revealed to Andy that Nene’s mom had 5 kids when she was very young and couldn’t take care of them all by herself. She sent Nene and her brother to Athens to be raised by her Aunt in Athens, while she raised the other 3 children. He says Nene has always wondered why she was the one who had to be sent away and has held those issues of abandonment and hurt inside all these years.
The reunion ends with Dr. Jeff pointing out that despite the fights and the competition, that all of the ladies were there for Nene for her breakdown (well almost…)
Nene shares how hard it is for her to talk about her painful past but admits that not talking about it will eventually wear her down.
Nene is a survivor. You carry a lot. You carry your past, you carry your future, you carry a lot.
Girl, you know you do a lot. I think we all do a lot, but I know what you do and I understand what you do.
I’ve always respected your hustle cause I know it didn’t have to be that way, you could have gave up. But you never stopped…
The episode wraps with the ladies all sharing their thoughts on the season:
Cynthia shared how she feels the air has cleared and also offers an apology to Phaedra about the pain she caused.
Claudia – I’ve grown and learned a lot from being with this group of ladies.
Kenya – For me the season was about understanding myself, understanding forgiveness. Being careful about saying the word ‘never’.
Porsha – I appreciate the fact that in our own little ways we’ve all had breakthroughs…
Kandi – Life is like a roller coaster. You have your up years and your down years but as long as you keep hanging on, you’ll come back up. I’ve got a lot of positive things ahead, so I’m excited for the future.
Nene – After I came back, it was great that the ladies were supportive (she mentioned all the ladies by name except Kandi). ‘we share sisterhood. it’s great to know that if something happens, the people you work with everyday would at least be there for you’.