On her non-profit foundation website, former “Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast member DeShawn Snow writes that she was inspired to help teen girls after spending her formative years “worried about fitting in.”
It’s ironic then that Snow, whose option was not renewed for the hit Bravo show’s upcoming second season (producers kindly explained that Snow was “too human for a circus show”) encountered the same issue on the series.
Snow was criticized by viewers of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” reunion show (shot at the Biltmore) that she sat off to the side and declined to enter the claws-bared, name-calling drama that cropped up on camera.
“I guess maybe I didn’t fit in,” Snow told Buzz in an interview Friday.
“But the truth is, the other ladies had a lot of stuff going on that didn’t affect me. I wasn’t going to sit up there and talk crap if it didn’t involve me. I don’t need to show my tail like that. As I tell my [DeShawn Snow Foundation] girls, ‘People are always going to talk about you. That’s a fact. It’s how you choose to respond is what matters. You can’t be bitter. You’ve got to be better.”
Snow says the exposure from the show has helped to heighten awareness of her non-profit work that seeks to empower young women. That includes organizing a second annual Night of a Thousand Stars gala, set for Aug. 20 at Atlantic Station’s Twelve hotel (”Housewives” viewers will recall the first gala thrown at the home Snow shares with her retired Cleveland Cavalier husband Eric Snow and their children didn’t live up to her expectations).
“Everyone saw me do the first one on the show but I have to say it wasn’t as bad as the final edit made it appear,” Snow said. “I learned from it though and I realized I can’t do everything by myself.”
Snow is also readying a reality show that she’ll executive produce and host (”I learned through doing ‘Housewives’ that you need to have creative control”) and is now pitching to NBC/Bravo.
Said Snow: “It’s a show that will help women who have made mistakes and put them on a path to a better future.”
“No one will be voted off either,” Snow added. “But the women will all live in the same house. I know that drama sells and the drama will originate with everyone living under the same roof. But I’m confident that people want to see a reality show with a focus on the positive. One of the other ['Real Housewives'] girls criticized me saying, ‘Oh, DeShawn is too busy trying to save the world.’ I refuse to look at that as a bad thing.”
In addition to all of her other assorted projects, the licensed minister will return to school this fall to work on her divinity masters degree.
So, with her busy schedule will Snow tune into the second season of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta?”
Says the diplomatic DeShawn: “You know what? If time permits, I’ll tune in.”
For tickets or more information about next month’s gala, go to www.deshawnsnowfoundation.org
So, what’s your take? Should Snow have been taken off the drama-laden “Real Housewives?” Would you watch a kinder, gentler reality show hosted by Snow devoted to empowering women?