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Kandi Burruss interview for upcoming “Real Housewives of Atlanta” season two debut July 30

Kandi Burruss, the newest member of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” was lined up to be part of a current BET show “Tiny & Toya.”

That show features Burruss’ fellow ex-Xscape singing group member Tameka “Tiny” Cottle. (They co-wrote TLC’s biggest hit “No Scrubs”)

But that deal did not work out earlier this year. A week later, the producers of “Housewives” called.

“Everything happens for a reason,” she mused in a phone interview last week to promote the second season debut of “Housewives” Thursday at 10 p.m. “Maybe this is what I was supposed to do.”

Burruss was a big fan of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” when it debuted to surprisingly robust ratings last fall.

“I used to TiVo it all the time,” she said. “But I never saw myself being on the show.”

First of all, 33-year-old Burruss said she’s not a “housewife.” “I’m a working woman,” she said. “Even after marriage, I’ll never be a housewife.” But she learned quickly, “it’s just a show.”

Coming in, she noted, she didn’t feel she had any drama. She said she’s financially secure and raises her daughter Riley on her own. But when she was named to be on the show, people on the blog started slagging on her fiance A.J. and his six kids. “Plus, my mother doesn’t like him. She isn’t happy about me getting married to him. So it became an issue.”

Burruss said she didn’t know NeNe Leakes, Sheree Whitfield or Kim Zolciak before the taping. She was an acquaintance with Lisa Wu Hartwell through Tiny.

Here’s her take on the four others:

Sheree: “She’s not as bad as I thought she’d be. I already knew her ex husband [Bob Whitfield.] I was really cool with him. Times I have seen her before, I thought she had attitude issues. Once I was around her, I thought she was pretty cool.”

Kim: “I like Kim. We’re both Tauruses. We always make jokes about it. To me, she’s a real person. She’s over the top with some of the things she says and does. But she’s funny. She’s very fun to be around. She’s good to people. One thing I noticed is she picks up on little stuff. She remembers everybody’s name in the crew. That means she takes time to get to know people. She also checks in with me to see how I’m doing. It has nothing to do with the show.”

Lisa: “She’s a supernova of energy. I’ve never seen anyone like her. We have a good time when we’re together. I respect the fact she’s definitely about her businesses.”

NeNe: “The crazy thing is I was a fan last year. I really liked her a lot. Now I’m cordial with her because we have to do press together… I would say we would not hang out together if we weren’t on this show.” [She wouldn't say what the falling out was. We'll have to wait until the show airs.]

Burruss said she’s nervous how she’s going to be edited. “Everyone knows NeNe and I bump heads. I saw the previews and was like, ‘Oh my goodness! How is that going to come off on TV?’ Plus, she has fans. Are they going to be mad at me? You never know how people are going to judge you. Before this, people knew me for my music and songs I wrote for other people. They never saw my personal life.”

She said she didn’t do the show for money. “I’m doing it for the experience and the fun of it. And it does put light on the projects you’re working on.”

Burruss is working on a solo album and she’s still writing for other artists. (Her past clients have included Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys and Mariah Carey.) Plus, she’d like to get into TV and movies.

47 comments Add your comment

Johnson

July 28th, 2009
6:19 pm

If I wanted to see a bunch of obnoxious black chicks, I’d go to the movies here in Atlanta.

Tameka

July 28th, 2009
7:58 pm

I can’t wait to watch the show I have been waiting since last season ended. Johnson you do not have to watch the show go the movies in the ATL.

regina

July 28th, 2009
9:25 pm

Johnson, why are you reading an article & commenting on a show about a bunch of obnoxious black chicks if you aren’t interested in the show. I don’t read or comment on articles about obnoxious white chicks on The Hills. If you don’t like it don’t watch.

Here We Go

July 28th, 2009
10:17 pm

More racist comments in 3, 2, 1…

count_schemula

July 29th, 2009
1:18 am

Is the thin veneer of civilization really that thin in the A?

Pat

July 29th, 2009
7:17 am

count_schemula……..hmmm…let me guess….you’re either from LA, or NY….claiming to be civilized??? Oh yeah, that’s why everyone is moving down here. Perhaps it’s not the southerners who are making ATL horrible, it’s the transplants.

betterthingstodo

July 29th, 2009
7:20 am

I cannot believe that this is what is being represented as “Real” housewives in Atlanta. I could have picked better candidates blindfolded in a Red Lobster Restaurant.

George

July 29th, 2009
7:29 am

pathetic, sad representation of ATL – no one will remember them after their 15 minutes are up..

Rasheed Willis

July 29th, 2009
7:39 am

These Applebottom girls should rule da world! I love my Black Atlanta women! Especially when they eat chickenwings with dey long fingernails at JR Crickets! All you white people are afraid of us! I got a BLACK women in the WHITE House now!!!!

Obama is my Black President!!!!!

bbv

July 29th, 2009
7:40 am

I like the show. It is like watching a train wreck. It is fun to watch a bunch of idiot wannabes. I do have to admit though, it is embarrassing for Atlanta to have such idiots representing us.

Julie

July 29th, 2009
7:46 am

Hmmm, Johnson if you want to see someone obnoxious, then try looking in your family because I am sure you have them in on your door step. Pat, I agree with you. Its funny how most people from up north, midwest, and westcoast are very ignorant and think they know, yet they are moving down here. In addition to that making traffic worse because most of them don’t drive(lol). I am disgusted everytime I get on the interstate here.

Now, its funny how this show about black women get much criticism, but the other shows are peachy. I watch the other shows and I think they are horrible as well, because they really don’t have the sense God gave them.

k

July 29th, 2009
7:53 am

I agree with Julie. Because that person(1st commentor) just wants attention, I’m not gonna satisfy that for him. To the other people who come in here and complain about southerners, just do us a favor and leave, because you don’t make us feel bad you just make yourself look ignorant and miserable because you took the time and energy to move here to be around all of us wonderful, southern people! :)

Anita

July 29th, 2009
7:56 am

Pat & Julie, you’ve got a lot of nerve. I don’t think it’s the folk from north, midwest or west coast. A study just came out that showed people in the southeast don’t know the rules of the road. For instance, you slow down when you come to a flashing yellow, you don’t stop.

Anyhow, all of the Real wives shows are ghetto but the Atl is really ghetto. It has nothing to do with the color of the ladies’ skin but the types of women that the producers chose. The producers needed the these types to keep the rating up. So if you don’t like it don’t watch the show. I don’t but there are some who like the show.

AtownDownBoy

July 29th, 2009
8:00 am

Nobody wants to be with these Hoe’s, maybe sleep with them, but not marry them. I must be soooo sad pimpin ur self out so people can have a laugh at your exspence.

Anita

July 29th, 2009
8:00 am

K, there is only one comment on southerners so get real. You southerners move to the north too. Plus without us northerners you would not have a job, lol. You people are so racist and prejudice. Get a life!!

who?

July 29th, 2009
8:02 am

john

July 29th, 2009
8:21 am

Is AJ that comedian AJ Jamal?

seriously?

July 29th, 2009
8:30 am

Most of these women aren’t even housewives!

Frank

July 29th, 2009
8:32 am

Whjy is the City of Atlanta represented by Black Women??? The city has a population of only 500,000 in a Metro area of over 4,ooo,ooo and ALL of these housewives all live outside of the city. In there respective communities, they are the minority.

Carol

July 29th, 2009
8:35 am

Not trying to start nothing……… but I’m just saying….has the definition of the term “housewife” changed?

Don’t you have to be married (legally)…….first???….you know a judge, pastor….marriage license…….that kinda stuff…………More power to you!!!!!….lol

Carmen

July 29th, 2009
8:39 am

More racist propaganda shoved down our throats.

Atl Hawk

July 29th, 2009
8:50 am

5.5 million Frank…….

bobbie

July 29th, 2009
8:52 am

I have NEVER watched the show..and I won’t. I am Black woman and I was born and raised here. They don’t represent me or any women I know. Most of these idiots here are transplants from other places. Just a buch of fu@kery. But the other show, Housewives of New york, New jersey and Orange county were ghetto too. Just white ghetto. Flashy and boorish. Kids by multiple men…same $hit, different color.

Carol

July 29th, 2009
8:58 am

Kandi…….I remember you from the not so distant past. Your Mom and Dad were soooo proud of you when we spoke years ago. I’m sure they still are!……….

Girl, you were made to keep writing those bad (as in good..lol….) azz songs and collecting those Grammy’s!!!!!! Still luv ya!

Light

July 29th, 2009
9:12 am

why is this show called Real Housewives?

Courtney

July 29th, 2009
9:16 am

neither a Housewife nor Real. What a joke!

Light

July 29th, 2009
9:34 am

I can understand why these women choose to be on this show mainly because its a job so more power to them, but what i dont understand is why would the producers and the channel that airs this show allow these women to represent a housewifes in a country were families and marriage is held at such a low level, is this there way to wake up society or destroy it more?

Tyree

July 29th, 2009
9:35 am

I’ve encountered street walking prostitutes with more manners, civility, and command of the English language than these women. They are nothing more than animated characters with potty mouths. Real proud African American women are not portrayed on this show. Alas, that would not sell and Bravo knows this fact. So instead, Bravo serves up this foul mouthed mess of a television show. It should have been called, ” The indecent, money grubbing, non stop cursing, low rent hyenas of Atlanta.” However, I will give the gay hairdresser credit. At least he has the humor factor that works in his favor.

barbara

July 29th, 2009
10:50 am

If we didn’t watch this trash, the producers would take it off the air.

just a guess

July 29th, 2009
1:49 pm

The entire RHO franchise is low rent and low class. The reason RHOA gets slammed the most here: because it is here (in Atlanta).

If you go to the “Living” sections of the hometown newspapers of the other “housewives” you will see the same and/or similar comments. It’s not race, it’s proximity.

KoKoa

July 30th, 2009
8:14 am

I love the show,and everyone’s different opinion. So what if they act ghetto sometimes, we all do from time to time, and what’s the big deal about everybody keep saying they don’t represent women from the ATL, this is TV.

kevin

July 30th, 2009
9:35 am

i dont ever act ghetto

kevin

July 30th, 2009
9:36 am

but i may talk like it from time to time

AtownDownBoy

July 30th, 2009
12:35 pm

Isnt that kizzy from Roots?

HeyJude

July 30th, 2009
2:02 pm

Let’s see, there are only 2 houswives married, and I think the only one who lives in the city limits of Atlanta is the new one.

This presents a very negative picture of Atlanta and I live in Atlanta. These women do NOT represent women in Atlanta!

Decatur housewife

July 30th, 2009
2:59 pm

People please! Each of us know “someone’ similar to each of these characters! If you don’t watch the show, how do you know the details? Hmmmm?

Kandi, girl enjoy your run this season, they’ll dismiss you like they did DeShawn, ’cause NeNe is the HBIC on that show so don’t even try to take her crown!

charlottedacat

July 31st, 2009
12:56 am

Hey Jude, be happy your city is on TV and it is not about drugs.

Charlie Franklin

July 31st, 2009
4:23 am

I FEEL LIKE THIS! “REP THE A-TOWN” LIKE YOU ALWAYS HAVE, YOUR FANS KNOWS WHAT IT IS, DON’T BE AFRAID TO SHOW UR PERSONAL SIDE, JUST KEEP IT REAL WITH GOD AND YOUSELF, ALSO CONGRATS!!! I’LL BE WATCHING (SMILE)

MJV

July 31st, 2009
5:17 pm

I enjoyed the show. It’s reality television ENTERTAINMENT! Kandi is a good replacement. Continued success to you with your music.

Please tell me why people on this blog that “hate it”, “they dont represent me”, etc… and those with so much negativity, continue to blog on these sites – often being the first to respond? You must be watching it.

Relax. This show doesnt represent you anymore than Mash or Good Times represents you!

It’s reality television made for television. Stop the picking and the name calling and just enjoy it.

SKM

August 1st, 2009
2:48 pm

What happend to DeShawn? Obviously she was replaced, but why?….what’s the real deal.

PCS

August 6th, 2009
10:45 pm

Kandi, I hope you listen to your mama!!! I know alot of women who wished they would have listened!!!!

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Tamika

August 7th, 2009
7:01 pm

Kandi is teh best thing teh show has going. She is teh most realistic.Understanding that people have pasts, but Love is real. Regardless if you got no kids or 100 kids,sometimes you have to just except teh package,a nd the blessimg and forget what others say. Kandi jeep your head up! Love isn;t about “who bought teh ring”, “How many babymamas” or any of that. Its about loving a person for who they are

Lynn

September 2nd, 2009
1:28 pm

Seriously, Some of you need to invest the time you spend watching this bullcrap in a grammar and spelling class. Remember, before you pass judgment make sure you have all your ducks in a row.

Sowhatwhocares

September 20th, 2009
8:26 pm

I enjoy the show alot its funny to watch people turn (jealous). I really think everyone is jealous of Kim and her ability to be who she is. Kandi and Kim relate because they both are single.

DanaDane

September 21st, 2009
11:43 pm

I like to watch the Housewives of Atlanta. These women are no different from the other reality housewives. No, they do not represent me, but they do represent someone else. When I watch this show it’s just amazing how these women allow cameras into their homes recording their personal lives. Then I realized that these women are doing this for paychecks, book deals, interviews with travel all over the world, etc. This show like other shows reality or not are for entertainment.

Sazz

November 5th, 2009
4:39 pm

Forget all that inconquential blah, blah. Kandi, I have a niece and her daddy that can write and sing like no one else. Want to make even more money? Make them a star. They can really, really sing.