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Clark Howard interviews… Kandi Burruss!

Clark Howard is the anti-Ryan Seacrest.

He wouldn’t know Speidi from Spidey.

But his wife Lane loves “The Real Housewives” series on Bravo. And she roped him into “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.” Yes, Clark is watching that trashy show and finds it just as appalling of a train wreck as the rest of us.

So he had new cast member and R&B singer/songewriter Kandi Burruss on air at 1:35 p.m. (heard locally on 750/WSB-AM) to talk about her finances. Howard said he chose her because she seems to be the only sane one of the bunch in terms of her spending habits.

“She actually earns a living,” Clark said today. “She saves the money she’s earned. The other women just live off the fat of the land and everything is flash and no cash. These women drive me bonkers. But it’s very entertaining.”

The consumer guru taped the interview on Tuesday and found her charming and down to earth. “I think they’re going to have to write her out of the script,” he said. “She’s too normal!”

In fact, can you imagine Clark Howard interviewing Kim Zolciak. That’d be way too hilarious to imagine. Here’s my imaginary transcript.

Clark: “So you just spend money blindly? Is that even possible?”

Kim: “Well, it’s just money!”

Clark: “What? Are you for real?”

Kim: “I can always get more!”

Clark collapses in shock.

His favorite silly quote from season one was when one of “characters” (I think it was Sheree) said, “It’s the party that everybody in Atlanta knows about!” And yes, he calls them characters because “they’re like cartoon characters.”

Kandi, he noted, seemed to know a lot about him, too.

Clark Howard seldom interviews anybody, much less a celebrity. The last time he did a celeb interview was Paula Deen, who he admired for her business smarts.

Here are highlights from the interview:

-Kandi confirms the other four are free spenders. Clark was especially appalled by Kim buying an Escalade last season without negotiating. Kandi says she still has the vehicle (purchased with Big Poppa’s money.)

-Her philosophy: “I have worked and made my own money. It’s not somebody else money or from my husband. I have to be careful. I’m the breadwinner, taking care of money for my family and stuff.”

-She’s made most of her money from royalties via songwriting, with the big payday from “No Scrubs” by TLC, her Grammy-winning tune.

-She says she has a life insurance policy that is like an investment policy that pays out later in life. It’s her retirement money since she didn’t have a 9-to-5 job to accrue Social Security or a 401(k).

-Kandi told the “Real Housewives” producers upfront she wasn’t going to be a conspicuous spender the way the others are.

-Kandi said she doesn’t like negotiating with car dealers. Clark suggested ways to do it online.

-Kandi’s recommendation: try to own a car and home in case your paycheck goes south. Pay principal off loans if you can so you can knock years off those loans.

-He does not bring up her fiance, A.J., who her mom does not approve of with his six kids and no obvious job that we know of from watching the show.

Tonight, the show has not only a “director’s cut” version of last week’s episode at 9 p.m., but also a “supersized” version at 10 p.m. I guess they’ll show some moments not shown last week from the “fight” at FAB.

45 comments Add your comment

The Magnificent Carnac (again)...

August 20th, 2009
1:17 pm

The Answer – Rodney and Kandi Burruss (of RHOA)

The Question – Name 2 Hos who work in Atlanta


August 20th, 2009
1:23 pm

Hey TMC do you know something we don’t?


August 20th, 2009
1:23 pm

Shoooz! I want to see more of that fight at FAB!

trouble funk

August 20th, 2009
1:33 pm

“she’s seems to be the sane of the bunch” What an understatement!!!!! We all know she doesn’t fit. Maybe the pub will help her career.

trouble funk

August 20th, 2009
1:34 pm

correction….Most Sane


August 20th, 2009
1:49 pm

Can’t be too smart if she’s marrying a man with no job, 6 kids, and 4 mammas!


August 20th, 2009
2:38 pm

I’m sick of “closet racist” Whites, who are just as prone to be dumb, loud, ill-mannered, temperamental, bitch.y as any other race, trying to pass this show off as who Black women are. But we dare not say anything about those “cracked-out” White chicks. Do we? There will always be Blacks & Whites that act that way. But we don’t have to label it as authentic of our culture as Whites would like us to believe.


August 20th, 2009
2:43 pm

What you all fail to realize, 4 baby mamas, 6 kids and no job he must be truly skilled in ways we don’t generally talk about??


August 20th, 2009
2:47 pm

I’m not white. I’m gleaming.


August 20th, 2009
2:51 pm

Arlene, how do you know that he has no job? And as far as being smart, well, do you “own” your own home and car or are you still making payments? I would say that Kandi is quite smart. We don’t know what goes on with their relationship. All we know is what the cameras show. Me thinks you have a touch of the green-eyed monster!


August 20th, 2009
2:52 pm

I can not believe ho much weight that Fat NeNe has gained…….what a whopper

Uncle Tom

August 20th, 2009
3:02 pm

Mammy, Momma, Mama, Big Mama, Nana knows best! But nope, she didn’t take the advice given to her in the kitchen.

VoiceOf Reason

August 20th, 2009
3:06 pm

@ Lundy


I refer to myself as ‘toasted almond’


August 20th, 2009
3:17 pm

She is the most accomplished of all the housewives. I was excited to hear that she was going to be on the show. Then, I heard about the fiance with the 6 kids and I was like, “wtf”? Plus, her family does not approve. I have hear rumors that he is a “street pharmacist”? some of kids are on welfare bc he doesn’t pay child support. This just doesn’t make sense. I know “love is blind”, but come on! Kandi!


August 20th, 2009
3:19 pm

man, i got 6 baby mamma and 9 chidren…and dey stay be payin my bills


August 20th, 2009
3:26 pm

I’m sorry I missed the interview, but glad to learn that at least one of those Housewives can handle money. Also, Kandi Burriss seems to appreciate and value her hard earned money. Maybe she will rub off on the other Housewives by seasons end. One can only hope!


August 20th, 2009
3:27 pm

Stan, I met NeNe recently at Jillian’s and she’s not big at all…. she’s tall, about 6′feet and probably wears a woman size 6. Nice TATAS!!! Wish I had them.

Sorry folks, but Kim Z, is the trashiest (i know that’s not word) out of all the series. Always with somebody’s husband and looks like a street walker always. You know she sleeps with Black Men and she needs to stop lying about that.

The NJ show, the women are so GANGSTA(gangster) they would fit in BankHead OR Compton. Orange country…Botox Junkies, but yes they need it…and you know why.


August 20th, 2009
3:34 pm

Kandi bought her home at age 19 and it’s paid for!!! The football player’s wife is a writer; has written for Tyler Perry for years and although she is an ex-wife of a R&B singer she can make her own money.

Remember folks, this show is about housewives…a Housewife does not have a job and the men who select these types are not looking for a career woman.


August 20th, 2009
4:18 pm

Oh wow, Kandi finally admits that she’s the bread winner in the family. If she stops taking care of the man with no job and his kids, she’d have more money to play with.

6 kids and 4 baby momma’s? No way!!!


August 20th, 2009
4:19 pm

Ummmm, make that HELL NAH!!!!!!!!

The Duchess

August 20th, 2009
4:34 pm

Oh, I know this is a double standard, but I tend to reallly question a woman who has that many children w/o a husband…I know…shame on me. But, thei tells us that he has had sex at least 6 times in his life…yes, he should be more responsible but they came when he was much younger right? He needs to be glad he didn’t get more than kids out of it. As for Kandi, well girl, you may want to really look at things too. Ask yourself questions: what is his retirement going to be like? Now, he has a lot of eyes on him…he needs to have a paper trail for that cash!!!!


August 20th, 2009
4:41 pm

First question, who the heck is Clark Howard? Second question, who the heck is Kandi Burruss?


August 20th, 2009
4:52 pm


Knock that racial chip off your shoulder. Its pathetic. And, also, get a job. LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Vickie Smith

August 20th, 2009
5:02 pm

People, this is mindless TV; something you can watch without having to think about it. Love that Dwight–he is so “sweet”; specially when he says, like about She by Sheree’s fashion show with no clothes in it, “how dreadful”. Gotta love Dwight, and NeNe. NeNe tells it like it is, no holds barred.

NeNe's Greg's boss

August 20th, 2009
5:44 pm

Clark’s wife must be a real idiot if she likes this garbage. I can’t comment on Kandi but this Kim woman is a total loser. A marrried man stealer who is running a burlesque house out of her “exclusive” town home. A woman who is in denial about being a country singer which she is clearly not as all you need today is a little money to make an album. In her case its her married boyfriends money who left his classy wife for this trailer park. NeNe the author? Ha, we can finally find out the exact number of idiots in this country when we see her book sales. I mean did you see the trash that was at her book signing at Barnes and Noble? These people must have traveled far because they don’t live anywhere near Buckhead. Its a little to ritzy for her readers.


August 20th, 2009
5:45 pm



August 20th, 2009
8:05 pm

whole life or universal policies have cash value. pretty stupid retirement plan if you ask me. the only way to go that makes sense is term life…


August 20th, 2009
10:52 pm

Nuter ans Spay the people.


August 20th, 2009
10:55 pm

da babbie dadiez nnedz to get in da pictsure two.

Hey C.C...

August 21st, 2009
10:27 am

…stay FAR AWAY from insurance policies (universal life, variable life, variable annuities, etc) that are sold to you as “investments”.

The Truth

August 21st, 2009
11:49 am

Kandi is probably referring to an annuity type of policy. I have herad of other entertainers and former athletes that have purchased annuities to provide retirement income. The details of such policies, and whether they are good investments, I freely admit that I don’t have the slightest clue.


August 21st, 2009
11:53 am

@ Rufus: if you’re asking who Clark Howard is you must not be a native Atlantan. He has a nationally-syndicated talk show.


August 21st, 2009
12:15 pm

NeNe’s Greg’s boss,
You seem to know an awful lot about this “garbage” so if it makes Clark’s wife an idiot for watching it, you must make an idiot seem brilliant in comparison.

girl from texas

August 21st, 2009
12:27 pm

kandi is very professional and she takes care of her business. . . .for all of the people who are sitting up here judging her, HOW MANY OF YOU BOUGHT AND PAID for a house at the age of 19, regardless of how she did it. . . .i hope and pray that she will take alot of this negative energy and continue to succeed. . . . .keep up the good work KANDI because you’ve got that longgggggggggggggggg money,lol. . . .everybody else wish they had it!!!!!!


August 21st, 2009
12:27 pm

She is the self made millionaire, so can we really question her? I am an engineer, very smart, but not a self made millionaire. I just hope she has a trump tight pre-nump!


August 21st, 2009
12:27 pm

the other reason she’s investing in one of those policies is that she doesn’t have access to a 401-k, ira, etc that would allow her to save for retirement with minimum tax consequences.

for regular folks, these sorts of investments wrapped in an insurance policy are a waste of money.

clark howard will tell you that.


August 21st, 2009
12:41 pm

If she is so smart, why is she engaged to that loser of boyfriend. Is it just me or does he come across as having the IQ of a grapefruit?


August 21st, 2009
12:46 pm

I am not a fan of the TV reality show, but I did hear the interview with Clark Howard on the radio yesterday and listening to Kandi made it obviously clear that she has her act together when it comes to handling and managing her money. One of the things that came across real clear (and the reason that Clark Howard stated that he was interested in interviewing her) was that SHE has made her OWN money and has not been dependent on some man to take care of her and her daughter. She also is very aware of how to not get caught up in spending it all (on bling, cars, etc.) and appears to have a firm grip on planning for her financial future.

girl from texas

August 21st, 2009
12:51 pm

KANDI, the only problem i had last night with your situation was AJ texting the entire time at the exhibit. . . .that was very disrespectful. . .. family time is family time. . . all that other mess can wait. . . .it’s not like you’re jermaine dupri or dallas austin (conducting business). .. . . and you wonder why her mother don’t like you. . . i will tell you this, i’m from the old school and that saying that folk say that “your grandmother and mothers can see thru a person”. . . .i believe is true in this situation. . .. .luv ya KANDI. . . .don’t settle babygirl cause GOD has truly blessed you so give it to him, he will send you someone worthy


August 21st, 2009
2:08 pm

I totally agree with Mable : – )

But I don’t blame AJ I would marry her too and would fight anyone that got in the way… someone would have to help me pay for those kids !

Auntie Marcia

August 21st, 2009
2:43 pm


You go on do what you feel is right. Keep your morals and standards and do not back down on anybody. You know GOD has been with you this far and with your trust in him you will always make the right choices. Also teach those other housewives a thing or two about finances and keeping their temple. You know you will be there on the show when others are off and looking back for another chance. You do bring the DIGINITY to the show. Tell Ri-Ri I love her and need to hear from her. I need to get her, Kyia and Ms. queen and take them back to Buckners for some fat. Remember why Clark Howard chose you. He likes winners and smart people.
Anyway Be Blessed, Believe and Pray


August 21st, 2009
3:21 pm

Hey Rob- Sounds like you’re the racist to me!


August 21st, 2009
3:39 pm

Certainly people are free to make their own decisions. However when someone is in love, that love can be both blind and stupid. Not at all am I saying Kandi is stupid. But perhaps love does not allow her to see clearly. Two simple questions. 1.Would you be okay with your daughter marrying someone with six kids, and 2.How many financially stabled men out there do you think would marry a women with six kids and 4 baby daddies. Something to ponder. Best Wishes and God Bless.


August 22nd, 2009
11:16 pm

Candi needs to watch her money. If it looks at all like she is providing monetary support for AJ then child support will make her foot the bill for his kids. First in time, first in line.


August 23rd, 2009
11:18 pm

@Rufus, Don’t worry, nobody knows who this guy is outside of Atlanta, and even here he’s barely known.