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Kandi Burruss said a sixth housewife might be coming

Kandi Burruss, Dwight Eubanks and Kim Zolciak yuk it up at Kandi's opening party for her unisex boutique Tags November 19. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Kandi Burruss, Dwight Eubanks and Kim Zolciak yuk it up at Kandi's opening party for her unisex boutique Tags November 19. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Despite rumors that Sheree Whitfield might not be coming back, Kandi Burruss said last night at the opening of her new unisex boutique Tags that Bravo is negotiating with all of five of them for a third season.

She wasn’t aware if anybody has signed a contract yet, so there are no guarantees all five will be back. It will come down to whether Bravo is willing to pay enough money. NeNe Leakes had said at South DeKalb Mall earlier this year that they were each paid $100,000 for season two. Expect a big raise given that “Real Housewives” averaged about 2.8 million viewers, by far the biggest so far for any “Housewives” franchise.

Burruss said it’s possible that Bravo will add a sixth housewife. Indeed, the network is fishing around for someone to fill that slot though she said she may not know herself until the network starts taping in February.

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That’s the same month she hopes to have her album out. She’s been thrilled by the reception to her music so far and has no regrets doing “Real Housewives,” given the exposure it’s given her and despite the whole A.J. Jewell issue. (He died a few weeks ago after getting into a fight at the Body Tap strip club. Family members disputed an autopsy report earlier this week in which the coroner blamed exertion related to sickle cell anemia as the cause of his death. In fact, the family held a vigil last night at the club while Burruss was at her party.)

She said she was aware A.J. had the sickle cell trait but had no idea it could cause death. Otherwise, she said she wasn’t in the mood to talk about the autopsy results. She said she’s kept busy to help cope with the loss of her former fiance.

On the bright side, her budget boutique has done very well in its first month, Burruss said, especially the women’s clothing, which has turned over four times in four weeks.

The party was hopping when I got there at 9 p.m., packed wall to wall inside the boutique, which is right off Atlanta Road outside I-285 in Smyrna.

Two of the other “Housewives” showed up. Kim Zolciak, who told the Bert show this morning that she too had heard all five cast members were asked back but had not spoken to Sheree about it, was there with Big Poppa. (I think I saw him but I’m not 100% sure. Kandi said he had been there.) Lisa Wu Hartwell and her husband Ed were there as well.

Photographer Derek Blanks with Lisa Wu Hartwell

Photographer Derek Blanks with Lisa Wu Hartwell

I took a couple of photos of Kim but we didn’t cross paths. Lisa came up to me and wondered why everyone on the blogs hate them so much. I said haters (or, if that term disturbs you, people who love to point out the foibles of characters on TV) just like to vent. The ratings speak for themselves. She too said she had heard the rumors about Sheree but knew nothing about her leaving.

Dwight Eubanks, looking dapper as always, said he was thrilled by our coverage of his house recently in the paper and online.

Here’s the video interview I did with Kandi. My wife was the videographer:

Check out the boutique at 4500 West Village Place, Suite 2003, Smyrna, GA.

111 comments Add your comment

Steve

November 20th, 2009
9:33 am

They should bring a fiesty hispanic woman onboard this time.

BigBoomNY

November 20th, 2009
9:40 am

They need to cancel this CRAP all together. Why Do we as blacks always feel it is fine to be the Amos and Andy for the White Media…. Please Black people wake up….

AKALady

November 20th, 2009
9:42 am

Might bring the guy from LA (can’t remember his name)!

Cammi317

November 20th, 2009
9:44 am

LOL@Steve! I didn’t really watch this season, it took me a while to get over the embarrassment of first season. Eventually I know that I will go back and watch the reruns. I laugh like nobody’s business at all of the “Housewives” series, but feel nothing but sheer embarrassment when watching our locals. It’s only funny when it’s not your own backyard….

TAMEKA

November 20th, 2009
9:44 am

Dwight will be the 6th housewife!

Norvee Michelle

November 20th, 2009
9:48 am

Ooh I loved the guy from LA! I forgot his name too but he was hilarious. Wouldn’t that be too much though to have him and Dwight on the same show? I’m interested to see who else they select. Maybe this time she can be an actual housewife (married and taking care of her family herself) inside the city limits?

Phoneguy71

November 20th, 2009
9:49 am

Good god BigBoomNY, its not a black/white thing. Its a drama filled, spoiled, redneck thing. Black, white, yellow, orange, purple…..whatever.

Real Man

November 20th, 2009
9:54 am

That Kandi is hot … Her mother was correct. She needs a real man.

Phoneguy71

November 20th, 2009
9:55 am

Good lord. Seems like everything is about race. Geez! Can’t something just be “funny,embarassing,scary” to everybody.

Real Man

November 20th, 2009
10:01 am

Lisa Wu is a gold digger and she wonders why everyone hates “her.” Hey girl Ed will be broke soon and hopefully you don’t end up on craiglist in the adult section. Now everyone knows what you are about…. Ed, cut your losses, she won’t get pregnant … get a vasectomy and pimp her.

BigBoomNY

November 20th, 2009
10:02 am

Phoneguy71- it has alot to do with race, because the other shows were not as thrashy, and didnt get the ratings this one did. Of course it is always funny to the White Media, to watch Afro-Americans make total asses of theirselves for ratings.

TrueBlue

November 20th, 2009
10:05 am

Rodney, we are not hating on the RHW. I just think most of the cast doesnot have any class and they are an insult to the female race (Kandi is the exception) I wish she wasn’t on the show but I understand it’s helping her build her career. Is NeNe a man or just an ugly a.. amazon? Ican not stand her loud mouth, obnoxious, over-the top wanna-bee actress. Has she ever heard the saying ( a woman should be seen and not heard). I know that statement is alittle primitive but you get the picture.

Idiotbox H8tr

November 20th, 2009
10:08 am

Who gives a rat’s behind?

Phoneguy71

November 20th, 2009
10:09 am

To the “WHITE” media? Dude you are racist as hell man. I guess all the other “WHITE” shows that make asses out of us “white people” Real World, Jackass etc. I guess they’re degrading to white people? And not just people in general.

wake up people

November 20th, 2009
10:21 am

It doesnt matter if its blackwomen up thier the are repersenting thier selves not everyone. And if people want to base a couple of black woman on all black women then oh well. This is Bravo people not PBS! It doesnt have to be educational. Wake Up!

I am the Joneses

November 20th, 2009
10:32 am

Stop your whining, BigBoomNY. Should be BigBabyNY. You did just fine making an a$$ of yourself to all media outlets regardless of color. Tell mommy maybe she can fix it for you. WAH!

Brown-Eyed Girl!

November 20th, 2009
10:34 am

BigBoomNY, it is not a race issue. All of the Real Housewives shows are messy in their own right. As a matter of fact, the New York housewives have been in rehab and one of them is divorcing her Count husband who is alledged to have had an affair (ironically enough, it was a black woman). Nobody has a patent on tackiness and or class. I don’t take any of them seriously. Its all entertainment. To be honest, if they decided to do a Real Housewives of Louisville, KY, I just might have to consider it myself. I’ll take $100,000 to be followed and filmed sometimes!

Really

November 20th, 2009
10:38 am

BigBoomNY – did you even watch the Real Housewive of New Jersey?? Equally as trashy, equally as entertaining…get over the race thing…

BigBoomNY

November 20th, 2009
11:02 am

I am the Joneses – How am I whining by trying to inform MY people…
Really – No I didnt watch the show, really dont have the time in my life for trash, You may need to pick up a book or something.
Brown-Eyed Girl! – Sweety, I hear you… But This particular show had the highest ratings of all the series. I am sorry, people feel this way towards MY opnion, but it is what it is, MY opnion…
Too all, life is gonna always be about race… Whites made it this way over 400 years ago. i am not a racist, I am PRO BLACK…

Tiffany

November 20th, 2009
11:10 am

Im not a racist at ALL…and I feel BigBoom……Man oh Man there Totally embarrassing to BLk Women…Minus Kandi & Kim…

Phoneguy71

November 20th, 2009
11:11 am

Wow dude. I really am sorry you feel that way. I really am. Nobody thats on this earth NOW had anything to do with what happened hundreds of years ago. I’m just sayin’
By the way: I’m PRO HUMAN. Even though I’m white, I still consider you my brother.
Peace.

ATL-by way of N.O.

November 20th, 2009
11:16 am

The show needs to go off the air. All of those women on the Houswives show are ignorant and ghetto. NeNe picks on and fights with the others for no reason. It is a shame of how they represent Atlanta!

Atlanta Gossip

November 20th, 2009
11:17 am

I want Tameka Foster-Raymond to join the cast. You are divoreced from Us-”Her” so you can do what you want. It will help you with your career and business ventures. Do it girl!

Shananeeeeee Fananeeeeee

November 20th, 2009
11:18 am

Why is this nonsense going on? Former felon(Sheree), former strippers(Kim and NeNe), proud adulter(Kim), chooses their friends and their men very badly(Kandi), Foreclosure Queen(Lisa), in denial as she says she is an actress(Lisa), bounces $300 checks(Sheree). Foreclosures, bar room brawls, and no baby dady in sight(Kim)………..yeah these people are Atlanta’s elite………more like our shame. And just for the record sickle cell definately played a part in the untimely death of A.J. Jewell, but most of it was just pure stupidity.

Kevin

November 20th, 2009
11:27 am

Rodney, please don’t use the word “haters”.

You’re a WRITER. Use words that actually describe people.

BigBoomNY

November 20th, 2009
11:28 am

Phoneguy71 – i will keep that in mind…

What th......

November 20th, 2009
11:38 am

BigBoom NY – as a white person, I strongly object to your comparison of these bimbos (of both colors) to Amos & Andy. If anything, A&A made whites much more “comfortable” about blacks. Andy and Kingfish were buffoons, exactly like Lucy and Ethel, and Amos was more the voice of reason, like Ricky.I loved this show in the 50’s when I was just a little girl, and still love them – watch the videos every couple years and laugh and laugh, just like watching Lucy on tv. They were portrayed as successful middle-class people in NY – amazing for the times. And they were/are funny. Have always wanted to know these people!

IheartRHOA

November 20th, 2009
11:43 am

@Phoneguy 71 you’re right, nobody alive today should be held accountable for the atrocities of 400 years ago. Thanks for being PRO HUMAN :-)

IMO if there is to be another cast member season 3, please let her be a REAL HOUSEWIFE in Atlanta. It sounds contradictory but my favs are the two most interesting characters- Kandi and Kim. Lisa is an instigator and phony if it weren’t for her husband I’d say get rid of her. However, there should be a foil for the Moose and SheMan. Surely, in Atlanta there are wealthy, refined, non-black, slender, happily married, women who wouldn’t mind Bravo cameras underfoot. Let the casting begin!

Atl_Finest

November 20th, 2009
11:44 am

I HOPE SHE’S MARRIED
I HOPE SHE’S MARRIED
I HOPE SHE’S MARRIED
I HOPE SHE’S MARRIED
I HOPE SHE’S MARRIED
I HOPE SHE’S MARRIED
I HOPE SHE’S MARRIED
I HOPE SHE’S MARRIED
I HOPE SHE’S MARRIED
I HOPE SHE’S MARRIED
I HOPE SHE’S MARRIED

katrina

November 20th, 2009
11:50 am

Please, please Bravo, I’m on bended knees take the trash of the air and put it at the curb. Why are you putting society misfits on the air trying to force us to think this is normal. Help

BigBoomNY

November 20th, 2009
11:50 am

Miss Chelle

November 20th, 2009
11:51 am

I enjoy watching RHOA – all the Housewives Shows have drama it’s not just the show from Atlanta…Hell i watch them all! HAVE A GREAT, SAFE, BLESSED HOLIDAY SEASON EVERYONE! :)

Kendall

November 20th, 2009
11:52 am

Are you guys kidding me?!? Real Housewives of NJ are the most “classless” and are nothing but dressed up trailer park trash!

CWILLI

November 20th, 2009
11:52 am

BigBoomNY– I think the race card will always be played, but you as a individual don’t can take the race of it think everyone speaking to you today is saying, look at all the other trashy show’s and you have to admit all white. I understand you are saying we should have not gone there period because the woman of the show are not representative of what a Real Housewife of Atlanta should be, but what you failed to realize a real socialite RHOA would not do this show this is entertainment. Jon&Kate are no different and they white/asian and they carried out horribly fighting in front of the kids ect. So take the hate out, and I know you might have heard this before, but don’t watch the show donn’t entertain anything to do with the show keep it moving. I will be truthful with if Bravo was to approach me with a deal I would take it in a heartbeat, you see my agenda would be to pay my bills, and you have to admit each lady got something out of it, NENE has a book, Kim has a wig co., (I guess), Lisa and Sheree have their clothing line and of course Kandi has her music so whats so bad about that, loosen up. ” Love my bloggers”

smooches

Miss Chelle

November 20th, 2009
11:53 am

Isn’t it funny how everyone who’s complaining about the show knows exactly what’s going on with it???? Hmmmm…..

Miss Chelle

November 20th, 2009
11:54 am

Isn’t it funny how everyone who’s complaining about the knows exactly what’s going on with it???? Hmmmm…..

Kevin

November 20th, 2009
11:55 am

THE LAST THING WE NEED IS ANOTHER ATLANTA THUG ON TV. IF THEY REALLY WANTED AN ENTERTAINING SHOW, THEY SHOULD FILM THE THUGS AND THEIR DAILY ROBBERIES, MURDERS, AND DRUG SELLING. THEN EVERYONE CAN SEE HOW MUCH THEY SCREWED UP ATLANTA.

BigBoomNY

November 20th, 2009
11:56 am

What th…… – My comparsion arises from the fact that this show is pure buffonery. Why do we as minorities get praise for the way we act, and not what we have contributed to society. I am just wording my views. this is still a Blog, I believe… I go on the AJC blog, and see people right about all the Thugs in Atlanta, degrading several different minority areas as thug towns. Once a Black man, who is not a thug, is not trying to convert anyone to my view. I am considered a racist… I am gonna post my opnion, and if it is not well taken, then make sure to read past it.

Stone Mountain Housewife

November 20th, 2009
11:57 am

Noboby is hating on the Atlanta Housewives. The viewers are saying the truth. Lisa and nose candy go hand and hand. NeNe say it like it is and can be ghetto at times. Kim is trailor park trash, can’t find a man, and fake. Biggy was right about choosing RuPaul over those Exscape Chicks. Sheree was trying to be something, she had no idea about.

Zzzzz

November 20th, 2009
12:00 pm

I have been having some insomnia lately, but I can always count on the coverage of this stupid show to help me saw some logs. Really?

Shabba

November 20th, 2009
12:01 pm

Boom… As a brother from up top. Go sit your sensitive azz down and quit whining. The show is great entertainment!!!

BigBoomNY

November 20th, 2009
12:02 pm

CWILLI- you sound like one of those programmed brothers… So you are saying that these ladies did the right thing by selling their integrity to Bravo, for a wigline, clothing lines and music. why not just throw in a bucket of Fried chicken and some cornbread. I am very lite, but I am surely not ignorant nor naive…

2ubutt

November 20th, 2009
12:03 pm

Everyone need to understand that life is life. How i choose to make my money don’t have a dang thang to do with you. If you feel the HW’s rep you, you need to get a life. I rep myself. I luv’em all. Get Paid.Damn the Dumb!!! I hope they continue to update the wives by adding and deleting ass the season go on.

Great ATL Guy

November 20th, 2009
12:03 pm

How about balancing this group out with a white Stepford from Buckhead or Morningside, or worse, John’s Creek? Maybe they should recruit a mountain housewife from Dawsonville since that is considered a ‘burb now…. rings from Zale’s on every finger, Elvis on black velvet, diamond studded toothpicks and 68′ houseboat on Lanier, season tix to AIR, that’s some good livin’ — and how bout them DAWGS?

BigBoomNY

November 20th, 2009
12:04 pm

Miss Chelle – they post about this garbage on AJC everyday. Dont have to watch to see how much of a train wreck this thing is.
why would anyone (white or Black) feel the way these ladies argue and fight and degrade each other could be considered entertainment.

Great ATL Guy

November 20th, 2009
12:06 pm

Zubtt need to grad-e-ate gramma schoo to lairn how 2 spel

karin

November 20th, 2009
12:06 pm

why do people *hate* this show because you all act so GHETTO

IheartRHOA

November 20th, 2009
12:06 pm

@ Zzzzz we’ll still be here even if you don’t wake up. Sleep tight!

BigBoomNY

November 20th, 2009
12:07 pm

Shabba – so because you are from up top , makes any smarter then these clowns that are raving about it here. You probably from buffalo or something, not my NY.

it's just me

November 20th, 2009
12:08 pm

the guy from la should have his OWN show. he was TOO fabulous and funny!