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Latest new Atlanta housewife rumor: Phaedra Parks. And whither Lisa Wu Hartwell?

phaedraJonathan Jaxson, Kim Zolciak’s former publicist, posted an exclusive report on his blog stating that the new housewife on Bravo’s hit show “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” will be entertainment attorney Phaedra Parks.

Parks was a producer for BET’s “Tiny & Toya” and has represented the likes of Bobby Brown and Jermaine Dupri, according to a recent Rolling Out magazine interview with her.

I checked in with her office but the administrative assistant said she was out of town and won’t be back until Monday. Plus, she probably won’t even get my message until then. I’ll try some electronic methods to track her down to refute this or fess up (or neither.)

FreddyO, a local photographer who knows Parks, said he isn’t sure she’s going to do it. Based on recent conversations with her, he thinks there’s a 70% chance she won’t do it because the craziness surrounding the show could threaten her client base.

Jaxson also said Kandi Burruss, NeNe Leakes and Kim Zolciak have signed on for season three. NeNe and Kim, according to some news reports, were demanding significantly more money. In the end, Jaxson said in an interview, they got about $150,000 each, a 50 percent raise from season two.

He thinks one of the other two (Sheree Whitfield or Lisa Wu Hartwell)  will be gone but wouldn’t say for sure which. His blog leans toward  Hartwell getting the boot. Hartwell arguably created the least tension among the four original housewives. While  likable on the most part, she was not the most compelling

Kandi, while not someone who went out of her way to generate controversy, ended up cutting a sympathetic figure when her ex-fiance died last fall after a fight in a strip club parking lot.

In fact, Kandi is now arguably the most popular housewife (or at least has the fewest negatives) and has a great storyline for Bravo to follow to boot.

Kim remains a polarizing figure but with her self-absorbed behavior, pretentious spending, prevarications and questionable relationship choices, she’s great TV, pure and simple. NeNe lost a lot of her goodwill season two from season one when many thought she bought into her own press too much and got a big head. But she, too, adds drama to the equation. And that’s what matters here.

Sheree has also thrown her fair share of hand granades and egomaniacal commentary. That will probably save her.

Taping for season three starts next month. It appears things have been delayed. Back in November, Kandi Burruss said taping was supposed to start in February.

I’ll update this as I check around and see how much of Jaxson’s unsourced information is true.

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71 comments Add your comment

Rancid Meat

February 12th, 2010
2:45 pm

Where all the white women at???

Kimlover

February 12th, 2010
2:50 pm

I love Kim, She nor Nene will go anywhere isnt this guy the same guy who tried to throw Kim and Sheree under the bus why do you believe him. Kim got married Saturday did you know that Rodney?

Celebrity Digs HQ

February 12th, 2010
2:53 pm

Any details on whether we’ll get to see the inside of Ms. Parks’ home? Does anyone know where she lives? — Celebrity Digs HQ

Hannah

February 12th, 2010
2:55 pm

I was really banking on Sheree leaving! I would much rather watch Lisa than Sheree.

Trent

February 12th, 2010
2:56 pm

I want to show Kim and Lisa what a man is all about.

Keisha

February 12th, 2010
2:57 pm

I heard Kim got married too. To who?

Kevin

February 12th, 2010
3:06 pm

Because, clearly, there are no white housewives in Atlanta.

Double edge swords are not cool.

Ryan

February 12th, 2010
3:11 pm

Plenty of white housewives in Atlanta but no one stupid enough to put there business out there. Ed probably told Lisa no more and Kim’s new husband told her the same so Kim nor Lisa will be back.

Lisa

February 12th, 2010
3:11 pm

Where are all of the white women…or any other race for that matter….they do live here in Atlanta…out diverse city…and all they can find are over dramatic drama queens…poor representation of Atlanta.

Nativeson71

February 12th, 2010
3:11 pm

None of these ‘housewives’ live in the city limits of Atlanta.
When did Duluth become the new ‘it’ place.
Duluth is so …..Gwinnett!
I grew up in Gwinnett – ugh!

Lisa

February 12th, 2010
3:12 pm

Good point Ryan!!!

Kay

February 12th, 2010
3:12 pm

Looking forward to season 3 trainwrecks.

hoodtechie

February 12th, 2010
3:18 pm

here’s an idea,why not get a white female married to a black entertainer,athelete or rich busineeman.that’ll stir the plot up good

Uncle Tom

February 12th, 2010
3:21 pm

How about some of these Asian business owners? Surely plenty of them are women.
Also, one would be reading Jaxson’s bloggings because?

Judy

February 12th, 2010
3:22 pm

I’m really surprised this attorney would jeopardize her career to go on that show.

Hef

February 12th, 2010
3:29 pm

Me,I loved watchin the show cause of Lisa,Really the only HOT one there. The others were just plain to flat out ugly women with mouths,u can get that anywhere.

mediaplay

February 12th, 2010
3:40 pm

Don’t see no diversity on the other Real Housewives Shows, why not does this one specifically have to have non-black women? Just asking!

nonya

February 12th, 2010
3:58 pm

All of these leeches suck!!!!! They need to go to grammar school, they also need to hire a life coach and a financial planner, NeNe, I hope that you got your missing teeth fixed, lol, lol, lol,

Blue

February 12th, 2010
4:03 pm

There are plenty of black housewives in New Jersey and Orange County, but we do not see them represented on the shows from those areas. I agree that all races should be represented, but that needs to be the case for all of them, not just Atlanta.

Love It!

February 12th, 2010
4:12 pm

I love the Housewives of Atlanta. I hope they take a ride on MARTA’s gold line to a Falcons game or maybe to Perimeter Mall.

Jane

February 12th, 2010
4:12 pm

Uh, could we have just one white housewife? Believe it or not, there are still a few white women left in Atlanta.

Lamekah Shante

February 12th, 2010
4:18 pm

Miss Nene and Mis Shereray crazy. They alwayz fightin and what not. Miss Lisa boring. Miss Kim need to have her hair did at a bettah salonn. Miss Nene need her own show cuz she so talnted and crazy

peewee

February 12th, 2010
4:23 pm

AH DUH… Attention dumb asses!!!

Kim is a white woman and I love watching her on the show getting all of Big Poppa’s money. Some of you broke ass sistahs need to take notes. You’re giving away your stank boxes for FREE… Ah duh?

ole leather-head

February 12th, 2010
4:26 pm

how ’bout a show titled,”Tiger and his white Ho’s”……these girls have been rode hard and put up wet, bored with them…..

peewee

February 12th, 2010
4:28 pm

Housewives of Atlanta is diverse enough.

Sheree – black (looks like a tranny)
NeeNee – black (looks like a big tranny)
Kandi – black woman
Lisa – asian woman
Kim – white woman
You can’t get any diverse than that.

The Truth Hurts

February 12th, 2010
4:28 pm

What do you mean no white housewives on TV? Donna Reed, The Brady Bunch, Rosie, I could go on…but NOW since we have a show that is not focusing on the so-called dominant culture we have issues. Nothing stays the same, so get over it. At least on this show that have three races represented, Black, White and Asian albeit they could have taken care of this requirement by just hiring Tiger Woods. And please quit calling him Blasian, he said that he is CAUBLANASIAN!

peewee

February 12th, 2010
4:37 pm

I have some sistah friends who are either really short and fat or very ugly. The first thing out of their mouths is they want a 6′ 5 FINE BROTHA and that other men are not their types. I want to tell them so bad that they should only want to attract the man that is equal of them. NO 6′5 FINE BROTHA IS GOING TO WANT A FAT OR UGLY WOMAN.

Rally One

February 12th, 2010
4:45 pm

who did Kim marry???!???!

keepin it real nola

February 12th, 2010
5:06 pm

this show is the great entertainment who needs white or any other races on the show bravo want these black housewives including kim. oc has there group let atlanta have there ok ……… Get OVer It!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Atl_Finest

February 12th, 2010
5:16 pm

I am just glad the girl is educated & MARRIED! If NeNe remain, she will hate hard because this is an educated woman who will have a career before & after the show. Sheree may hate hard too cause her only claim to fame is through her exhusband. Usually women like Sheree tend to hate on those who got theirs on their own. Since she is in the biz, her & Kandi may hit it off.

BigTickles

February 12th, 2010
5:24 pm

Did NeNe get divorced? I have seen her picture at recent red carpet events without a ring. Can we get some info? (or was I asleep when it all went down?)

outspoken1

February 12th, 2010
5:24 pm

I love watching the real housewives show. HOWEVER, since I do like to see a white girl evernawnden….I watch the Orange County or the ones from New York….Amazing that the producers can’t find just one white girl to go onto the show….
Atlanta is home to the finest white girls in the world. Howboutweshodemoff???

Star

February 12th, 2010
5:55 pm

Kim DID get married. I know her very well. She is keeping it under wraps for right now until season 3. He is a very well known athlete.

Blackbird

February 12th, 2010
5:56 pm

Can ya’ll put the claws back in? Wow..I mean the show is for ENTERTAINMENT… if you are not entertained try not watching.. BTW I respect everyones right to their opinion but I wonder how many of U mean sounding folks would be able to handle your own harsh comments of they were direct to and about you.. Hmmm just wondering

getalife

February 12th, 2010
5:56 pm

I hope none of you vote.

Blackbird

February 12th, 2010
6:00 pm

Before somebody comes back and says learn to spell…I can spell I just cant type very LMBO

Housewife of Atlanta Junkie

February 12th, 2010
6:21 pm

Hmm,
Kim must have tired of not being classified as a REAL HOUSEWIFE of Atlanta or else she is trying to make Big Poppa jealous! That marriage happened WAY TOO FAST! If genuine, best wishes and happy trails to you Kim and yours.

whateverboo

February 12th, 2010
6:29 pm

How can you be a housewife when you’re not married? That show needs to be scratched until they can find some women that are ACTUALLY married to do the show and represent Atlanta!!! Also, I thought “housewife” meant you are married and get to stay at home on your butt all day taking life easy, lol. The Parks chick shouldn’t qualify either since she is the “man” of the house ;-)

John

February 13th, 2010
9:49 am

Altanta is the most diverse cast, all the others are ONLY WHITE. so stop it and take of your white hood

Patience

February 13th, 2010
11:30 am

Exactly John. There are diverse populations in ALL of the housewife locales … so why the “where are the white housewives” for Atlanta? ALL of the casts should be diverse – but they aren’t, so I don’t even want o “hear it” concerning only Atlanta. When ALL the franchises get diversity, then talk to me about Atlanta.

Nancy

February 13th, 2010
12:27 pm

There is no diversity on the Atlanta Housewives. They are ALL trash.

Candice

February 13th, 2010
3:03 pm

SFTA says she’s going to do it and she knows Phaedra personally. That’s where I saw it first http://straightfromthea.com/2010/02/10/guess-whos-joining-the-real-housewives-of-atlanta/

The Dogfighter Returns

February 13th, 2010
3:36 pm

Where are all the fine lookin, submissive, church goin, sistas at?

somebody hollah at me if you run in to one of them.

atlanta is a hot mess, too many chicken heads running around.

harlem river drive.

LadySoul

February 13th, 2010
4:04 pm

I thought I read recently on Mediatakeout.com that Lisa’s mother had a heart attack. Lisa also filed for full custody of her children with R&B singer, Keith Sweat. I doubt if she wants additional drama and cameras on her at this time. She probably will be fine with being let go for this season. I wish her and her family well. Does anyone know if Dwight is returning?

LadySoul

February 13th, 2010
4:09 pm

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crystal

February 14th, 2010
11:35 pm

No Asian woman would degrade herself and her family by appearing as an Atlanta housewife. Even if the money was good.

Christopher

February 15th, 2010
9:10 am

Lisa will leave the show her husband is not supportive at all anymore. Nene is getting divorced and Kim did get married she is on her honeymoon in Mexico right now.

Sharon

February 15th, 2010
9:36 am

Christopher you have all the dirt.

Christopher

February 15th, 2010
10:46 am

I sure do Sharon. I know Nene Lisa and Kim personally.

Charmaine

February 15th, 2010
11:06 am

Lisa is rather predictable, also boring. Last I heard Kim was dating a female. As for NeNe … her 15 minutes of fame should be about up because she suffers from “Da Big Head”. Drama will follow Kandi because she is attractive and talented. Sherrie is ok as long as we have her drab fashion line to laugh about, although she does look a bit like a man.
Lisa leaving is a good move in my opinion.