Jonathan 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.