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‘Housewife’ Kandi Burruss on ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’ Feb 24-25

Kandi Burruss helps out Michelle Solgan on "Who Wants To Be a Millionaire.": Photo courtesy of Valleycrest Productions Ltd.

Kandi Burruss helps out Michelle Solgan on "Who Wants To Be a Millionaire.": Photo courtesy of Valleycrest Productions Ltd.

Kandi Burruss, arguably the most popular and likable cast member of the second season of “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” will test her trivial knowledge next week on the syndicated version of “Who Wants To Be a Millionaire.”

But the set-up is a little unusual. She won’t be up there alone for charity. Rather, she will be paired with a non-celebrity housewife Michelle Solgan of South Orange, N.J. and will help her out in her path to a potential $1 million.

Solgan was picked specifically because she is a fan of the series and apparently some of the trivia questions are tied to the shows themselves. Burruss said Solgan was sharper than she was on the trivia. (Of course, she wouldn’t say how much she helped Solgan win.)

Burruss’ segments, taped in November, will air Wed. Feb. 24 and Thurs. Feb. 25. Locally, it can be seen at 9:30 a.m. on WATL-TV.

The entire week will feature “Housewives” from New York, New Jersey and Atlanta. Burruss was the only one from Atlanta. Sheree Whitfield and Lisa Wu Hartwell read pre-taped questions. For whatever reason, NeNe Leakes and Kim Zolciak declined to participate. Maybe we’ll see them one day on “Celebrity Jeopardy!”

And based on the financial problems some of the “Housewives” have faced in the past, perhaps they could use the winnings from a game show.

Burruss said when she was offered to join the show, she jumped at it immediately. “I’ve always wanted to be on a game show,” she said. “I thought it’d be a fun thing to do.” She was surprised she was the only Atlanta representative.

One anecdote the publicist allowed her to say: Kandi had told Ramona from “The Real Housewives of New York” about how she had won a Grammy for co-writing TLC’s hit “No Scrubs.” A few minutes later, that was a question. It took Ramona and her contestant two lifelines to get it right. “I was dying laughing,” Kandi said.

Burruss said she hasn’t signed a contract yet for a third season of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” and has no clue about who will be back. She sounded sincere about it, too. But she knows Bravo wants to start taping next month so decisions will be made soon. She is inclined to do a second season. (She started the second year, replacing DeShawn Snow.)

She also has a deal with Asylum/Warner Brothers for a new album and a new single set to come out this summer. If she joins “Housewives,” planning for all that will be part of her story line, for sure.

Lisa Wu Hartwell, in a Tweet today, said nobody is leaving the cast that she knows of but a sixth person is coming. That could be entertainment attorney Phaedra Parks.

Credit: Courtesy of Valleycrest Productions Ltd.

Credit: Courtesy of Valleycrest Productions Ltd.

This is from the press release:

As the sole representative from Atlanta, Kandi Burruss said, “I really enjoyed getting to meet the other ladies from Jersey and New York City. I’ve never met them before, so it was really cool and I’m a big fan of the New Jersey Housewives. See, they’re cool and laid back. The Atlanta housewives, we keep it crunk all the time, so you need to have all of us up here. It would be crazy!”

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February 16th, 2010
10:27 am


February 16th, 2010
10:39 am

I thought to be considered a housewife, you at least had to be married.

miss marta

February 16th, 2010
10:50 am

yeah kandi! arguably the most favorite housewife on all the shows :o )

All Things Love (ATL)

February 16th, 2010
10:52 am

Kandi is one of the most interesting characters on “Housewives”. It’s great that she’s getting the exposure because the rest of the HW would be embarrasments. @BigBoomNY – you don’t have to be married to be a housewife, just live in a house.


February 16th, 2010
10:58 am

@Bigboomny, I thought you had to know how to spell to respond on a blog.


February 16th, 2010
11:13 am

I like the way Rodney said she would be testing her ‘trivial’ (rather than ‘trivia’) knowledge. Pretty much anything she could think of or know would – to me – be trivial.


February 16th, 2010
11:22 am

What an ugly bunch of women. They have faces made for radio.

Bustin' Loose!

February 16th, 2010
11:28 am

Rodney Ho, bustin’ that *ss!

*NeNe Leakes and Kim Zolciak declined to participate. Maybe we’ll see them one day on “Celebrity Jeopardy!”*

Sa da tay!


February 16th, 2010
11:30 am

@Shaun, maybe you’re one that can’t spell so you should not be on here.


February 16th, 2010
11:42 am

Love Kandi i will be tuning in!


February 16th, 2010
12:26 pm

Whatever the “housewife” says is the answer, Michelle Solgan should say something else!


February 16th, 2010
12:29 pm

@All Things Love (ATL) – you said to be a housewife all you had to do was live in a house. Um, not to smart are you. Some housewives live in condos or apartments. And what about the second part of the “housewife” word – WIFE.

To be a housewife, you have to be a wife. DUH. Bravo’s to stupid to understand that with their show – guess that’s why you’re a fan, it’s on your intellectual level (I’ll help you out, that means you’re dumb).


February 16th, 2010
12:55 pm

The picture’s dress wear on the right half seems OK…the left half look like they were in a paint factory explosion.

dat dude

February 16th, 2010
1:04 pm

Kandi you’re da best…Will you marry me? Seriously, I’ll treat you like a Princess/Queen/Goddess whateva, I got U gurl!!!


February 16th, 2010
1:08 pm

Dear Dave, please use your big brain to find a cure for cancer and aids. Do something positive to help someone. We see you’re very good at degrading, now lets see what you can do to uplift.

Shananeeeee Fananeeeee

February 16th, 2010
1:20 pm

I hope she is better at choosing answers then she is at choosing boyfriends.


February 16th, 2010
1:24 pm

Idont care for Kandi


February 16th, 2010
1:41 pm

They picked the right one because the others don’t have a clue. Remember when they were on the “Ellen Degeneres” show?


February 16th, 2010
1:42 pm

Dave: Before you criticize others, learn the correct use of words in your response. You should have used “too” in two instances.


February 16th, 2010
1:42 pm

If I were Michelle, and that’s who they paired me with, I believe I’d opt to just brave the questions alone.


February 16th, 2010
2:27 pm

Thanks for making the ATL look so classy. Not!

It seems to me that a housewife should be a wife who lives in a house. That’s at least where the word came from.

But per the dictionary: Housewife – a married woman who manages her own household, esp. as her principal occupation.

Looks like no house required, but marriage is required.

Daniel Carver

February 16th, 2010
2:56 pm


Miss Chelle

February 16th, 2010
3:19 pm

They need to change the name – RHOA show to WOMEN WHO LIVE IN HOUSES IN ATLANTA


February 16th, 2010
3:25 pm

Burris is the only smart woman on the ATL version of that show. Seriously, how could two washed up hookers fair on a show that uses the brain?


February 16th, 2010
3:26 pm

I have to watch the ATL housewives (sic) because it is so totally unbelievable to me that there are so many hardworking, good, moral, intelligent people barely making it and these women have a television program which is the antithesis of the aforementioned!

Victory Waters

February 16th, 2010
5:27 pm

Let’s clarify a few things per wikipedia / merriam-webster:

Housewife is a term used to describe a married female who is not employed outside of the home.

Housewife is also a term use in the 18th century to refer to sewing kit or mending kit where people usually kept toiletries. (Imagine the jokes from this definition)

In agriculture studies, the word “housewife” is occasionally used to refer to the person who does the majority of the chores within a farm’s compound, as opposed to field and livestock work.
Okay, so maybe toiletries and farm work is a bit off by today’s urban standards but I will say that the term housewife or housewives is indeed being overused in that entire series.

I propose the shows be renamed: The Real Homemakers of Atlanta. The word “homemakers” could replace “housewives” and that will be the end of that argument. (smile)

Any agreements?


February 16th, 2010
5:42 pm

For one million dollars…. Heres your final question….. Its the name of a device that is used by the County Coroner to remove a Cadaver from the scene of a crime. Also rhymes with the name of a popular Atlanta adult entertainment venue….. A.T.L. represent….

luv wheat bread

February 16th, 2010
7:20 pm

Kandi, if you need a husband I’m free this weekend…