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‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ recap, episode 8: ready to drop a major load of something…


Kim Zolciak sang her new song “Google Me” Sunday night on the live Bravo show “Watch What Happens” and didn’t embarrass herself.

Sheree Whitfield, in the episode that aired right before,  forgot to Google her boyfriend Tiy-E Muhammad and, well, embarrassed herself.

Muhammad had dubbed himself  “The Love Doctor” earlier this decade, landing on “The Ricki Lake Show” and Hot 107.9 locally as a relationships expert. He also taught at Clark Atlanta University. But he was not a psychologist, as he claimed. Clark Atlanta subsequently dismissed him. In an AJC story in 2005  that exposed his lies, he changed his title to “life coach,” which requires no actual licensing.

But he clearly was still portraying himself as a real doctor to Sheree on this reality show. He also claimed on the show last night that he had gotten a PhD from an online operation. He sounds like he said Ashford University, an online operation which does not offer PhDs and may or may not be legitimate. He may have meant Ashwood University, in which you can get degrees based on “life experience,” whatever that is worth. He lists Ashwood on his “credentials” on his web site though there is no sign of a PhD anywhere.  This is what he lists:

Ashwood University, Non-APA Accredited Program 1998-1999. Ph.D. (May, 1999) – Counseling Psychology

NeNe Leakes and Kandi Burruss outed him at a spades party Sheree hosted at her home. They had both heard about and told her. He tried to defend himself but it was obvious he was a faker.

Sheree kept it to herself on camera, let the girls do the dirty work. “I feel so shocked,” she said later to the Bravo cameras. “I’ve been bamboozled!”

Earlier, when Sheree holds a party for her son and daughter at Andretti’s Indoor Karting & Games in Roswell, ex-husband Bob Whitfield actually shows up on camera. Has he ever done so before? I recall seeing the back of his head in a car once. While there, NeNe reveals her “wussiness” by citing claustrophobia on the go karts and cutting out earlier. Sheree, on the other hand, has “a need for speed.”

In other news on the show:

- Phaedra Parks had her baby! She had a family friend who works in Augusta named Dr. John Lue induce her. And yes, he’s no fake “love doctor.” Dr. Lue is an actual OB/GYN doctor who got his medical degree from Morehouse.

“Are you ready to drop a load?” her husband Apollo asked to open the show.

Phaedra on the surface tries to act nonchalant but she’s actually terrified, not only of the birthing process but all that is going to happen afterwards.

The Bravo cameras capture the event in action and we see the baby as it comes out. The first time Phaedra glimpses her baby, she says, “Gross.” Once she sees him all cleaned up (and he’s adorable), she later thought “he just looked Chinese to me. But it was my baby because nobody else was in the operating room!”

- NeNe is seeking a job (though being a reality show cast member is a job, isn’t it?) now that she knows she’s on the verge of splitting from Gregg. So she hooks up with WXIA-TV, the local NBC affiliate. We see her meet with local anchor Karyn Greer, news director Ellen Crooke and Ben Mayer, manager of content (whatever that means!). [UPDATE: Ellen told me he is what used to be known as the assistant news director but since he oversees social media and online content as well, his title changed.] NeNe wants to interview celebrities such as Jermaine Dupri, Mo’Nique and Tyler Perry. Though it appears NeNe is going to get a long-term job there, it ends up actually just being a two-week gig this past summer. [UPDATE: in an interview today, Ellen Crooke was nothing but complimentary of NeNe, said she worked hard, showed up on time and exhibited no diva tendencies. They are taking advantage of the publicity by replaying her stories and bringing her on Monday mornings to talk about the show.]

- Kandi’s Smyrna-based TAGS Boutique finally gets some airtime on the show. It was her birthday and Kim gives her a red wig. Kandi is not impressed, calling it “hooker-ish.” She also visits Phaedra and finds out from Dr. Lue that Phaedra is 40 weeks. Phaedra acts like she didn’t know. The reality: her mom is a pastor and does not believe in children out of wedlock. If she did the math, it’s obvious Phaedra got knocked up before she got married. That’s why Phaedra was dissembling. The other housewives got a good laugh when Kandi reported that yes, Phaedra was to term, not two months early.

- Cynthia Bailey pops up at Kandi’s party and the spades party but nothing of note happens to her this episode.

- Kim too was at the spades party but didn’t get much time on air besides yet again questioning Phaedra’s seven month pregnant line, citing her nursing credentials, and giving Kandi her wig.

- Lisa Wu Hartwell, who was a cast member the first two seasons, showed up again, this time with Ed, to the spades party. She was also at Kandi’s birthday party.


“This is a twin-size bed. Don’t they come bigger than that?”Phaedra Parks, as she is placed on a bed at a hospital ready to get induced.

“I’m not a bad-looking chick so I can go to the door with rollers on,” - Sheree Whitfield, after Tiy-E Muhammad arrives early for a spades party she’s hosting.

“I’d appreciate the royalties from ‘Tardy for the Party’ a little bit more.”Kandi Burruss, after Kim gives her a wig as a birthday present.

“I’m not even a diva.” - NeNe Leakes, talking to the WXIA-TV folks when warned she has to prove herself and not put on airs.


Kandi has complained to me and others that she was not paid for “Tardy for the Party.” Kim told Andy Cohen on “Watch What Happens” that she did. Who’s right? Kandi would tend to be more credible, given Kim’s track record.

More quotes from the show:

“The butt came first, the face came second and the heart followed.” Kim on Kroy Biermann, her Falcon boyfriend.

“I haven’t spoken to him,” she said about “Big Poppa” Lee Najjar.

“Do I look fat?” Kim, reacting to questions of being pregnant.


Season to date: 2.49 million after seven episodes vs. 2.9 million for the first seven the second season. It’s down 14 percent year over year. The seventh episode last week drew 2.8 million, a season high vs. 3.2 million a year ago for that comparable seventh episode.

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By Rodney Ho,, AJCRadioTV blog

124 comments Add your comment


November 22nd, 2010
12:52 am

Sheree’s party was for her son and youngest daughter and Lisa came to the spades party with her husband Ed, not Bob.

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November 22nd, 2010
3:40 am

What the heck is a spades party?


November 22nd, 2010
4:18 am

Spades is a card game. You play teams of 2, totaling 4 people per table. Spades is loads of fun, and a favorite amongst black people. I find it somewhat ignorant, that someone would even ask what a spade party is (and I’m white). Thats like me asking, what is a “bridge” party…


November 22nd, 2010
6:29 am

Spades is similar to Hearts….just blacker

Michelle H

November 22nd, 2010
7:06 am

Ok so we all knew Fakedra was lying. But what bothers me the most is the fact that she studied for years to be a lawyer and its obvious that she has not opened one book on pregnancy or iinfant care! I really feel sorry for the baby. Or as she would say “gross”


November 22nd, 2010
7:16 am

He actually is telling the truth. He said Ashwood University not Ashford! They do offer Phd’s which would give him the title Dr. The whole operation is shady but he does have his Doctorate therefore qualifying him as a DR.

red ryder

November 22nd, 2010
7:22 am

Enter your comments here

shelton smith

November 22nd, 2010
7:30 am

Ashford University does NOT offer PHD’s on campus and/or on-line. Additionally, Ashwood University is a “Diploma Mill” and is NOT recognized by any accrediting commission under the U.S. Department of Education, so Tiy-E Muhammad is not a DR.

Build a bridge and get over it

November 22nd, 2010
7:42 am

I agree with Michelle H!! How can you study for a law degree, but fail to pick up a book, magazine or mouse to research what to expect from childbirth?? I was a mere 19 when I had my child, but I’ll be damned if I was ill-prepared to be someone informed. She didn’t ask questions of her doctors, or of her other family members who have a host of children?? Puh-lease..she is a farce and I really think her 15 seconds are up. He hubby won’t be there very long once he realizes he still has balls!!

Build a bridge and get over it

November 22nd, 2010
7:43 am

*somewhat informed*


November 22nd, 2010
8:16 am

@shelton smith, I’m no fan of Tiy-E, but please don’t spread lies. This is from the Ashwood University website:

Doctorate Degree Program

This program offers you an opportunity to earn an online Doctorate degree based on either your work/life experience or the doctoral thesis that you submit, without taking admission exams, attending classes, or studying course books.

The assessment for your online doctorate degree will be done by our professional and knowledgeable evaluation faculty free of cost. If you qualify, your card will then be charged and your degree will be sent to you in 15 days.

Your online doctorate degree will be accredited and recognized globally because Ashwood University has been given accreditation by the World Online Education Accrediting Commission (WOEAC) and the Board of Online Universities Accreditation (BOUA).


November 22nd, 2010
8:20 am

Jaye, I think you misread something Rodney wrote because he never referred to Bob as Lisa’s husband. And he did say that the Andretti party for Sheree’s son and daughter. And Rodney this is not the first time Bob has appeared on camera on this show. He showed up when Sheree had the “fashion show without any fashions” in which she managed to just turn into a party — I think that was during the 2nd season.

shelton smith

November 22nd, 2010
8:26 am

@ATL Peach. I am not spreading lies. I am spreading the truth. Please read the following from wikipedia regarding Ashwood University:

Ashwood University is an institution which claims to award academic degrees based on “life experience”. Ashwood University is not accredited by any recognised accreditation body. As such, its degrees may not be acceptable to employers or other institutions, and use of degree titles may be restricted or illegal in some jurisdictions. The Toronto Star reports that Ashwood University operates out of Pakistan.

Look, Listen, and Learn ATL PEACH. A degree based on life experiences and not academic terms means Nothing in the employment/educational arena.

Build a bridge and get over it

November 22nd, 2010
8:26 am

Marie, I read the same exact thing as Jaye and I PROMISE we are two different people. If you right click on this page, then go to View Source, you can make changes to YOUR pages, without changing the dates. This clearly indicates that there was a change to the page that wouldn’t lose the already posted comments!! Wow, I guess this IT Degree in Internet is finally paying off!!

Rodney Ho

November 22nd, 2010
8:28 am

Thanks. Fixed.


November 22nd, 2010
8:29 am

Mark and AtlPeach: Smarten up, for pete’s sake!! It is not a real doctoral degree!! It is a bogus diploma mill production.


November 22nd, 2010
8:35 am


Just as an FYI, I work in the admissions department for a private univeristy and Ashwood University IS a diploma mill. It is not regionally accredited by SACS (nor NCA, MSA, NEASC, or NASC) which are the regional accrediting bodies that are actually worth anything. If you tried to transfer to another university using credits from a diploma mill like Ashwood, neither your credit hours or your degree would be accepted. You are just paying for a piece of paper…


November 22nd, 2010
8:38 am

The Love Doctor is cute! So, is he gone from the show now? Now as for Ashwood University, does it have regional accreditation? I believe that regional accreditation is more important!

Eon Rodeo

November 22nd, 2010
8:40 am

Who cares??????!!!!!!!!

Build a bridge and get over it

November 22nd, 2010
8:45 am

Thanks for clarifying your error Rodney!! I was starting to think my fish oil suppliments were having different side affects other than the fishy burps!!

Donna P.

November 22nd, 2010
8:46 am

Loves my NeNe.


November 22nd, 2010
8:50 am

Hey those bought, on line doctorate degrees are flourishing. Just check out Clayton County Public Schools. Every principal and central office administrator has one.

Black Rose

November 22nd, 2010
8:54 am

To Mark he clearly said Ashford University and if he was claiming this school and this title all the way back to the Ricki Lake Show days, I dont think that people were able to get degrees on line yet so you must be a friend or ” THE LOVE DOCTOR” himself

The Magnifcent Carnac...

November 22nd, 2010
8:54 am

A – Rodney and the RHOA

Q – Name 7 Ho’s that live in Atlanta…


November 22nd, 2010
9:04 am

@LaToya: LMAO!!


November 22nd, 2010
9:09 am

I’m not even sure Phaedra has a real law degree. She lied about her due date, why not a law degree. She’s as backwoods as they come…Lady fingers with BARBARIAN cream??

When did jheri curls come back in style? Lisa Wu Hartwell was sportin’ a tragic one at Kandi’s birthday party. She should have out on the wig that Kim bought for Khandi.


November 22nd, 2010
9:10 am

Rodney, paragraph 8, it’s Augusta, not August.


November 22nd, 2010
9:14 am

Would you go to a dentist who received an online degree? An online “doctorate” is a joke. No wonder there are so many scam artists in Atlanta who refer to themselves as “doctor”. Let’s see, “Dr.” Creflo Dollar, “Dr.” Juanita Bynum, the list goes on and on.


November 22nd, 2010
9:27 am


Actually, a doctorate of ministry is legitimately attainable online. FYI


November 22nd, 2010
9:33 am

Rodney – they’re a tough crowd today!


November 22nd, 2010
9:34 am

thank you for the comment about the ladyfingers. My daughter and I got a good laugh out of that. we could not figure out if she said barbarian or varbarian, but we definitely knew it was not BAVARIAN, lol


November 22nd, 2010
9:35 am

These ladies are not real housewives, as only one is married and she is getting a divorce. They are all single, or will be soon. Housewives clean, cook, do laundry and tend to their children and husbands needs. They don’t do that. Although I haven’t seen any maids in any of the houses, I’m pretty sure these ladies are not doing the work. All of these “Housewives” shows need to have a different name. Maybe just call them the”Ladies of Atlanta, New York, Beverly Hills, LA. That will be more appropriate.

Rodney Ho

November 22nd, 2010
9:37 am

I wrote that piece really late last night and I conked out before I had done a thorough read through. And there was a lot going on! I’m listening again to what Tiy-E said. It really sounds like Ashford University, not Ashwood. Either way, neither are exactly Harvard University!


November 22nd, 2010
9:46 am

Who does their research on Wow. I picked up on it a while ago, that Phaedra got knocked up before she got married. So what if her parents are pastors. Phaedra is an adult why should thay matter? My folks are spiritual too but they didn’t ram the Bible down my sister’s throat when she got pregnant at 19. Are you serious?


November 22nd, 2010
9:57 am

I’m not a fan of the show. but I must commend Phaedra for getting a superb doctor. Dr. John Lue was my doctor when he practiced in Atlanta a couple of years back and he’s awesome. I was disappointed to see him leave Atlanta.


November 22nd, 2010
10:03 am

@ Mitzymy: You sure must be new to this–not only are they not housewives; these women pretty much are not “ladies” either!


November 22nd, 2010
10:06 am

I’ll tell you what, it seems like a lot of the peanut gallery out here today is pretty defensive about online doctorate degrees. Seems like a few of these folks must have charged their VISA for their own quickee, bogus online degree.


November 22nd, 2010
10:15 am

hey dudez Kim is in fact preggers. Yes with the lil innocent Falcon’s player Kroy. Jeez isn’t safe sex what we preach?? why should there be another offspring by Kim? And the questions keep coming


November 22nd, 2010
10:30 am

I am a graduate of ASHFORD UNIVERSITY and it is an accredited university for its campus programs as well as online programs. The “Love Doctor” obviously received his degree from ASHWOOD UNIVERSITY because my alma mater does not offer a PhD program.


November 22nd, 2010
10:52 am

Did anyone see the way Kandi rolled her eyes when the “good” doctor wanted to say a prayer…LMAO

Miss Manners

November 22nd, 2010
10:55 am

Did you all see Tiye on ‘My Black is Beautiful?”

Miss Manners

November 22nd, 2010
10:56 am

YES LJM I did see that, Lisa even made a comment, who was the prayer too? Gotta watach it again because he didn’t say jesus christ.


November 22nd, 2010
11:03 am

Phaedra is probably going to treat that kid like an accessory. The same way she treats her husband. I truly don’t see him being in the picture long, if he is not cheating on her now, he will be soon. She is way too extra. I would probably blow my brains out if I was married to her.

joe in tucker

November 22nd, 2010
11:07 am

who gives a rats ass?

ATL woman♥

November 22nd, 2010
11:15 am

On “Dr.” Tiy-E’s own website, he says ASHWOOD University, not Ashford.

2 cents

November 22nd, 2010
11:21 am

Rodney, when are you going to change “August” to Augusta?


November 22nd, 2010
11:24 am

OK, so your saying NeNe is not on 11Alive anymore? Really? I quit watching 11Alive when they announced she was going to be on there. So it’s safe to go back now?


November 22nd, 2010
11:26 am

@ 2 cents Rodney is too busy correcting his other grammatical mistakes.


November 22nd, 2010
11:30 am

@LJM- I saw that too!!! It was too funny!!! This show is hilarious!!! LMAO at every moment. Tiy-E really needs to do something with that hair of his!! It looks a HOT MESS!!