Three sources have confirmed to me that a Buckhead housewife named Courtney Cloer Thompson has signed on as a new cast member of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” next season.
Of those sources, one is a relative and another is a close friend. Thompson herself declined to comment.
Bravo, in the meantime, categorically denied the rumor. “There is no truth to this,” Bravo said in a statement. “We are in the middle of a successful season four with a full cast.”
Even if Thompson has signed on, that doesn’t necessarily mean she’s a lock to be part of the cast season five. Producers can change their minds. Thompson could get cold feet.
Indeed, if it were true, Bravo usually starts shooting its new season in the spring and likely won’t announce any new cast members until late summer. Ratings have continued to be strong for season four so it’s a fair presumption the show will be renewed.
Thompson is a genuine housewife. Her husband, Robert T. Thompson, is an Atlanta labor attorney and adjunct professor at Emory Law School, according to his LinkedIn page. He represented NBA player Latrell Sprewell in 1998 after Sprewell attacked his head coach. Thompson’s mother is Ann Platz, an author and interior designer.
Thompson’s public Facebook page includes the following self description:
I’m a mom, and a grandmother!! I have a tremendous heart for the poor and oppressed. I have a very special fondness for Haiti, as I worked there pre and post earthquake as a missionary. It’s a part of my life that I will never forget and always hold dear to my heart!
Her favorite quotation:
Every Saint has a past and every sinner a future!
If this were to come to pass, I’m not sure who she’d replace but NeNe Leakes or Kim Zolciak have been angling to leave. Zolciak already has a Bravo spin-off show scheduled. Leakes is still in negotiations for one.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk