The National Enquirer this week reported that Ted Turner’s daughter and Atlanta philanthropist Laura Turner Seydel would be joining “The Real Housewives of Atlanta’ as a cast member season five.
Her spokeswoman Denise Elsbree exclusively told me that this is not true.
It is true that Bravo asked Seydel to be a cast member after her appearance on the January 8 episode. Marlo Hampton, who knew Seydel, had invited NeNe Leakes to a fundraiser for Captain Planet Foundation, which Seydel runs. Bravo was charmed by Seydel’s presence and invited her to be part of the show.
“She really enjoyed that,” Elsbree said. “It was fun. She was able to promote Captain Planet. She works hard to get the message out about the group’s different initiatives.”
But Seydel is too busy to be part of the Bravo show. “She has a really complicated schedule. She’s on all sorts of boards of foundations and travels all the time,” Elsbree said. “She’s flattered to be considered but there’s no way she could do it.”
She said the inquiry happened soon after the January 8 appearance and Bravo sent Seydel an application January 25. This past Wednesday, Feb. 8, Seydel’s staff sent back a response saying no, she can’t do it, Elsbree said.
Already, speculation is rife who will stay and who will go for season five of “Real Housewives of Atlanta.” Kim Zolciak has a spin-off show debuting after season four ends but there is no word on whether Zolciak will stay on or leave “Real Housewives.” Ditto with NeNe. She appears to be focused on getting acting gigs, like her well-received appearance on “Glee” as a swimming coach.
There is also a rumor floating around that Phaedra Parks is considering jumping ship to VH1’s new “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta,” but that sounds especially dubious.
Bravo has not officially indicated who will be on the show next year.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk