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The rumors were true: Sheree Whitfield leaving ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’

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For the past two weeks, rumors have been floating all over the Web about Sheree Whitfield losing her gig on “Real Housewives of Atlanta” after four seasons.

She was one of three original remaining members of the show.

Whitfield spun it the best way she could by telling Wetpaint Entertainment in an exclusive interview that she chose to leave voluntarily.

“The direction the show is going in is no longer a fit for my lifestyle,” she said. “I’m tired of the fighting and the cattiness.”

Then again, she was frequently the source of said fighting and cattiness.

Bravo confirmed her departure on Wednesday in a statement but did not say whether it was the network’s decision or her decision.

[UPDATE, Wednesday, 7:06 p.m. : Kandi Burruss implied that this was a Bravo decision via a Tweet expressing sympathy to Sheree: "I hate that they made that decision.”]

Whitfield, who didn’t respond to an email requesting comment, was good friends with NeNe Leakes before the show began. Her first season focused on her divorce with retired NFL player Bob Whitfield, in which she hoped to get “seven figures.” She never did. She also hosted a fashion show at the W Hotel at the Perimeter for She by Sheree, a line that never quite got off the ground (but Bravo executive and “Watch What Happens” live host Andy Cohen loves bringing up, even to this day.)

During season two, she got into a heated argument with Kim Zolciak, in which she grabbed at one of Zolciak’s treasured wigs. They did eventually kiss and make up. She got into a classically heated argument with a supposed party planner in which she uttered the famous phrase “Who gone check me boo?” She also had a falling out with her hairdresser Dwight Eubanks over payments related to said fashion show.

Season three, Whitfield participated in a “Dancing With the Stars”-type charity event, where Falcons player Kroy Biermann was dancing, too. Zolciak fell in love with Biermann and they soon had a baby and now a spinoff show featuring their marriage last fall. Whitfield that season also dated a guy claiming to be a doctor who once appeared on TBS’s “The Real Gilligan’s Island.” And she attempted to get into acting, which never got very far.

This past season, she tried to build a home she dubbed “Chateau Sheree” and struggled to get child support from her ex husband. If she had a dating life, it wasn’t reflected in any of the 20 episodes. In fact, she didn’t have much in the way of storylines so she went out of her way to create drama, notably tattling on Kandi Burruss over her comment that she couldn’t imagine Zolciak coming to South Africa. She also informed Miss Lawrence about Marlo Hampton’s use of a nasty anti-gay slur and watched with delight as Hampton lied about it to Miss Lawrence’s face.

Since Whitfield has no obvious career like most of the other women, how she will maintain her lifestyle without Bravo money is a big question mark once appearance fees for parties and such dry up.

She’s the third departure from the show after DeShawn Snow, who lasted one season, and Lisa Wu Hartwell, who lasted two.

The two remaining original members of the show are Leakes, whose attorney told me earlier this month plans to stay with the show for a fifth season. He also represents Zolciak. Her return is still iffy, he said.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

163 comments Add your comment

Pitchy

April 19th, 2012
8:56 am

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Pitchy

April 19th, 2012
8:57 am

Ummmm, ok….NEXT!

I work a Bravo

April 19th, 2012
9:01 am

Translation: She got fired!

cc

April 19th, 2012
9:02 am

GET a JOB!!!!

Check Please

April 19th, 2012
9:02 am

“Who gon’ check me boo?” is a true-life statement for you now Sheree! Considering those Bravo checks are about to dry up!!

Allison Wonderland

April 19th, 2012
9:07 am

These people are a waste of time and air space and all about making money for Andy Cohen.

bwell

April 19th, 2012
9:07 am

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She is a sad case………………. do she even work

Good For Her

April 19th, 2012
9:09 am

Okay, I know someone is going to come behind me and blast my comment *sigh* but here it is….
I think Sheree is too real and doesn’t come off as drama. I think she is catty to some extent like most women (who often don’t admit it). She tried to create the image the show wanted but failed because she has other issues going on. Her focus is just not there. She seems to be very into her kids. That alone is enough reality for any mother.
Good luck to you Sheree. Hope you get it together girl. Take time for self and your kids and refocus.

LG

April 19th, 2012
9:11 am

Maybe Sheree is behind the weave thefts since she won’t soon have a job!

Ray

April 19th, 2012
9:12 am

Kinda sad since she has no skills, not getting child support, and too old to snag another NFL player.

AND????

April 19th, 2012
9:14 am

once again, AND???

Marlo

April 19th, 2012
9:16 am

Hey boo….Call me, you are so pretty I can get you some work.

Tedrick Diggs

April 19th, 2012
9:17 am

Dang! Rodney HO. You went out like a HO talking about Sheree like that. You did some first class hating on her throughout your column…not a good look for a man. When I did watch the show, she was my favorite. I wish her the best.

Keeping it real

April 19th, 2012
9:18 am

Wendy Williams said a week or two ago that she got fired. She didn’t know. She was at some kind of Houswives promo event and they told her while she was there.

DebDoes

April 19th, 2012
9:19 am

So sad for Sheree….Her man woes have been troubling and then the house debacle was embarrassing. Sheree–fitness videos are for you! Best of luck.

Huh?

April 19th, 2012
9:21 am

Not surprised, Sheree had absolutely nothing going on. Not even sure she’ll really be missed on the show. Good luck to her.

Questions

April 19th, 2012
9:21 am

Is there any truth to the notion that Bob Whitfield paid her $400K years ago (advance child support) when they divorced and that’s why he’s not paying child support? What did NeNe mean when she said, “Fix your body!” (and Sheree responded, “Fix your face!”)? Has Sheree gained weight or something? With Sheree’s celebrity status, she has a good chance of landing a rich man, and her troubles will be over.

Bob

April 19th, 2012
9:21 am

She’s broke, and can’t find another sugar daddy, so they gave her the boot. They all gold diggers except Kandi who makes her own money.

Pitchy

April 19th, 2012
9:24 am

@Good – I have to agree with your assessment. Nonetheless, she is boring on the show. I like her, but she’s still boring. No, I’m not into all the cattiness taking place on the show. What I admire most about Sheree was her not wanting to put the father of her children in jail because it doesn’t prove anything. I agree with it, I too haven’t done it, and like to see more women who feel that way. Although he sucker punched her, she did the right thing!

Former Good Day Fan!!!

April 19th, 2012
9:25 am

I CAN’T say that I’ll miss her. Oh well more time for her to focus on Chateau Sheree.

ATL_Lady

April 19th, 2012
9:32 am

How many times can you say things are someone else’s fault? Did anyone catch her awkward answer to Andy’s question about le chateau. For once NeNe is right- Nevalaaaand!

Good luck Ms. Whitfield.

Former Good Day Fan!!!

April 19th, 2012
9:34 am

Sheree & Bob have been divorced about two years now. If he really owed her child support the courts would have come for him by now like they did Terrell Owens.

INDI

April 19th, 2012
9:37 am

When one door close another one will open! She is not my fav but I do pray she and her family find success!

Saints #1

April 19th, 2012
9:38 am

Think I am done watching this show after this season

Mila

April 19th, 2012
9:39 am

Her attitude of entitlement will not be missed.

DJ

April 19th, 2012
9:40 am

Soon, the entire show will end. At some point people will become tired of the dumb “reality” shows of peoples’ made up day-to-day lives. What’s sad is after all the checks are gone, people still know intimate details of their personal lives and will often be judged by that (and judgement can matter depending on where you want your life to go after the show’s over).

yellowdog

April 19th, 2012
9:41 am

wouldnt bother me at all if they all faded away; especially nee nee; she is suffefring from a legend fantasy……ugly nasty woman; the rest are indeed boring; altho beginning to like kim; atlanta housewives are like seinfeld; a show about nothing but not funny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Smarty

April 19th, 2012
9:41 am

Who can say Bankruptcy? It’s coming again. Deadbeat!! I wish Bravo would show the real Atlanta
instead of the wannbe’s.

Cascade Shaniqua

April 19th, 2012
9:42 am

Get a job is right! Take that show off the air!

Vampire Bill

April 19th, 2012
9:44 am

I’m sure she’d expose her silicone on playboy if they would have her? NOT

Sherry

April 19th, 2012
9:46 am

@LG…lol!

@former good day fan, you hit the nail on the head.

bRRHOA

April 19th, 2012
9:50 am

She-man was fired. YIPPEE!!! Hopefully Kim and NeNe will follow. I can’t believe BRAVO gave Kim her own show. I will NOT watch it…she’s an idiot…Kroy too. So glad Sweety left–fired, quit, whatever. I got tired of seeing Kim mistreat her. It should be a law against Kim treating Sweety the way she did. OMG, I got so tired of Kim complaining about the ‘black baby’ comment — the whole dang season!!!! Yeah, I can’t see her holding a black baby either. She doesn’t hold the one she has. A nanny, assistant, stylists, housekeepers, chefs, etc. She doesn’t have a job. She’s pathetic!! And as much as she talks (trashes) about people and curse, she has some nerve!! Cynthia is such a wuss for apologizing to that trailer park cow (Kim). Kim talks about Cynthia all the time–ALL THE DANG TIME. I don’t recall Kim ever saying anything nice about Cynthia. Anyway, LOVE KANDI AND PHAEDRA…and Cynthia!! NeNe, stop trying to act like you’re all that and stop hating on Kandi. Kandi’s laughing all the way to the bank too BOO!! I guess when you guys did those alter ego photoshoots, your alter ego as a stripper wasn’t such a big deal then huh. In fact, didn’t you flash a nipple on camera (SMH) I guess breast exposure is not the same as dingaling (as you say) exposure. And NeNe did make comments on camera about her sex life with Greg on more than one occasion. SO STOP dissing Kandi. Kandi do you girl!! Phaedra, love you too. So glad you’re not representing She-man. She a gold digger, fake wanna be, looking for a hook-up or freebie. She doesn’t have a man because thanks to Bravo, everybody knows she’s high maintenance and lives way, way, way (off the charts) above her means. Men can’t afford to date her. Then I question, does she even like men? Not gonna go there, but keeping it real. Does she have any straight friends? I feel so sorry for the kids. Bravo should do a show on the kids.

JAKE MARSHALL

April 19th, 2012
9:55 am

The show has evolved into single gold-diggers of Atlanta. None of these women have a strong wealthy man behind them except Kim and this wasn’t always the case for her. Bravo has done an outstanding job of exploiting these women.

Pamela

April 19th, 2012
9:55 am

Please…Sheree was fired! I bet you anything she was. I’m so glad they got rid of her. I hope they also get rid of that crazy Marlo/Marlon dudelady! She looks like a tranvestite…oh wait…I don’t want to insult them..she looks like a wanna be transvestite! She is crazy…anyway I’m happy they got rid of Sheree. She is very two faced…she is also a major instigator too. She always start mess and she repeats everything all wrong!!!! Anyway…good riddance…she sure won’t be missed by me with her phony self…she is fake and fony. I NEVER liked her. She looks like dino from the Flinstones! :) She is a major wanna be…she is jealous of Ne Ne and now she started hating on Kandi because Kandi has her sex toy business and Ne Ne has a lot of other things going for her… You won’t be missed Sheree!!!! Rufff..Rufff….as Dino would say….hahahahahahahaha!

Toodle Poodle

April 19th, 2012
9:56 am

Bye Sheree! Time to get a real J-O-B like the rest of us single moms who don’t get child support.

wendy

April 19th, 2012
9:57 am

When I first saw the series, I sincerely questioned her life style. Even if she got the seven figures she claimed, she just could not pay for a private visit by a shoe salesperson that costed $10K (I cannot remember the exact number now). Given a 5% return on $1-2MM hopefully, that pool of money cannot generate an income of $50-100K pretax. Drama is what audience needs, but that cannot strech to a degree that it becomes a simple lie. Maybe, this is just another example how our comsumption habits gonna broke ourselves? Too deep for this kind of show, hehe.

melanie

April 19th, 2012
9:58 am

I think all of them on that show are nothing but money grabbing women. It makes Atlanta women look well, low life. None of the high society or even middles calss women of Atlanta I know act & look this.

Pamela

April 19th, 2012
10:00 am

Honestly…I really haven’t watched this show since crazy behind Phaedra had Ridickoulous on there sucking his own stuff! That was VERY TACKY AND JUST DOWN RIGHT NASTY! I think I may have watched it 2 or 3 times since then. I doubt if I really watch this show again. That turned me completely off!

Gwendolyn Stone

April 19th, 2012
10:02 am

Enough is enough! They all should stop pushing their butts out, raising hell and attending those fake parties claiming only the “Elite” from Atlanta attend. (1.) Who does Phaedra represent? (2.) Kim must look like a pale white girl without the hair and makeup (3.) Kandi is fooling herself is she thinks she can break into the sex industry and become wealthy. Ladies, are you that desperate? (4.) Ne Ne is pathetic and insane. She thinks that Bankhead meets Buckhead. Sure she ran into Steve Harvey and his wife but they were not there by accident. If she thinks she can play that little white man she might come up missing. Is she still growing? LET IT GO………………….

Gwen

April 19th, 2012
10:09 am

That Kim see needs to be fired as well, take her off.

yogatutu2

April 19th, 2012
10:10 am

Granted, Sheree didn’t bring much to the show, but in the beginning, she brought as much as NeNe. What business has NeNe started? The only thing I see is that she smiles with her veneers, while she is taking shoes, watches, and other gifts from the “white” man. She is too self-centered and never has anthying good to say about anyone. It’s all about NeNe, and this has become UGLY!!! NeNe makes the entire show disgusting to watch. Find someone else that is real, and has a little education, and CLASS. NeNe, stay off the talk shows, you look LOST, next to the others.

housewives?

April 19th, 2012
10:11 am

Waiting for the follow up story about her requesting welfare

Sanjeev

April 19th, 2012
10:23 am

@Jake Marshall – Kroy isn’t that rich by NFL standards. Pretty certain he makes less than $1M per year and living that lifestyle the money will dry up within 2 years of retirement.

Pam

April 19th, 2012
10:29 am

Sheree is a good person. She’s a little boring, but I like her. I feel bad for her situation. I am wishing her the best. That sorry ass baby daddy need to go f himself. She deserved better. Sheree’s juicing seemed a bit interesting. She’s good in her health regime. Maybe, she should have concentrated on generating business in that area.

Romeo

April 19th, 2012
10:33 am

Let me get this off of my chest first Real Housewives is the worse show ever on tv other than Jerry Springer and it has been the front runner for more bad tv shows. I am a black man. Black people when is it not funny or should I say when did this type of comedy become funny? What is really funny to me is that the powers that be(white tv exc) wil pay black people to make them selves out to be fools,hoes,back stabers,and people who can not be trusted.Look I know we all need money but all money is not good money these black women are taking blood money. This is way worse than selling your self out . You are telling and showing the world that it’s true black women will say and do anything for a dollar. I can hear a lot of black people out there right now telling me to go get F make that money honey. Well when you go to your next job interview and the person doing the interview is looking at you thinking about NeNe don’t be surprised when you don’t get the job or some white guy grabs your brest when his wife turns her head and you just set there looking like a fool.To think Martin Luther King was killed for this crap. Black women already have it bad think of all the beautifl sisters in college trying to make it then they see Sheree who is about 50 acting like shejust stepped out of the woods.We know NeNe was a stripper at the Gold Club ask me how I know. Now she is working for a local news station lol are you kidding me. These black women are a slap in th face to all black women who are out here suffering every day trying to make it. So if you are a reall man not a homesexual you will never get on tv but if you are a black woman all you have to do is be loud,fight other black women, act the fool regardless if you have a college degree or not. My question to black america when is it not funny any more? Basketball wives GOLD DIGGERS,LALA LESBINS, AND THIS HOT DOG stand in Chicago with these loud black women cursing and talking to customers any way they want. When is this bafoonery not funny. You know what is really funny how in the hell did Sheree get fired form that job damn?

llw

April 19th, 2012
10:35 am

Her 15 min has long run out.I hope she has a plan. One that is legit. They all cant be like the Khardasians. LOL Phaedra is smart laughing all the way to the bank she can still practice law and if her funeral business pans out she will be just fine. Khandi is banking on what she knows sells a hot tune and sex (Good for you girl). Kim football careers dont last forever hopefully you married for love. Pray he stays in the league long enough to draw a pension and moves in to a decent paying commentating position on a major network. Cynthia good thing black dont crack, your beauty is timeless, Light a fire under Peter’s tail so he can stop wasting money on worthless business deals and get a real job. Nene beware you have stepped on a lot of toes, remember you reap what you sow. Good luck to ya!!!!!!!

The Austrian Brotherhood

April 19th, 2012
10:37 am

She should get a cabinet position under our Great Leader Obama. Champion of the Great Unwashed.

All Hail Obama.

Allah Obama! Allah Obama! Allah Obama!

RCH

April 19th, 2012
10:38 am

Sheeree,

What will “elegant and sophisticated just like me” get you at the unemployment office. By the way, I am looking for a slightly used Porsche.

Marsh

April 19th, 2012
10:39 am

Atlanta is now a terrible place, isn’t it?

DontSayItoldyaSo

April 19th, 2012
10:42 am

Say what you want about Sheree, but I’d bend her over and kill that thang she’s toting back there. Holla!! (Just as she would)