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.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk