NeNe Leakes’ attorney last month told me she’s coming back to the fifth season of “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” which has reportedly started taping already.
Now Kim Zolciak today has confirmed she is sticking with the show another season on her Twitter page. (Her attorney a couple weeks ago said he wasn’t sure at the time.)
Although during season four, Zolciak was focused on having her baby and didn’t engage as much with the other cast members (and she is pregnant again this season), Bravo still likes her and she obviously likes the paycheck to sustain her lifestyle.
Zolciak’s current spinoff “Don’t Be Tardy for the Wedding,” which debuted April 26, has not pulled in the ratings of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” but the numbers have been still relatively strong, averaging about 1.5 million viewers for its first three of six episodes.
In the meantime, Cynthia Bailey, Phaedra Parks and Kandi Burruss are also expected to come back.
The only one out from season four was Sheree Whitfield. Now who will be her replacement?
Straight From the A’s Michelle Brown last week exclusively cited the new person as Kenya Moore. I have not been able to independently confirm this news. The 41 year old was a former Miss USA in 1993 but is not from Atlanta. She grew up in Michigan and has a recent address in Aurora, Col. She had to move to Atlanta to be part of the show.
Bravo tried out quite a few women in Atlanta but if Moore is indeed on the show, the casting folks had to fish outside of town to find an appropriate person who could interact with the proper energy and fireworks. (It’s also possible they are merely trying Moore out like they did Marlo Hampton last season, who was a recurring member but ended up not making the cut.)
Moore has been a model (there are plenty of racy shots of her online) and an actress with parts in sitcoms such as “The Parent ‘Hood,” “The Jamie Foxx Show,” “The Steve Harvey Show” and “Girlfriends” as well as movie roles in “Waiting to Exhale” and “Deliver Us From Eva.”
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk