In the real world, as opposed to reality TV, “Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast member Phaedra Parks would never ever do business with Kenya Moore knowing that Kenya has the hots for her husband.
But since these characters have to interact and since Kenya does video production, the producers surely “suggested” Phaedra use Kenya to produce her “donkey booty” exercise video.
No shock: it doesn’t go smoothly.
We clearly do not see the entire negotiation process. Kenya offers a $100,000 budget but I don’t know if she includes a “fee’ for herself or simply pads the budget to ensure some profit. She also appears to spring a back-end (no pun intended) fee on the profits of the video sales well into the process. She asks for what appears to be a reasonable 10 percent cut, especially since she sealed a distribution deal for them.
Phaedra, who felt the $100,000 budget was too high, acts all offended and says Kenya deserves no back end whatsoever. Apollo, more reasonably, said they could negotiate a lower fee perhaps in exchange for back-end profits.
“I handle multi-million dollar films,” Kenya said. “This is a drop in the bucket.”
Later, Phaedra retorts to the cameras, “She produces multi-million dollar films? I’ve never see any of them!”
Kenya also gets annoyed when Phaedra says she checked with Kandi Burruss‘ boyfriend Todd about the video since he also does production.
So Kenya, thinking Phaedra was the problem, goes to Apollo during Todd’s 39th birthday party. Apollo says things are okay, tries to mollify her. Phaedra keeps giving Kenya shady looks but being the classy woman she is, doesn’t confront her publicly – or at all.
When Kenya tries to get more info about Todd’s discussion with Phaedra, he begs off. Kandi is especially peeved, saying this is not the time and place to discuss business.
Next scene, we see Cynthia Bailey at her Bailey Agency, where she had cancelled a casting call for Phaedra’s video because she hadn’t been given enough information. She is not happy with Phaedra about Tweeting about the casting call when she had planned to nix it.
Kenya shows up, too, to tell Phaedra she is not comfortable with the situation. “I don’t work for free,” she said. Phaedra tries to spin it, saying she didn’t intend not to pay Kenya but wasn’t keen on a back-end deal. Kenya decides to bow out and walks out. No twirling this time, though.
“How am I supposed to work with someone who doesn’t respect my 20-plus years in this business?” Kenya says.
Congratulations Kenya, by the way, for keeping yourself in the A story – again. You’re virtually single-handedly keeping the season alive.
In other storylines:
- Kandi: she gave Todd a sweet 39th birthday, one year after they met. “He’s the teammate that I have always wanted,” she said. Awww…
- Porsha Stewart? No story line except for a pointless 30 seconds where she and her hubby talk again about babymaking. My wife noted that Porsha supposedly “just woke up” but is in full makeup.
- Cynthia: Besides what happened between Kenya and Phaedra and more or less forgiving Kenya, nothing at all for Cynthia.
- NeNe Leakes. She’s out in Hollywood trying to adjust to life there as a regular on “The New Normal.” She tells her ex-hubby Gregg she needs his support so she can focus on work. He said she has to let go and not be so hands on and give him a chance to do some of the stuff and take the stress off of her.
“I’m sure there are a lot of people in Atlanta who would want to ride you. Welcome to Atlanta.” – Aunt Lori, to Kenya Moore, licking her wounds after the end of her “relationship” of Walter Jackson
“Do you have a butt cam?” – Phaedra to Kenya about the video
“She keeps insinuating we’re doing something for free. We are out of slavery. This is the normal course of business. You negotiate.” - Phaedra on Kenya
“You can barely buy a pair of shoes with their budget? And I only wear $1,000 shoes.” – Kenya, after getting jilted by Phaedra for back-end profits on her production deal.
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Kenya, knowing that she needs to keep sowing drama, decides to do her own exercise/booty video, well aware this will get Phaedra’s goat. Phaedra’s response: “Her booty is as lumpy as a bad bath of gravy.”
Go figure: last week’s 10th episode, the dullest to date this season, pulled in the season high number of viewers: 3.67 million viewers with a 1.8 rating for 18-49 year olds, doing far better than “Honey Boo Boo” at 3.08 million and 1.3 18-49 rating. Last year’s 10th episode drew 2.77 million viewers. The show is now averaging 3 million viewers this season. It is virtually even in total viewers to season four’s first 10 episodes.