During the filming of Real Housewives of Atlanta season five a lot of weird things happened that had never happened before. First, Kim Zolciak got evicted. Sure that one chick from Orange County got evicted, but it just wasn’t as messy. Kim got evicted while seven months pregnant and had to move her whole brood back into the Big Poppa condo. Her landlord also contacted TMZ to make sure that it was a very public eviction.
Another weird thing that happened was there were lots of conflicting reports about who the new housewives were. We knew one was Kenya Moore, because she kept blabbing the news all around town. What was confusing was who the second one was. It wasn’t until very far into filming that it was confirmed the other newbie would be Porsha Stewart. Keep reading to find out what really happened.
The main thing I heard over and over during filming was that the cast as a whole was pissed at Kim. Because Kim was pregnant again, she was unable or perhaps simply unwilling to film a lot. She would make just enough appearances to be on the show and even when she showed up, she would always be the last to arrive and the first to leave. Her castmates began to view this as both diva behavior and Bravo giving Kim special treatment. She had already gotten her own spin-off and this was just too much for them. Kandi was particularly pissed with Kim. On the first episode last night we saw Kim reluctantly show up to tape the scene at Kandi’s house, complaining to Sweetie all the way and then throwing shade at Kandi in her own house. Basically, Kim was a bitch the whole season. Maybe she had her reasons, she was pregnant with a baby in diapers and being evicted and dealing with some of Brielle’s issues at school, and Kendra was breathing down her neck about paying her design bill. She had a lot going on.
Rumors started that Kim was demoted to “friend of a housewife”, but that was not true. She was a fully paid housewife doing a friend of a housewife taping schedule. Not only that but she was pretty much done with all of her co-workers. Kim was becoming a problem to Bravo. Its one thing to show up to work and cause drama. That’s (sometimes) good TV. Kim wasn’t showing up and the castmates were pissed. Kandi is Bravos go-to-girl when no wants to film with a particular housewife. Last year she got stuck going to Miami with Nene because no one except Cynthia wanted to film her, remember? Well this year Kandi put her foot down.
On the teaser reel for this season you see Kim start to go after Kandi in a scripted dinner scene with all the ladies. The very last scene on the reel is Kim screaming, “Fuck You!” to someone in production. That scene will be the last time we see her on RHOA. After we see that episode, we will have our first ever Bravo mid-season replacement. Kim’s intro will disappear and Porsha’s intro will appear. If you noticed last night, there was no Porsha intro. She did have one in the rough cut, so I know one is coming.
Also there was a big controversy when the first new promos came out for RHOA and Kim was not in the pictures. Nene tweeted, “last original standing” and that if Bravo didn’t show what happened she would spill. Meanwhile Kim was assuring everyone on her timeline that she was still a housewife in the upcoming season. Bravo was making crazy excuses for why Kim was not in the promo pictures. How could both be true? Simple, Kim flipped out and apparently quit mid-filming. It was all too much for her. So they hired Porsha as her replacement. Porsha will come in when Kim goes out.
All of this was confirmed on the VH1 Morning show where Phaedra petted Porsha and called her, “Kim Zolciak dipped in chocolate.”
And that’s your morning tea.