There was a lot of speculation today about Carlos King’s future with the Real Housewives of Atlanta as the producer. Carlos has always had the final say on RHOA production and editing. He tweeted some things about the finale like, “all good things must come to an end” that lead to rampant speculation that he was leaving the show.
I really didn’t pay it much attention until Nene Leakes mention “the executive producer” as someone who joined in with all the ladies on the show to try to take her down.
You will recall that I was told by inside sources that Nene was being phased out LAST season. She was incredibly difficult to work with according to production sources and making ridiculous demands about who she would, and would not film with. She was demanding that production revolve around her schedule. I was told last season that she would be losing her peach. Then I was told she wasn’t. Then I was told she was. All by the same sources. So for two years there has been a lot of turmoil between production and Nene and a lot of disrespectful remarks from Nene aimed at Andy Cohen who she seems to hold ultimate responsibility for her “bad edits.”
Today, I was able to independently confirm that Carlos King will not return to RHOA for season eight. The official word is that Carlos, who has a very extensive and successful background in television is moving on to expand his own personal empire. The streets however are also talking. The unofficial explanation is that Carlos and Nene had reached a point of being unwilling to work with the other. By all accounts, most everyone who has worked with Carlos has nothing but positive things to say about him. Nene on the other hand, does not have glowing recommendations. Bravo executives and Andy Cohen in general are not fond of Nene’s personality but they also, rightly or wrongly, feel she is the reason people tune in.
So Carlos is out which means Nene may well be staying. It is certainly way more likely than it was before. So did Nene get Carlos fired? She seems to be sort of gloating about it in her latest blog. It does give one pause. And it also makes me very nervous about Claudia Jordan’s future on the show. Nene can’t stand that Claudia won’t back down from her. And it does seem like Andy kisses Nene’s ass, A LOT. Does this mean Porsha will get her peach back?
I’m sorry the news isn’t better. This does explain why pick up letters have not been sent out yet. The behind the scenes turmoil of the past two seasons has boiled over and anything can happen at this point.