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As you know Tamaratattles.com has been bothering RHOA sources for weeks regarding pickup letters. They went out VERY late this season as the new production team tries to figure out how to move forward. Production has been moving toward a more “housewifey” storyline for the upcoming season. Though Nene Leakes appears to come up with these ideas all on her own, what really happens according to my sources is she finds out the new plan and then goes on a talk show and says that is what she wants to happen. It’s quite ingenious actually.
So pickup letters were received yesterday. But this year, I don’t have complete information yet. This is what I know for sure. Kenya, Cynthia, Kandi and Nene are all receiving full contracts. Phaedra, Claudia and Porsha can be neither confirmed or denied at this point. My sources say that are all three unlikely to return. However, there may still be hope for Claudia fans. Claudia has been spotted with a new man so perhaps a new relationship will attract the interest of production? Just because she didn’t get a letter in the original batch, it doesn’t mean she is definitely out. Porsha is having her usual meltdown with production at this time. They tried to get rid of her two seasons ago and then the divorce happened. She has a history, according to tamaratattles.com sources of pulling stunts to get them to reconsider and they have reconsider in the past two seasons. Will she be able to pull out another miracle? I’m a bit shocked by Phaedra’s departure. Her tactic for staying on the show is appealing to Andy through her children. Andy seems to fall for this every time. But now that Apollo is not part of the package, it seems Phaedra is not as appealing to Andy. Phaedra’s lack of relationship to film may have done her in.
In other news, the usual testing of potential new housewives for RHOA has begun. They generally test a handful of hopefuls every year and then film some practice scenes with an established housewife. With the success of Lisa Rinna and Eileen Davidson on RHOBH this season, it seems that RHOA is looking for their own actresses this year. Tamaratatles.com sources can officially confirm that Kim Fields, best known to most of us as Tootie from The Facts of Life as well as Regine Hunter on Living Single is testing for a RHOA slot. Tamaratattles.com sources say another unnamed younger actress is also shooting test scenes.
Two other ladies are also being tested to appear on RHOA . One is a professional dancer (not that kind) named Tammy who is married to a white man. She is said to be getting positive feedback from production who refers to her as quirky and fun. The other is Lena Chenier, the longtime fiancée of Robert Lavelle “R.L.” Huggar who was the lead singer in the band NEXT back in the day. I expect their story line if they make it to be about her trying to actually get down the aisle as they have been together for years. Also they are both very vocal with their religion on social media so she could be vying to replace Phaedra as the housewife most likely to talk about how religious she is.
Three of the four women are married, Lena lives with her man and last I heard was still engaged but some places claim she is married. Again, brace yourselves for more house husbands. It seems that Kenya will be the only unmarried housewife next season.
As always, this is my preliminary tea based on pickup letters and production gossip. It is a LONG TIME until final post production editing. You never know what will happen. But this is how things stand now. I say this every year and then have people telling me I was wrong about something. In the reality TV world things are always changing and nothing is written in stone.