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I’ve been holding out on some RHOA tea because there is not really any shocking news involved and I don’t have tons of details yet, but there is some misinformation flying around I thought I would clear up.
First of all, every season, the real housewives franchise works the same way. Once a season ends, the folks at Bravo, with input from the production company for that franchise, sit around and evaluate the previous season. They decide who, if anyone needs to go, and how to jazz up the ratings in the next season. In this off season, the housewives are “officially” off contract. This is when they go visit their African princes in Nigeria, get their full body lifts, have their boobs jacked up, finish building their houses, show up at random political events to appear to seem politician worthy, post photoshopped pictures of themselves in hootchie wear on Instagram, or get IVF injections or go to the White House Correspondents Dinner as an LGBT ally.
Also during the off season, a handful of potential housewives do test shooting with one or more current housewives. Sometimes there is an opening for a new housewife, other times this is just back up in case someone gets indicted by the FEDs, or has to do a long rehab stint, or has a husband commit suicide. You know, things that happen to the cast of these shows about “socialites.”
Next season of the Real Housewives of Atlanta appears so far to be bringing everyone back except for Kim Fields. That appears to be a mutual parting of the ways; however, Andy Cohen continues to take shots at Kim even after the separation occurred. Andy has acted like the bitter ex-wife whose marriage did not turn out the way she had hoped.
In a sense, Nene will be replacing Kim who replaced her after her last hissy fit departure. You can expect a lot of will she or won’t she return regarding Nene, but Nene has learned her lesson about leaving RHOA and will as surely as one can be about such things be returning next season. We saw on the reunion that Nene has allied with Kenya (!) and Cynthia and Kandi against her one time minion Porsha. Porsha is currently Phaedra’s minion and they are, for now, each others only ally.
So that means we have four against two. THOT one and THOT two need a friend. Phaedra in particular needs a friend in case Porsha ends up in jail after her next violent attack on someone. In fact, if they could find two friends for Phaedra, Porsha may once again be vying for a peach and potentially relegated back to friend status again.
So RHOA is currently testing three women. These photos have surfaced of one of the women who is doing the most testing currently. Her name is Maryam Aytac and she is the owner of three Mediterranean restaurants called Café Instanbul. Both photos are from a birthday party for a makeup artist held at Café Istanbul 3. Shamea was also there, so you know it was classy. Oddly, there seems to have been a change of outfits for the ladies. The filming could have been done on different days but the photos all emerged on Instagram at the same time about a week ago.
I’ve been doing some digging around and consulting with my sources who are scattered around the globe at the moment. Maryam has a good looking Iranian husband and two teenaged kids. She also keeps two pygmy goats in her back yard. I need to borrow one of them for a weekend!
I am really liking Maryam as hopefully some sort of hybrid of Asa from Shahs of Sunset and Lisa Vanderpump from RHOBH!
The only other news I have about the other two women testing is that they are considering introducing a non-black cast member. I would not hold my breath for this as segregation has not officially arrived on Bravo TV yet. Bravo considers RHOA to be “the black franchise” and due to its success tried to create another one in “Potomac.” But if they do, I am already hoping for Maryam Aytac!
As for the misinformation floating around in this testing season, for one, they are not “filming for next season.” It is not time for that. Testing footage almost never makes it to the show. This is more like on camera interviews where the new women are testing primarily with Phaedra and Porsha at the moment. Sometimes they will gather a larger number of the housewives together to see how they do with members of both “teams” in the picture, sometimes not.
The other thing is the ridiculous idea that Mariah or anyone else from Married to Medicine is testing for the RHOA position. That is completely false. We’ve seen a few scenes with a M2M doctor on RHOA but no one will be switching shows.
Finally, as always, there will be the pass the peach game right up until the last minute. That is what the three women are testing for. Think of them as alternate jurors who will be poised and ready to take any position that might arise in the future. It is much too early to be speculating on new cast members, Particularly since there are no available peaches at the moment. If things go according to plan, the best these women can hope for is a FOH slot.
Unless, the team of four can band together and keep the little violent girl off the show entirely. Those four made it very clear at the reunion that they did not want to work with her. Will Bravo listen? Probably not. But if they do, three options will be standing at the ready.
And that’s the tea.