I really hate this time of year because everyone keeps asking me about RHOA. I have a good bit of information about WHERE THINGS STAND NOW. However, as I have learned over the season, things change as filming begins. This is a time where there is a lot of turmoil. You really never know what is going to happen.
So here is what I know so far. First, I want to dispel a rumor. I got the majority of my information last Friday. I decided to hold on to it because I had some followup questions and it was the long weekend and it wasn’t possible to reach the best sources because people were out having their last hurrah. Sometime later that Friday, someone somewhere apparently started a rumor that someone was fired. That is not true. No one was fired last Friday. In fact, I just got a hold of my original contact who basically said, ” Look, I told you what is happening. No one was fired.”
So that means I can go ahead with the information I already had. The short version of that is “Everyone is asked back except Kim who quit. “ Except it’s never that simple. What I was told last week was that everyone was asked back but Phaedra and Porsha have “limited contracts.” This is a term that was used before. In last year’s clusterfuck with things not working out with Nene, Phaedra and Porsha were also not guaranteed full time status last season. There was even a moment where KENYA didn’t seem to be on solid ground. So here we go again.
So far, Kandi, Cynthia and Kenya are expected to be peach holders. Everything else is a bit murky.
At the end of last season, Kandi, Cynthia, Kenya and Nene has formed a little alliance. Sheree was also part of that group. Their mission was to get Porsha off the show because no one wanted to be around her violent behavior. They all made this clear on the reunion and clear to production. That didn’t seem to work. Somebody somewhere, maybe Carlos seems to pull for her. So now the word on the curb is that none of that “alliance” wants to film with Porsha. That leaves Phaedra as the only one to film with her. We saw a lot of those two together last season for similar reasons. Sheree will film with anyone she is asked to, kind of like Kandi used to do. It sounds like Sheree will be back, with or without a peach. That moldy Chateau of hers will come in handy as storyline now that Kenya has moved into Moore Manor. Why doesn’t Nene get any shit for nor really moving into to her house? What happened there? I don’t think she has slept there a dozen times since she “moved in” last Memorial Day Weekend?
I was looking forward to Nene and Kenya being on the same side next season but over the off season that seems to be falling apart. Notice that I did not put Nene in the “definitely hold a peach category.”
In the course of four days, my Intel on Nene has gone from “Nene will not be full time. Bravo is going to work around HER schedule” to “Things are up in the air with Nene.” And more oddly, “She didn’t get a pickup letter.” I suppose all of those things could be true, except the whole letter thing doesn’t seem to make sense to me. This is all coming from one of my best sources. My understanding is that Nene wants to be on the show. They want Nene to be on the show. But Nene wants to only work the show whenever she doesn’t have anything else going on.
And Nene has a lot going on right now. She and Cynthia have spent a LOT of time together on the West Coast. It makes me wonder if they are shopping a spin-off to be shot in LA. Her “Not Really Comedy Tour” has been selling out everywhere she goes. She recently did four sold out shows somewhere… I think Columbia, SC. She did that Expo thing again in Atlanta. It was there that word of her possibly not coming back started, but she has been doing that like Lisa Vanderpump does every year. After talking to my sources I think she is more serious about it than I though initially. If To Tell The Truth ever gets a timeslot, she will be needed to publicize that. And she wants to be able to drop RHOA for anything else that comes along. That is a big sticking point for production. She has to be commit to be available.
So we find ourselves unsure of just how much Nene will be on RHOA. AND I hear she is asking for the full paycheck for much less work. That is also a sticking point. They get the big bucks to put their life on standby for six months or so and do whatever they are told to do. I presume they will work something out there. But I said that last season and Bravo got fed up with her and she waited until filming was almost over to come to a deal.
So this Nene situation might be the reason for Porsha and Phaedra’s predicament. I predict that Phaedra will be back with a full peach. ESPECIALLY with Nene not being full time. Of the three girls that did test shooting, Maryam, the Iranian girl is the only one I ever hear about. Unless we start seeing the other two in the next month, Porsha is probably safe too. Could Sheree snatch her peach? Probably. Because everyone is good with Sheree at the moment and willing to film with her. Kandi is not feeling Phaedra and vice versa so that is an issue. More for Phaedra than for Kandi who I believe is as locked in as one can be at this point.
But one more thing about Phaedra. Filming for next season is starting a month earlier than last year on Tuesday, June 7th. But Phaedra has her trial with Angela Stanton starting on Monday June 6th. That trial will last at least two or three days. Maybe longer. Phaedra has pushed this case back and stalled and hemmed and hawed for YEARS. I do not see her getting any more continuances. I am sure this judge is ready to have this off her docket. So if she shows up in court like she is supposed to, Porsha has no one to film with because production would have to push Phaedra’s filming back.
So basically once again things are a hot mess. Part of the problem is production is a hot mess. This show has way too many “producers.” None of them seem to know what the other is doing. But everyone from production is back in Atlanta getting set up this week and hopefully they will communicate with each other. Even better for the show would be for about half of them to leave. But I hear that is not happening.
So, for those of you who don’t read everything. The bottom line is that Kenya, Kandi, and Cynthia seem secure. Kenya is for sure because she was the only one invited to Upfronts. I forgot about that. If you notice the tentative alliance between Nene and Kenya seemed to dissolve after Kenya went to Upfronts. Shortly thereafter, Nene’s tour got really salty and she started coming for Kenya talking about how she is the reason Kenya has a job. She said it about the others in general but the mean stuff was toward Kenya. That was because of Upfronts. You know how Nene gets when she feels slighted. If Nene had a contract for this season, she would have definitely been at Upfronts. But she doesn’t and that is 90% her fault.
This puts Nene, Phaedra, Porsha and Sheree all in sort of wait and see place. Nene’s ability to work out an agreement has a big impact on the other three. There are three ladies waiting in the wings. That is seven people and three peaches as it stands now. I think Nene will probably hold a peach in the openings whether she is full time or not. She’s the last OG of RHOA. So there will be three peaches for the other six to fight over either way. Porsha is in a way competing for a peach with the new girls, while also hoping at least one of them gets a peach as well. She really needs someone to film with. But what the hell would either Porsha or Phaedra’s storyline be? They better come up with one fast!
By the way, I tried to see if any of my sources knew anything about RHOBH casting. They didn’t really. They did tell me that RHOBH doesn’t do pick up letters in the same way that Atlanta does. Remember I have always said that RHOBH has a whole different everything. I did hear that change is in the air and that is why only Kyle Richards went to Upfronts this season. LVP is doing her usual routine about not being sure if she wants to come back. Trust me, she does. And Yolanda, Rinna, Eileen and Kathryn are up in the air. I would be SHOCKED if Erika Jayne is not back. I would be SHOCKED if Kathryn is back. As it stands now they are a good six weeks at least behind RHOA and no final decisions or offers have been made. Kyle is the only sure bet. It was VERY, VERY, VERY odd that only Kyle and Kenya came to Upfronts this time. And both of them are already locked down for the next season. Other than that? Well, we will be watching that Pass the Peach game as usual.
So stay tuned. I’ll let you know when I have more news.