As Tamara Tattles was the first and only site to exclusively report, the Real Housewives of Atlanta (and some unexpected friends) are on a camping trip this weekend. And it sure seems like it was quite the struggle to wrangle the ladies yesterday.
But first, Let’s start with Friday night, in the photo above you can see Kandi and Marlo at Kandi’s R&B showcase featuring her two groups that she has been producing, Glamour, and Next. There was another performer at this showcase named Hazel Renee. Hazel is a young woman from Detroit and she is also on the camping trip as Kenya’s plus one. Kenya is referring to her as “her sister.” Is she related? Is this a homegirl from Detroit type thing? Alas my friends, I don’t know everything. I do know that Kenya doesn’t have a sister and this young lady seems young enough to be her daughter. I love that Kenya is there supporting Kandi and the bond that I keep noticing throughout filming. Kenya and Kandi as friends is something we haven’t really seen before. Unlike all the folks screaming about having the same people on the seasons over and over, I can’t say I agree. We have new relationships sprinkled with some new faces this season and I have a good feeling about the upcoming season. That said, I’m always hopeful for things that seem impossible. Just yesterday I checked TJMaxx to see if maybe they got an excess lot of Hermès or Bvlgari perfume. I like to live in a place where anything could still happen in my life. Because otherwise, what’s the point. If we knew, with all certainty, that our lives were only going to be about endless shelves of Justin Beiber perfume at TJMaxx, we’d never get out of bed. Dare to dream with me, people. It’s going to be a great season!
The naysayers began yesterday afternoon. There were absolutely no signs that my big exclusive about the camping trip was actually happening. Kandi was home playing with her babies, filming was happening at Chateau Sheree. I was wrong. But I knew I wasn’t wrong. This was my solid gold, never steered me wrong even once, source. As crazy as it sounded I knew 100% that a the RHOA were going camping.
But I must admit by late afternoon, I wondered myself, WTF was going on. So here is what happened. They went by private party bus to the campsite. Because Cynthia now lives out on a lake where she is at one with nature everyday, and everyone except Kenya and Phaedra live in the hinterlands, they met at Chateau Sheree. Because it’s near the bus stop, and I-285.
Apparently, for reasons I do not understand, the ladies stood around the construction site under the shadow of the colossal structure that would make a great set for an American Horror Story season about a mental institution, or a women’s prison full of evil demons and dangerous falling objects to wait for a bus. Because, they can’t go inside. And so it begins…
Clearly, Kenya was not thrilled with this plan either. She did change the location later to I-285 but not before one of my intrepid researchers captured it for me. Speaking of researchers. I fell out last night after an exhausting day of shopping at the Dollar Store, while my favorite people worked essentially around the clock to provide you all with this update. I am blessed and eternally grateful for them.
So now for the big news, MARLO HAMPTON IS ON THE TRIP! I repeat, “MARLO HAMPTON IS ON THE TRIP!”
Let us just sit with this information for a moment.
Because, Nene was pissed before when she was telling everyone that Kim Biermann was coming back to RHOA. And for the LOVE OF GOD, SHE IS NOT COMING BACK PEOPLE, I done tole you this! Nene has no idea what is going on regarding RHOA production and it is killing her. But production bringing Marlo on this trip, out of the blue with no previous interactions to speak of during filming is them turning the knife in Nene’s back. Schadenfreude anyone? And is she really there as Sheree’s plus one? Shady, production. Really shady. And I love this.
Because, this could be epic.
She seems to be fitting right in on the bus. Everyone is all smiles. It is interesting to me that Marlo is on the trip and Lena is not. I believe she was supposed to be there. Lena needs scenes with all of the ladies to justify this wedding that is supposed to happen. It’s looking more and more like Lena will be paying for her own wedding and if she is lucky, Bravo will film the wives attending. She has gone from peach consideration to FOH over the course of filming. Maryam has pretty much faded away completely. And now, MARLO!
Please allow me another moment full of hope and possibility. If we presume for a moment that Bravo has finally had enough from one THOT with violent tendencies, is it possible that they might replace her with a seemingly reformed THOT with violent tendencies who is actually educated, wealthy and mature now? Or perhaps she is just there to mentor Porsha? Whatever, a girl can dream. I have hope that Marlo will be the Hermès Au Jardin Sur le Nil that replaces Girlfriend by Justin Bieber on our RHOA fragrance shelves. Dream with me, people.
We for sure have Marlo bringing her glam on this trip. She’s on the bus with her ostrich handbag and peach sangria in a stemmed crystal glass. And the campfire above where girlfriend is cooking up some lobster in a pan in her camouflage shirt.
So what about Phaedra and Porsha? What about them? They were either exiled from the bus and rode up on their own, or they were on the bus and no one bothered to include them in the photos. But they were in fact at the campsite, it just seems that no one really cared.
This trip is going to be incredible. Kenya and Sheree have not been getting along all season because someone is salty that Kenya has her dream house and she has a dangerous construction site. Since like 2011, y’all. The Sheree from last season who was trying to slide back in without making too many waves is no more. We have unhappy housewives around an open fire. At least three of them have been violent in the past. No one except Phaedra wants anything to do with Porsha. Kandi is well past being over Porsha. And other than Phaedra’s Al Sharpton wannabe tours, and her latest “charity Phlops, she has been mostly filming inside her house with Porsha. I wonder if medical is on standby off camera, because we may need them.
And that’s the tea.
UPDATE: So far, it looks like everyone is still alive and getting along. And sure, when I cropped this photo I could have taking out Phaedra’s fat armpit, but if I had to see it, so do you.
Here’s another pic from today.