If you are up to date on the Tamara Tattles exclusively sourced contract information, when we last spoke, Nene Leakes, Kandi Burruss, Eva Marcille and Porsha Williams all received pick-up letters and have signed on for another season. Shamari Devoe will no longer be on the show and was not picked up.
That left us waiting for Cynthia Bailey to negotiate her new contract. As it turns out that didn’t happen. Cynthia received a new contract with a much lower pay rate. There were no negotiations. She accepted it and has, as she prematurely posted, secure her peach. I say prematurely simply because at the time she was posting she had not yet officially signed the contract. So it seemed a bit premature and unwise to discuss a contract on social media that had not been finalized with signatures.
FILMING BEGINS FOR RHOA SEASON 12 NEXT MONTH!
The reason things are suddenly picking up speed is because filming begins for RHOA next month! It should begin the week of May 20th and ends around the last week in September. Tamara Tattles was not informed for the reason for the earlier filming schedule.
Also, the RHOA showrunner bailed right after Nene Leakes a was picked up (Blind Item Reveal) and there has been no replacement hired yet. Good luck with that Bravo Suit who insists on foisting Nene Leakes on us for another season. Also, as you can imagine, there are production people that don’t want to work around Nene. I predict a delay in filming but that is just me not sourced information.
Pass The Peach Will Be Escalated
That leaves us with one possible peach remaining. Tanya Sam will be returning to RHOA either as a friend or as a peach holder. My source still feels that she will most likely be the one to claim the final peach.
There are many rumors online about Kenya Moore or Phaedra Parks being in negotiations for a peach. In fact they were circulating long before that was even a possibility. Bravo doesn’t ever enter negotiations with new or returning cast members until all of the current housewives contracts are in place. So these rumors seem to have been started by…wait for it… Kenya and Phaedra.
Tamara Tattles exclusive sources indicate that some form of minor contract is expected for Yovanna Logan. She will have a day rate and they will see how things go once filming begins. She could be bumped up to friend depending on how things pan out. The suits seem to like her “Spice!”
Bravo Is NOT NEGOTIATING Contracts For Season 12
So perhaps you are wondering why Cynthia Bailey took her contract without negotiations. That is because Bravo has decided not to negotiate this season. This is mostly because they won’t drop Nene and she is eating a shit ton of the overall budget. Tamara Tattles has been told that Kenya Moore will be offered a contract with the same sort of “take it or leave it” wording they sent to Cynthia Bailey. The contract will essentially put Tanya and Kenya in the running for the open peach. If Kenya takes the contract, they will decide after filming begins who gets the peach.
The New Non-Compete Clause Is A Problem…Kind of
Tamara Tattles exclusive source only mentions Phaedra Parks when asked about her directly. Phaedra doesn’t seem as likely to return. Bravo seems to be waiting for Apollo’s release to seriously consider a return for her. The other issue for Phaedra and possibly for Kenya Moore as well has to do with a change in the non-compete clause in RHOA contracts. It used to be the non-compete was for one year after the talent left employment.
Now, it seems that Bravo is planning to enforce a non-compete for the remainder of the length of the contract options plus a year after that. This seems insane to me and could me that they make an offer with a five year option for renewal Then, if you work for one year you could still have six years of non-compete. I’m not even sure that is enforceable. As always, I am simply passing along information. I can’t believe anyone with any traction in the industry would sign that. I feel like I am not getting the full information here, or maybe I just didn’t understand it. The bottom line was the changes to the non-compete are not good for the talent.
They hardly ever enforce that clause, but if they choose to enforce it on anyone, it will be Kenya. Because trying to produce your own scenes is a much bigger issue than say DRAGGING SOMEONE BY THEIR HAIR ACROSS A STAGE or BEATING SOMEONE UP IN AN ALLEY or ACCUSING SOMEONE OF INTENT TO RAPE, OR BEING HIGH ON COKE DURING FILMING… just to name a few. None of those things make you difficult to work with.
So Nothing Has Really Changed
So this was a lot of words to basically say that nothing has changed. Everyone except for Shamari is coming back. Tanya Sam is the most likely to have the open peach slot. Kenya Moore is going to be offered an opportunity to film that she probably will not like or accept. Phaedra Parks is a longshot to be on at all and at this point has not been offered anything. We shall see who shows up to film next month. And I will keep you updated if Kenya or Phaedra accept a contract. Other than that, things are ready to roll for RHOA Season 12 in about four or five weeks.