I’ve had a lot of conversations with SOURCE this week about all kinds of different things. I’m going to try to put them in some sort of order, but I am brain dead today. My brain literally feels kind of heavy in my head. My eyes don’t want to open, and I’m having trouble following comments and emails today. I don’t have any anxiety or depression today. I’m just not feeling very alert. So apologies if this post makes even less sense than normal. I’m sucking down co-colas and taking my B vitamins to try and get myself together.
Let’s Start with RHOA. Filming is set to begin by the end of this month. But the casting decisions are still not complete. This isn’t uncommon for RHOA. The decisions are being made in batches. Kandi, Porsha and Kenya were the first three they negotiated with. It seems the suits feelings, or at least some of the suits feeling about Kenya have changed. Some are now saying, “Kenya is the smartest housewife ever. She knows how to read the room, what to say to make good TV and is definitely the Bravo brand. She’s smart with her money and good with business. She’s awesome in that regard. Yes, she lies and manufactures a lot but apparently the viewers love it.”
So Kenya will be getting a nice raise this season. When she was let go she was making $50K per episode and was only offered $25K per episode to return. She is now behind Porsha on the totem pole due to her missing a year. Kandi got a very nice raise this season. They worked out the salaries on these three first so they would know how much is left for the payroll of everyone else. All three got raises.
Filling Out The Rest of the RHOA Cast
Next, Nene and Marlo renegotiated their contracts and got raises. As, I have told you previously, Marlo makes more than some of the other housewives even though she technically doesn’t have a peach. In oth news, Nene’s long time agent, Dana Sims, is moving to CAA, And Nene is expected to move with her. We’ve talked about CAA before. The have a ton of clout when it comes to roles and appearances on talk shows and such. It’s sort of a cultlike “You scratch my back, and I’ll scratch yours. Nene will probably getting work outside of Bravo again. CAA also reps Truly Original the production company that produces RHOA. So now they get a kicker for having a CAA client on their payroll and a bigger incentive to give her another renegotiation in the future.
Production Begins This Month In Georgia & Texas
As for the remainder of casting, as of yesterday, Bravo was still deliberating on the fates of Tanya, Cynthia and Eva. Drew Sidora interviewed earlier this year and is in the running for a role too. But she recently had an Achilles surgery so that may keep her off the show. Bravo, the state government and the insurance companies have cleared for shooting to begin this month in the states of Georgia and Texas. RHOA, Married to Medicine and RHOD will all be filming by the end of the month. Texas opened too soon though and their Covid Cases are spiking, so RHOD may be pushed back.
Also, they are still looking for a new show runner for RHOA and at least one candidate asked if Nene was coming back. The applicant seemed afraid to work with her, according to SOURCE. Nene’s rage at Andy Cohen and retweets of people saying he needs to be fired is ridiculous. She is very jealous of Kandi and was irate that Andy called Kandi for advice on how to navigate the current racial climate. Neither Nene nor Andy Cohen are going anyway.
According to SOURCE, the four people who were fired are the only four getting fired. SOURCE says that Jax is not going to be fired. The impression I got is that they don’t think they have a show without Jax. I find that ridiculous, but hell, maybe Jax is right and it really is his show. The cast for the next season has not been finalized so there is a slight possibility he may not get picked up. But SOURCE says that would be highly unlikely. SOURCE also feels like the whole show needs to go. Also, there is a lot of dirt on LVP and Ken out there but I don’t want to get into all of that. It involves finances, or lack thereof, allegedly. Also, since the firings, James Kennedy’s highly racist tweets have resurfaced. But so far there is no plan to fire him. At least not yet.
Also, Summer House is “gearing up to be the next Vanderpump Rules” and this might result in longer seasons and a bigger cast for that show.
Speaking of shows who need to go, Bravo has hired outside counsel to investigate the reason for Cameran Eubanks leaving the show. Bravo was very unhappy about her departure. Especially since it also led to Naomi and Chelsea leaving as well. We have discussed the producer, Aaron Rothman here many times. Most recently, I told you that production started on this season at the end of 2019. But once Haymaker submitted the first completed episode, Bravo said it was garbage and insisted on them recasting the new people and starting over. In addition, Aaron Rothman was told he had to stay in Charleston for the duration of filming.
So when they started up filming again just before the pandemic shutdown, Haymaker was already on thin ice. If all of the witnesses are truthful in their interviews, that will probably be the end of Haymaker and Aaron Rothman, according to SOURCE. Apparently, there are some ethical concerns on behalf of Bravo. And they must be pretty serious because Bravo has a very low bar for ethical concerns. However, SOURCE expects that the witness will probably cover for Aaron. I asked about Kathryn Dennis’ fate and it seems no decision has been made yet about #MonkeyGate because at this point the entire show is up in the air. But it is currently being investigated.
Other Random Tidbits
Sidenote: Today the production offices are allowed to open up for RHONY and RHOBH this will get the episodes caught up. Previously they were working on post production remotely and the hard drives had to be picked up from the housewives homes and it was all a big clusterfuck. I know there are all sorts of nefarious speculations on the Internet about the shows taking a hiatus, but that is really all it is.
Over at RHOOC, Kelly Dodd’s twitter line has gone under some scrutiny for racism and Bravo is investigating. It appears the tweet was deleted prior to the investigation though. Hell, I thought she would be fired for racism before she every got to film. I literally called her out as a racist before she every shot her first frame. But now, Bravo is pretending to have ethics…so she is in the same TO BE DETERMINED pile with Kathryn Dennis.