“I’m Rocky, one of the gay guy’s assistants,” NeNe told The Huffington Post on the red carpet for NBC’s upfront presentations in New York on Monday. “I take it very personal, honey, if you talk about my gays, honey. Only I can talk about them and I’m fabulous.
“She’s very different from Roz Washington on ‘Glee’; she’s always in workout outfits and sneakers. Rocky wears high heels every day. This is very fitting for me because in my real life, you don’t mess with my gays, honey,” NeNe said, snapping. “I don’t play that.”
King was a little out of the loop when it came to NeNe and her stardom. “I’m from London … everyone was absolutely losing their shit meeting NeNe … at the table read everyone was like, ‘Oh my god’ and I felt so ignorant and everyone was taking pictures of NeNe going, ‘Oh my god, I’m going to Twitter it!’ So I was going, ‘I should take one too!’”
Despite reports that Kim Zolciak and NeNe Leakes were going to be fired from The Real Housewives of Atlanta, the two frenemies will return for a third season of Bravo’s hit show. And while Lisa Wu Hartwell is out, there are two new Housewives joining the cast.
Cynthia Bailey and Phaedra Parks will make their debut when the series returns Oct. 4, Bravo announced Thursday, with plenty of drama to come. Get acquainted with Atlanta‘s new stars and then watch a preview of the upcoming season below.
Alabama-born Bailey, a model who worked the runways of Paris and Milan, risks losing her boyfriend of three years, Peter Thomas, after he issues her an ultimatum. She leans on NeNe, a close friend, as both struggle through relationship issues this season. Bailey’s career credits also include staring in a movie opposite Sandra Bernhardt and having a guest spot on The Cosby Show. She’s also mom to 10-year-old daughter Noelle.
Parks isn’t exactly greeted with open arms when she arrives on the Real Housewives scene. The entertainment attorney’s marriage to a younger husband, Apollo, sparks gossip because of his prison stint for a “white collar crime.” A self-proclaimed “Southerne Belle,” Parks is involved with multiple charities when she’s not running her Atlanta-based boutique law firm. This Housewife is also expecting her first child with Apollo.
As for the other ladies, they’re all continuing to pursue their various careers. NeNe scores a gig as an entertainment reporter for a local news station, Kim is focusing on music and so is Kandi, who’s struggling after the loss of her fiancé. Meanwhile, Sheree has a found a new passion — for acting. –Eunice Oh
‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ Kim Zolciak and Nene Leakes visited Jimmy Kimmel Thursday night. They didn’t make up, but they had a friendly dispute about the origins of the ‘Tardy for the Party’ lyrics, talked about the cost of Kim’s hair ($12,000 a month) and Kim revealed what’s really going on with her and ‘Big Poppa’.
A man has been arrested in connection with the beating death of Ashley Jewell, the fiancé of Kandi Burruss, a castmember of Bravo’s Real Housewives of Atlanta
Homicide detectives arrested the suspect, Fredrick Richardson, who has been charged with voluntary manslaughter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Jewell, 34, known as A.J., appeared regularly on the hit reality show, often clashing with Burruss’s mother. He died of massive head injuries sustained while in a fight in the parking lot of an Atlanta strip bar called the Body Tap Club.
“Kandi is devastated as she is also mourning the death of her uncle, Ralph Leslie, and is attending his funeral today,” TreMedia said in a statement on behalf of the reality star Saturday. “She has no statement to make at this time and asks for privacy. There are no final details on the death of AJ.”
Richardson was hospitalized with injuries he received during in the altercation, but will be jailed once he’s released by medical staff.
Authorities are “trying to figure out [what happened],” Atlanta police spokesman Officer James Polite told the newspaper. “We had a pretty good number of witnesses that are being cooperative.”
According to police, Jewell worked at the club but he did not know in what capacity.
Burruss reacted to the death with the following messages on her Twitter page:
• im just in one of those moods where i dont wanna talk, i dont wanna b held & told its gonna b ok. i just wanna cry myself 2 sleep, alone.
• I could never n a million years imagine this happening. please pray for AJ’s children. that’s who im the most concerned 4.
• im bout 2 giv my swollen eyes sum rest now. i just wanted to say thanks 2 every1 for their prayers. i gotta get up & go 2 my uncle’s funeral
Burruss’s publicist Lisa Nelson told the Atlanta TV station that Burruss, 33, a singer-songwriter who recorded with the band Xscape and worked with TLC and Mariah Carey, was “stunned and speechless” when told the news.
“Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast member Kim Zolciak phoned the morning show to denounce Heckert’s brand-new “Housewives” cover story in Atlanta’s September issue as “trashy” and “nasty.” (listen to Heckert’s B98 interview and Zolciak’s rebuttal here)
The title of said story? “Trashionistas.”
“I expect that kind of story in the Star, not in your hometown magazine,” Zolciak complained. She went on to say that her fellow “Housewives” are also upset by the story as is the show’s network Bravo (apparently, the network doesn’t actually view the content it airs…).
Zolciak said she took particular exception to a passage about her smoking in front of her children (a factoid that Heckert ingeniously unearthed by, well, watching an episode of the show…).
“Don’t talk about my kids,” Zolciak scolded on air. “Irregardless [sic] there was no need to write that…The show is for entertainment purposes.”
Explaining the story’s incendiary headline, Heckert said Tuesday: “An ‘ista’ of any kind is someone who works something to their advantage. These women are peddlers of trash and that works for them. Their ratings are through the roof.”
While the magazine officially hits news stands Thursday, hundreds of attendees at Monday night’s Fashion Cares benefit received an advance copy of the issue in their Jeffrey goody bags. The mag served as quite the conversation starter for folks who paid $500 a piece to support the fund-raiser for the Atlanta AIDS Partnership Fund and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Sniffed one bejeweled attendee to another seated on the front row of the fashion runway as she leafed through the “Housewives” photo spread: “We certainly have become liberal with our use of the word ’socialite’ these days, haven’t we?” OUCH!
source: Access Atlanta by