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Whoopi And Ladies Of “The View” Blame Kenya For RHOA Fight; Civil Rights Group Color Of Change Blames Bravo, Andy Cohen
Another day, another perspective on the fight between Porsha Williams and Kenya Moore during part one of the Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion special. This time, it comes from another group of ladies–the women of The View.
Earlier this week while speaking on all the ugliness, the women (who were joined by special co-host Angie Martinez) seemed to all agree that Kenya Moore was to blame for the fight. As Martinez put it, “Don’t start none, won’t be none.”
Sherri Shepherd had this to say about the uncomfortable scene:
“I don’t excuse Porsha for hitting her, but I say, Kenya, I’m not excusing you either. You had a scepter that you kept putting in people’s faces. Also you took out a bullhorn and a bullhorn is meant to be heard from people hundreds of [inaudible] away from you.”
Whoopi also gave her two cents, with a bit more passion, saying that Kenya isn’t really being the role model she claims to be.
“I’m just going to say this. I read the statement that Kenya put out and I will ask you, Kenya, do you think it was okay for you to provoke people? Because if you’re worried about your image and how people are going to see you, I don’t know if messing with people like this is the right thing to do…”
When speaking on Porsha’s bad decision to put her hands on Kenya, Whoopi jokingly said, “I would have done it too!”
But the blame doesn’t just fall on Kenya or Porsha in the realm of public opinion. The activist group and organization Color of Change put out a statement blasting Bravo and executive producer Andy Cohen for allowing such a scene to happen. According to Shadow and Act, they are calling for a “no excessive confrontations policy,” the same policy that was put in place for the Basketball Wives Miami show after things got too crazy with that reality show back in 2012.
The physical violence displayed during Bravo’s Sunday primetime lineup was deeply alarming. After weeks of promoting the RHOA reunion altercation on Sunday, executive producer Andy Cohen finally condemned the violent behavior of cast members — completely ignoring the staged hostile environment that provoked the altercation and the troubling pattern of violent, stereotypical portrayals of Black people across many of Bravo’s Black reality franchises.
Research shows that dehumanizing portrayals of Black people on television lead to real-world consequences for Black folks — influencing how we are treated by doctors, judges, teachers and lawmakers. No matter how entertaining, this should be the last fight between Black women that Bravo profits from.
As for Cohen, he didn’t respond directly to Color of Change as of yet, but he took to Twitter to say that after considering the opinions of viewers, he wasn’t going to allow props on the show anymore.
A little too late, but that sounds like a good idea, Andy. Watch the convo between the ladies of The View below.
At this point, it’s been confirmed that a fight did in fact occur between Kenya Moore and Porsha Williams at the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” reunion show taping. What’s interesting though, are the reactions to the fight by the folks who witnessed it first-hand. As you may recall, Nene Leakes recently expressed that while she does not condone violence, Porsha was provoked.
“They welcome a good argument, that’s always good television,” the “Dancing With The Stars” contender explained. “But to touch each other is really crossing the line. But they did get in a physical altercation. I feel like one was provoked, the other one, knocked her out. Like, ‘provoke me, BOP!’”
Bravo VP of Development and Talent and reunion show host, Andy Cohen, recently commented on the fight as well.
“There was an altercation that took place between Kenya [Moore] and Porsha [Williams],” Andy said during an episode of AskAndy. “They stood up…I think I stood up pretty quickly. It was such a flash, and it started to escalate,” he continued. “I was trying to prevent it, and a couple other people jumped in too. To me, it came out of nowhere.”
Though talk of the fight appears to have fostered greater anticipation for the upcoming reunion show, Andy seems totally turned off by the whole thing.
“The other women felt Kenya provoked her a bit…I was so shocked and surprised and really upset,” he said. “I don’t want that to happen. I think it’s gross. And I think it’s just totally inappropriate. It’s wrong. It’s not entertaining. It’s just bad.”
Watch Andy discuss the fight below.
Sheree Whitfield And Kim Zolciak Speak On RHOA, She By Sheree, Challenging NeNe, And Why Season 1 Was The Best
While the ladies of Real Housewives of Atlanta season six know how to bring the drama, no one brings it better than the original cast members of the show, including Kim Zolciak and Sheree Whitfield. Both ladies visited with Andy Cohen last night for Watch What Happens Live, and they were asked about their opinions of the new cast, their thoughts on Kenya and the way NeNe walks all over the girls, and what they miss about being a Real Housewife. Here’s the tea we found most interesting:
What Sheree Misses About Being On The Show:
“We had our ups and downs, but when we were good, we were good. I miss the camaraderie with the girls.”
What Made The First Season So Much Better Than All The Rest
Kim: “It was real. We were really mad or we were really happy or we were really having a good time. It wasn’t the blogs creating it. These were issues we were really going through. I think people can really sense that or feel that throughout the years.”
Kim on Kenya:
“You gotta earn your keep somehow. Just saying.
I had lunch with her during season five. Listen, I do not, not like her, I just don’t know her well enough. We talked about marriage and babies and she was like, ‘I need to have a woman cave to be away from my husband and the babies’ and I was like, ‘You don’t need to have a husband and baby then if you want to have like a woman cave.’ I was just a little confused by that. But honestly, I don’t have anything against her and she’s always been nice to me.”
Kim On Porsha And Her Rumored Relationships:
“I just said she had to create some sort of controversy because her song’s coming out. She has nothing else going on.”
Sheree And Kim On Challenging NeNe While The New Cast Won’t
Sheree: “I’ve only caught a few episodes. The few episodes I did catch I thought it was kind of bad. I thought it was not good that these women are kind of just letting her talk to them any kind of way. I did not appreciate that. I did not like that.
NeNe kind of knows who to challenge. I did watch the episode with Marlo and I know she talked about a NeNe and a NayNay, but I guess NayNay was out of town that day…”
Kim: “I mean, I think because we do have history with NeNe, we tend to challenge. And she tends to get us madder than most normal people maybe, and that’s kind of what it was. Because we do know her. She kind of gets me to here [raises hand] sometimes.”
Who They Would Hang With In The New Cast:
Kim: “The current cast? NeNe and I have spent quite a bit of time working out some of our issues so we’re in a really good place than we have been. Cynthia’s always been pretty sweet. As for the rest? Bye…”
What Happened To She By Sheree?
“I have some jewelry. But I also have some T-shirts that are still selling. But right now I’m working on a fitness DVD. I actually just taped it a week ago and I’m really excited about it.”
One very interesting moment occurred when NeNe Leakes called in to chat with the girls. While things haven’t been solid as a rock when it comes to a friendship with Sheree, NeNe and Kim are on good terms again. When Andy asked NeNe what she missed about filming with these ladies, this is what NeNe had to say:
“I’ve been very public when I do the interviews and people ask me, do I ever miss the old girls on the show? I always say the same thing and I’ll say it again. Yes I miss them being on the show. We had a rollercoaster ride, but at the same time, it meant something. We started this together. We are the original girls. So yes, I miss having to fight with them every now and then.”
What did you make of their time reuniting with Andy and chatting with NeNe? Check out all the clips from the Watch What Happens Live episode over at Bravo and share your thoughts.
Our favorite “All I Want For Christmas” songstress stopped by to see Andy Cohen on last night’s episode of “Watch What Happens Live.” That’s right, Mariah Carey was live and in the flesh!
No topic seemed to be off limits during their fireside chit chat: Mariah shared the real story behind her alleged offstage feud Whitney Houston, found three nice things to say about ex-fling-turned-enemy Eminem and she even called out HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” for not giving her a role on the show!
Take a look at our favorite highlights below.
On Whitney Houston:
“It’s so hard to talk about that situation still. Initially, obviously we are all inspired by other people and Whitney happened to be a star. She was born a star and she was popular prior to me having a record deal and of course we were all inspired by her singing. And then the record label wanted to sort of guide me and work with producers she had worked with. I had already had my own demo and songs I had written. I had my own identity but everybody wanted to push me that way. So understandably there was a little bit of weird tension. Yet, when we finally met…we got along so well! I would wait for the moments to be with Whitney.
On having more kids:
“I have a boy and a girl and I couldn’t ask for more… If Nick could have the babies himself then maybe. Yeah, bring ‘em on! We love the kids… Here’s the thing, I’m responsible for the kids for like forever. They didn’t ask for this lifestyle but here they are.
Read what Mariah Carey has to say about fling-turned-enemy Eminem at HelloBeautiful.com
“Let’s Ask Wendy About Her Relationship”: Kandi And Fantasia Say Wendy Williams Needs To Mind Her Own Biz
It’s nothing new to hear of Wendy Williams being in hot water with celebrities, but it’s rare that entertainers publicly address the notorious gossip queen. Such is not the case with Kandi Burruss and Fantasia.
Last night, while appearing on “Watch What Happens: Live” with Andy Cohen, Kandi and Fantasia plainly stated Wendy needs to mind her own business. If you’ve been keeping tabs on Real Housewives Of Atlanta (RHOA), you know Burruss’ mother, Mama Joyce, does not approve of her relationship with producer Todd Tucker and, of course, Wendy has thrown in her two cents on the matter. Kandi told Andy Cohen her comments have only made her situation worse, saying:
“Every week Wendy was coming on, you know, saying negative things about my relationship with Todd and then my mom would come [saying], ‘You know Wendy said … even Wendy said …’ Every week. I was like, I don’t care what Wendy said. Let’s ask Wendy about her relationship.”
To back her up, Fantasia jumped in and said:
“Seriously, at the end of the day, I feel like everybody has something that they went through and they have a past. Nobody’s asking her about hers. It’s not her business.”
Though both women were passionate about their angst against Williams, they ended their thoughts on good notes, saying they love Wendy but she needs to lay off on her negative commentary. Fantasia even added when Wendy speaks about you: “It’s good promotions.”
Check out Kandi and Fantasia’s take on Wendy Williams in the “Watch What Happens: Live” clip below. What do you think?
Kenya Says She Wanted Marriage More Than She Wanted Her Ex Walter; Says She’s Dating An African Prince Now
Now that Real Housewives of Atlanta is back, you know Kenya Moore is about to be all over the place once again, talking about her co-stars and her love life. She got off to a quick start doing just that on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen after Sunday night’s premiere of RHOA, and questions quickly turned to her love life, past and present. When someone asked her if she was really over Walter (who she had a fit over NeNe inviting to her wedding during the first episode), she made it clear that at the time they were dating, she was so focused on getting married and getting pregnant, she wasn’t even really that into the relationship!
Moore: I don’t think I was ever, what’s the opposite of not being over?
Cohen: You were into it, remember in Anguilla?
Moore: You know what? I disagree. I was into getting married, that was my problem. I was really, close–
Cohen: To Walter?
Moore: …I was more focused on marriage and a baby than Walter and that’s the real.
Cohen: “Whoever the person was, you would have been fine?”
Moore: At the time, yeah.
Cohen went on to ask her if she was dating some supposed African prince, and she said yes (she wouldn’t go into detail about this man, but rumors are that it’s Nigerian singer/songwriter D’Banj–who is coincidentally on Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music label, another person she claimed tried to date her).
Cohen: Are you still with your African prince?
Moore: I am. And I’m very happy.
Cohen: I do not see a ring on your finger.
Moore: Yeah. Well, it might be a ring and it might not… [laughs]
As for her ex-man, Walter Jackson decided to take to Twitter to respond to Kenya’s dramatic issue with NeNe and Gregg inviting him to their wedding. He said that she’s just mad that people find him likable (and not her):
“Walter Walter Walter !!!!!!!!! Dammmmmmm ! I’m sorry for being a likable person and a real friend and don’t rub people the wrong way! Wait a minute no I’m not! Real knows Real!…Anybody that knows me, knows I’m not a hater and haters get nowhere in life, so I can still tell SOMEBODY “Thank U” for keeping me relevant! @Andy and my REAL FRIENDS on the RHOA Thanks for keeping me relevant. Lol. I appreciate the love!!”
These grown folks I tell you…Check out Kenya’s conversation with Andy Cohen about her push for marriage and motherhood on the next page and let us know what you think!
When we heard that Oprah was sitting down with Andy Cohen for “Watch What Happens Life,” we knew things were going to get real. And it certainly did. The two played a couple of games, including Oprah slapping Andy and there were some serious moments where Oprah talked about her notorious interview with Whitney Houston.
Whether or not she wishes she had been tougher on Whitney Houston.
And then she and Andy played EncyclOpedia where he quizzed her on memorable moments from her 25 year talk show run.
Did you catch the interview? What did you think?
Since the media got wind of Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kenya Moore’s pay raise recently, tongues have been wagging. In case you haven’t heard, Kenya is rumored to be earning a whopping $600,000 next season (though Andy Cohen makes it sound like that number is inflated). And her more seasoned colleagues are cashing some serious reality checks, too: Kandi Burress earns a reported $800,000 per season, and the ubiquitous Nene Leakes has neck-snapped her way to a $1 M paycheck each season. These exorbitant salaries have proven that there is serious money to be made in reality television. But the more interesting question is: what makes someone worth the pay raise – and others not? There are conflicting reports on Phaedra Parks’ and Cynthia Bailey’s salaries (somewhere between $50,000 and $300,000), and newcomer Porsha Williams is allegedly only netting $50,000 per season. All of the ladies feature prominently on the show and all share the personal — sometimes embarrassing — details of their lives. So why is it that some cast members’ time is more valuable than others?
The easiest salary to explain is Nene’s. Simply put, she’s everywhere. Ms. Leakes has actually used her “housewife” status as a springboard to a legitimate acting career. Nene was cast as a show regular on the short-lived NBC comedy, The New Normal and also landed a recurring role as a formidable-but-definitely-hilarious nemesis of Sue Sylvester on Fox’s uber-hit Glee. Nene’s personal brand is strong and financially viable – even without Housewives. It would be silly of Bravo to not recognize that and step up to the plate monetarily.
Strong personal branding also explains why Kandi Burress makes more than most of her cast mates. In addition to her own singing career, Burress is also an incredibly talented songwriter who has penned hits for various A-listers (TLC, Destiny’s Child, Mariah, Alicia Keys, Pink). She also debuted a new reality series, The Kandi Factory, on Bravo this year. She and Nene also share longevity — another important factor to consider — having appeared on Housewives for a majority of the show’s run.
Many who watch the show religiously say that without Moore’s antics, the show would be a bore (with Nene decidedly more subdued now that her acting career has taken off). Fans say that Moore has breathed new life into the series, due in large part to her affinity for drama, and her unique quips and phrasing (her own version of personal branding). This past season, she gifted us with a catchphrase that even Beyonce could not resist. But convincing the network, after only one season, to agree to a figure as Gone With the Wind-fabulous as $600K? That is a question that only Moore and her attorneys can answer.
While salaries for the ATL ladies may seem steep, other popular reality shows are paying their stars inflated salaries as well. By way of comparison, all but one of the cast members of MTV’s Jersey Shore made over $1 million per season in its final season. According to Wet Paint though, the ATL ladies are commanding some of the largest salaries in the Real Housewives franchise: Beverly Hills make between $100K and$250K per season; New Jersey, between $275K – $650K; Orange County, between $30K and $500K; New York, between $175K and $500K; and Miami, $55K to $75K.
In an era where some lament the loss of privacy, it is clear that our society still places quite a premium on it. While we may be more willing than ever to relinquish our right to it, we can be rewarded quite handsomely for the sacrifice. And hate it or love it — that is the reality. Check.
Karen J. Francis is a freelance writer and media attorney living in New York City. Please follow her on Twitter @karebelle.
“There’s Room For Every Chick”: Ashanti Talks Rihanna Vs. Ciara, Nelly, And Reuniting With Murder Inc.
On a recent episode of Watch What Happens Live, Ashanti, who recently postponed the release of her latest album Braveheart, which was supposed to come out June 30, still went on the show to promote it with Andy Cohen. During the show, you know they talked about everything but the new album, including beef in R&B, her song “Never Should Have” and its connection to Nelly, as well as where she stands with her former music family, Murder Inc. Ashanti definitely had some interesting things to say. Here’s the low-down:
What she thinks of Rihanna and Ciara Not Getting Along:
“I think Rihanna is killin’ it right now. She’s very free. I think Ciara’s definitely doing her thing. I like her new video. I think there’s room for every chick that wants to get down and just be big in the business. You have to have your swag and great records so I think there’s room.”
Her Thoughts On Ja Rule And Where She Stands With Murder Inc.:
Ja Rule: “Yeah we’re still in touch. You know he’s out now! We spoke on the phone, he’s in great spirits, he’s working on a new album. He’s looking kinda brolic now.”
Murder Inc: “There’s no bad blood. We went through a whole lot. There was family involved and relationships involved. It was really hard when that stuff happened. It was like a black cloud over all of us. There was a period where we didn’t talk as much as we did. But as it stands today, we’re all good. The whole Murder Inc. family. We made history together. We’re in the Guinness Book of World Records together.”
If Her Emotional Song “Never Should Have” Is About Nelly (Ya’ll know it is…):
“Well, how do I answer that? I’ll just say its a very real record, that’s inspired by a real experience and it came from a real place.”
And there was also “Teach Me Your Talent” impromptu “twerk” session where Ashanti and her mom Tina taught Andy how to pop that “thang.” Let’s just say it was interesting…check it out below and let us know what you think of her comments!
Oprah Winfrey is like the queen of snatching up exclusive interviews and now, it looks like she’s paying it forward! According to Us Weekly, the media maven will be giving Bravo personality and executive VP of development, Andy Cohen the opportunity to ask her some hard-hitting questions during an upcoming episode of Watch What Happens Live.
The 59-year-old trailblazer will be appearing on the August 15th episode, during which she will also be discussing her role in upcoming film, Lee Daniels’ The Butler. This interview is considered a huge deal, as Andy is known for asking the tough questions that other folks are too scared to ask. And since Oprah rarely grants interviews, there’s no telling what may come out during her appearance. Ironically, just last year Andy offered the media mogul advice on how she could salvage the OWN network after it received extremely poor ratings.
“Here’s the first thing that I would do and it’s the first thing I would have done two years ago: put on re-reruns of the freaking ‘Oprah Winfrey Show.’ They are sitting on a 25-year archive of The Oprah Winfrey Show. You have all this time to fill? Guess what I want to watch? The greatest talk show in the history of talk shows. ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show,’” Andy said during a Howard Stern interview.
“First of all, I don’t want to watch a show that has class in the title,” he added. “I don’t want to go to school. … I just want to see the old ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show.’ I know they probably have rights issues … [but] it’s the greatest show,” he continued.
In other Lady O news, we hear that on August 1st she will be stopping by the David Letterman Show for the first time since her initial appearance 8 years ago.