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“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.
It’s beginning to seem like Andy Cohen finds pleasure in shutting down rumors about Kenya Moore, especially the good ones that she’d probably like for us to believe. A couple of months ago, not long after it was announced that Phaedra and Kandi would be getting their on Bravo spin-off shows, Real Housewives of Atlanta fans tweeted Andy, begging him and Bravo producers to give the former Miss USA her own reality show. Without missing a beat, Andy shut down the rumors and the fans by simply replying:
“She has one [a show]. It’s called ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ and it’s awesome!”
Although his response was quite simple, it was hilariously shady at the same time. Now, the 45-year-old media personality is using social media to shut down yet another Kenya Moore rumor. Earlier this month an insider told US Weekly that Moore sealed a $600,000 deal to return to Real Housewives of Atlanta this season. When a fan tweeted Andy about talk of Kenya’s hefty salary, Andy quickly shut down the rumors, letting it be known that the figures were incorrect.
And there you have it. According to Andy, none of the circulating rumors about cast salaries have been true.
Oh shoot, looks like Ciara recently had a body party with Andy Cohen!
The singer whose latest album, Ciara, just opened at the number two spot on the Billboard Charts, stopped by Andy’s “Watch What Happens Live” set and decided to teach him a thang or two. In one of the most hilarious video montage’s ever, Andy showed a clip of nearly every single booty pop move Ci Ci has ever done — taking us back to her Goodies days and up through Ride. Y’all know that’s a lot of twerking and body rolling, which is why Andy decided to use the video as a segue into his “Show Us Your Talent” segment and told Ciara to show everybody what she’s working with.
In that short leather dress it was hard for Ciara to teach Andy everything she knows — like that roller over leg extension move from the “Body Party” video — but we think the Bravo TV media guru picked up a thing or two. Check out the video below.
If you hadn’t realized it by now, Andy Cohen and What What Happens Live just brings out the messy in all of the guests that appear on the show. Luckily for Kelly Rowland, aka, Kelendria as Cohen pointed out, she doesn’t have many negative things to say about folks (aside from Keyshia Cole), especially not her former Destiny’s Child crew. Though she does say that when it comes to cleanliness, Beyoncé has just never been about that life. Here are the hot-seat questions Cohen tried to throw at her while playing “Plead The Fifth” (and you can literally plead the fifth and not answer any question…but you’ll look like a square), and here are the responses Kelly had to all of them:
Cohen: “Tell me one thing that is annoying about Beyoncé.”
Rowland: “She would tell you this. She’s a slob. Yeah, If you walk in — maybe she’s gotten better since becoming a mother — but she’s got a lot on her brain. You can tell she’s got a lot going on.”
Cohen: “I hope she doesn’t pass that on to Blue Ivy.
What other group gave you and Michelle and B the most attitude when you were just starting out as Destiny’s Child?”
Rowland: “None of ‘em. They were all nice, absolutely. SWV, Xscape, En Vogue–everybody was so supportive.”
Cohen: “You didn’t mention TLC…”
Rowland: “No, no, no. Definitely Left Eye came in the room and welcomed us, she was so sweet. Absolutely, we got nothing but support.”
Cohen: “Kelly Rowland, tell us the real reason LaTavia and LeToya left the original line-up of Destiny’s Child.”
Rowland: “I don’t know, you got to talk to them!”
Cohen: “Do you agree with what their published stories have been?”
Rowland: “I plead the fifth [laughs].”
Well, she handled that well. And I do think I heard Bey say that she’s not the most tidy person in the world. Check out video of Kelly playing the game on the next page and let us know what you think of her responses!
Now Twirl On That! Andy Cohen Shuts Down All Talk Of A Kenya Moore Spin-Off Show With A Single Tweet
It looks like Kenya Moore is going to have to pull off way more of her wacky shenanigans, steal more ideas and instigate a lot more fights before Bravo even considers kicking out the cash necessary to fund a spin-off show starring the former pageant girl. With NeNe Leakes currently filming for her wedding spin-off special, I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding, Kandi Burruss doing her thing with The Kandi Factory and news that Phaedra Parks will be starring in her own spin-off, Rich People’s Problems, it’s no wonder why Moore’s fans would be anxious, wondering when their “Gone With the Wind Fabulous” queen would be getting her own show. Earlier this week, antsy fans took to Twitter, demanding that Bravo give Kenya a spin-off show.
Surprisingly Andy responded to their tweets, but not in the way that they’d probably hoped he would.
Well, so much for that dream! Maybe after next season, Kenya.
Would you watch a Kenya Moore spin-off show?