Phaedra Parks may not be jumping at the chance to return to Real Housewives of Atlanta, but the fact that her former friend, Kandi Burruss, is so against the possibility of her making any type of return is comical to the 45-year-old.
The former reality star and woman of all trades threw a little shade at her former BFF in the second part of her interview with The Daily Mail when asked about the hard feelings left between them. If you’ll recall, Parks got the boot from RHOA after she was found to be the one who helped push the rumor that Burruss was out here trying to drug and and take advantage of Porsha Williams sexually. The two have been at odds since, with Burruss saying, “I just won’t be a part of that” if the show decided to bring her back, which Parks found interesting.
“I find it amusing, because if she is that concerned about me three years later, I must have really impacted her life,” she told the publication. “So I’m glad I touched her like that.”
Parks does say though that any talk of her coming back (which NeNe Leakes has encouraged) is just that — talk.
“I know there’s lots of rumors swirling around about me returning to the housewives, but I haven’t had any discussions about returning,” she said. “I never say never to any opportunities, but I had a good run and you know, I’m very happy right now.”
Instead of arguing with people on camera all of the time, Parks said she’s been focused on her many jobs, including being fully invested in her mortuary work.
“My life is very busy, I’m fully booked, everybody knows I’m a mortician and summer is the slow season,” she said. “I’m partnered with one of the largest funeral homes in Atlanta so I do a lot of bodies there. I also go to New Orleans and do some bodies there, you know, whoever calls me, I’m a genius at it. I love it. It’s my ministry. And so if you call me, I will come because that’s my specialty. I love making people look life-like and giving people the proper sendoff.”
She is also returning to TV in a different manner, which she didn’t fully disclose.
“I have a new television project on the horizon. I can’t mention it yet, but I’m coming back to the small screen,” she said. “It’s a very popular show and you get to see me in a totally different light.”
She’s looking forward to the project, and seems to think it’s something far different from RHOA, which she now isn’t afraid to say was pretty fake. Still, she wouldn’t take back her time on the show.
“It is what it is. Reality shows are not real,” she said. “They’re for entertainment at everyone else’s expense, except the people that make it, so you can’t regret anything.”
“You just have to accept what it is and keep it moving,” she added. “I was just a character that they’re manipulating for their own benefit.”
While a return to the series is still up in the air, it’s clear that it’s complete a wrap on Parks and Burruss’ friendship. It’s a shame really, because they seemed so close — at least, the photos gave that impression. Hit the flip to see the two during their happier BFF days: