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Cynthia Bailey confirmed reports that she is out as a cast member of Real Housewives of Atlanta.

Cynthia, who joined the cast of RHOA in season three, announced her departure on Instagram on Monday.

"After much thought and consideration, I have made the very difficult and heartfelt decision not to return for the next season of Real Housewives of Atlanta.

Thank you NBC Universal, Bravo, and Truly Original for over a decade of partnership. I can't wait to see what we do next!"

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She also thanked her former castmates "for eleven of the most unbelievable years of my life; and the most incredible & UNFORGETTABLE memories!"

Over the years Cynthia struggled to come up with a storyline to remain on Bravo TV's payroll. The 54-year-old former fashion model joined the cast with her then-husband Peter Thomas. When their marriage went south she married sportscaster Mike Hill in 2020.

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Earlier it was reported that one of singer Akon's harem of wives, Tomeka Thiam, will join the upcoming season of The Real Housewives of Atlanta.

It isn't clear if Tomeka will be a "friend" of the cast, or if she even knows any of the cast members personally.

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Blogger Lovebscott revealed that former Olympic gold medalist sprinter Sanya Richards-Ross is joining the cast of The Real Housewives of Atlanta for season 14.

B. Scott also reported that original RHOA cast member Shereé Whitfield is returning after more than a decade.

Marlo Hampton, a longtime friend of the show, is rumored to be getting her own peach as a full-time cast member.

And restaurateur Kandi Burruss, who joined RHOA in season 2, is also out as a castmate.

B. Scott writes:

"Production is aggressively interviewing new prospects in hopes of filling all seven slots. They're specifically looking for ladies with husbands and/or significant others."

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One of Akon's harem of wives, Tomeka Thiam, will join the upcoming season of The Real Housewives of Atlanta.

It isn't clear if Tomeka will be a "friend" of the cast, or if she even knows any of the cast members personally.

What is clear is that Tomeka has enough drama in her life to fill several seasons of scripts.

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For starters, Tomeka is one of Akon's handful of wives. It's unknown if she's the main wife or just one of his concubines.

Sources close to production tell TMZ, that Tomeka has agreed to be part of season 14 of 'RHOA' and will film with the other Housewives beginning in November.

According to TMZ, no official decision has been made on whether she will be a regular, a "friend", or just make a guest appearance.

Former RHOA cast member Sheree Whitfield is also rumored to return to the show, but only if she regained full-time Housewife status with her own peach in hand.

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Akon, who is Senegalese, famously admitted he has several wives, but it's unclear if he or any of his other wives will make an appearance on the new season of RHOA.

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The 48-year-old "Lonely" singer also admits he is a prolific breeder with six children by three women.

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Akon sparked controversy during a concert in 2017 when he simulated sex with a 15-year-old girl at the Zen Nightclub in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago as part of a fake contest.

As a result of the scandal, Verizon Wireless removed cellphone ringtones featuring Akon's songs. Verizon also pulled out as a sponsor of The Sweet Escape Tour where Akon was the opening act for Gwen Stefani.

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Former Olympic gold medalist sprinter Sanya Richards-Ross is joining the cast of The Real Housewives of Atlanta for season 14.

Sources tell lovebscott.com exclusively that Sanya, 36, is joining the cast as a "friend" of the show.

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Producers plan to offer Sanya a peach if things work out with the other cast members.

The producers have reportedly "gutted" the cast and are auditioning for fresh new faces to fill all 7 slots.

Back in July, lovebscott.com revealed exclusively that Porsha Williams is not likely to return to the series.

"The network loves Porsha and wants her to stay, but Porsha reportedly doesn't want to deal with the negativity surrounding her soon-to-be husband. Her concern is that, for example, producers and/or the other ladies will bring other women to the show that Simon has allegedly been involved with."

B. Scott also revealed that Cynthia Bailey is out as a cast member, and original cast member Shereé Whitfield is returning after more than a decade.

Marlo Hampton, a longtime friend of the show, is rumored to be getting her own peach as a full-time cast member.

And restaurateur Kandi Burruss, who joined RHOA in season 2, was shown the door.

B. Scott writes:

"Production is aggressively interviewing new prospects in hopes of filling all seven slots. They're specifically looking for ladies with husbands and/or significant others."

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Sanya met her future husband, Texas Longhorn cornerback Aaron Ross, while attending the University of Texas. The two were engaged in 2007 and married in 2010.

Their wedding was featured on an episode of Platinum Weddings. Aaron Ross later played for the NY Giants of the NFL. They welcomed their first child, Aaron Jermaine Ross II, in 2017.

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In her memoir "Chasing Grace" Sanya revealed she had an abortion back in 2008 prior to the Olympic Games.

In 2013, Sanya premiered her WE tv reality TV show Glam and Gold, which was filmed at their home in Austin, Texas.
 


 
NeNe Leakes remembered her late husband Gregg Leakes at a memorial service on Monday, Sept. 6, days after he lost his battle with colon cancer at age 66.

Leakes, who appeared alongside NeNe and her sons in Real Housewives of Atlanta, died on Wednesday, Sept. 1, surrounded by his family at home.

NeNe held a celebration of life service at her Linnethia Lounge in Duluth, Georgia. She was joined by some of her former Real Housewives of Atlanta co-stars past and present, including Lisa Wu, Phaedra Parks, Marlo Hampton, Porsha Williams and Eva Marcille.

The memorial also included several music performances from Keke Wyatt and gospel stars Yolanda Adams, Kim Burrell and Le'Andria Johnson.

NeNe, 53, took to Instagram to share an intimate photo of herself and Gregg sharing a kiss. She captioned the photo: "Today we celebrate you Gregg with love, just the way you wanted it."

Meanwhile, NeNe and Gregg's son Brentt shared an image from the memorial to his Instagram Story. In the image, a large portrait of a smiling Gregg could be seen on one of the walls of the venue. Brentt captioned his post: "Love ya pops."

NeNe wed Gregg in 1997 but they divorced in 2011, only to get back together and remarry in 2013.

The single mom worked as a stripper to support her son, Bryson, when they met in a strip club.
 

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Porsha Williams and Simon Guobadia, of Real Housewives of Atlanta, are off the market and engaged to be married. The happy couple made the surprise announcement in a post on Porsha's Instagram page on Monday.

Tongues were wagging on Mother's Day when Porsha posted a photo of herself flirting with Falynn Guobadia's ex-husband.

Rumors swirled all weekend that Porsha and Simon were engaged.

Then on Monday, May 10, Porsha made their engagement Instagram official by sharing a photo of herself coupled up with Simon on a yacht.

She captioned the photo:

"Our relationship began a month ago — yes we are crazy in love. I know it's fast but we are living life each day to its fullest. I choose happiness every morning and every night. Tuning out all negative energy and only focused on positive wishes. He makes me so happy and to me, that is what matters most.

For all of you that need facts, I get the optics but Simon filed for divorce from a previous marriage in January. I had nothing to do with their divorce filing. That’s between the two of them.

Falynn and I are not friends, and Simon’s divorce has been settled. Our relationship is a positive, loving step forward in everybody’s lives.

Simon and Dennis are committed to being respectful and supportive of my happiness in this situation, as well as being the best co-parents they can be to baby PJ. Two black men stepping up and being amazing people-let’s praise them!!!!

It’s truly a beautiful moment in my life & we cannot wait to spend the rest of our lives together. xoxo P #LoveWins."

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Kandi Burruss opened up about possibly leaving the Bravo reality show Real Housewives of Atlanta after 12 seasons.

Bravo reportedly booted original cast member NeNe Leakes off the show due to constant conflicts with the cast.

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With NeNe gone, Cynthia Bailey (right) is the oldest cast member at 54. Cynthia is pictured at a 2017 event with RHOA cast members (L-R) Kandi, Kenya Moore and Shereé Whitfield.

Despite getting along well with her colleagues, Kandi, 44, is considering moving on as well. But she would rather leave on her own terms and not be fired like NeNe.

"You just contemplate, like, I don't know, 'When is your time?'" she told The Jasmine Brand on Thursday. "It's not like it's not like a definite answer, you know what I mean."

The mother-of-three said she does "enjoy being a part of the show" but she's tired of all the shenanigans. "It is stressful at times. It is a lot going on, you know, but I do love the fans. I love the support of the fans."

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In April, Kandi (pictured with hubby Todd Tucker) told Access Hollywood that she has been considering leaving "RHOA."

"I'm always contemplating when is my time for me to make a move," she said. "For me, I've had a great relationship with the network, so I don’t think it will ever be a situation where it would be a bad thing — at least, I hope it wouldn’t be."

Kandi joined the cast in season 2.

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Fan favorites Phaedra Parks and Sheree Whitfield are set to return to Real Housewives of Atlanta next season.

Phaedra, an Atlanta attorney, was asked to leave the show after it was revealed that she told Porsha Williams that Kandi Burruss planned to drug and rape her.

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Sheree was sent packing years ago due to a lack of a believable storyline and personality conflicts on the set.

However, the once popular reality TV show is bleeding viewers and Bravo is desperate to stop the bleeding.

The latest season averaged low ratings despite the #Strippergate scandal.

That left the show's producers with no choice but to bring back two of the show's more popular former cast members, Phaedra and Sheree.

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According to The Sun, Phaedra's upcoming appearance on "Watch What Happens Live" may not be her last on the series.

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And Sheree recently popped up on a special "Watch With Me" episode. Sheree is a fan favorite who is rumored to be engaged to her ex-convict boyfriend Tyrone.

Question: Would you watch RHOA again if Phaedra and Sheree returned to the series?

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Kandi Burruss shamed herself by wearing a madame-inspired frock on RHOA Season 13 Reunion show on April 1. Fans called out the mom-of-two's ridiculous stripper attire.

Kandi's co-stars, Kenya Moore, Porsha Williams, Drew Sidora, LaToya Ali, Shamea Morton, and Marlo Hampton, all wore tasteful gowns for the all-black dungeon theme.

But fans dragged Kandi Burruss for wearing a black bodysuit, shorts and thigh-high slipper boots with a floor-length duster.

"[What the hell] do kandi have on," wrote one fan on Instagram.

In response to Bravo's publicity photo of her outfit, Kandi insisted she was within the theme of what Bravo told the cast to wear.

"I saw that ol' ugly picture that Bravo put out of my reunion look, I was like 'Really? That's the picture they chose?! Everybody tried to roast me but I actually was in the theme of what they told us the reunion was supposed to be which I was told it was supposed to be burlesque, 50 Shades Of Gray, dungeon, whatever."

Cast member LaToya Ali also embarrassed herself by wearing a barely there sheer, see through lingerie with just enough feathers to leave a little to the imagination.

According to vlogger Michelle, of StraightfromtheA.com, Porsha won the Best Dressed trophy

Check out some more theme looks and reviews below.
 

 

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NeNe Leakes is a former reality TV star without a team. Her agents, publicists and attorneys reportedly grew tired of her shenanigans and washed their hands of her.

NeNe took to Twitter on Monday morning to complain that there's a conspiracy against her.

In a series of tweets, NeNe claimed she was dropped by her manager, Steven Grossman and her former attorney, Darrell Miller of Fox Rothschild LLP.

"You can't turn on your teammate and get away with this @stevengrossman #DarrellMiller #Foxrothschild suppression, retaliation, discrimination, unequal pay, devaluation against black women is real, it's painful and it hurts. I will fight for all women rights PS: FIX IT."

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According to Lovebscott.com, NeNe is no longer represented by Grossman at Untitled Entertainment, or repped by ICM, and she has parted ways with lawyer, Miller.

NeNe, 53, is also no longer being represented by Jonesworks PR.

As you know, NeNe was unceremoniously fired by Bravo TV for insubordination on the set of Real Housewives of Atlanta.

According to B. Scott, Bravo execs grew tired of NeNe's sometimes violent behavior. NeNe has accused producer Andy Cohen of racism.

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Like many women of her generation Drew Sidora grew up watching Kenya Moore on the Real Housewives of Atlanta.

The young actress dreamed of one day meeting her idol, but those dreams were shattered when the two women finally met in person.

The two personalities clashed right away, as Kenya, 50, was clearly intimidated by the fresh-faced 35-year-old, whom she rudely referred to as a "stray" in a recent confessional.

Drew was introduced to the cast by Kenya's BFF Cynthia Bailey, but Kenya became fast friends with another newbie, LaToya Ali, who was quick to throw shade at Drew.

LaToya, who isn't a full cast member on the show, made fun of Drew's wig one day. She told Kenya she could see glue under Drew's wig.

According to Hollywood Life, Kenya referred to Drew as "sneaky" after she confided in her about taking a private jet with LaToya, while the other woman rode in a Sprinter van.

Kenya had asked Drew to keep her luxurious extravagance a secret from the other women. But Drew innocently shared Kenya's secret with the other ladies.

When asked if she knew Kenya called her "sneaky," Drew said, "No, she never told me. She was smiling in my face."

"As you see she laughs in my face, she seems to treat me really nice, and then she runs back, you know, and she talks behind my back and I don't think that's right," Drew said.

Drew explained that she once admired the former beauty queen and dreamed of meeting her one day. The mom-of-three said she didn't expect Kenya to feel threatened by her and talk about her behind her back.

"When I met her I didn't have any problems with Kenya," Drew said.

"I looked up to her since I was a little girl... and meeting her she was just a different person and I didn't expect that behavior from her, and I was disappointed."