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We had the pleasure of talking with the always beautiful, booked, and busy Cynthia Bailey!
Cynthia made it clear that this next chapter in her life is the final chapter, so she is doing many things to make sure this final chapter is closed right! BravoCon was just a few weeks ago and Cynthia mentions that BravoCon came at such a wonderful time. Cynthia says, “First of all, the timing of it was just perfect for me. I was able to have a fun, healthy, amazing, loving distraction from my personal life right now.”
When asked were there any Bravolebs that she met for the first time at BravoCon, Cynthia stated, “You know I’ve met so many of them because I was on RHOA for so many years, but I had never actually met Robyn from RHOP in person, even though we follow each other on Instagram. I got to meet some of the newer RHOM girls, and it was just so good to see everyone. I was really excited that I could be included in BravoCon as a legacy housewife.
Welington validated how much the Bravo community love and adore Cynthia and he could attest to that love being shown at BravoCon. Welington says, “I was there to witness how people cheered for you and how people clapped for you whenever you were introduced on other shows and panels.” He asked Cynthia, “It’s been almost two years since you were on RHOA, how does it feel to still be one of the fan favorites? Cynthia responded, “You know, it feels really good. It was important to me that when I transitioned out to maintain an important relationship with the network, stay connected with my fans. For 11 years, housewives were my life. Although moving into being an actress now, my heart will always be with housewives. That platform has always been amazing for me, and I will always want to be included with the Bravo family because they really did change my life.”
The discussion took a bit of a somber tone when Cynthia was asked about her recent joint announcement of her divorce from her husband Mike Hill. Cynthia states, “I’m doing fine, and Mike is doing fine. This was not an overnight decision and we have been thinking about this for a while now. It actually feels good to go ahead and put it out there and just to move forward. I believe friendship is the nucleus of any marriage. Mike and I were friends before we got married and I’m really glad that we’re able to be friends as we go our separate ways. When asked if she plans to stay in Los Angeles or return to Lake Bailey (Atlanta), Cynthia responded that Lake Bailey will be active and that it has always been active but that she did spend more time in LA to be with her husband but she expects to visit LA often for her acting career and her daughter that lives in LA. Cynthia says that she will remain bi-coastal because she goes where her work takes her.
Cynthia’s acting career is excelling and she remembers how much she enjoyed watching lifetime network with her mother and credits her first leading role in a lifetime film to being as exciting as when she first graced the cover of Essence magazine. Cynthia says she loves comedy and would love to do something in that genre. She feels like she’s learning and growing as an actress and she’s very excited that it feels like she’s on the right path! Cynthia says, “I really want this to be my last chapter. You guys have had some Cynthia Bailey the model, Cynthia Bailey the reality star and now I want to humbly give you guys’ Cynthia Bailey the actress.”
Although Cynthia admits being at BravoCon plus many fans asking her return to RHOA made her miss the show, Cynthia really wants this next chapter to be focused on her acting career that she is working really hard at and taking very seriously.
As for what’s to come, Cynthia says that she is excited that she has two films that will premiere on BET in 2023! She also mentions that she’s excited that her mother’s battle with breast cancer is coming to an end and that her mother is going to be okay. She credits her mother’s recovery to having caught the cancer early. Cynthia says, “To all the queens out there. Do not play around with mammograms. I’m getting mine on Nov. 1 st in Atlanta. I’m looking forward to my mother’s recovery because mentally this really took a toll on her, and it really scared her. She’s an older lady and she has other underlying health issues but I’m glad that I went to Atlanta to go through this journey and process with her.”
When asked how she feels about the cameos that her ex-husband Peter Thomas has been making on RHOP and other shows, Cynthia credits Peter for being able to take the heat that comes with being on reality television. She credits him as being amongst the first of “house-husbands” to get involved with the other women on the show Cynthia said, “If he’s going to be on tv, he’s going to be on tv. I applaud him for that. There are a lot of great seasons that we’ve done together even though he kept me in trouble quite a bit. You can’t take away what he’s brought to the show.” She goes on to mention that her and Peter keep in touch and that he did reach out to her when she announced her upcoming divorce. Cynthia says, “We don’t talk often but we talk when we need to talk. It’s always love and positive.”
When it came to the once circulating rumor of Gizelle from RHOP and Peter possibly being an item Cynthia had this to say. “Out of respect, Gizelle called me to tell me the rumors are not true. It’s nice that Gizelle came to me as “woman to woman” and even if she were dating him, I thought her calling me spoke volumes on how much she respects me and her character.”
We wanted to get Cynthia’s opinion on why the recent RHOA season has been downhill in terms of ratings. Welington asks, “You were on RHOA for years and you were a part of the highest rated seasons. When you and Porsha walked away, what do you think may have been the reason why fans were not tuning into RHOA? Cynthia replies, “I honestly don’t really know. I would see clips on my Instagram feed, and it definitely seemed like there was much drama. I think the housewives’ fans get invested into the OGs and women that have been on the show consistently. Bravo fans love keeping up with our lives even after the show. So, I think there is something to be said about keeping “staple girls” around. It just takes the fans a little time to adjust to the new ladies.” Cynthia also says if RHOA was getting a legacy show like RHONY she would be honored to be invited.
Cynthia wraps our talk by giving us insight into her Seagram’s Escape Spooky Sangria which is an easy cocktail to make! The recipe can be found on their site and Cynthia says, “The best thing about recipes is that they are customizable. The start of this cocktail is the Seagram’s Escape Strawberry Daiquiri. The fruit that I added was oranges, blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries. You can add almost any fruit you want but just make sure not to leave out Seagram’s Escapes Strawberry Daiquiri. It really tastes like a Sangria but with a more strawberry flavor. This is just a wonderful drink for Halloween and super easy!” For the recipes go to seagramsescapes.com
The Real Housewives of Atlanta are all about business. While Kenya looks for a local distributor for her hair care line, Sheree is working with her designer to bring She by Sheree to fruition. Sanya landed a campaign deal with iFit, not to be confused with “Drop it with Drew. Kandi is starring in a new TV series and Marlo is realizing that being a parent is a full-time job.
We finally meet Marlo’s sister Crystal, who is taking in their nephews while Marlo tries to get her mind right. Crystal supports Marlo’s decision to take a break from the boys, but she does caution Marlo to think about how she speaks to them, because they have feelings as well. Marlo is holding a peach for the first time, and although we know a little about her upbringing she’s sharing more this season. She isn’t shy about her time in foster care.
It’s touching to hear that Marlo was a full-time guardian to her sister Crystal at one point. “When Crystal was around 14 or 15 (2005) I found out Crystal was in foster care; I did whatever I had to do to get her, I moved her to Atlanta with me.”
The Real Housewives of Atlanta are on their way to Georgia’s Blue Ridge mountains for their first cast trip. Since Marlo put the road trip together, they could only travel in style; she’s provided the ladies with a Rolls-Royce Ghost and an Aston Martin DBX.
Kenya’s disdain for Marlo has her debating if she wants to go on the trip. Marlos isn’t quite sure how her and Kenya got to a bad place. Sheree shares some food for thought. “Well when I talked to her she said when you called her a liar that triggered all the things that you have done before.” Marlos says, “Why can’t two black sisters just get along.”
The ladies make it to the “cabin”, but in typical Marlo fashion it’s an Aspen inspired estate. Marlos is nothing if not consistent with the shade, so to distribute the rooms she made candles for each of the ladies, and they had to guess who it belonged to. Devotion & Delusion: Kenya Good vibes & Fresh gossip: Kandi 2022 High hopes & low expectations: Sheree Color Coordinated Workout Gear: Sanya. Repeat Resolutions & Wishful Thinking: Drew
While the ladies head to dinner in the mountains and Kandi gets a text from Kenya that reads:
Kenya: I’m here! Anyone asking about me?
Kandi: Yay! No.
Kenya: Come outside and get me.
Everyone is pleasantly surprised to see Kenya, except Marlo. She says, “I’m kind of hurt, Kandi you knew she was coming. You’re also excited that Kenya’s here, but it’s okay I’m holding my composure you will not get the best of me, bitch, not.”
Kenya mentions her daughter Brooklyn might be joining her the day after, so she’s booked a house close to the ladies, but they seem disappointed she won’t be part of the house gang. Kandi tells Kenya that the house is huge, so there’s enough space for her and Brooklyn, but Kenya reminds them that they made an issue about it last season at Cynthia’s bachelorette weekend, so she didn’t want a repeat of it.
Sanya finally joins the ladies and shares her new business venture with iFit, who will be catering Sanya and her friends to a trip to Jamaica, which will serve as the second cast trip of the season.
But even that couldn’t keep Marlo and Kenya from having a tussle. Marlo insists that Kenya stay with them at the house. “Well I would love for you not to attend unless you’re staying at the house, I really planned a trip for all of us, I would love to have you at the house brooklyn is more than welcome as well, but if you do choose that i don’t want to stay there I don’t like marlo I don’t want you to continue to hangout with us.”
Kenya responds, “Oh I’ll definitely be there to experience all the ladies so thank you so much.” Marlo lets her know that’s not an option if she’s not staying at the house. This was the beginning of a much bigger issue.
Kenya says, “The issue is also Marlo, so you say things like ‘oh you love people and you don’t know why i’m hurt’, but the thing is you seem like you are the hurt one.” Marlo interrupts her and Kenya asks for a minute to explain herself without rebuttals. Marlo agrees but that doesn’t last long as she interrupts to say “wait a second before you continue i’m gonna be quiet but can you promise when I speak back you will stay and listen like i’m gonna be quiet as well? That’s all I ask.”
After Kenya called her hurt, insincere, the worst friend and toxic, Marlo responds.” Am I hurt? You’re damn right I have trust issues and I’m fucked up just ike you. We both have attention issues, we both have insecurities.” Marlo continues, “I’m the one from jail as you say, I’m the one from prostitution as you say. You should lead, I should follow you queen, I look up to you.” To this Kenya just rolls her eyes.
As you can imagine, it’s definitely not good vibes from here on out. Stay tuned as next week the drama continues.
The Real Housewives: Ultimate Girls Trip kicked off its sixth episode on Peacock. This episode began with all the ladies waking up and dealing with the aftermath of the previous night’s events. Dorinda and Jill made amends and got to a point of understanding where the other was coming from in terms of how their supposed friendship has been and how they would like for it to be moving forward. However, Brandi wakes still pretty upset with the comment Dorinda made regarding her son. Brandi says, “Dorinda is a sloppy drunk and she went after me when I walked away two times! We’re not going to get up today and brush this off. We’re going to have a f**king conversation cause normally I can let s**t go but don’t talk about my kids.”
As the ladies begin to file in for breakfast, Tamra, Vicki, and Brandi talk about how Dorinda has been saying mean things to each of them and they feel like they can’t reason with her. Tamra says, “I just feel that Dorinda says s**t and then apologizes, and she thinks it’s all better. You can’t just put a band aid on it and be like “oh I was drunk, I was stupid, sorry” it doesn’t like that.” Dorinda enters the room where the ladies are having breakfast and immediately goes to apologize to Brandi. She tells Brandi, “I’m apologizing. I used the wrong reference. I should’ve said imagine if someone in your life died but I was wrong and I apologize for that.” Brandi responds, “Why are you so mad? It’s happening everyday with one of us. Dorinda says, “I think what happened with Jill was very different and we talked it through and we’re good. Last night I definitely drink too much.” Tamra recommends they all drink less, but Jill and Brandi remind everyone that they are all going to wine tasting later. In her confessional, Dorinda admits with tears in her eyes that she really screwed up but that she did try hard to make it nice.
As Dorinda leaves the breakfast table, Eva and Phaedra join the remaining ladies for breakfast. Phaedra says in her confessional, “I’m hoping everybody can let the new day be new and not continue to rehash things from a decade ago, a day ago. It’s too many bitter Bettys holding on to yesteryear. Get over it. Change your panties.” Back in their bedroom, Tamra and Vicki vent to each other about not being able to speak their mind to Dorinda. Tamra starts to cry out of nowhere and Vicki begins to babble on about “we’re all going to die one day” as Phaedra and Brandi enter their bedroom. In her confessional, Tamra says, “No one talks about death as much as Vicki. She’s a Debbie Downer.” Vicki tells the ladies to let everyone know that if she died right now that she died sad. The other ladies laugh off Vicki being dramatic. Jill goes to Taylor’s room to talk about why she decided to bring up a decade old feud that really didn’t have anything to do with her. In the same sequence, Brandi, Phaedra, Tamra, and Vicki are discussing the Taylor argument as well. Brandi says, “She went in. And I was like what? I thought we were fine. I regret going low. I do. I was just caught off guard.” Vicki admits that Taylor’s behavior was weird. Back to Jill and Taylor. Jill says she respects Brandi getting up to walk away and Taylor agrees and says, “Yes, I agree with that. I obviously have unresolved issues with her and it’s something that I’m just going to have to swallow.”
As the ladies break off to do their own things, Phaedra and Tamra go on a walk to get to know each other more. Tamra asks Phaedra to tell her more about her new man. Phaedra says that the man she’s been dating is “a physician that’s really good with kids” and that she’s really enjoying his company. When the topic of divorce comes up Phaedra says that she’s been divorced twice from the same person. Phaedra says, “Our divorce was final, he appealed it and they granted the appeal” Phaedra admits she’s not sure if she wants to get into another marriage. She said, “I don’t know if I want to get into a martial situation. Let’s have some fun and then you go home and pee on your own toilet. I like my bidet crystal clean and fresh.”
The ladies head off to go to wine tasting! Before the ladies begin drinking, Phaedra decides to lead an emotional group prayer in hopes of the ladies having a fresh start to their day and being kind to one another. Dorinda says in her confessional, “Phaedra, a blessing. It couldn’t have come at a better time. It kind of just settled me down a little bit. So, I’m thankful for that.” After a few drinks, Vicki wants the ladies to go around the table to talk about their departure from their respective shows. Phaedra immediately turns this down by saying “I’m not doing that but, in her confessional, says, “My departure was BS. There are always two sides to every story and then there is the truth. And let’s just say that there was only one side heard.” Dorinda says she’s lucky because she got “put on pause” during Covid. Brandi tells Dorinda that “put on pause” is just a fun word for fired. She thinks Dorinda is pissed for being fired from housewives.
Phaedra shifts the conversation and asks each lady about their favorite moment on their shows. Taylor says her favorite moment is when they all went to Vegas dancing as Brandi imitates the infamous Camille dance. Tamra says hers is when she got engaged to Eddie, Dorinda’s is when everyone came to her house in the Berkshires for the first time. Vicki’s favorite moment is when she surprised Michael at college, Eva’s when she got married and when her husband legally changed her daughter from a previous relationship last name to his. Jill’s favorite moment is the Morocco trip, Brandi says her fun times were with Lisa Vanderpump on and off camera while Phaedra’s favorite moments would include the birth of both of her sons.
Before the ladies leave the wine tasting, Dorinda takes this opportunity to talk to Vicki. She explains that she has admired Vicki over the years, and they got off on the wrong foot because it was hard to understand how a woman as beautiful and successful as Vicki could let a man bring her down. Dorinda admits she took Vicki’s behavior personally when she first arrived but now, she understands it had nothing to do with her and apologizes for not being more supportive of what Vicki was going through. Vicki is glad to get a genuine apology from Dorinda.
The ladies arrive back at the house and prepare for Christmas in September! Dorinda’s home is decorated beautifully in Christmas décor. All of the ladies are dressed beautifully, and as Brandi’s dress is brought up and she mentions that it was the dress that she was supposed to wear to the reunion with Denise, but she got “cancelled” the morning of. The infamous topic of Brandi and Denise comes up and the ladies discuss what happened from Brandi’s perspective. Brandi says, “She kind of hit it and quit it and it kind of broke my heart.” Dorinda says, “I don’t know why she would lie about it. Denise was married to Charlie Sheen, and he had an eclectic sex life so who knows, you never what goes on behind closed doors.” Tamra tells the group that she’s known Denise for 10 years and that Denise called her seeking advice when this scandal first happened. Tamra reveals that Denise completely denied having sex with Brandi but admits she believes Brandi, even though she slipped up and said she believes Denise first. Tamra reveals that something happened at BravoCon. It involves Denise soliciting Tamra to hook up and come to her hotel room. Tamra admits that Denise was very flirty and if she were single, she probably would have slept with her. Brandi thanks Tamra for being honest about her experience and is very thankful for Tamra having her back.
The conversation turns a little naughty when Tamra asks Brandi which ladies, she would like to have sex within the room and Brandi mentions Phaedra, Eva and Tamra. Brandi mentions that she wants to show Vicki how to use a vibrator while Tamra admits she’d want to sleep with Eva first, Brandi second and Phaedra third. In her confessional Phaedra says, “They like that chocolate. Melts in your mouth, not in your hands.” Meanwhile, Jill is offended that no one wants to sleep with her. When pushed to give an answer like the other girls Vicki admits “I’d probably do Brandi. She can teach me.”
As the ladies sit down for dinner, Dorinda says that she’s making sure not to drink much because she feels like she’s being watched. The ladies thank Dorinda for putting together such a festive dinner party. Phaedra says, “She made it nice.” Tamra asks, “Is there anyone here you thought you wouldn’t get along with?” Brandi jokingly says everyone but admits, “I wasn’t worried about Jill or Dorinda. I knew we’d get along. I knew Phaedra and I would get along in a weird way cause we’re the same but she’s like a better version of me and Eva I just want to have sex with.” Phaedra jokingly says, “I’m feeling jealous cause I thought I was your top choice. Now what’s going on?” Dorinda brings up that Taylor was worried most about being around Brandi. Brandi says that for people that have known her a long time she’s just a lover. Taylor says, Yeah, you are either f**king or fighting.” Taylor admits that she was hurt by Brandi and was holding on to that but she’s hopeful that they’ll move forward in friendship.
As Tamra and Eva walk outside because Tamra says Taylor makes her snore, Brandi takes this opportunity to “hit on” Vicki after the two shared a “peck” before dinner. Afterwards, all the ladies come outside because there is a snow machine blowing snow for the ladies and it really makes it feel a lot like Christmas. The ladies head back inside to play “White Elephant” and Tamra goes first choosing a gift that is a Gucci scarf. Brandi goes second and chooses the gift Taylor bought and then proceeds to make out with her. That’s classic Brandi. Taylor says in her confessional, “It’s Christmas the drinks are flowing, pillow lips. It was bound to happen.” Jill chooses a gift that’s an ugly Christmas sweater, Eva chooses a gift that is a silk collection, Taylor takes the Gucci scarf from Tamra, Phaedra chooses a gift that is a Jo Malone candle, Dorinda chooses Bluetooth sunglasses, Vicki chooses a vibrator and says she needs it. Dorinda says, “When you take a bunch of middle-aged women and put them in a room it spells vibrator.” Meanwhile, Brandi is ready to hand out lap dances to Jill and Vicki. All the ladies get up to dance and Phaedra jokingly says, “Honey, everybody is twerking and working. Marco better go hide.” Tamra acknowledges that tomorrow is the last day and she’s sad because she’s having a lot of fun with the girls. Dorinda ends the night with a toast and the ladies join in to say, “We laughed, we cried, and we made it nice!”
Be sure to catch the next episode of The Real Housewives: Ultimate Girls Trip streaming new episodes every Thursday on Peacock!
Tiffany Moon, M.D. graced the screen as the newest member of “The Real Housewives of Dallas” and quickly became a fan favorite for her kind attitude and cheerfulness. In 2021 she joined season 5, but the lone–star had a short-lived Bravo career. The show was placed on hiatus after wrapping up the season. Now word on the street is that the Peacock network is working on reviving the series for season 6.
It’s no secret Moon had a complicated relationship with the ladies. While filming she shared that she had never had a group of girlfriends before, so joining a group of girls, housewives, was sure to be a challenge. It was evident that she felt uncomfortable during many of the cast outings. It was as if she was forcing herself to have a good time, and to be honest it was cringy to watch at times.
One thing you might say kept her on the show was the platform. Moon used several moments throughout the show to raise awareness for violence against the AAPI community. We see the efforts across the pond, in Beverly Hills, with Real Housewife Crystal Kung Minkoff. Moon took the opportunity, as an Asian American immigrant, to share her culture with the ladies and the viewers.
Early in the season Moon was excited to host the ladies for dim sum, a traditional Chinese meal. Those southern ladies were not prepared, or appreciative for traditional Chinese food, most noticeably, chicken feet. Little did Moon know it would be used as a weapon throughout the season. Their poor manners left Moon unimpressed; we’re looking at you Kameron Westcott.
Moon and Westcott engaged in a lengthy twitter feud. The Westcott’s really showed their colors as they spewed hate, during a time that Asian Americans faced violence at a record high. It’s normal for housewives to fall into twitter wars, but things got awkward when Kameron’s husband, Court Westcott, and brother-in-law Chart Westcott, joined in on the tweets.
Court Westcott tweeted, “‘Anti-racism’ is racism. It discriminates by the color of one’s skin. They tried that once in Germany, it did not work out well. I don’t understand how many of your patients would be comfortable with you treating them with your open vile racism [sic].” According to Page Six Court Westcott has since deleted his Twitter account.
His brother Chart alleged in a tweet, “I’ve spoken to her twice, once when she was blackout drunk at my house but needed to get home for early work. Wonder if she had a hangover while working on her patients?”
Moon took action against the defamatory tweets and her lawyer told Variety in a statement “The insinuations the Westcotts made in those tweets are reckless, defamatory and applying. Dr. Moon is a professional in every sense of the word and is deserving of the excellent reputation that she’s earned as a physician and as a hard working mother. These attacks on her character will not be tolerated. The Westcotts would be well advised to keep mentions of Dr. Moon out of their social media feeds.”
Bravo denounced the Westcotts horrific tweets “Bravo strongly supports the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Anti-Racism is, in fact, not a form of racism and the network stands by Dr. Tiffany Moon and her advocacy against racism and violence.”
With rumors going around that Peacock might pick up the series for season 6, fans quickly called on Moon to help revive the series. Moon responded, but to their dissatisfaction, she’ll “politely decline” returning to RHOD.
RHOA Alum Cynthia Bailey Hill joins TRR’s Chase Brown during an episode of Reality Right After to dish on all the new things happening in her life. Cynthia starts the interview off by letting fans know that this next chapter of her life has been very busy. Cynthia stated, “this is the busiest I think I have ever been in a long time. Honestly for me, I have an incredible work ethic and I understand that this industry has a lot of options. I’m a woman of a certain age and there are a lot of talented women out here in this lane so for me I’ve always been that girl that if you let me in the room, I’m showing up every single time.” Cynthia noted that remaining humble in this industry is very important to her spiritually.
Chase dived right into Cynthia’s time on Celebrity Big Brother (CBB). He wanted to know what her time was like in the CBB house. Cynthia enthusiastically said, “this was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. I thought having a background in reality tv would help me be prepared but it did not help me at all. This is a situation where you have no phones, no tv, no yard, no sun, you can’t even walk out the front door because it’s locked! There is no way to decompress and you’re in a house with 11 strangers for 30 days. With that said, it was so amazing because I got to see how patient I was.”
Cynthia mentioned having had such a good time with fellow RHOBH alum Teddi Mellencamp during their time on Celebrity Big Brother. “I have never laughed so much in my life. Teddi is wonderful, she is hilarious, and we had a great time together. I was sad to see her go but somebody had to be the first to go but I’m looking forward to hanging out with her outside of the house.” Chase proceeded to ask the burning question on everyone’s mind and that is “what happened in the fight between Cynthia and Todd Bridges?” Cynthia explained, “let me start by stating that I was the biggest Todd Bridges fan. Todd Bridges has been around a long time, and I think I may have even had a poster of him back in the day. I was very excited to see but of course he was the very first one that I fell out with. We got into an argument because I didn’t vote for him to get off the block when it was between him and Teddi. He ended up getting on the block at the last minute and Teddi, who I knew was on the block, was a part of my alliance. We did end up exchanging words that I didn’t like but I apologized for my part in it. Now that’s my boy! We’re friends for life at this point.”
At the halfway mark in the interview, Chase brought up the show many viewers have come to love and that is Real Housewives Ultimate Girl Trip (RHUGT) and wanted to know what Cynthia’s experience was like on the show. “I was excited to be a part of the first one because we kicked it off. Fans have wanted this for a long time. It was good until it wasn’t for me. I got a little bit in my feelings. When it came to my Bailey-Que and people not wanting to play my games. I changed the games 50 different times to try and make everyone comfortable. I’m a team player and it’s not like the other ladies had exciting events, but I participated anyway. I just wished I had been met with that same reciprocity. So, it was a great show, but it didn’t end up being the best for me. In the end, Kenya and I had a moment. You know Kenya is like my friend and our rift really hurt my feelings, but it is what it is.”
Chase asked, “Is there any chance of a reconciliation for you and Kenya and why was it so important for you to express how you felt after the Bailey-Que?” Cynthia responded, “I just wanted her to know why I was feeling some kind of way, my feelings were hurt, and I have not always expressed my feelings. It’s important to set boundaries in a friendship and be able to express when you have an issue with that person. At the end of that day, I don’t have any friends that if they make it known that they’re bothered by something its important to discuss. I felt like after that the energy didn’t really change and that hurt my feelings again. It’s hard maintaining friendships on our platform, and I had to put some space between it, but the love is there, I love me some Kenya Moore. At this moment we are not where we use to be and that’s ok because that’s just how life works sometimes. When the time is right maybe we’ll be able to get back to a better place.”
Chase asked about Cynthia’s upcoming Lifetime film Cruel Instruction. Cynthia dished on how this role came to be and everything she wanted us to know about the upcoming film. “First and foremost, I love the Lifetime network! So, I couldn’t be happier than to kick off my acting debut and to have this opportunity with them! I was offered this role and resonated with it because I am a mother, and the biggest priority of a mother is to protect her children. In the movie, my husband and I send our daughter away to a teen treatment facility for troubled teens. She’s getting bullied at school, she gets expelled, and we’re told of this academy that’s supposed to be great and help her, but it ends up being a place where they abuse kids. She gets put through a lot in the film. This is an intense film.”
In talking about her real life, Cynthia states, “I didn’t know much about these types of institutions because I never sent Noelle to anything like this, but we have people like Paris Hilton that are speaking out against these types of places that exist. It’s a conversation we need to have more because this is something that is really happening. So, I’m glad to be a part of a movie that is shining a light on this because it is inspired by true life events.” I’m looking forward to this next chapter in my life which is acting. I’m excited about it and passionate about it.”
Cynthia credits having learned a lot through watching her daughter’s father, the actor Leon Robinson. She talks about how he stayed in character the entire time he filmed his iconic role of David Ruffin in The Temptations. She said, “I learned a lot about the process and the business through him. The man played the hell out of David Ruffin. So just being around his acting process I was able to use a lot of things that I hadn’t realized I picked up.” Cynthia and Chase wrapped up the interview by reminding everyone to stay tuned to all things Cynthia Bailey.
The reunion continues to heat up as chatter surrounding the memorial for Meredith’s father is brought to the table. Throughout the season nearly everyone had an opinion regarding the exact date of the service. The controversy started as the ladies were off to Vail for their cast trip; Lisa phoned Meredith to say “I feel awful calling you; Jen’s husband is in the hospital, Meredith I hate interrupting you right now, go be with your family right now. I love you, I’ll see you in a little bit.”
We clearly hear Meredith respond “I love you, I love you alright bye.” Nowhere in the audio does Meredith say the word memorial. So for Lisa to tell everyone on the sprinter van, “Meredith is at her father’s memorial, I hate even bothering her,” is concerning.
Lisa is adamant that she heard Meredith say, “Hold on a second I just stepped out of my dad’s memorial.” However, Meredith raises a good question, why would she answer the phone if she was in the middle of her father’s memorial? The future isn’t looking bright for this friendship.
Meredith states, “I was actually in the bathtub, not at the house in Vail, in the hotel in Vail, when you called me, so that is not true I was not at a memorial I was in the bathtub for the second time. It’s enough.” We hear Andy second Meredith’s motion as he softly repeats “enough.”
Regardless if this was a major misunderstanding, we’re watching the demise of one of the longest friendships in housewives history.
As they break for lunch we get a hush-hush conversation between Lisa and Meredith. Lisa says, “Meredith I didn’t call you because I feel like it would be better to say it to everyone at once where I was, but do you know I love you?” Meredith responds, “I don’t know what to know. I don’t want to hear the excuses, please just stop.”
Lisa storms off the set and goes to her trailer. She gets a producer on the phone and says, “You guys knew what you were doing when you put that in there like I was on a rant. I think what you guys did by adding that in there you just gave them all a reason to fucking say, “thats who you are, that’s who are you.” I’m done, you let them narrate me.” The camera’s walk into Lisa’s trailer but she was quick to let them know they need to leave.
The ladies return to the set and Andy takes a cast vote. By a show of hands all of the ladies admit that they’ve received mean texts from Mary, except Jennie. It’s shocking that even Meredith wasn’t saved from Mary’s wrath. After Jennie threw her glass at her, Mary would have liked more support from Meredith.
“There was a lot of talk about Mary’s church being a cult,” says Andy. He asked Meredith, Whitney and Jen if they believed that, after attending a service there. Meredith says, “I didn’t see anything at the church that would lead me to believe it’s a cult.” Whitney states, “When I attended no, I question now.” Jen’s answer is my favorite: “I think every church is a cult to an extent.” Jen explains it was a mother’s day tribute, but only to Mary. “They were like losing their minds over Mary, like they’re there for her,” says Jen. Whitney believes that Mary uses the fear of God to get what she wants.
Cameron Williams, the most outspoken ex-member of Mary’s congregation, passed away shortly after his appearance on the show. The cause of death has not been revealed. “I miss him so much and I am so sad he is not here,” says Lisa, who’s known him for over 5 years.
The ladies have questioned the authenticity of Lisa’s friendship with Cameron, but it didn’t stop there. The ladies were not convinced that he was on the board of Utah Foster Care, as Lisa made it seem, by having him at the Fresh Wolf event benefiting foster care.
Whitney is adamant that he was not a board member, but that he was a supporter. Lisa claims he was in the process of becoming a member. There is speculation that Cameron was invited to Lisa’s event because she wanted him to meet Meredith and Whitney, reveal damning information about Mary, and have the ladies take it back to the group, quite clever on Lisa’s part.
Meredith asks Lisa the million dollar, or in this case the $300,000 question. Did Cameron really give Mary $300,000? Lisa says, “I think I got the numbers wrong. He mortgaged his house to give her money.” Meredith calls Lisa out for lying and recalls a conversation they had off camera. “You flat out told me off camera that he did not donate $300,000. You told me it was about 10 percent of that, and Mary told me the same thing,” according to Meredith.
I’m sorry, but did Mary actually admit to this? It doesn’t make her look any better that someone would “donate” $30,000 to her.
“I might have had it wrong,” said Lisa. Meredith was angry that Lisa didn’t correct that information with the group. Meredith says, “You let everyone else believe that, on world wide television. Lisa pulls out text messages from Cameron. Heather reacts, “He’s passed on, why would you be his voice? I don’t know if he elected you to represent him.”
Cameron’s text message to Lisa: “I want to text you in case someone tries to misconstrue the truth, Whitney Rose reached out to me through Angie. I don’t know her at all. I didn’t tell her anything that happened between me and Mary.”
Lisa wasn’t the only one with receipts. Whitney had her own stash.
Whitney’s text to Cameron: “I don’t want to create an issue with you and Lisa but a few of the things that I heard are weighing heavy on my heart and I’d like to hear it from you.”
Whitney believes he was ready to come out about mary. Mary’s congregation believes she’s God. There’s a clip from when Jen attended a service, and a woman reading to Mary says that she’s a facsimile of God, meaning an exact copy. Apparently Cameron had told Whintey that he had a relationship with Mary in the past.
According to Lisa there’s a support group for ex members of Mary’s church. Whitney has had ex-members of her congregation come up to her and say that the ladies had it right this whole time in regards to Mary’s church.
Jen pointed out multiple times in the season that Meredith hadn’t been a good friend to Lisa. Lisa defends herself by saying “I was never offended by Meredith’s relationship with Mary.” Cut to the scene in the sprinter van where Lisa says the double standard with Meredith is that she supports kindness yet supports the meanest person in the group, referring to Mary.
Meredith has been building a case against Lisa throughout the reunion, proving that she has had Lisa’s back.
Exhibit A: At casino night, when Lisa ran into an issue with Angie, Meredith backed her up.
Exhibit B: Jen was very upset about not being invited to the Fresh Wolf event, and at Mary’s lunch Meredith defended Lisa by saying not everyone gets invited to everything.
To rest her case Meredith says, “I find it incomprehensible that me expressing my feelings of being offended could be enough. There’s nothing that could be enough to trigger that kind of tirade against anyone. I’ve never spoken that way about anybody, nonetheless someone who professes to be like sisters, family friends, friends for 10 years. Ever.
Meredith claims to have called Lisa three days before her father passed away; apparently Lisa never called to check on her. Two days after he passed Meredith called her to tell her he died and to invite her to shabbat dinner; while at dinner Meredith felt that all Lisa wanted to do was attack her, to make friends with Jen.
Meredith says, “I needed a moment to grieve and a friend to be there for me and you hurt me and you let me down.” Lisa claims she called Meredith back and checked on her. Again, who is lying? Who is telling the truth?
Meredith reads her text to Lisa: “if you love my family please stand up for it, i am in immense pain, suffering daily, what you decide is right for you i always respect, but I am asking for a friend. I have gone through what no one should ever, I am hurting, I love you, I am in extreme pain and feel alone.”
After Meredith sent that text, Lisa would fire the shot heard around the world. “Meredith can go fuck herself I’m done with her because I’m not a fucking whore and I dont cheat on my husband. Her and her dumb fucking family that poses. Why don’t you own a house? Well you can’t because your husband changes jobs every five minutes. Meredith is a piece of shit ; I have your back I’m offended by that fuck you that fucking piece of shit garbage whore. I fucking hate her, shes a whore she’s fucked half of new york, she can go fuck herself.”
Meredith states that the hatred that the delivery came with is what resonated with her. “I couldn’t even sit and watch it. I’d stop, It took me about an hour to get through it. I was sick. Utterly sick.” Whitney does what she does best and stirs the pot. She goes on to tell Meredith, “She told people before this was even filmed exactly that. You should call “Sarah Jane Warner.”
Lisa apologizes for her rant and blames it on blind rage. She says, “I was trying for you to understand that why is it okay for you to be friends with Heather and Whitney but me not to be friends with Jen? Why is it okay for Heather and Whitney to be friends with Jen but not me. That is where I was confused but you can be friends with everyone but i have parameters on who I can be friends with. That was rough for me.”
Lisa breaks down. She claims that her castmates want to break her all the time.
Whitney offers Lisa some advice and tells her that in a moment when her friend is devastated, just stop talking. Lisa apologizes once more and Meredith says “I saw this less than 48 hours ago, as you say I am processing. I don’t know where I stand. I hate to throw a 10 year friendship out the window. I’m devastated. I could not fathom someone speaking about me that way. And I have to start to question if you did it intentionally.”
Moving on Andy asked Meredith what she meant when she said she would expose who everyone slept with. Meredith says, “They know who they are, they know what they’ve done. Maybe I know this about this one and that about that one. I’m tired of it. Stop weaponizing my father’s death against me. Stop making up rumors that I turned Jen into the FBI. Leave me alone.”
Andy makes it clear that she’s basically threatening everyone, and Meredith doesn’t deny it. In fact she admits it.
Lastly, Andy brings up the rumor that Meredith and Jen were seeing the same guy at some point. Meredith explains, “I haven’t dated anyone other than my husband for well over 2 years. I can’t speak for Jen, she can speak for herself. According to both ladies it’s not true.
Lisa tries her luck with Meredith one more time during a break. She asked Meredith if they could talk. Meredith says, “I don’t think we can talk off camera right now I’m in the middle of this. Lisa I’m not getting into all this off camera shit.”
Apparently Lisa was triggered because Meredith was supposedly making fun of her home renovations, calling her house ugly. Meredith says “What would I say about your renovation. so you have an ugly house so you should rip my character to shreds?”
Next week the men join the ladies. A new episode of “The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” airs Sunday Mar 13, 2022 at 8/9 central.
The latest episode of RHONJ picked up with a cliffhanger. The ladies are at Jackie’s ‘frat party’ and in typical ‘frat’ fashion there was a “whose dick is bigger” argument. Well…in this case whose loyalty is bigger: Jacki vs Dolores. Don’t tell Jacki, but I think Dolores won.
Disclaimer: Teresa was in Boston as the ladies gathered at Jackie’s event, otherwise this night might have gone down differently, but keep reading as her return is explosive.
Dolores is upset that Jackie would go behind her back and tell Jennifer that she doesn’t think Dolores has been the kind of friend that Jennifer needs. “I’ve known Dolores since she was 19 years old,” says Frank Catana, “Dolores grew up on the streets of Patterson; she’s a street fighter.” He even goes on to say that she once got into a fight in a bar and bit through two of a girl’s nails. Dolores takes her beef and moves over to Jennifer for not speaking up about her feelings towards her. Dolores has told the ladies that she called it quits with David, her boyfriend of the last few years, so that might explain her reaction.
The beef then moves onto Margaret and Jennifer as they have a one-on-one conversation. “I don’t want to have issues with you, but you had a double standard. You crucified me for it,” says Margaret. Jennifer is adamant it’s not the same. Margaret responds, “it is the same, your husband was like me.” Referring to the fact that she was unfaithful in her first marriage, just as Bill was unfaithful to Jennifer 10 years ago. “Okay that’s fair,” says Jennifer.
This might be the closest we’ve gotten to an apology from Jennifer since her crusade against Margaret, where she slut shamed her relentlessly for a year.
Margaret is up there with housewives who are considered trustworthy narrators but she may have missed the mark while Jennifer was explaining that she’s part of the Syrian Orthodox community. Jennifer goes on to say that they all know her husband Bill. “I don’t want him to be humiliated, my family’s name, it’s my in-laws, they’re going to blame me for everything.” She wouldn’t be surprised if they thought it was her fault for being a bad wife, if she wasn’t sleeping with him enough. For now this conversation between the two foes has been put to bed.
Trigger warning: eating disorder coming up
In a previous episode we saw Jackie having an honest conversation with her husband Evan about her eating disorder. Jackie says her eating is so ritualized. Which leads one to wonder if old habits really do die hard? Evan admits that her children have been noticing her eating patterns lately, and they’ve even asked “why is mom eating the same dinner every night?” The most tearful moment was when Jackie says “I’m afraid i”m going to relapse and kill myself, I just don’t want to do this anymore.”
A round of applause to Jackie for being brave enough to share her story, and to her husband Evan for being so incredibly supportive. Later on we see Jackie seek help as she visits The Renfrew Center, expert eating disorder treatment. Below you can find a link to locations across the US.
Dolores’ family are all about to be under one roof, for the first time, so they’ve called a family meeting to set ground rules, including but not limited to no girls, for Frank senior. Dolores’ family might just be one of my favorite family dynamics across any housewife franchise. Her ex-husband Frank, aka her best friend, father to her children, who in fact did not raise them, nor live with them, is actually moving in with them for the first time, as grown adults. You really can’t make this stuff up, and I am here for it.
At Jennifer’s shore house we see Jennifer recap Teresa about the frat party last weekend. This is our first time really hearing from Jennifer’s mouth that Dolores has not been a friend to her. And in an awkward moment Teresa suggests that the BBQ should be moved from Teresa’s house to Jennifer’s backyard. The look on Jennifer’s face says it all. Could this be Teresa stirring the pot or protecting her boyfriend from the cameras?
My favorite line while at the beach comes when Margaret describes Luis: “He is charming, he’s good looking. So is a car salesman.” And then Margaret’s husband says “Sometimes when there’s that much smoke there’s gotta be some fire.”
The couple that shades together stays together.
Dolores finds Jackie’s newfound friendship with Jennifer suspicious. She reveals that at Teresa’s pool party Jackie had some nasty words to say about Jennifer’s husband, bill. According to Dolores, Jackie said “I don’t care he shouldn’t have stuck his dick in someone else.”
Teresa says that Luis won’t make it to the beach because of traffic, but after what we find out, he might have arrived late on purpose.
Back at the shore house Teresa gets a call from Luis where he says “he’s a few minutes away” then he follows with “I just want to get out of here”. Teresa gasps and says “why? I’m mic’d.” Luis tells her to turn it off. Shortly after Melissa gets a text from Teresa and she reads it to the group. According to Melissa, Teresa instructed them to not say a word (we can only imagine she’s referring to the video circulating about Luis) , do the right thing and to back up her boyfriend.
The episode ends with every viewers dream: A fourth wall break
Teresa: What happened with Luis?
Producer: We talked to him in the parking lot, and he’s all upset. Did he talk to you about it?
Teresa: No (we know this is a lie because of the text she had sent Melissa)
Producer: I think he feels like everyone is talking about him, and he wants to know why.
Teresa: I told him not to come around if he feels like that. He does not deserve this; he does not have to prove anything.
Producer: Here’s the thing, the story’s out there
Teresa: (raising her voice) I don’t want to discuss it. They’re not happy for us, they want to sabotage us.
Producer: Where are you going?
Teresa: I’m leaving
Producer follows Teresa as she’s leaving Jennifer’s house. Teresa turns around and loudly asks “Why are they still filming?” while looking dead at the cameraman. Teresa gets in her boyfriend’s car but not without letting the producer know that they can all go eff themselves.
To be continued…
In September 2020, the OG cast member of the ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’, NeNe Leakes, decided that she was not returning to the show for the 13th season via a YouTube video. According to her, it wasn’t an easy decision to make.
The Bravolebrity broke down in tears on ‘The Tamron Hall Show’ back in October stating that all she wanted was to be treated fairly by the network. When asked if she would come back to the show, she replied, “No, I do not.”
People change, feelings change too because Leakes has come full circle and changed her mind. In an interview with ‘The Real’, she told the ladies, “she would be happy to return to the show” IF only she and Andy had a sit down to discuss “unfinished business”.
A couple weeks later, Watch What Happens Live host and Housewives executive producer Andy Cohen appeared on ‘The Real’ and was asked if there was any possibility Leakes could return to the show after her recent statements.
On ‘The Real’, Cohen and his response seemed rather general than specific. “You know, we are in the midst of shooting season 14 of the Atlanta housewives, and it’s great and Marlo has her peach and Shereé is back, and we have some new faces and some great faces and Kenya Moore is on fire, and so I am really focused right now on season 14 of the housewives of Atlanta and not really looking beyond that right now” said Cohen.
Should Andy Cohen let NeNe Leakes back on The Real Housewives of Atlanta or has she lost her peach for good? This is the question of the century for RHOA fans, but I guess we will have to wait a little longer for NeNe to make her grand return to the show.