We sat down last night to watch the second part of the Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion with the knowledge that Shereé Whitfield is leaving the show because she is “tired of the fighting and the cattiness.” A statement so ironic, we’re surprised Shereé didn’t burst into flames when she said it. Though we’re sure Shereé isn’t giving up her Bravo paycheck voluntarily, we do wonder if the Househusbands were waiting on the curb with their engines running after the reunion taping. What a hot mess this is turning out to be!
In last night’s episode, the ladies got around to addressing some of their major issues. And though they did manage to keep the decibel levels low, some of the cheap-shots at each other were even lower.
The reunion opened with discussion of the whole Cynthia and Peter and Mallorie mess. From the edited clips, we’d have to agree that what Cynthia said is true, Mallorie can’t seem to get through a conversation without bad-mouthing Peter, not that Peter ever seems to give Mal a break either. Andy, ever the voice of the nosy viewer, took Peter to task over the issue, reminding him that Mallorie is the sister of his wife, and why can’t he just give her a break. Peter insists that he’s just “having some fun” and, oh by the way, he doesn’t care how Mal feels. Cynthia wishes the two would learn to respect each other but also wants her sister to mind her own business. We’re kind of in Cynthia’s square on this one. You can’t pick your family, and at some point they do have to let you live your own life. And for some reason, the Bravo cameras always seem to make those Cynthia is closest to – her sister, her mother and her husband – act out badly. Maybe this family needs a media relations specialist even more than they need a family therapist.
Last night, Bravo brought out all of the current househusbands – Peter, Apollo and even newbie Kroy – for some light grilling. We have to admit, all of these guys are easy on the eyes and most importantly, they all have a pretty good sense of humor about seeing bits and pieces of their lives play out on TV. Even Peter, who we’ve been pretty hard on in the past, comes across well live and in person, explaining that he’s under a lot of scrutiny because of the show and this colors just about everything said about him.
And when you think about it, these guys have to go out and face the scorn of other MEN after a show airs. Men will call you out on things to your FACE. (Not like us gals.) Peter, Apollo and Kroy are all married to some pretty strong women, women who more often than not seem to be making the major decisions in their households. And although life for a Real Househusband of Atlanta doesn’t look boring, it can’t always be easy. Fellas take note – we’re declaring you untouchable this week and giving credit where credit is probably overdue.
The Housewives finally got around to addressing the whole “black baby in Africa” controversy last night with Kim trying to make the point that she has no issues with black children, and Kandi trying to be clear that what she really meant was that the furthest Kim wants to travel is to the mall (and also certain chain restaurants with large bread baskets). Cynthia and Kandi didn’t believe that Kim would have traveled to South Africa regardless of her situation at home, not that they think she had a problem with many of the people in Africa being black. It was Shereé who tried to fuel the fire into a racial issue. We’re glad everyone could get in the same ballroom and watch the tape, and Shereé did apologize for her comments, but after listening to her talk about the issue in a nonsensical circle yet again, we might recommend that Kim rethink her choices in bridesmaids. Of course, that ship has already sailed, and maybe she knew Shereé needed the money a spin-off show appearance would bring.
We’ll also note that on the heels of Kim and Kandi clearing the air about this bump in their relationship, Andy Cohen had to bring up Kandi’s lack of compensation for “Tardy for the Party” yet again. Seriously, didn’t he beat that whole issue to death during the season three reunions? Since the reunion shows are as much about Andy’s hosting skills as about the women, we’re giving Mr. Cohen a BIG OLE raspberry for bringing it up. Move on, buddy. The audience just doesn’t care anymore and neither do the women involved.
Marlo came out toward the end of last night’s show to ensure that we’ll get back to some shouting matches in this Sunday’s final installment. Marlo who was this season’s resident mean-girl along with NeNe and who has encouraged others to “check her charges” whenever she has conflict with them, admitted that she’s still “working on her etiquette.”
Then, Marlo called Kim a whore.
And she called Kim a whore in a way that made it clear she’d been practicing the line in a mirror, probably in variety of outfits and shoe options.
Yep. Kim did say something about Marlo “using her hole for money” this season, so Marlo didn’t hesitate to hit at least that far below the belt, and on basic cable television! Marlo and Kim spent very little time together this season, and we’re guessing a make-up lunch isn’t even in the realm of possibilities now. After telling Kim to measure her own hole, Marlo also went on to tell Kim she ruined Big Poppa’s “happy home” and tells the audience that Kim was lucky to marry for love because it’s not like Kroy could pay for her engagement ring without some help. Then Marlo got around to Kim’s worldly goods and multiple baby daddies. Yep, Marlo brought the kids into things – someone is sure to wind up bald-headed on this show one of these days. It also bears noting that Marlo repeated her insinuations about Kroy’s worth presumably while Kroy was back stage after his appearance with the other Househusbands. Ooo. Yikes. Even NeNe looked uncomfortable.
Andy looked absolutely gleeful about the entire exchange. This is why he’s the Executive Vice-President of Original Programming and Development at Bravo. We are Bravo bloggers, and we now with holes in our stomachs. We must go measure them for permanent damage. Tune in on Sunday for the final reunion show. We’ll be there, cowering, with one eye covered.