Porsha Williams Reportedly ‘Seriously Considering’ Leaving ‘RHOA’, Cynthia Bailey Possibly Not Returning + Sheree Whitfield Making A Comeback, Marlo Hampton Could Get Her Peach
It looks like the upcoming 14th season of The Real Housewives of Atlanta will look much different from the last.
theJasmineBRAND previously broke the news that producers were looking to shake up the cast after it suffered low ratings in season 13.
The season 13 premiere was the lowest in history–with 489,000 less viewers than the season 12 premiere. Additionally, TV Deets reports that the recently-aired season 13 finale and reunion were the series’ lowest-rated ever.
A source told us about upcoming cast changes in May,
“The ratings weren’t the best this past season, so they need to do something to help get more viewers.”
Now, insiders tell Love B. Scott that production
“has no idea who they want to round out the cast and why.”
As for Porsha Williams, fans might not get to see the drama over her engagement on the show. Shortly after season 13 wrapped, Porsha Williams announced she is engaged to Simon Guobadia, who is currently in the middle of a divorce with Falynn Guobadia.
The engagement sparked lots of controversy as Falynn Guobadia appeared on RHOA as a friend of Porsha Williams’.
A source told Love B. Scott that Porsha is ‘seriously considering’ not coming back because she doesn’t want to address the issues of her relationship. She also is said to be concerned that production will have other women who he’s been linked to in the past on the show.
They added Cynthia Bailey is probably not going to come back as a “housewife”, but Kandi Burruss and Kenya Moore are expected to return.
As for rumors that Sheree Whitfield is returning, insiders said she’s most likely making a comeback as a “housewife”, but will be paid a “starter housewife” salary. If she returns as a full-time cast member, she could replace Cynthia Bailey. Sources said the show could afford to pay Sheree Whitfield and long-running friend of the show Marlo Hampton (who is reportedly getting closer to reaching fullt-time status) housewife salaries with Cynthia Bailey’s income.
Drew Sidora, who joined the show last season, will probably not return as she allegedly didn’t meet the network’s expectations. Still, she’s been filming with Porsha Williams for her upcoming spinoff. LaToya Ali will reportedly not return thanks to Sheree Whitfield and Kenya Moore’s reported places on the show. Sources said the show doesn’t need additional “bone collectors.”
Ideally, the show is said to want seven housewives this season. So far, it has five possibilities (Kandi Burruss, Kenya Moore, Porsha Williams, Sheree Whitfield, and Marlo Hampton). Production is reportedly vetting potential new peach holders and is focusing on women who are married or in a relationship.
Nene Leakes won’t be coming back, but according to insiders if the show does decide to part ways with a cast member, it will be a “tidy” move to prevent discrimination claims. Nene Leakes previously accused the network of discrimination when she left the show ahead of season 13.
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