The Real Housewives of Atlanta
In the second part of The Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion, Phaedra was grilled about the date of her baby's conception and love of strippers, Kandi broke down twice, Kim admitted she owed Kandi money, NeNe admitted to nothing and Sheree, at long last, brought the words "She by Sheree" back to the show.
The five biggest burning questions from part 1 of the Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion
Here's your breakdown:
Phaedra was pregnant when she got married. After a season of talking in circles, Atlanta's Southern Belle delivered some straight talk. Sort of. "I might have been a month to a month-and-a-half pregnant when I got married," she said, but only after being drilled by viewer questions about it. She said, in fact, she always knew her official due date, but that she had a problematic pregnancy and "at no point in time did anyone care about me as a person," only "the gossiping." Persistent viewers who wrote in to the reunion also wanted Phaedra to spell out what her husband Apollo had gone to prison for. That would be racketeering, "a white collar crime," she said.
And by the way, Phaedra wouldn't talk about sugaring up her vajayjay at "the local pub." When asked by host Andy Cohen if she thought talking about such things was "classy," Phaedra said she wouldn't do it at the local pub. (Just with her girlfriends. With reality TV cameras around.) And yes, she's had the "pleasure" of representing people who work in adult entertainment. And no, that pickle shoot wasn't the "perversion" people made it out to be. "It was just because people relate pregnancy with pickles." (She didn't even buy those photos, people!)
What you didn't see during Real Housewives of Atlanta's bus blow-up
Kandi received only $3,000-4,000 for her producing "Tardy for the Party." Kandi estimated that the song has "at least" earned Kim a (may we say shocking) $80,000 to $100,000. But what really got to Kandi was that Kim hadn't done anything to correct the situation despite their friendship. It's one of the only ones on Atlanta that appears genuine, too; earlier in the hour, Kandi explained that she and Kim bonded over being single moms, a side to their relationship viewers don't see on the show.
"I don't like to argue about money with friends, but what irritated me was... you know good and well you didn't put up no money, you didn't put up anything" for "Tardy for the Party" in the beginning, Kandi said through tears. When pressed by Andy for a reaction, Kim said, "Kandi, you could have taken all the money... I will be forever grateful to you for letting me live my dream... I don't want to see her look like this... Yes, I owe her money. To me, it's not about money. You can't put a price on friendship with Kandi. She can have all the money." (On the Watch What Happens: Live after-show, Kandi said that Kim reached out to her after the reunion was filmed, but no money has yet been exchanged. Their second collaboration, "The Ring Didn't Mean A Thing" has still not been released.)
NeNe refuses to say that she, too, hits below the belt. The two-part reunion was filled with clips of all the Housewives talking trash, but NeNe will not own up to any of it. When the bus incident was brought up for a second time, she and Kim got into it again. NeNe repeated that she didn't like listening to the "verbal abuse" going on between Kim and her assistant Sweetie. (Kim brought up that NeNe had ordered Sweetie around using similarly salty language during a photo shoot.) When Andy asked if she felt that she, too, "hit below the belt," NeNe said no. "I will hit when you hit, but I hate that I have to stoop to a trash level to get my point across," she said. Kim said their friendship was "null and void."
Real Housewives of Atlanta's Cynthia Bailey: I Always Feel Like I'm Being Set Up for Sabotage
Future projects include a funeral home for Phaedra. She's in the process of purchasing one. "Well, those clients don't complain," she said. (We're going to miss her between seasons.) Sheree's revamping her clothing line She by Sheree, and recently did a cameo on The Game. Kandi's working on a line of sex toys. Cynthia wants to open a modeling school. Kim says her wig line is about to come out. NeNe will next be on NBC's Celebrity Apprentice.