Kim Fields

Kim Fields Joins ‘Real Housewives Of Atlanta,’ Claims She’s ‘So Excited’

Actress Kim Fields is officially joining the cast of The Real Housewives of Atlanta.

The former Living Single actress confirmed the news on Twitter Monday.

Rumors of Kim Fields joining the RHOA cast have been circulating online for quite some time. That period of speculation is now over since the news has been confirmed by numerous sources, including the New York Daily News and the 46-year-old actress herself.

Even though Porsha Williams was a “friend of the housewives” during the show’s seventh season, she has reportedly been promoted to the regular full-time cast in the new season.

Hopefully, Kim Fields will be able to draw attention from the fans who are still upset about reality star NeNe Leakes deciding not to return to the show that made her famous.

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NeNe Leakes attends the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards.

In a June interview with People magazine, NeNe opened up about her decision to finally leave the show behind after seven seasons and move on with her career.

“This was definitely a hard decision for me. Me and my husband [Gregg Leakes] have been going back and forth on it for weeks now. But my contract is up and I just think this is the right time. This is my opportunity to spread my wings and do different things.”

Kim Fields’ acting career dates back to the late 1970s when she had a recurring role for 12 episodes on the CBS sitcom Baby I’m Back, which also starred Sanford and Son actor Demond Wilson. Fields also appeared on several other popular sitcoms at that time, including Good Times and Mork & Mindy.

However, her breakthrough role on the small-screen came in 1979 when she played Dorothy “Tootie” Ramsey on The Facts of Life.

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The cast of “The Facts Of Life” accept the Pop Culture Award onstage at the 9th Annual TV Land Awards at the Javits Center on April 10, 2011 in New York City.

After playing Tootie for over 200 episodes, Kim Fields starred in numerous TV movies in the years that followed the series finale of The Facts of Life. She found another goldmine in the world of small-screen sitcoms in 1993 when she starred as Regine Hunter in the hit FOX series Living Single.

Created by Yvette Lee Bowser, Living Single also starred Queen Latifah, Kim Coles, and Erika Alexander.

In a February 2006 interview with MovieWeb, Kim Fields reflected on the success that she experienced with both The Facts of Life and Living Single.

“Well, at the time you don’t realize it, you know? When you’re involved with something and you’re right in the midst of it, you don’t realize the hit that it’s going to be. You have your goals that you set aside from wanting to do great work and be challenged as an actor, you of course have the business goals which is ‘Do a hundred episodes. Get in syndication.’ That kind of stuff.”

Living Single ran for five seasons (and 118 episodes) until it came to an end on January 1, 1998.

Fans and critics of The Real Housewives of Atlanta will be able to see if Kim Fields is a good fit with the rest of the cast when the new season premieres on November 8.

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