Phaedra Parks’ time on The Real Housewives of Atlanta is officially over following her controversial Season 9 reunion. Parks’ lies about Kandi Burruss and Porsha Williams were obviously behind the firing, but was there another reason why producers gave her the boot?
Us Magazine reports that Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen opened up about Parks’ dismissal and why producers decided to go a different direction. For starters, Cohen believes producers didn’t think it was feasible to include Parks next season if her co-stars refused to talk to her.
“The question that we look at now with Phaedra is, when the reunion ended, none of the other women wanted to have anything to do with her. So that’s what you have to look at,” Cohen explained. “How do you shoot a show about a group of friends when no one is speaking to one of the friends?”
Sheree Whitfield added that most of the RHOA ladies are not willing to forgive Parks for spreading lies last season. During the reunion, Parks admitted that she started the rumors about Burruss trying to drug and rape Williams. Drama is nothing new to Bravo’s hit reality franchise, but openly lying about your co-stars is a definite deal-breaker.
“I don’t know, it’s so hard right now. It’s hard to establish trust with someone like that because, for me, it seemed that she showed no remorse for what she did and for her actions,” Whitfield shared. “I think it will be hard for any of the women to forgive.”
Phaedra Parks may have been able to recover after her shocking admission, but she made it worse by blaming producers for her actions. According to TMZ, Parks slammed RHOA producers for giving her bad information about Burruss and Williams. She even claims that producers told her to spread the rumors in the first place just to create drama on the show.
According to E! News, Real Housewives of New York star Bethenny Frankel recently fired back and revealed that producers don’t influence the show during filming. Instead, they take a more hands-off approach and do not pressure the ladies into stirring up drama.
“The producers don’t know exactly what’s going on, so they might say, ‘Are you going to talk to Kandi about this?’ They don’t know. They would never do that,” Frankel explained. “It would be a massive problem. This isn’t The Hills, it’s real. It really is. So yeah, no, that would never happen.”
Given how Parks will not return for Season 10, it’s clear that producers didn’t appreciate her throwing them under the bus. Even worse, People reports that Parks’ friendship with Williams will likely never be the same. It’s already been a few weeks since filming for the reunion wrapped up and Parks and Williams still haven’t talked to each other.
In fact, Williams recently opened up about the betrayal and admitted that it won’t be easy forgiving Parks and moving on. Parks and Williams have been friends for a long time and hardly went a day without speaking to each other on the phone. Sadly, it sounds like Parks’ lies damaged more than just her career in reality TV.
Fortunately, it looks like the drama between Parks, Williams, and Burruss might finally be at an end. Even more, fans can only hope that Parks’ firing will cut down on the number of rumors spread on the show, though that remains to be seen.
Producers have not announced an official cast list for Season 10 of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, which is expected to start filming in a few months.
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