Tiki Barber and his wife, Traci Lynn Johnson, won’t be seen on the seventh season of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New Jersey. Although reports have claimed Johnson is a “frontrunner” for a spot on the show, the former NFL pro set the record straight on Monday night.
While leaving the Palm restaurant in New York City on March 23, Tiki Barber and his wife spoke to TMZ, denying they will be featured on the series’ seventh season.
“Don’t believe everything you read,” Johnson said.
“We live in New Jersey,” Barber then pointed out.
“And I am a housewife, so I must be a ‘Real’ one,” Johnson added.
Then, Tiki Barber claimed he had “plenty of jobs already.”
As the Inquisitr reported earlier this month, Andy Cohen denied Tiki Barber’s wife’s addition to the show, as well. During an interview with E! News, Cohen explained that casting hasn’t yet begun on season seven, thus making any reports about those joining untrue.
“I haven’t seen any New Jersey casting. Here’s the thing they’re [the casting company] doing a wide net so we haven’t cast Jersey. So anything you’ve heard about casting Jersey is not true right now.”
Despite Cohen’s denial of Tiki Barber’s wife joining The Real Housewives of New Jersey, reports of season seven continue to swirl, as they have been since earlier this year when cast member Teresa Giudice turned herself into prison for a 15-month term.
For the last six seasons of the show, Giudice has been the unofficial star, and longest running full-time housewife. So, for months, rumors have been swirling as to whether the show will go on without her, or whether Bravo will wait until her 2016 release before beginning production.
Tiki Barber has been married to Johnson since 2012. The couple met while Johnson was interning at NBC. At the time, Barber was married, but ultimately left his wife, who was reportedly pregnant at the time, and began dating Johnson.
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