The Real Housewives of Atlanta has had a big casting shake-up, with two of its stars, Kenya Moore and Sheree Whitfield, exiting the show after its tenth season. Fans were speculating about who would join the cast and take the open Housewife positions when The Shade Room released a photo to Instagram Sunday morning that, supposedly, shows off the Season 11 RHOA cast.
The photo garnered attention for leaking who the new housewives would be, but it also made waves for being unflattering and not showing the Housewives in the best light. This caused long time RHOA star, NeNe Leakes, to blast whoever leaked the photo within hours of its release, as she felt she looked particularly poor in the leaked photo.
“It SUCKS to have a LEAKED cast photo out there that doesn’t represent some of us in the best light! funny how this only happens with #RHOA cast! Just know that, this is NOT the OFFICIAL cast photo! Soon [to] come #RHOA @bravotv,” Leakes wrote on an Instagram post of a photo of herself, dressed for a Season 11 photoshoot. Unlike the leaked picture released by The Shade Room, Leakes looks radically different in her own photo, with regards to her weight.
In Leakes’ photo, she looks radiant and very slim. Her appearance is a departure from the leaked photo that looks stretched, making Leakes appear much heavier, which she did not appreciate. Fans were quick to reassure her, however, that she had nothing to worry about.
“You look perfectly fine. Just let it be….” wrote one user.
“I don’t know what you’re talking about- you look amazing!” wrote another.
“Well, you know, I’m a funny eater,” Leakes said last year while guest-hosting Live! With Kelly and Michael. “I’m a small-portion eater. I don’t like to feel full. A lot of people when I meet them, they say, ‘I thought you were this big woman.’ I’m, like, ‘I’m curvy, honey, but I am not real big.'”
At least while fans wait for official cast photos to come out for Season 11, they know now who some of the new castmates will be. According to Madame Noire, the three new housewives to receive a peach and join the cast are Ronnie Devoe of BBD, New Edition’s wife Shamari Devoe, and Tanya Sam, who is both a nurse and business owner.
Despite the hiccup with the cast photo, fans can rest easy knowing that fan favorite castmates like Leakes, Kandi Burress, and Porscha Williams will be back in the new season.