While Kandi Burruss and Kim Zolciak have expressed some sadness over the departure of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” veteran Sheree Whitfield, Cynthia Bailey already has a replacement in mind.
“I think Marlo [Hampton] is definitely very entertaining for the show,” Cynthia told The Hollywood Reporter. “Whenever she’s in the equation, things always take a different turn than what they thought it was going to be. So, Marlo would be really, really great to throw into the mix and see what’s going to happen.”
Marlo’s introduction to the series definitely brought lots of drama. She sparred with Sheree, Kandi and Kim, all members of “the Smalls” crew. Most memorably, after being slighted an invitation to a dinner party, her exchange with Sheree in South Africa produced a television montage of funny faces and got her into hot water with the gay community after she threw out the F-word.
“I can honestly say that South Africa would not have been the same if Marlo Hampton had not come on the trip,” she said.
Cynthia may be rooting for Marlo, but Kim recently told Wendy Williams, “She’ll never hold a peach,” referring to the opening credits of the show in which every cast member poses with the fruit in her hand.
While some speculate there’s some animosity between Cynthia and Marlo because they’re each competing for NeNe Leakes’ full attention, Cynthia said her friend contract with NeNe doesn’t restrict her from having other friends.
“The friend contract never said you couldn’t have other friend,” she said. “I am so absolutely fine with NeNe and Marlo’s relationship. I think it’s great. Marlo and I are two different people. My relationship with NeNe is very different from hers. They do their thing; NeNe and I do our thing.”
As for Sheree, Cynthia offered the obligatory response.
“We were never really friends, but I wish her well in her new endeavors,” she said.
Cynthia explains why she loves NeNe so much. Watch.
—Tracy L. Scott
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