EXCLUSIVE: Kandi Burruss Says She ‘Contemplates’ Leaving ‘RHOA’: It’s Just Stressful + Explains Why She Doesn’t Know Where She & Porsha Williams Stand, Confirms Xscape Biopic Is Still ‘Possibly’ Happening
In an exclusive interview with theJasmineBRAND.com, Real Housewives Of Atlanta vet, Kandi Burruss talks about the explosive RHOA reunion, her on-again-of -again drama with castmate Porsha Williams, infamous RHOA stripper ‘Bolo’, and explains why she often contemplates leaving the show.
The 44-year-old reality star and singer has played a huge part in the success of the RHOA franchise. Season 13 marked Kandi Burruss’s 12th year on RHOA, so when she revealed that she still gets nervous before filming the reunion, it’s safe to say we were surprised. Kandi Burruss explained on how she “hates” RHOA reunions and that season 9 was her worst reunion. That marked the reunion when her former friend Phaedra Parks was exposed as the one who spread rumors that Kandi Burruss and her husband wanted to drug Porsha Williams and take her to their alleged dungeon. Porsha Williams repeated the rumor earlier in the season during a heated exchange with Kandi.
Kandi told us,
“I hate reunions- my stomach be in knots. I don’t like coming to sit and argue with people for hours. Typically it’s a whole day of arguing, like you know, you’re just going to go back and forth with people, revisiting a whole bunch of uncomfortable conversations. Some of that stuff [is stuff] that you already called yourself getting over but as soon as you bring it back up, you’re arguing about it again.”
Porsha Williams‘ activism with the Black Lives Matter Movement was an important story line this past season, which caused a lot of chatter amongst viewers and even some cast members. During our talk with Kandi, she seemingly defended Porsha expressing that no matter what lead Porsha to take action, the end result will be the same and is a positive thing.
“It doesn’t really necessarily matter what the motive is, it’s really the result is that it’s it motivates people to rise up and it inspires people. So I don’t really think it matters what the motivation is, was, or whatever.”
Kandi addresses Porsha’s recent Instagram Live where admitted to having a scene with her and Kandi arguing about Black Lives Matter deleted from the show.
Kandi admits that she never knew where the two stand until she saw a new episode, like one where she appeared to confirm Kenya Moore’s claims that Porsha hooked up with Bolo at Cynthia Bailey’s bachelorette party. Kandi said in our interview,
“It’s like every time something happened like I don’t really know what’s gonna go on. So like say for instance, you know everything would be cool. Then the episode that aired when I said to Don Juan, ‘Well I wouldn’t say that Kenya is lying’ – Right after that [episode] she opted out of the group text that all of the housewives were in. So I was like ‘Oh I guess she ain’t talking to us no more’.”
A juicy topic from this current season of RHOA is who allegedly hooked up with Bolo the stripper during Cynthia Bailey’s pre-wedding festivities. Kandi explains she just wanted to make sure the ladies had a fun time. She explained she had no idea the bachelorette party would become such a big part of the show and did not think the events that occurred later in the night would be discussed on camera.
“Well if I’m gonna be in charge of the party, I’m going to make sure that thing is lit okay. It’s gonna be lit and anytime I throw a party, people gonna know they need to be there – you know so that was all I was concerned with.”
“When the party happened you know everybody was having fun and then the producers left and everybody still wanted to have fun or whatever but I didn’t know it was gonna be super fun–and then I definitely didn’t know that it was going to be discussed the next day on camera.”
Kandi shares more into thinking about when would it be her time to leave RHOA. Having been on the show since season 2, she is the longest-running cast member of the RHOA franchise.
“You just contemplate like I don’t know when is your time what do you – you just don’t know. It’s not like it’s not like a definite answer you know what I mean, It’s like I enjoy being a part of the show but it is stressful at times, it is a lot going on you know but I do love the fans I love the support of the fans.”
Kandi talked about her YouTube channel, “Speak On It” and thinks it should remain on that platform instead of being picked up by a network as she has much more freedom with it being on YouTube.
” I like it on YouTube to be honest with you. I don’t really know how it would be the same on a network to be honest with you. It really works on Youtube because I can say whatever I want to say we can use clips and all that stuff so I think it’s great on Youtube.”
She reveals that she has previously asked Marlo Hampton, Porsha Williams, and Nene Leakes to guest star on “Speak On It” but they declined. She adds that Marlo Hampton just recently changed her mind and agreed to appear on an episode.
“I have given all of them invites to come on. They didn’t choose to come on. Marlo has recently told me that she wants to come on,so now she will be coming on soon but like all of them have an open invitation to come on.“
“We had to get together obviously to put together our song list, which ones we want to play in the battle you know all that type of stuff. That right there-going back and forth with songs we gonna put in, that meeting was hilarious. We should have recorded that.”
She also gives us an update on if the group is still working on an Xscape biopic.
“Possibly. We’ve still been dealing with the writer and all this other kind of stuff so yeah.”
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