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D’Andra Simmons Talks Bravo’s Failed Pilot Featuring Real Housewives Moms! Plus, Says LeeAnne Locken Begged Her To Join RHOD

It’s no secret that Real Housewives fans love themselves a good mama! From Mama Dee on the Real Housewives of Dallas to Dale Mercer on the Real Housewives of New York. There are just some mama’s and their wisdom fans can’t get enough of!

So, it’s not surprising to hear that Bravo had a spinoff show in the works featuring the best Real Housewives moms.

According to RHOD star D’Andra Simmons, Bravo filmed a pilot starring Mama Dee, Tinsley’s mom Dale Mercer, Caroline Manzo & Portia Williams’ mom, which eventually went nowhere.

“It was called “Mama Knows Best” and it was a few Housewife moms. People like Dale (Mercer, Tinsley’s mom), my mother, Portia’s mother (Diane Williams) and  Caroline Manzo,” D’Andra revealed on the Out In the Wild podcast.

“My mother fought with her [Caroline] like crazy on that show. My mother got along great with (Dale). She reached out to me on direct message to say, “Oh I love your mom,” they like each other a lot,” D’Andra added.

So, what was the premise for “Mama Knows Best?”

D’Andra explains, “The concept was kind of like a Judge Judy, so, stupid people basically come in with their problems [laughing] and four mamas figure it out. My mother and Caroline Manzo fought like you would not like believe, they did not like each other at all, it was very interesting. They also asked Patricia Altschul from Southern Charm, but she didn’t want to do it because it was far for her to travel and it was going to be shot in LA.”

As for why the show failed to be picked up, D’Andra says,  “So I looked at the sizzle reel and it wasn’t as interesting as it should have been.”

She adds, “I thought what would really make it good would be to have the Housewife mothers and a few daughters and they should argue about what the advice should be because we’re different generations. I thought that would be very funny.”

Meanwhile, D’Andra also spilled some major tea about how she joined the Real Housewives of Dallas.

D’Andra claims that her then good friend LeeAnne Locken begged her to join RHOD because she needed income and needed a way to stay on the show moving forward.

“She came to my house, my mother was there, and she got on the floor, on her knees and begged and screamed and pleaded for me to be on the show,” D’Andra confesses. “LeeAnne said in front of my mother [Mama Dee], ‘if you don’t go on the show I won’t have an income.’ She said you have to go on the show because I need an income. That is the absolute truth, you can ask my mother. She said to my mother, ‘they need a big name in Dallas and I need her to do this.'”

Part two of The Real Housewives of Dallas season four reunion airs on January 8 at 9 p.m. on Bravo TV.

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