The drama is heating up in Atlanta!
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, NeNe says she would keep the current RHOA cast intact minus one of her co-stars.
“We have a great cast right now except for one person, I think,” NeNe admits. “I think only one person on this cast doesn’t seem to have carried any weight this season. And I think that’s very obvious who that person is, and I don’t think they actually sit in the cast that well.”
“I don’t feel like Eva brings that much to the cast,” she continued. “I’m just being honest. It’s really like, when you look at a show like, everybody — like the whole cast — is away, and you don’t miss the person at all, it’s sort of like, we didn’t even know you were here, you know? And all season, doing a lot of scenes from FaceTime, that’s been the last couple of seasons … So, If I had to change, I would change her.”
“I don’t have any harsh feelings towards her, it appears she has harsh feelings towards me,” she added. “And [she] proved it all season long, with her sitting in the car with Cynthia [Bailey] riding, rolling her eyes, having all these things to say, as if I really did something to her. Now maybe I stole her baby and I didn’t know it, who knows? Who knows? Anything happens with me, you know, everything is so elevated.”
In fact, NeNe says she would replace Eva in heartbeat with former RHOA star Kim Zolciak. However, NeNe knows that Kim has no interest in returning to RHOA especially since she has her own spinoff show on Bravo.
With Kim, not an option, NeNe says she would like to see Marlo Hampton graduate from a friend of the Housewives to a full-time Housewife role or even see former RHOA star Phaedra Parks return, even though she knows that’s a controversial statement to make.
“Yeah, that’s kinda the bad thing about it, but still, I would like to see her come on as, like, a friend of the show,” NeNe says. “Play around for a couple of episodes, because I still think there’s unfinished business there. I think it is unfair for the rest of the cast to face people who they have issues with and then she doesn’t get to face who she has an issue with. So, the one time she had a real issue with somebody, all of a sudden, they have to be off the show? So, I don’t think that part is fair, and I think it’s OK for me to speak my opinion about that, Kandi, and I will continue to do so.”
Meanwhile, Eva promptly responded to NeNe’s dig and had quite a bit to say about the RHOA OG and her role on the show.
Eva appeared on The Rickey Smiley Morning Show and responded to NeNe calling her out.
“First and foremost, I was not in Greece because I was pregnant. Now, NeNe, who’s 55, doesn’t remember maybe being pregnant because 20 years ago for her. But I’m a 35-year-old woman with my family, beautiful husband and I’m continuing to make a family. As far as my relevance on the show, I choose not to—every single day- to be ratchet. There’s already enough ratchet, i.e. her, on the show. Why do you need two?” Eva clapped back at NeNe’s comments.
Eva went on to say that she tries to act like a “lady” on RHOA since there’s already so much “ratchet” behavior on the show – i.e. NeNe.
“I do me and represent the other part of Black women that are smart, astute, that are well-spoken and that’s who I represent. So, if I’m that boring, you spent time in your interview talking about me because your storyline is the fact that you have no storyline,” Eva continued
She added, “If I do remember correctly, even though I was not in Greece, I was on FaceTime and I still got a check unlike you who missed seven episodes this entire season. This reunion is going to be lit. Glue your wig all the way down sweetheart because it’s going down.”
“I choose not to be ratchet. I choose to be a lady but since I’m a lady, I’m boring. I’m sorry that’s just the way I was raised. I didn’t grow up, I was raised by people that love me. So, we gon leave it there…” Eva explained.
As for NeNe wanting Kim back on RHOA, Eva said, “Some people if they don’t have this, they have nothing and they will soon be eulogized. What’s so funny, she’s the reason that Kim Zolciak isn’t there. But she wants her back because she doesn’t have any friends.”
The Real Housewives of Atlanta airs on Sundays at 8 p.m. EST on Bravo.