Claudia’s Bravo blog this week was set up in interview form. When asked whether she was surprised by Kenya’s elaborate viewing party, she responds:
“Yes, I was! She was pretty good at keeping it all a secret, and it was so well done! I really felt like I was going to a surprise wedding. Hopefully that was some foreshadowing of what’s to come in the near future…”
This is what makes Claudia and Kenya’s friendship feel more real than “reel.” Claudia, Kenya, Demetria and Cynthia always wish each other well…Their well wishes for one another excludes shade that contains the words or phrases: “thotlandia,” “thotville”, or “this ain’t Phaedra.”
When asked what she thought of Kenya’s pilot:
“I thought it was cute and very fun to watch. The thing about Kenya I really like is that she is comfortable laughing at herself and not taking herself too seriously. She’s entertaining. I thought Cynthia was really funny and totally committed to the part. It was fun to watch it with all the girls, especially the part when Kenya played her own hair care commercial during the pilot! That was hilarious.”
No thirst here … she says about you what she says to you. We need more housewives in this franchise who can wish others well and applaud their successes.
Regarding her strained friendship with Porsha, has the relationship been repaired?
“You know, it’s hard to tell. I can’t say we were ever really friends, because at the end of the day we have very little in common, and I don’t think I can say I know who she really is. I was totally open to it when I arrived on the scene, but it’s difficult dealing with someone who’s cool with you one minute, then not cool with you the next. I think too many people are inserting their opinions and changing things. I swear we will be past something and “cool,” then the very next time I see her it’s back to the okey doke or I will catch wind of her throwing jabs in her blog. So honestly I have given up and no longer care to beat that dead horse.”
The sad thing is that as two unmarried women on the dating scene and working at the same radio station, I can imagine that Porsha and Claudia would have been a hoot together. Under different circumstances, it is possible that the camera would have loved them together and, potentially, so would the audience. Clearly Claudia reached out to Porsha early on. I’m wondering if the producers were annoyed by this huge lost opportunity. Porsha seems to run as hot and cold as NeNe.
“Instead I’m focusing on viable and healthy friendships with people I feel I have things in common with, like Demetria, who’s one of the most hardworking and classy (yet still fun) girls I know. Like Cynthia, who supports and attends everyone else’s events. Like Kenya, because even though she’s very busy and travels a lot, when we do link up, it’s all positive. And like Kandi, who I’m not super close with, but we are getting to know each other more and more. And despite our friends not liking some of the folks we both hang with, Kandi never let that get in the way of being open to a possible friendship with me, and I respect that.”
I think it’s noteworthy that five women on this show are able to consistently get along. Is this a hint about the show’s core for the next season, or just a statement of fact?
“I was hopeful when we got back from the Philippines; Kandi, Porsha, and I even went to a club the day we got back from our 20-something hour trip home. But what happens with these shows is you make progress, but then someone on Twitter may amp you up, and you feel you have to placate those people. Or an episode airs that took place six months ago when things were bad, and even though things are good now, you get in your feelings all over again when you watch the show months later.”
Twitter is a lie, y’all. Twitter is a lie. It appears that not all wives get “amped up” by the quotes of anonymous fans, and it’s tragic to think that developing friendships are so easily faltered by manipulation. Since we don’t yet know which wives will be back next season, I would to see these two women have a conversation about this very subject. Given her comments, below, does it seem likely that Jordan would return?
“The season was fun and stressful — I laughed a lot, I cried a few times, I opened up about issues I never really get to talk about in my day-to-day life, and I have made some pretty amazing friends. I’m getting calls to do some comedy shows, I have two films coming out later this year, I am dating, and I’m in a very good place! I’m optimistic moving forward and extremely excited about my future here in Atlanta. Thank you to everyone who has reached out to me online and in person. It’s been truly flattering and humbling. Love y’all! xoxo!”
Let’s hope! The new “read” champ always has a home on the show as far as I’m concerned. I guess we’ll have to wait and see if the producers feel the same way. Good luck to Ms. Jordan with the upcoming films and comedy shows.
I’m an exasperated soap fan who keeps hanging on – waiting for the daytime I once loved to return to its former glory! Hey, it doesn’t hurt to have a dream. I learned to love soaps thanks to my wonderful mother and grandmother. I’ll always have fond memories of daytime, most especially of ‘Another World’, my first stoap love. The ever great, but sadly defunct, daytime shows like Ryan’s Hope, Search for Tomorrow, The Doctors, Loving, and many others keep a special place in my heart, as well.