The Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion is going virtual and cast members will ZOOM in today (Thursday, April 23) from the comforts of their own homes.
Bravo host Andy Cohen shared the news on his SiriusXM channel, Radio Andy — that production of the Atlanta based series is going virtual due to stay-at-home orders amid the coronavirus outbreak.
“We are going to be shooting the Housewives of Atlanta reunion virtually,” Andy said on his April 6 show. “This is obviously not how we prefer to do it, but life is not how we prefer it right now.”
Andy Cohen, who has recovered after testing positive for COVID-19, explained that the format is necessary to protect the cast and crew.
“We want to be in the same room, but we cannot risk the health and safety of the Housewives or the incredible crew in Georgia,” Andy said, adding that RHOA is “regarded by many as the Super Bowl of reunion shows, and it is truly one of my favorite reunions to shoot, I look forward to it, and the fact of the matter is it’s either we do it this way or there’s no Super Bowl this year.”
Andy Cohen explained that postponing the series isn’t an option — and that the best move is to operate in the current reality.
“If we wait for this pandemic to be over for when we all are in the same room, it’s gonna delay everything,” he said. “We need to move forward, we need to live in reality right now, and the reality is if we’re going to do this, we’re going to do this right now.”
Andy added that because the current filming season has wrapped, going forward with the reunion will allow Bravo to “reset the table so that when we can, we want to start shooting next season.”
Here’s what you can expect from the season 12 reunion.
Kenya Moore Vs. Nene Leakes
Kenya Moore says that she plans to “expose” NeNe Leakes at the Season 12 reunion. Kenya claims that she’s bringing “receipts” to the virtual reunion and called in to The Rickey Smiley Morning Show to dish on the #RHOA finale ahead of the reunion.
“I don’t even understand why we’re having a debate on who is a bully,” Kenya Moore referred to NeNe Leakes. “I think it goes beyond being a bully it goes to…who is trash? Anyone defending this behavior in present-day needs God.”
Andy Cohen took to Instagram Thursday to announce he’s hosting the reunion without pants for the first time in history — He wrote, “It’s #RHOA Reunion day and I’m celebrating by not wearing pants!” Cohen wrote on Instagram, captioning a photo of himself posing in his closet while dressed in a blue shirt, stripped tie, matching blazer and boxer shorts. He called the look one of the “#SilverLinings” to the pandemic, noting in the hashtag that this was the “#NewNormal.”
The Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 12 reunion air date is TBD. Stay tuned.