‘RHOA:’ Eva Marcille Says She Left the Show Because of Fear Editing Wouldn’t Fairly Portray Her Work in the Black Lives Matter Movement
RHOA fans will meet two new housewives this season as Drew Sidora and Latoya Ali join the cast. The addition of Sidora and Ali comes amid Eva Marcille’s departure. In a new interview, Marcille says she left the show because she wasn’t represented well. She also fears the show wouldn’t portray her work in activism or the full work of her former co-stars.
Eva Marcille announces departure from ‘RHOA’ after three seasons
Marcille’s initial statement on her departure only spoke of her decision to leave the show to focus on other opportunities.
In an exclusive statement to The Jasmine Brand, Marcille says she chooses to focus her attention elsewhere. She said in part, “I believe that what I hope to accomplish for the culture and community will be better served by focusing on other opportunities.”
Marcille elaborated while speaking as a co-host on The Ricky Smiley Morning Show, explaining that the environment on the show was toxic. She considered leaving the show previously but stayed because of the money.
“A lot of times, we find ourselves doing things that we are not necessarily happy doing all the time so that we can get the kind of money that we know we deserve in life,” she said. “But, my questions to myself is: What is more important right now? Is it the money, or is it the movement, and the culture, and what I can impact?”
Eva Marcille says ‘RHOA’ didn’t represent her well
Aside from the petty disagreements with her co-stars, Marcille became dissatisfied with her time on the show because she says she was not depicted as “multifaceted.”
In a new interview with Kandi Burruss on Burruss’ YouTube series Speak On It, Marcille says though she doesn’t regret her time on the show, she wishes more of her life outside of the circle was aired.
Marcille works as a model, radio host and activist, while also balancing marriage and motherhood. With so many storylines to focus on for an hour-long reality series, Marcille says it’s impossible to fit her layers in.
Eva Marcille says she’s fearful ‘RHOA’ won’t show her work in activism with the Black Lives Matter movement
Marcille’s choice to leave the show for good is a result of not having control over editing. She specifically is fearful the show won’t highlight her activism.
“The state of the world right now, the state of the Black community and what is needed form the influencers in the Black community, it needs to be epic, it needs to be bold, and it needs to be consistent. I have no editing rights, approval, production nothing when it comes to housewives,” she said.
She continues: “I have no guarantee that it is going to highlight and properly outline, underline, and emphasize our true struggle of what’s going on and I don’t mean someone at a rally once in a while…If my voice isn’t going to be relayed properly on the show, then I can’t be part of it.”
Marcille works alongside her husband Michael Sterling, who is a lawyer actively working for the civil rights of Black citizens.
Marcille emphasized that her platform on the Ricky Smiley Morning Show is a better platform for her to promote work and causes that are important to her.