‘RHOA’: Kandi Burruss Says The Virtual Reunion Was Crazier Than It Would Have Been in Person
It’s the reunion that we have all been waiting for. Though The Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion may look different this year, it doesn’t mean that there will be any less drama. This season, the women will be bringing the shade through their computer screens as the reunion has to take place virtually due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Initially, people were worried about a reunion in this format, but Kandi Burruss recently assured fans that things got just as out of hand as they would have in person.
How do the women of ‘RHOA’ feel about the virtual reunion?
As the coronavirus pandemic continued, executive producer Andy Cohen decided to move the RHOA reunion to a virtual format.
“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,” he said on his radio show, Radio Andy. “[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.”
The women were obviously disappointed to be doing the reunion this way but understood Cohen’s reasoning.
“When the ladies found out that [Bravo] made the decision to do the reunion online, they were not happy about it and they tried to talk them out of it,” a source told HollywoodLife. “But it was too late at that point. They already made up their minds, and the virtual reunion is moving forward.”
The ‘RHOA’ reunion
Now that the reunion has been taped, Burrus has confirmed that the format did not get in the way of the drama at all.
“Obviously it was totally different than any other reunion that we already had,” she told the outlet. “I was scared because we talk over each other obviously when we’re arguing. I’m like, ‘How are we going to do that?’ But the way they have it set up, they can isolate everybody and still have it be quality which is what I care about. As far as how the girls dealt with it, I thought everybody was going to be weird about arguing face to face. But they didn’t have no problem! It was worse than it would’ve been had we been sitting right next to each other.”
This new format actually made the women harder to control.
“Well, for me, it was aggressive,” Burruss said. “I would say aggressive because I mean the arguments were going so crazy sometimes that Andy is trying to get us to stop and he can’t because we’re not in the room with him. So nobody can stop us from talking or saying what we need to say, so people are just going for roadkill when they say what it is they need to say until finally some of us had to be muted! It was like a timeout. They put you in timeout for a second. They bring you back and turn your mic back on, calm down, and give it, let somebody say something or let him talk at least.”