‘RHOA’: Kenya Moore Says Season 13 Needs Cast Shake-Up

Kenya Moore returned to The Real Housewives of Atlanta in season 12 after taking a season off. The former beauty queen joined the Bravo reality series in season 5. Moore has been a polarizing figure on TV as she is known as the “shade assassin” for her snarky comments. Going in to season 13, the Housewives veteran says the cast needs a shake-up.

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Why does Kenya Moore think the cast needs to change?

The season 12 cast of RHOA included Moore, Porsha Williams, Kandi Burruss, Eva Marcille, Cynthia Bailey, and Nene Leakes. Friends of the Housewives included Marlo Hampton, Tanya Sam, and Yovanna Momplaisir. Moore believes that the show needs new life and to bring in new people.

“Listen, I’m not a network, I’m not the production company,” she told Hollywood Life. “I won’t speak to who should be back and who shouldn’t be back, but I definitely think we need a cast shake-up, I think that we need fresh faces. I think [with] all of the franchises, what keeps them interesting is that you have new people, so I think that we definitely need some new people.”

Will Nene Leakes return for season 13?

Although Leakes and Moore don’t see eye-to-eye on many things. They do agree that the cast needs to change some elements. Weeks ago, Leakes dropped Marcille’s name saying she didn’t bring much to the cast. Her opinion sparked a feud with the former model that continues today.

“We have a great cast right now except for one person, I think,” Leakes told Entertainment Tonight. “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.”

Marcille went missing for a better part of season 12 due to her pregnancy and often recurred to video calls to make an appearance.

“I don’t feel like Eva brings that much to the cast,” Leakes added. “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.”

Nene Leakes suggested Phaedra Parks

One of the ladies that Leakes suggested to return to RHOA was Phaedra Parks. You may already know that the lawyer was let go from the show after she confessed to a horrible lie she made up. Parks had told Williams that Burruss wanted to take advantage of her to create drama between them. When the lie was exposed during the reunion, backlashed ensued.

However, Leakes feels that Parks should get an opportunity to redeem herself to the fans.

“I would like to see her come on as, like, a friend of the show,” Leakes explained. “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.”

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“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.”

No casting decisions have been made for RHOA Season 13 just yet.

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