‘RHOA’ Season 13: Kandi Burruss Says Filming Has Begun

The Real Housewives of Atlanta broke new ground for its first virtual reunion that aired in May. What wasn’t new however, was the drama among the ladies.

Nene Leakes, Kenya Moore, Kandi Burruss, and Porsha Williams kept the feud fires lit, and the dissension affected their interactions off camera. That led to rumors and questions about season 13 of RHOA. Kandi Burruss recently spoke about the status of the series.

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Kandi Burruss says ‘RHOA’ started filming

Fans of The Real Housewives franchise have been wondering about Bravo’s plans to move forward with production on future seasons amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Burruss recently shared that the Atlanta housewives just started filming, but with rules in place.

During an interview with Extra TV, she said taping started around July 16 and cast members are being tested regularly for coronavirus. “It’s a lot of rules because more than anything, they care about our safety. We’re getting tested all the time.”

In a separate chat with Hollywood Life, Burruss commended Bravo for implementing safety procedures and weekly testing. She added she and husband Todd Tucker were already getting tested prior to filming RHOA, so she was used to the process.

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Burruss can’t confirm all the ‘RHOA’ ladies for season 13

It’s been confirmed that Eva Marcille isn’t returning for the new season, but things are still up in the air for some of the other cast members. When Hollywood Life asked Burruss whether Sheree Whitfield and Nene Leakes would be joining the show this year, she said, “I don’t know, and I don’t know.”

She said she’d love for Whitfield to come back, but she just wasn’t sure if it will happen. As for Leakes, “I haven’t talked to Nene. I do not know what her plans are. Honestly, we’re so early in taping I wouldn’t know who’s coming back and who’s not.”

Burruss explained production crews are currently taping their personal stories at the moment and they haven’t done any group scenes yet.

She stated Bravo’s hinted at bringing new people on board, but the cast won’t know until it’s time to tape with the other ladies. She can’t confirm everyone just yet.

Burruss also mentioned that she and Leakes are “like oil and water” sometimes but she would love for her to return to the series. She said ultimately, it’s up to her.

‘RHOA’ cast rumors are rampant

While Porsha Williams confirmed her contract for season 13, rumors about casting shake-ups have plagued the show since March. One RHOA rumor pegged Mo’Nique as a replacement for Leakes, but the comedian addressed that on social media and flat out said it wasn’t true.

It is assumed Kenya Moore and Cynthia Bailey are coming back though neither of them verified it.

It’s said that Marlo Hampton and Tanya Sam are due back as “friends of the show,” but the speculation about Phaedra Parks were shot down. Fans may be in for a surprise about Whitfield, but it’s likely more casting details will be revealed in the coming weeks.

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