The cast shakeup for the upcoming season of The Real Housewives of Atlanta was arguably the biggest entertainment news of the day. If you didn’t already know, Porsha Williams is no longer holding a peach — meaning she has been demoted to a ‘friend of the housewives’ — and has been replaced by Claudia Jordan.
Joining Porsha as a ‘friend of the housewives’ is Demetria McKinney. NeNe, Cynthia, Kenya, Kandi, and Phaedra are all back holding their peaches for another season.
As to why Porsha got demoted, well … sources say it was because of her attitude.
According to our sources, Bravo had intended Williams to be a main cast member this season … even after her monumental fight with Kenya Moore.
But when filming began, we’re told Bravo tried to get Williams and Moore to talk things out, but Williams nearly fought her again. Our sources say Williams also went after new cast member Claudia Jordan.
Temper issues aside, we’re told Williams also kept the show at arm’s length and wouldn’t reveal certain details of her personal life … leaving producers with no story to tell.
Demetria McKinney is also recurring as a “friend” on the show, but our sources say the original plan was to have McKinney on full-time and Jordan on part-time … but Jordan did so well, they flip-flopped them.
According to Porsha, she was “blindsided” by her demotion and says that she’s only capable of being herself because “portraying anything else, would not be genuine nor honest.“
Porsha seems to get blindsided a lot, doesn’t she?
UPDATE: Porsha’s full statement below:
“This is not an easy time for me right now, but I want let everyone to know that I loved being a ‘Housewife’ on The Real Housewives of Atlanta, and I am thankful for Bravo for the opportunity but it’s not goodbye, you will see me on the show throughout the season sharing and bonding with the other women and I promise to stay connected with my fans as I start an exciting new time in my life.
After a long season of filming, and giving my all, I was blindsided by the announcement from the network that I was demoted from ‘Housewife Status,’ but would remain on the show in a ‘Friend’ capacity.
Unfortunately, I can only be PORSHA, and portraying anything else, would not be genuine nor honest. This moment is bittersweet, but God has been so amazing to me, and I think this is a perfect time for me to spread my wings, and finally focus on all of my upcoming projects.
In addition to having my recurring role on RHOA, I will be able to focus my attention on my career as an Entertainment Correspondent on DISH NATION on the Fox Network, recording my album, building my businesses, and taking baby steps towards nurturing my relationship with my new love!!!
This is the beginning of a new chapter in my life, and I will be giving my fans & supporters another chance to watch my growth as I take on the world in my own special way very soon!! I am so Thankful for all that #TEAMPORSHA does to keep me INSPIRED every day! Stay Tuned…