The new season of Bravo’s ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta’ hasn’t even started airing yet, and there’s already drama surrounding the show.
As we know, Sheree Whitfield will be returning this season in some capacity. Many of us thought (and assumed) Sheree would be back on the show as a full-time cast member holding a peach…but that’s not the case.
Apparently, Sheree thought so too.
She’s accusing RHOA producer Carlos King of stealing her show concept and tricking her out of the full-time cast member status she was promised in return.
via Daily Mail:
The 45-year-old fitness guru, a fan favorite, was upset when she learned she would only be featured as a part-time friend on the eighth season of the show.
Whitfield thought she was returning as a full-time peach-holding cast member and that Bravo would promote her return in the same vein as Bethenny Frankel’s to the Real Housewives of New York.
‘Sheree didn’t get a contract for the show until after she started production on Season 8.
‘She was several weeks into taping when the network presented her a contract for a limited number of episodes, much to her surprise,’ a source told Daily Mail Online.
According to the source, Whitfield met with the reality show producer earlier this year and pitched him a concept – a show about African-American real estate agents in Atlanta.
When Whitfield departed from the show three years ago she went on to get her real estate license and had been selling properties since.
She wanted to be featured in the new show along with several other women she knew were also having success in the world of real estate and believed King could help her sell the show to a network.
‘Without telling Sheree, Carlos started pitching the show to networks and WE TV became interested,’ claims the source.
He sold them the concept without Sheree’s involvement and then had to go back to her with a make-good once he did.
In addition to offering her a co-executive producer credit, he told her he would arrange for her return to Real Housewives full-time.
He was just trying to do whatever he could to keep her from suing him,’ the source revealed.
WE TV officially announced the pickup of the show, Selling It: In the ATL. The network is angling the show as a spin-off of their successful existing series Cutting It: In the ATL about Georgia hairstylists.
Whitfield was named as a co-executive producer in the release.
With her track record of not being the most business savvy – Whitfield accepted King’s offer to be co-executive producer and to return to Real Housewives of Atlanta because she never developed any paperwork before pitching him her real estate show concept.
‘With no non-disclosure or partnership agreement in place, she knew she had an uphill battle if she sued Carlos and trusted him again by accepting his offer,’ explained the source.
‘Little did she know, he had duped her yet again.’
Sheree nor Carlos have spoken out regarding the story — which makes us believe there’s some truth here.