Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Kandi Burruss may have patched things up with current co-star Porsha Williams, but she still isn’t quite ready to be on camera with former friend-turned-foe Phaedra Parks. If fact, the Grammy-winning songwriter has confirmed she’d actually step back from the popular series if the Georgia attorney were to return.
During a sit-down with The Breakfast Club, Burruss says that though rumors she called Bravo to prevent Parks from returning were false, she admittedly would take the season off if the ex-cast member were offered a peach once again. Parks was released from the show following the Season Nine revelation that she told Williams the singer intended to drug and sexually assault her.
“In real life… if somebody says to you or says about you that you tried to drug somebody and sexually assault them… and it comes back that person was lying on you, would you want to work with that person? That’s how I feel about it,” Burruss explained. “That’s kind of scary to me. Because in the future when things are happening, you don’t even know why it’s happening. But then you find out it’s a person off in the corner that’s been doing all these things. That could happen again. And they could do it better next time because then they know not to tell anybody else that could really let the cat out the bag.”
The reality star doubled down on the question of bringing Parks back in an interview with PEOPLE, saying, “If that’s what they want to do, that’s fine, you know. I’m cool, I just won’t be a part of that.”
Season 11 wrapped last week. The “housewives” are currently negotiating their returns for Season 12 while producers consider bringing on more new faces as well as bringing back fans favorites.
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.