'Real Housewives of Atlanta' New Cast Members Replacing Kim and Sheree?

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By Benge Nsenduluka , CP Reporter
September 21, 2012|11:03 am

The "Real Housewives of Atlanta" promotional photos surfaced on Thursday and fans could not help but notice the absence of veteran housewife Kim Zolciak.

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    (PHOTO) Real Housewives of Atlanta: BravoTV.com
    Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 5 cast

Two new additions, Kenya Moore and Porsha Williams, will join Nene Leakes, Kandi Burruss, Phaedra Parks and Cynthia Bailey for season five of the hit Bravo reality TV show. BravoTV.com suggested that Kim, 34, will be returning to the show, but only as a featured guest.

"Our recently married Housewife Kim (Zolciak) is also busy expanding her family, but manages to make it out for the ladies' events- even ones where NeNe is the guest of honor," the website wrote.

Kim, who recently gave birth to her fourth child, managed to land her very own spinoff show "Don't be Tardy for the Wedding" in 2011, and it appears that her "Housewives" days are numbered.

Season five promises to serve "sizzling romance, new ventures and more," according to BravoTV.com.

Kenya, who is described as a former Miss USA winner, model, actress and author, reportedly stirs up drama between her cast mates. Porsha, the granddaughter of legendary civil rights leader Hosea Williams, allegedly also adds chaos to the vibrant mix.

During season four, the cast became evidently divided into a "Talls vs. Smalls" category, with Nene and Cynthia on one side and Kandi, Kim, Sheree Whitfield and Phaedra on the other. Featured guest Marlo Hampton, who is reportedly not returning for season five, also jumped on the "team Nene" bandwagon.

Sheree, who along with Kim was embroiled in a season-long feud with Nene, is not returning to the show.

The veteran housewife made the unexpected announcement in April and appeared to be pleased with the decision.

"After four solid seasons of helping Bravo build the show into its most successful Housewives franchise, I have decided to leave. The direction the show is going in is no longer a fit for my lifestyle. I'm tired of the fighting and the cattiness," Whitfield told WetPaint.com.

"I want to be part of something that empowers and inspires women to not only be healthy, but to treat themselves with respect. I wish the rest of the women the best of luck," she added.

The mother of three was reportedly fired by Bravo TV producers due to her salary demands, although this has never been confirmed, according to S2S Magazine.

The "Real Housewives of Atlanta" season five premiere airs on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 9 p.m. ET.

 

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