Real Housewives of Atlanta was the ultimate cultural reset in 2008– housewives we didn’t know we needed. From glamorous and elegant ladies in one minute to high-octane drama in the next– this show was the epitome of ‘0 -100 real quick.’
Nevertheless, these Atlanta housewives have amassed a cult following as it quickly became one of the highest-rated versions of the Real Housewives franchise and Bravo Network’s most-watched series.
Among the vibrant cast of Kandi Burruss Tucker, Kenya Moore, Drew Sidora, Shereé Whitfield, Marlo Hampton, Sanya Richards-Ross, and Nene Leakes; Kim Zolciak stood out as the only white cast member. Her unfiltered opinions and entertaining confrontations made her a fan favorite in the earlier seasons. And just when she was at the peak of stardom, her departure in the middle of season 5 shocked her fans.
Here’s what went on behind the closed shutters.
Real Reason Why Kim Left RHOA
During a usual lunch get-together between the castmates, things slowly started to feel more cordial, even after a few side-eyes. When Kenya Moore proposed a vacation, everyone was all game until 36-week pregnancy, Zolciak expressed her concerns.
From decent discussion to a heated argument, words were spewed from all sides. The unnecessary escalation led to Kim storming out of the restaurant, followed by cameras. She shoved the cameraman before leaving in her car.
There was an intense rift between Zolciak and the production team after the incident. Zolciak took to Twitter to say she would no longer return to the show.
Kim Zolciak’s Side of the Story
Post her departure, she disclosed her recount of the events in a candid interview. Her reason for leaving the show was the soaring stress and pressure of a hostile environment as a pregnant woman. She also recalled when Shereé pulled her wig and the constant bickering with her castmates.
Kim Zolciak got her own spinoff series ‘Don’t be Tardy’ in 2012. And she clarified in her tweet that she was not fired but decided to leave on her terms.
What Do the Sources Say About Kim Zolciak’s Departure?
The Sources from the production team had a different story; they stated that she was indeed fired from the show over differences.
Former castmate Nene Leakes shared her version when she spilled some tea over the situation.
Did Kim Zolciak Return to RHOA Season?
Kim Zolciak was slated to return to RHOA as a guest in the season 10 reunion.
However, the vibe remained heated and wig-snatching throughout her appearance. Nene Leakes even called her racist when Kim’s daughter, Brielle, filmed Leakes’s washroom with black bugs.
After all the drama, Kim Zolciak finally decided to totally part ways with the show.
Are Kim Zolciak and Nene Leakes Still Friends?
Kim and Nene’s friendship was one of the most cherished moments on the show. However, the final straw was Kim’s microaggressions and racism toward Nene. But she took to her Instagram to clarify the misunderstanding.
The relationship has not been the same since then, as Nene even filed a lawsuit in 2022 claiming that the RHOA team took no action against Zolciak for her blatant racism.
Kim Zolciak and Husband File for Divorce
In recent news, Zolciak filed for divorce from her husband, Kroy Biermann, after 12 years of marriage and four children together. She reportedly told TMZ the reason was “irretrievably broken with no hope of reconciliation.”
The couple had also faced dire financial conditions after they failed to pay $1.1 million in back taxes. Kim and her Ex-NFL husband underwent foreclosure of their country club mansion.
What do you think of Kim Zolciak leaving RHOA? Should she make an appearance on RHOA after her divorce?
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Man I miss Nene!