On Sunday, December 2, 2012, Bravo will air Kim Zolciak’s last episode of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Kim’s fans were concerned that she would not be returning for the 5th Season of The Real Housewives of Atlanta when she was not present for the photo shoot for Season 5 and was missing from the promo photos when they were released to the press. Kim assured fans that she would be back for Season 5 and that she was simply too pregnant for the photo shoot. Her excuse was a bit suspicious as a very pregnant Bethenny Frankel was part of the promo shoot for Season 3 of The Real Housewives of New York City. Nevertheless, Kim continued to promote Season 5 of RHOA on Twitter and when the show premiered she returned as a full fledged housewife and her photo from Season 4 was photo-shopped into the Season 5 promo pics.
However, it appears the tide has turned and Kim will be departing The Real Housewives of Atlanta before the season is over. December 2nd will be her last episode. The promo for the upcoming episode shows Kim storming away from filming with the other wives and pushing the camera away from her and saying that she’s done.
In interviews and on Twitter, Kim has claimed that it was her decision to leave The Real Housewives and that she would be following in the footsteps of fellow former housewife, Bethenny Frankel. When Bethenny became engaged, the former NYC Housewife received her own spin-off, Bethenny Getting Married?, about her wedding and birth of her baby, Bryn, The spin-off was so popular that Bethenny left the housewives behind and continued the spin-off as Bethenny Ever After. When Kim got engaged to Atlanta Falcon Kroy Bierman, she got her own wedding focused spin-off ala Bethenny, Don’t Be Tardy for the Wedding. Kim claims that the spin-off will continue focusing on her family and be called Don’t Be Tardy…
However, fellow Atlanta Housewife, Nene Leakes tells a different story and claims Kim was fired. Nene recently tweeted “It’s so funny how this chick wants people to think she quit the show! The producers no longer wanted to work with you! Good bye with the lies.” Kim was quick to fire back and shoot down rumors of her being fired “I definitely was NOT fired from RHOA I can guarantee u that!!! My spinoff last year was a one time thing so this spinoff is brand new! Bye hater!!!!”
Kim and Nene are longtime frenemies who were best buddies at the beginning of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, but their fiery personalities have led to numerous fights and an end to the friendship. During Season 5, it appeared as if Nene and Kim’s war had cooled and they could perhaps mend fences. Both have gained considerable success thanks to the show–Nene with The Celebrity Apprentice and roles on Glee and The New Normal and Kim with both professional success (her hit single “Don’t Be Tardy for the Party” and Bravo spin-off) and personal success (marriage to Kroy Bierman and two sons with Kroy). You would think that with their great success, Kim and Nene would have no reason to be jealous of each other and could just play nice. These latest tweets imply otherwise.
So what do you think? Was Kim fired or did she quit The Real Housewives of Atlanta? Share your thoughts below and be sure to keep up with the latest Real Housewives of Atlanta news.