When the ‘Real Housewives Of Atlanta’ returns for its 13th season later this year, it’ll be back sans Eva Marcille. Because the star has confirmed that she has departed the show.
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Breaking the news first on The Rickey Smiley Morning Show, Marcille then gave a statement to our friends at TJB explaining her rationale:
“I appreciate the bond of friendship that I have made with several of my cast mates and the strong personal relationships I have with numerous executives and producers at the #Bravo and Truly Entertainment companies.
I am thankful for the opportunity I was provided. However, after speaking with my family and representatives, I believe that what I hope to accomplish for the culture and community will be better served by focusing on other opportunities. I look forward to serving my community on the Rickey Smiley Morning show and finding ways to be a voice during this transformational time in our country for people of color.”
The announcement brings to an end Marcille’s three year tenure on the Bravo series – after first appearing as a Friend Of in her inaugural season and then a peach-holding Housewife thereafter.
We’re torn. A few ways too.
In one regard, we don’t feel Eva ever really got a fair shot as relates to how she was depicted on the show.
And even if countering that with the fair fact that the editors can only edit what they’re given to work with (good, bad, and otherwise), there’s still the feeling that not enough scope was given for her to authentically gel with the ladies. A process that, as we’ve seen, does take time.
Add to that the fact she was at the center of a number of spars and spicy storylines recently, her departure feels a little…premature. Arguably.
However, though, the cut-throat fact is that folk aren’t typically given seasons on seasons on seasons to organically fit in – with both the cast and viewers. They either do or they don’t. And it seems there were always too many questions around Eva’s viability to warrant having her on another season.
As for whether it was her decision or decision made for her, it’s anyone’s guess. But kudos to her for attempting to at least control the narrative.
In any case, it does have us wondering what other changes could be in the works for RHOA season 13.
What do you think of Eva’s departure and who would you like to see in the mix?