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Season 14 of The Real Housewives of Atlanta is getting a way better reception than last season. With new additions like Sanya Richards-Ross and Marlo Hampton finally getting her peach, the cast seems well rounded out. But there were also rumors that Jeannie Mai was going to join the show. She recently put the rumors to rest.
‘The Real’ co-host was rumored to be replacing Kandi Burruss
Rumors about Mai joining the show began after filming Season 14 came to an end. Mai was to allegedly replace Burruss, with insiders alleging Burruss’ storyline was growing lackluster. Burruss even said that though she wasn’t being replaced, she was a fan of Mai and wouldn’t mind her being on the show.
Mai is a new resident of Atlanta, moving there after marrying rapper and philanthropist, Jeezy. She recently gave birth to the couple’s first child, a daughter named Monaco.
Jeannie Mai says she’s not joining the show but Kenya Moore thought she’d be a good addition
Moore was a guest on The Real on Wednesday, May 11 to discuss the current season of RHOA. During the chat, the rumor about Mai joining the show was brought up and while Moore was down for Mai as an addition to the cast, Mai shot it down. In fact, she said when she first heard the rumor, she’d just given birth and was on maternity leave.
“Do you know when they say where’s there’s smoke, there’s fire? That was a complete rumor,” Mai insists. “I haven’t talked to one person, my people haven’t talked to one person from Bravo, so that was a complete rumor that got made up.”
When Moore jokingly referred to Nene Leakes’ famous line of “the door is closed,” Mai agreed. “The door is closed. It’s sealed. There wasn’t a door to begin with. It was a wall,” Mai shot back. “There is no door. No, and I say that, just because it’s a lot of work. And even knowing Garcelle, I always ask her, ‘How do you get your mind in the place of going in to shoot and you’re not ready for what might come at you? And she tells me too, it’s a full-time job.”