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Eva Marcille shocked Real Housewives of Atlanta viewers when she decided to walk away from the reality television show — but she’s thankful to some of the ladies for how they conducted themselves in front of the cameras.
During a recent sitdown with Kandi Burruss, Marcille had nothing but good things to say about Burruss and fellow cast member, Cynthia Bailey.
“Because of you, because of Cynthia [Bailey], you guys have been such a proper representation of black women consistently on TV,” Marcille told her galpal.
“We don’t have that. We look for the bafoonery, we look for the who gon’ flip over the table, who gon’ act crazy, who’s gonna bring up somebody’s slanderous f*cked up past, like that’s what the show is for us. And the idea that you can sign up knowing that’s what it is and do it, there’s only one you there’s only one Cynthia, I can’t be Cynthia. I can only be me and they won’t let me be me, they want me to be her. And she’s a crazy a** her, and I’m not gon’ be her.”
She continued, “It’s not about them wanting me because I was never not asked to come back, no one ever said we don’t want you. That wasn’t the case but I can’t change the show. It’s not gonna change the show because when we go in there we gon’ still ‘yo momma this,’ ‘yo husband sleazy that’ and for me like when I look on Instagram and I see the stuff that you doing, when I see Todd [Tucker] in the streets, that’s young kings, young queens. We know that looking at it, but I don’t feel that it’s highlighted properly on the show and there’s not enough ranting, raving, and screaming I can do that’s gonna change that.”
During her time on the show, Marcille repeatedly bumped heads with the original housewife, NeNe Leakes. The feud snowballed until Leakes was practically petitioning for bravo to drop Marcille — calling her “boring” and “dull.”
Marcille decided that she had had enough of the negativity, and jumped shipped — landing a gig on The Rickey Smiley Show in the city.
Marcille made it clear that she has no intention of returning to the Bravo franchise.