Kim Zolciak Leaving ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta?’
Since the early days of Bravo’s hit reality show “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” it was clear that series star Kim Zolciak would be a force to be reckoned with. Now that she has her own hit show under her belt, “Don’t Be Tardy for the Wedding,” which garnered more than two million fans, Zolciak is hinting that she may be breaking away from her “Atlanta Housewives” roots.
In a recent interview with Rob Shuter of Huffpost Celebrity, Zolciak talked about enjoying the success of her “Don’t Be Tardy” series.
“I got to be honest with you. I’m so pleased with this show and excited and grateful for all my viewers,” Kim explained. “No one really gets to know everyone on ‘Housewives’ because their segments are five to seven minutes, maybe 15 minutes at most, in an episode. So it’s very hard to really get to know that person. I think the reason it [‘Don’t Be Tardy’] has been so successful is I am in a different place. I have an amazing husband. I had a baby. I’m having another baby. People get to see more of what it’s like in my home every day, and my home is fun.”
Zolciak then explained that she’d like to follow in the footsteps of another “Real Housewives” graduate, Bethenny Frankel, who got her own hit spin-off show.
“I definitely wanted it to be successful, doing this wedding spin-off. But I didn’t think it would be this big,” admits Kim. “I would love to have my own spin-off.”
But Zolciak isn’t done just yet with “RHOA.” The “Don’t Be Tardy for the Party” singer signed on for season five of the series, which is currently in production. But according to Zolciak, her ties to her other cast mates are dwindling and she’s only got one real friend left on the show.
“The only person I’m close to on the show [‘Real Housewives’] that I have a genuine friendship with is Kandi [Burruss]. I know she’s absolutely not jealous; she’s very happy for me,” adds Kim. “By watching the reactions of some of the women at the reunion, they are all just a little bit — I don’t know if jealous is the right word. NeNe [Leakes] is also very successful in her career so it’s not so much a jealousy thing. We all kind of are going in a different direction.”
Well, you have to respect Zolciak’s success. And like her, below are some other stars who hit it big after getting their start on reality shows.