Exclusive Interview: Cynthia Bailey Dishes on NeNe Leakes Exit, Claudia Jordan Returning & #RHOA Drama

Posted on Jul 13 2015 - 9:00am by Editor


Cynthia Bailey, star of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” got an opportunity to show viewers her outspoken side during season 7. In an exclusive interview with All About the Tea, Cynthia opens up about the departure of her former friend NeNe Leakes, Claudia Jordan leaving rumors, RHOA casting  and more!

The supermodel, wife, mother, and entrepreneur keeps herself busy with her business, ‘The Bailey Agency School of Fashion’ dominating many hours of her day, she continues to seek out and inspire Atlanta’s most promising talent. Read our interview below:

What was your reaction to NeNe Leakes leaving the show, and how do you think that will change the dynamics of RHOA?  

“NeNe will always be the original Atlanta Housewife. She was the first person that I met on the show. We became great friends, and supported each other for years. When I heard she was leaving the show, I sent her a text to congratulate her, and wish her well. I applaud her for stepping out, and exploring new opportunities. It is the only way you can evolve, and grow.”

Did NeNe reach out to you after the emotional season 7 reunion?

“NeNe sent me a very sweet text after the reunion to thank me for being by her side during her emotional breakdown. My reaction to her was genuine, and sincere. It meant a lot to me that she acknowledged it, and appreciated it.”

Rumors are circulating that Claudia Jordan may not be asked back….have casting decisions been finalized for the upcoming season?

“I really like Claudia, and I thought she was a great addition to the show. She is a wild card, and is unpredictable. You never know what to expect from her. She came on the show as Kenya’s friend, and ended up being a housewife. That has never happened before. Claudia was born for reality TV! I would love to see her back this season.”

What aspects of an exciting new season, and fresh cast dynamics are you looking forward to? 

“I do not know whether or not casting for the show has officially closed. I have no idea. With NeNe leaving, we have some big shoes to fill. I hope to see a couple of new faces, and some huge personalities. The dynamics change every time a old housewife leaves, and a new one comes. All these new changes will force the show to go in a different direction.”

What sort of changes would you like to see shake up Season 8?

“I think that seeing relationships with all the ladies whether they are married or not is important. When the men are with us, it always changes the conversation. We need that because this is no longer a show for just women. Men watch the show as well. The male prospective has become more relevant, and necessary.”

If you could go back and change any one of your “Housewife” moments, which moment would it be?  

“I wouldn’t change anything because I have learned so much about myself. The most important thing that I have learned is how to exist outside my comfort zone, and be fearless. Every year there has been a new lesson.”

What is the greatest challenge you face while having your family on board for the Atlanta reality ride? 

“The greatest challenge that I face by having my family on this ride with me is making sure we always put the best interest of each other first. My family means everything to me, and I have to protect that.”

The “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star recently added eyewear designer to her resume as well! Cynthia teamed up with Celebrity Eyewear Stylist and Fashion Brand Guru, Tiffany Williams, CEO of Eye Candy Creations and NYC based Menizzi Italy Eyewear to design, manufacture and distribute an exclusive eyewear collection. Please check out her stylish and chic eyewear collection on her website.


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  • MidwestMiddie

    Of course, Cynthia wants her husband on the show. It is the only paycheck he brings
    to the family. Plus, he can use the free pr for his businesses which she financed.
    Expect this upcoming season or the following one – Bankruptcy followed by Cynthia’s
    storyline for her divorce from Peter.

    • Darris

      Wow I had no idea Peter didn’t bring any checks into their family. I mean I live in Charlotte, NC where SportsOne is located, have 2 friends who work there, been a few times myself and saw it was voted best new bar and always has people at the bar…who would have thought Peter is literally making NO money off of the bar…but you MidwestMiddie do know so you obviously must be their accountant or CFO for Peter’s business.

      • Tami

        Ditto to the last part of your post. Unless someone is the personal accountant to Cynthia and Peter who knows “what’s in their pocket.”

        • MidwestMiddie

          Cynthia’s on air complaints about Peter spending her money have been going on ever since she married Peter. Why would she be saying such things on Bravo’s shows if she wasn’t concerned?

          • Tami

            Shows are edited to elicit a certain response and view. No one knows about their finances but the two of them. Knock yourself out speculating. I really don’t care. Deuces…

          • MidwestMiddie

            You mean Bravo is nothing more than cheaply scripted lies? LOL
            Cynthia’s reaction to Peter feeling a woman’s boob while in his
            bar happened off-season and Cynthia’s reaction left no room for speculating. She was pissed off at him. Deuces …….

      • MidwestMiddie

        Well then Congratulations to Peter. Let’s see if he can continue and still be around next year when the category, New,” no longer apples.
        He’s been so successful in the past ………… LOL
        Cynthia must be thrilled to have Peter paying her back. It will be
        unusual for her not to be showing fear over losing her hard earned
        money to one of Peter’s ventures.
        BTW – be sure and show Peter your comment. It should get you
        a free drink.

        • Darris

          Lol shady I literally busted out laughing at “Cynthia must be thrilled to have Leter paying her back”. I do wish them the best.

          • MidwestMiddie

            I wish her the best but don’t see Peter as being a part of that ………did once but no longer.

  • Chloe

    Good interview Tea. I like Cynthia, Kenya and Claudia. I really would hate to see any 3 of them go. They each bring a fun and refreshing dynamic to the show.

  • Tami

    Great interview. I’m looking forward to Season 8. It will be interesting to see who replaces Nene and the direction the show will take.

    • tayy

      Hopefully Kandi she would be the perfect person to take the lead role!! She seems to have a lot going on in Her life …. # team KBT a young business women!!

  • Jennymckitty

    I am looking forward to seeing who will be part of season 8. I hope this season will be more positive. I wonder if Porsha will have a peach this year and if Claudia will be asked back.

  • RealitytvJunkie

    Great interview. Cynthia is a kind and humble spirit. I wish her and Peter nothing but love and success.

    • Shar

      That’s true, to bad I can’t say that for some of these blogger’s!

  • Mary K

    LESS Peter would be better IMO

  • beckywebb

    I love Cynthia! She was so key last year in all plot developments, and Peter is ok to me too. Really looking forward to next season.

  • Livie1

    I actually wish there was *less* of the men on this show. JMO.

    I do like Cynthia and am glad she feels her time on Atlanta has been an overall positive experience.

  • WaWaWaWHAT!

    Cynthia is just as boring as her interviews…she will use the ‘Peter is cheating’ as a storyline nextvseason…predictable

  • Shelly Jones

    I love Cynthia. That is all.

    • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

      Hi’ya Shelly! Long time no *see. Hope all is well with you & your family. Hope you have great week & don’t be such a stranger. Well we are strangers lol. But ya know what I mean. Have a good one Hon!

      • Shelly Jones

        Hey Tigerlily….I don’t really watch many of these shows. It’s all the same fake drama and adolescent behavior. I’m waiting for The Walking Dead, how to get way with murder and scandal to come back. I was interested in watching Fear the Walking Dead…but its coming out in August…I may lose interest by then. Don’t get me started on Game of Thrones, the final pissed me off. So I need a break from this ish they are passing off as entertainment. I’m bored.

  • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

    Now that the Moosetigator is gone I am hoping to see some more fun fantasy vacations & outings where the ladies are having fun. Highly unlikely considering Bravo’s reputation, but I guess I can hold out hope for a bit.

    • RonnieIsBack

      Me too!!!!

  • Pandora403

    The one time “special” with the men was entertaining. Week after week of the men taking center stage with the women – not so much.

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  • ms. Cee

    She does not have a storyline. Nene has moved on to bigger things…. oh yes the cheating scandal with that bum of a hubby, Peter. Old news nothing new!!!One word, this woman is boring….I think I am sleepy…!!!

    • Linda Blake

      Oh my god you are so so right cynthia and Peter just make you want to vomit she is one lying instigating thing things that absolutely have nothing to do with her she has and continues to be one of the shows worthless human being right along with Kenya but that’s a whole different story i can’t believe either of them where does Peter get all the money to open their sleazy bars he doesn’t work I’m sorry he works at keeping his nose where it doesn’t belong they need to Go

  • RonnieIsBack

    I am sure they are all saying Thank You Jeezus the Moose is Gone!!! and they just cancelled Wigs N Cigs fake BFF show too! #Yassss