The Real Housewives of Atlanta wrapped the third part of it’s reunion Sunday night. Porsha Williams’ violent streak was addressed, and it was revealed that she had attended anger management classes. Kim Fields even congratulated Porsha on such an emotionally mature step towards growth. Excuse me—while a roll my eyes into blackout.
It appears blatantly obvious that Bravo is nervous about Porsha’s violent escapades—and has required action, in the form of anger management intervention. Porsha’s greatest hits have likely gotten the attention of Bravo lawyers, as well the network’s insurance carriers. Williams bristled through the commentary, but is clearly aware that her job is on the line.
Three episodes were referenced, all occurring while Bravo cameras were rolling. Porsha yanked Kenya to the ground by her hair, during the taping of the sixth season’s reunion series.
Porsha straddled and hulked over Cynthia in an episode aired earlier this season, triggered by Bailey simply reacting negatively to a comment.
Last, but likely not really last—was the attack on Porsha’s ‘Go Naked’ marketing manager, Jami Ziegler. That altercation went down during the finale episode, which Bravo graciously exposed last night, in dark alley shot bonus footage. It was sometimes sneaky, but Bravo wove in mentions of Porsha’s loose cannon tendencies, during all three parts of the reunion.
In Part One—Kenya’s gentle yank on Kim Fields’ chair was discussed, as a segue to a little anti-violence speech delivered by Cynthia Bailey. Bailey recited obediently, while Porsha rolled her eyes.
“The bottom line is personal space. It’s just something that just keeps coming up. Sometimes it turns physical, sometimes it doesn’t. But there is always the potential for it to become physical. You have to be very careful when you do that. As someone who got caught up in a moment, somebody could get seriously hurt at some point.”
The Lake Lanier smackdown between Williams and Bailey was hashed out in Part Two. In Part Three, Bravo offered a hotheaded crescendo, with the alley fight footage, and Porsha’s admission that she had been attending anger management classes. Two cast members admitted that they would not ever choose to confront Porsha in the future, and others claimed to be permanently braced for the worst. That’s Bravo-code for tiptoeing cast interaction, aka guarded or absent drama, when it comes to relating to Williams. Nene Leakes gave Porsha a mini-lecture, emphasizing that ratchet drama can be accomplished, minus the hands-on action. Shady Phaedra Parks proclaimed Porsha’s violent streak a condition that required treatment, and tried to sell that Porsha decided on her own, that she needed help.
Do you believe that the anger management intervention is making a difference? You be the judge. Porsha, while brazenly claiming “instant remorse,” [which viewers never witnessed] did not accept responsibility once, during the several mentions of the incidents. In fact, she tried to shift responsibility onto her victims, every chance that she got. Cynthia “didn’t understand” her, Kenya waved a scepter too close, and Jami was dubbed disrespectful enough to be pummeled into the asphalt. She deflected the criticism, by throwing out rumors, and changing the subject.
Every time the camera caught Porsha reaction to the blasts, she was rolling her eyes, or impatiently shifting in her seat. Not exactly the countenance of a remorseful woman, seeking enlightened change. She even looked mildly amused by the bonus alley footage. Kenya nailed it when she said,
“You blame everybody else for you losing control. They did this, Cynthia touched my wrist, Kenya had something pointed at me, Jami was disrespectful. Even sitting here now, for you to not take full responsibility for your behaviors shows that you are not “cured,” from being this angry, violent person.”
Andy Cohen, aka Bravo, “hopes” that Williams will continue her personal “work in progress.” Bravo wants viewers to know that they are aware of the problem, and have addressed the issue. Do you think that they will risk another season, on such a cast liability?