Reality television star Kim Zolciak Biermann is in a lot of hot water. She is being accused of making racist remarks against her former friend and “Real Housewives of Atlanta” co-star NeNe Leakes. The women have a long history of on again off again friendship. This time there’s no going back. I think it’s safe to say this friendship is over for good and this fight is the most ferocious one yet.
From the beginning of her reality television career on Bravo, Kim Zolciak Bierman bragged about her charmed life. Kim had many difficult years as a single mom before she became famous. Her luck turned around when she began an affair with a mystery (and married) man she called “Big Poppa.” Kim was showered in gifts, including a townhouse, by her boyfriend. When Kim was cast on the Bravo reality tv show “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” she had been seeing”Big Poppa” for a while. Each new gift was shown off to cast members on camera.
After Kim ended her affair with “Big Poppa,” she adopted the mantra “Ask, Believe, Receive.” Kim soon met her current husband, Atlanta Falcon Kroy Bierman, at Atlanta’s version of “Dancing with the Stars.” The couple married in a spin off special on Bravo called “Don’t Be Tardy For the Wedding.” The spin off was renewed and the title was shortened to “Don’t Be Tardy.” For six years viewers watched Kim and her growing family at their house in north metro Atlanta. Kim was already a mom to two girls (Brielle and Arianna, who were adopted by Kroy and took his last name) and she had four more children with Kroy.
Kim was asked back to “Real Housewives of Atlanta” for season 10 as a friend of the cast in 2017. Kim and co-star NeNe tried to repair their broken friendship on and off the show. This time the reconciliation never came. An all out war between the two women began when Kim’s daughter Brielle Biermann posted a video she made at NeNe’s house on social media. The video was of roaches she found in the bathroom at NeNe’s house. Allegedly Brielle sent the video only to Kim on Snapchat. During the cast trip to Spain one of the housewives talked to Kim on the phone in Atlanta (Kim opted out of the cast trip because it was a girls trip and the other ladies refused to let Kim bring Kroy with her on the trip). During the phone conversation Kim learned that NeNe was badmouthing her. In retaliation, Kim sent the roach video to her co-stars. Kim said that NeNe lives in a roach nest. NeNe blasted Brielle on Instagram saying “My home is Brand New but you guys were so jealous of it, you couldn’t even give a compliment. You had to stoop so low and be so disgusting #racisttrash #jealous.” The fact is because it is so hot in Atlanta in the spring and summer roaches try to get into any house looking for water. If NeNe had them in her bathroom is just a fact of living in Atlanta, not because there is a problem with her house.
The latest war between Kim and NeNe went nuclear on the reunion show for “Real Housewives of Atlanta” season 10. Kim’s costars came at her hard. NeNe and the other ladies told Kim that calling NeNe’s house roach nest is a racist comment. As Kim defended herself she dug herself a deep hole. Kim kept her composure during the taping of the reunion but afterwards backstage she had a complete meltdown. She lashed out to the show’s producer Andy Cohen. She told Andy on camera “This whole racism thing in this day in age is b——. Everyone of those m———— on that couch owe this world a f—— apology for this racism s—. They already tried to claim that s— long ago. Nobody bought into it then because the social media wasn’t there and racism wasn’t f—— all that real. You know it.” Kim went on to say that the ladies did not have one nice thing to say about her this season. Andy then said “There was nothing positive, unfortunately, in your story from the season. It was all combative, it was. Because your whole time on the show as combative, it was.”
Kim went silent on social media for a few days after the reunion aired. When she decided to break her silence she offered an apology to those who were offended with her comments. Kim released a statement via US Magazine. Kim’s started her apology saying she takes responsibility for her actions and words. She then blamed the editing of the show for the problems she created. Per US Magazine, Kim pulled the plug on continuing production of season seven of “Don’t Be Tardy.” A source told Radar Online that Kim’s refusal to film didn’t last long. She is contractually obligated to film the show and production is now back on track.
This is not the first time NeNe has accused Kim of being racist. She has long criticized Kim for the treatment of her African American assistant, Sweetie. Kim’s fans rallied around her. Sweetie had been loyal to Kim for many years. Sweetie worked for Kim long before she started appearing on “Real Housewives of Atlanta” in 2008. Kim said on the show that Sweetie even helped get her kids on and off the school bus while she was working two jobs. She was not under contract or forced to continue to work for Kim. Sweetie seemed to genuinely enjoy being with Kim and her family. They were almost joined at the hip and Sweetie was involved in every aspect of Kim’s life. Kim sometimes had a brash tone of voice when talking with Sweetie. This gave the impression she verbally abused her assistant. However, Sweetie had a voice of her own! It was the same type of relationship Karen Walker had with Rosario Salazar on “Will and Grace.”
Kim has always had a loyal fan base despite being involved in scandals. The ratings for “Don’t Be Tardy” season seven will determine if Kim’s fans are still on her side and if do in fact think she is a racist. Time will soon tell.