The 'RHOA' Reunion Rules Seem Like Bravo Is Being Forced to Ruin What Makes Reunions Special
The new season of RHOA just showed the entire cast making up. Even Porsha and Kenya managed to apologize to one another and bury the hatchet. But if the ladies are getting along, that's should make for a super boring reunion, right? Well, don't be too sure about that, because Bravo may be adding extra security to the RHOA reunion set, according to Radar Online (so take this with a grain of salt). There was no actual document released, just rumors from an "insider," but more security guards and specialized rules do sound like Bravo's answer to the fear of actual assault charges being levied against RHOA cast members.
We'll have to wait to find out whether or not these extra measures were necessary for a little while, since Real Housewives of Atlanta isn't even halfway through Season 7 yet, but it could honestly go either way. Kenya is enough of a drama queen to insist upon these increased measures even if everything is still great between them come reunion time. But everything that's come out since the summer, like NeNe and Cynthia's renewed feud or NeNe refusing to donate to Kenya's chosen charity, is resolved. I guess if the show is going to become super boring, Bravo could be leaking this rumor to keep viewers watching.
But I don't like the looks of these supposed rules. The way I see it, there's a chance that these measures will end up sowing even more conflict between these women. What if they don't allow Kandi to get up to grab a snack, or mess up Cynthia's hair when they pat it down looking for concealed weapons? Looking at some of the alleged rules, and they seem like they could end up doing just as much harm as good:
This has been the rule ever since Kenya's megaphone got pulled out last year. But we've already sacrificed a lot of great television in the name of physical safety: We missed out on Real Housewife of The OC Vicki pulling out a bunch of files to prove how Brooks is actually a really great guy and RH of NY Ramona taking out the glass she threw at Kristen to demonstrate why it's totally no big deal. Not fair.
No Musical Chairs
The ladies can't decide to switch seats anymore. I don't necessarily understand this one from a security standpoint. If two ladies are starting to eye one another, then why not move them apart? And sometimes, like fourth graders hopped up on apple juice, two friends just can't stop talking and you need to separate them in order to properly hear what's going on. The seating chart nearly sunk the RHONJ reunion.
No Walking Off
I guess Teresa Giudice really did have her final reunion appearance this year, because she loves to get up and walk around when she hears something that she doesn't like.
Oh, so they want to ruin everything about reunion specials. I get it, Bravo, you just don't care about us.
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