EXCLUSIVE: Details On Which “Real Housewives of Atlanta” Cast Members Will Return

There’s always a lot of speculation about cast changes on the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” each season.

Just like last year, AlwaysAList.com has learned exclusively that Bravo intends to keep the entire cast of primary cast members for the reality series.

A source close to the network tells us that NeNe Leakes, Kandi Burruss, Phaedra Parks, Cynthia Bailey, Kenya Moore and Porsha Stewart are all expected to return for season seven.

Contracts for “Real Housewives of Atlanta” are not typically negotiated until after the ladies shoot their reunion episodes, but as of now Bravo plans to keep this entire ensemble in tact.

Kandi Burruss & Phaedra Parks

AlwaysAList.com has also learned that Bravo apparently has no intentions on making adjacent characters Marlo Hampton, Mynique Smith and Natalie Macklin full time cast members.

Neither Smith nor Macklin should return in any capacity next season. No word on whether Hampton will resume her unpaid role as Moore’s friend for season seven.

Bravo is actually casting for potential new additions for next season. A casting notice seeking a “fashionable, glamorous” woman “married or in a long-term relationship” and who has “real wealth” who can “talk the talk and knows how to bring” has been issued.

Cynthia Bailey

“Real Housewives of Atlanta” is Bravo’s highest-rated series. The show, which regularly ranks in the top 10 of overall cable shows each week, garnered record-breaking numbers for the franchise this season.

Cast members have been apologetic for a two-episode scene that saw a fight between Park’s husband Apollo Nida and Moore’s friend Brandon Deshazer.

“I want to apologize on behalf of the whole cast, because it was really hard to watch this fight,” cast member Bailey told host Andy Cohen during an appearance on his “Watch What Happens Live” talk show. “I’ve been on this show for four years and never, ever in the history of the whole show has anyone laid hands on each other.  I didn’t like it. I didn’t think it was a good look, and it was unfortunate because we were having a really great time until the fight.”

None of the female cast members on “Real Housewives of Atlanta” have ever been involved in a physical altercation on the show. We’re told that the cast was extremely unhappy with the direction of the show this season.

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