So many shake-ups with the cast of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta." As we reported back in April, rumors that realtor and all-around entrepreneur Lisa Wu Hartwell had left the cast and that attorney Phaedra Parks and model Cynthia Bailey had joined have gone unconfirmed by Bravo for months.
On Thursday (August 19), original cast member Nene Leakes tweeted, "Season 3 of 'The Real Housewives of Atlanta' begins Monday, October 4th @ 9pm. Here we are! Enjoy."
Then lo and behold, she attached the above picture confirming the cast changes and now Bravo confirms to Zap2it that this is the new cast.
On the far left, is Parks and sandwiched between original cast members Sheree Whitfield and Kim Zolciak is newcomer Bailey. She must have gotten a weave since we last saw her.
Wu Hartwell will still appear in Season 3, but she has been demoted to a recurring guest role.
Here are the descriptions of the new women as per Bravo's confirmation:
Cynthia Bailey - Glamorous Cynthia resides in Atlanta with her 10-year old daughter, Noelle. The Alabama-born beauty moved to New York City 18 years ago to pursue her dream of modeling. Her very first booking was the cover of Essence, but that was only the beginning. From major fashion features to the runways of Paris and Milan Fashion Weeks and from staring in a movie opposite Sandra Bernhardt to a guest role on the Cosby Show, Cynthia has had an enviable career path.
Cynthia joins the Housewives at a pivotal time in her relationship with her boyfriend of three years, Peter Thomas. He has issued her an ultimatum, and though Cynthia has always been independent and financially comfortable, she must come to terms with her marriage hang-ups or risk losing him for good. Already a close friend of Nene's, their friendship deepens as together they struggle through relationship issues with the men in their lives.
Phaedra Parks - Phaedra is a celebrated entertainment attorney who lives in the historic Vinings area. She is the Managing Partner of The Parks Group, P.C., an Atlanta based boutique law firm that caters nationally to entertainers and athletes. An active member of the community, Phaedra, a self-proclaimed "Southern Belle," sits on numerous boards and is involved in multiple charities.
A friend of Dwight and Kandi's, Phaedra arrives on the Housewives scene under scrutiny. Phaedra's marriage to her younger husband, Apollo, is the subject of much gossip because of his stint in prison for a "white collar crime." She is expecting her first child with Apollo and has thrown herself into planning the perfect southern baby shower.
Watch a preview of Season 3 below:
What do you think of the new ladies, Zappers?