The ratings for “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” have been on the decline for the last several seasons and season 11 is no exception. It appears the absence of Kenya Moore hasn’t helped matters but her pal and current cast member Kandi Burruss is hopeful the new mom will return to the show.
“I wasn’t happy about Kenya not being here,” Burruss tells Hip Hollywood in an interview uploaded online Sunday, Nov. 4. “But, with that being said, I feel like everything happens for a reason and I feel like more than anything she really needed to just focus on having a healthy pregnancy. Because this is something she’s wanted forever and ever.
“And I think she’ll probably come back next year, hopefully,” Burruss added softly. “I’m gonna speak it into existence.”
And although Moore made her exit from the show official in October when she told The Daily Dish she “decided to take this season off to focus on my high-risk pregnancy in a healthy and drama free environment,” that doesn’t mean viewers won’t see the former Miss USA winner at all this season.
Burruss added that she “twisted her arm” to appear on the show, something she also disclosed to “Entertainment Tonight.”
“Well, she does pop up. She does pop up once, to my begging, of course,” Burruss said of Moore, who gave birth to baby Brooklyn Daly the same day RHOA’s new season debuted. “I just was like, ‘You know, Kenya, people got to see you at least once.’ So I kinda twisted her arm … Everything happens for a reason. This is a time she needed to focus on her baby and being healthy. But do I feel like she should be back, or that she would be back? Yes!”