This was originally posted on December 10, 2012 on Rodney Ho's AJC Radio & TV Talk blog
Walter Jackson appears to be a new cast member Kenya Moore's boyfriend on "Real Housewives of Atlanta."
Moore spends much of the time trying to get him to marry her and give her babies. Jackson always seems flummoxed by the requests and keeps begging her off. He also seems oddly unfazed when she flirts with other men in front of him.
Now we know why. He isn't really her boyfriend. Its all (gasp!) an act!
Jackson told Frank Ski and Wanda Smith on V-103 that they did date for three months three years ago. They lost touch but then in April, she texted him and said she was coming to Atlanta. "I was kind of surprised," he said.
She told him, "I'm going to be doing this show. What do you think of reality TV?"
"I don't know," he responded. "That's kind of a stretch there."
"What if you play my boyfriend on the show?" she asked him.
Jackson said he asked some friends if he should do it. They told him he should enjoy the 15 minutes of fame.
So he said yes. It's just like acting, Moore told him. (Moore herself? A terrible actress!)
He was surprised when he found out she kept pushing the m-word on the show.
She later claimed in the press that the reason he didn't marry her was because hes gay. He denied that to Ski and Smith. "I'm well established here. Gay has never been in the block," he said. "Why she would say that, I don't know."
"You are one of your own eligible bachelors in Atlanta," Ski said, noting that he runs a towing business and is an upstanding citizen. Ski has been friends with Jackson for years.
Jackson is dating another woman younger.
He said they portrayed him as is. "I'm laid back," he said. "They did a great job. I'm not here to bash the show." He said the producers had no idea they were faking it. "It was our secret," he said.