THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA -- Pictured: (l-r) Dennis McKinley, Porsha Williams -- (Photo by: Annette Brown/Bravo)
Photo: Bravo/Annette Brown/Bravo
Photo: Bravo/Annette Brown/Bravo

Interview: Porsha Williams has new Bravo spinoff show and is open to having Phaedra, Kenya back on ‘RHOA’

Originally posted Thursday, April 25, 2019 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Porsha Williams’ journey on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” has been like the weather in Atlanta: hot one moment, cold the next; flashes of thunder and lightning followed by clear skies. 

Over the seasons, she’s divorced. She’s dated. She learned what the Underground Railroad was. She attacked Kenya Moore during a reunion show. She bought a cool house in Duluth. She lost her peach one season. She nabbed a great “Dish Nation” TV gig. She got played by Phaedra Parks

Fortunately, it’s sunny in Porsha Land now, courtesy of her new beau and entrepreneur Dennis McKinley. Bravo is celebrating her new daughter Pilar with a three-part spin-off  show called “Porsha’s Having a Baby,” debuting at 8 p.m. Sunday, April 28.

Pilar was born March 22 and after a month, Porsha said in an interview earlier this week, that she was already loving pictures taken of her. (Future reality star?) 

As for the show itself, “I didn’t really know it would be possible,” Porsha said. “We were talking about doing it during my third trimester. I didn’t know if I’d have the energy. I heard horror stories about the third trimester. But it worked out and we got a lot of the journey on camera.”

This is the first time Porsha has been in the lead role of a show, in a sense, as opposed to an ensemble. But she said her support this time was her family and they rose to the occasion. 

“We had unexpected dramas with the moms,” Porsha said. “Dennis’ mom and my mom. My family showed up and showed out. I really feel like they made the show.”

And because of the cameras, she said some tough issues were aired out that might otherwise had been buried. 

As for the two other ladies on the show who had had spinoffs, Kandi Burruss and NeNe Leakes, guess which one was more supportive? “NeNe actually seemed bothered I had a spinoff,” Porsha said. “Kandi sent me a congratulations.”

Several of the “RHOA” ladies showed up at her baby shower (not NeNe.) Cynthia Bailey, Shamea Morton and Eva Marcille popped by, along with Marlo Hampton. (Porsha is mystified why Marlo hasn’t gotten a peach yet: “She makes herself a story line. She gets in other people’s business and does a good job.”)

Despite the fact Porsha is 37 and had a relatively high-risk pregnancy, everything went smoothly, she said: “I had a good pregnancy. I can’t even complain.” She is resting for now but is already thinking about baby No. 2. 

And though “RHOA” is driven by perfectly coiffed hair, spotless makeup and uber fashionable clothing, Porsha isn’t quite ready to hit the gym to ready herself for season 12. Production begins in a few weeks. “You will get big, fluffy Porsha,” she said. “That’s what you get.”

She also described why she and Dennis hit it off so quickly.

“We had an instant spark,” she said. “We are both comfortable. We are right where we want to be. We were ready to have a family. We were ready to settle down. The chemistry matches. The energy matches. I’ve never had anyone I could love like this and trust like this before.”

A good sign was how she didn’t get too upset during the season when Kandi spread rumors about Dennis and the fact he has tattoos of ex girlfriends on his body. Porsha on the show more or less joked it off. “You can’t throw a good man away over a damn tattoo,” she said. 

Porsha said the special “really dives into the psyche of a brand new mom, how my past seeps in there. This baby happened just as Dennis and I were getting to know each other. We have to deal with that. We went to counseling to fortify our relationship. We’re stronger because of it. Even with the drama on the show, our love pulls us back together. We are now in a good place.”

Porsha also said Dennis dealt with criticism while shooting season 11 of “RHOA” and made efforts to improve as opposed to get needlessly defensive. “He saw that we have to communicate better,” she said. 

There have been rumors that “RHOA” will bring back Kenya Moore and possibly Phaedra for season 12. 

Porsha is open to either or both returning. “I want this show to be successful,” she said. “I think people definitely want to see Kenya’s journey. They want to see her now. I feel like a lot of people also want Phaedra back and see her dynamics in the group.” 

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Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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