Radio and TV Talk

Rodney Ho covers TV and radio, from Atlanta’s stations to the hottest “American Idol" news.

'Real Housewives of Atlanta' briefs: Apollo Nida restitution, Porsha Williams, Kandi Burruss

As a follow-up to his eight-year federal prison sentence last week, "Real Housewives of Atlanta" husband Apollo Nida is required to pay back virtually all the money he stole through his various financial schemes to the tune of $1.9 million. The restitution hearing occurred this week.

I'm not sure if he'll ever be able to pay all that back since his employment opportunities will be less than rosy once his term is up around 2022.

Once he's free at age 43, he will have to give authorities in restitution at least $250 a month and 25% of gross monthly income in excess of $2,300. At the minimum $250 a month, assuming no interest, it would take him 633 years to pay off what he is owed.

Even if the husband of Phaedra Parks managed to make $10,000 a month for the rest of his life, it would still take him 74 years to pay that off. He'd be 117 years old.

The institutions that he owes the most money to: JP Morgan Chase Bank ($828,000), Campus USA Credit Union ($277,000), and UP2Drive BMW Bank ($100,000).

He will be entering prison sometimes in the next few weeks.

Read about his sentencing here.

Read his restitution information here.


Porsha Williams appears on syndicated show "Dish Nation," seen in Atlanta on Fox 5 at midnight. CREDIT: Dish Nation

Porsha Williams has a great temporary gig working the Rickey Smiley Morning Show's "Dish Nation" segments. Claudia Jordan joined the show for the first time Tuesday as Ebony Steel's replacement but will focus on the four -hour radio show for now. Williams will continue to fill in for the near future for "Dish Nation." Staff said there is no date yet for Williams' last day. Smiley's show tapes its "Dish Nation" segments at Radio One headquarters in downtown Atlanta after the radio show is over. "Dish Nation," a nationally syndicated show, is seen on Fox 5 locally at midnight.


Kandi Burruss, the most popular of the "Real Housewives of Atlanta" cast mate based on polls I've done, had the best ratings ever for a wedding special on Bravo: 2.8 million viewers saw it as it aired. That was higher than the wedding episodes of Kim Zolciak and NeNe Leakes, which each drew about 2.3 million viewers.


Speaking of Kim Zolciak, her spinoff show returns tonight for a third season. I did not receive an advance screener. I may write something about it. I may not. Will anybody care?


NeNe Leakes is planning a clothing line for HSN. It's set to be available July 28.


Kenya Moore's mysterious "is he for real?" boyfriend will not be revealed anytime soon, she told StoS magazine. She feels publicizing it will ruin the relationship. She felt burned by "revealing" her "boyfriend" Walter Jackson season five. He later said he was a fake boyfriend and did it as a favor to Kenya.


Recommended for you

Recommended for you

Recommended for you

Most read

  1. 1 Police: Couple pretends to shop, then steals $19K Rolex watch
  2. 2 Toddler dies after 10 hours in hot car while mother allegedly hangs ou
  3. 3 2 injured after wreck; took 45 minutes to extricate one driver

About the Author

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

More from AJC