An ex-Real Housewives of Atlanta cast member has made it a point in the past to mention that her experience on the Real Housewives of Atlanta has been anything but pleasant. However, she hasn't gone into major detail on what exactly was the cause of the drama that led to her exit — until now.
According to Radar Online, Kim Fields spared no details on the experience, which she likens to a game of chess, in her new memoir, Blessed Life.
She started by explaining that she initially turned down the opportunity the first time around, questioning why the producers of the Bravo reality series were even considering her in the first place. However, after her agent set up a phone call between her and the show's producers a few days later, she was able to pose the question, herself, to the powers that be.
"Besides assuring me that I wasn't being punk'd, they acknowledged being aware the show was out of my wheelhouse," she wrote. "They had reasons: the cast was routinely shuffled, and they wanted to add a lighter tone, which they saw me providing. One of the company's top executives called the next day to emphasize their interest. They knew what I stood for, he said. They knew I was not going to engage in the show's trademark confrontations. They were good with that."
The executives were eventually able to get her and her husband on board to join the show, with her admitting that she saw "more positives than either of us imagined."
The Living Single star explained that she realized the show wasn't what she expected it to be when she made her introduction in the second episode of the season and realized she wasn't giving herself enough attention.
"There were highs and lows, a couple of fun moments, moments of feeling unsure of where I was going, but still in control... and I supposed no adventure is complete without a bit of danger," she wrote. "The truth of the matter was, I wasn't going to compromise who I am and what I'm about, how I roll nor my safety for the sake of a storyline."
She further admitted that she found it hard, at times, "to see some of the women, grown women, interacting the way they did on and for the show."
She ended her criticism by admitting that she loathed the filming process as she found sharing her reality in what she described as a "quasi-real reality" a "bizarre vibe." Furthermore, she slammed her former co-stars for being inauthentic before adding that, "for much of the filming [she] felt like [she] was in a chess game, constantly ready for and even trying to anticipate the moves of those in front of and behind the camera, while being strategic with [her] own, while staying a few moves ahead in [her] mind."
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