Bravo’s ratings giant The Real Housewives of Atlanta aired its reunion show this past Sunday. Let me just say that I am a huge fan of the reality reunion shows. It makes the cast rehatch all the drama that was portrayed throughout the season and the best part is: they have to say it to each other faces! I have been hearing for weeks about Porsha Williams’ firing from the popular show because of a brawl that she had with fellow cast mate, Kenya Moore. Kenya Moore has been stirring the pot all season with sneaky and hurtful comments. Most of the cast had taken to magazine interviews and their own blogs to discuss their disgust with the former beauty queen. Moore is definitely a villain, but what reality show does not have villain? It is a TV formula that has proven its works over and over again. The audience loves to hate a villain.
So what’s the problem?
Bravo aired the fight between Moore and Williams on Sunday, and it was a car accident that you could not look away from. You could see Williams break down after throwing the first punch and Moore getting dragged across the floor. It was horrific! It was good for ratings, but bad PR. So whose brand is damaged? Is it Kenya’s or Porsha’s? I believe Bravo’s brand has suffered. Andy Cohen who is behind The Real Housewives franchise said the fight was disgusting, and they do not condone violence. I find this statement to be contradictory. If you are going to communicate with your publics about not condoning violence then make sure the actions of the network are aligned with that statement. The network showed the fight between these two housewives, and showed Williams emotional break down. I felt the embarrassment of even watching that terrible event. I thought it was terrible that Bravo aired a very distasteful event for ratings. The reunion show did bring in big numbers for the network, but was it worth it?
I have not found confirmed reports about Williams firing, but I also feel that this is a bad move on Bravo’s behalf. I do not condone violence at all! I believe in crafting powerful words to get your point across, and not by using your fists. I think Williams should not be fired if Moore is not going to be fired. Moore provoked and taunted Williams throughout the reunion. I believe both of these ladies should be punished for their awful behavior. This will show Bravo’s commitment to not tolerating violence. I have not heard any reports because Moore’s job being in jeopardy. I told you Moore brought the drama, so she brought the ratings. By not firing Moore along with William then they are favoring ratings over than the message they are sending to viewers. I understand that it is important for Bravo to compete with other networks that have the same formula of show like Mob Wives and Basketball Wives. After going under major backlash for showing numerous violent altercations, both shows have stopped showing these fights. I believe Bravo should follow this trend if they do not want to experience the heat that VH1 did.
Did Bravo Make the right choice by airing the fight?