Reality TV fanatics are patiently waiting for Peacock to announce the premiere date of their upcoming Real Housewives spin-off — and according to Cynthia Bailey, it will be worth the wait.
In an exclusive interview with OK!, the Real Housewives of Atlanta star, 54, opened up about what fans can expect from the series — and reveals one of the cast members she butt heads with.
First and foremost, don’t expect it to follow the same typical format seen on the Bravo franchise. “There’s a bunch of breaking the fourth wall. It’s a completely different formula. For me, it was interesting, I was excited to be a part of the first one,” Bailey says. “The first one is always special because it sets the tone for the other shows that will come behind us, the other mash-ups that will hopefully happen — and we set the bar high, believe me.”
In May, RHOA’s Bailey and Kenya Moore, RHONY’s Luann de Lesseps and Ramona Singer, RHONJ’s Teresa Giudice and Melissa Gorga, and RHOBH’s Kyle Richards touched down in Turks and Caicos, where they filmed the spin-off. Though Bailey admits filming in this type of situation was “like going in blindly,” she went into it under the impression that her pals — Moore and de Lesseps — would “maybe have my back.”
However, it seems that wasn’t the case. “As it turned out, once we got there, things kind of changed. Some friendships kind of changed and I definitely ended up bumping heads with a couple of people,” she admits. “I’m generally a team player, I [like] peace, but I’m all about reciprocity and I felt like I wasn’t getting the same energy and support that I was giving out so we had to talk about it.”
In fact, the drama inspired Bailey's infamous alter ego to come out: “Let’s just say 50 Cynt had to take a little trip to Turks and Caicos.”
Though the Carry-on Baggage: Our Nonstop Flight author initially stayed mum on which cast members she locked horns with, she confirmed speculation that she and Richards didn’t exactly hit it off.
“She’s definitely one of the people I bumped heads with,” she admits.
“Here’s the thing: I like Kyle, and we have tons of friends in common, but we definitely had a moment,” the TV personality continued, “and that moment lasted a little longer than it needed to.”
Still, there’s no hard feelings — especially in the world of reality television. “By the end of the trip I felt like we were in a good place,” she adds. “I really like Kyle a lot and I’m glad she’s part of the mash-up, even though we mashed it up!”
Besides the highly anticipated series, Bailey — who married husband Mike Hill in October — has other things in the works. In addition to tending to The Bailey Wine Cellar and The Bailey Room, and her partnership with Seagram’s Escapes, she's also focusing on acting. "I have a recurring role on BET's Games People Play playing Ndasia, and I'll be popping up on that some more, so I'm excited about that," she tells OK!. "And I just recently shot a show from Freeform. The star of that show is Ally Sheedy, and it's a dark comedy, which was really challenging for me ... I play one of her friends [who is] part of a book club group."
"You get to see me in an entirely different light," she says of her current projects, "and it turns out, I may have some really good acting chops."