RHOA: Will the virtual reunion solve any issues or just throw more shade?

Cynthia Bailey, Porsha Williams, Andy Cohen, NeNe Leakes, Marlo Hampton (Photo by: Annette Brown/Bravo)
Cynthia Bailey, Porsha Williams, Andy Cohen, NeNe Leakes, Marlo Hampton (Photo by: Annette Brown/Bravo) /

It has been a whirlwind couple of months in the world of Bravo and one of the recent modifications for filming included a virtual reunion for RHOA.

While large gatherings and filming for all shows were promptly halted back in March, it left Bravo scrambling to find a way to safely wrap up seasons while the drama was still fresh.  The first franchise affected by this was The Real Housewives of Atlanta after their season wrapped in April.  There was so much left unsaid at the end of the RHOA season 12 that viewers couldn’t wait to see what happened.

Using that mute button generously!

Apparently, there was a ton of drama and Andy Cohen even muted NeNe Leakes and Eva Marcille when they wouldn’t be quiet.  I mean, imagine being able to mute NeNe at a regular reunion?!  But while that solves one issue, does it solve any of the others?  It feels like some arguments might remain un-argued because they simply didn’t have time for it in a digital format.  If this is NeNe’s last act as a housewife, was it enough?

You can check out the format for the RHOA reunion on BravoTV.com.  Within the first minute of the reunion, NeNe insinuated that she liked Kenya Moore’s alter ego, Ken, more than she did regular old Kenya.  But as we know, Kenya was only Ken around Marc Daly because she and Marc hated one another.

A dramatic exit

Nene reportedly “left” the set a few times by pointing her camera down and walking away.  Is this the same thing as the dramatic exit from the stage that they usually get to do?  How long was she gone after her exit?

And though it seems clear that NeNe and Porsha Williams formed some sort of alliance ahead of time, was it harder to orchestrate that virtually?  During a regular reunion taping, the ladies can make eyes at one another and change their body language if someone isn’t doing what they want – but that is much harder to read over the internet.

It also gives the ladies less pull based on their proximity to Andy.  Usually, the person closest to him is the safest in terms of hard questions.  With a virtual seating chart, no one is safe!  Will the cookie lady drama be glossed over?  Will NeNe’s open relationship (and alleged boyfriend?) be discussed?

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If nothing else, will Andy implement muting on normal sets so they can get through material faster?  I mean, he must love that power!  Who wouldn’t?!

The Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion airs May 10 on Bravo!