Monday, April 30, 2018

Kyle Richards Comes To Kim Zolciak-Biermann’s Defense After RHOA Reunion Racism Remarks; Says She Is Welcome To Join RHOBH — Marlo Hampton Thinks Kim’s Actions ‘Appeared As Racism’

Kyle Richards and Marlo Hampton reacted to Kim Zolciak-Biermann's controversial racism remarks. “Oh my gosh, I do not think she’s racist, I do not,” the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kyle told TMZ.

“I love watching her on her show with her kids and her family,” Richards continued, referring to RHOA spinoff Don’t Be Tardy. “That reunion was actually really brutal, but you know what, I’m friends with NeNe [Leakes], I’m friends with Kim, I know all the girls … We would welcome Kim Zolciak in Beverly Hills, for sure.”



Meanwhile, RHOA's Friend of the Housewives, Marlo Hampton told TMZ that she thinks Zolciak’s actions “appeared as racism.”

“The things that Kim said and her actions, you know, appeared as racism. And in our community the things that came out of her mouth, it just didn’t rub us right, period,” Hampton said in a video to the site, published on Thursday. “You don’t send a video that says roaches … Where we’re from that means that you’re poor, you’re dirty, you live in the projects.”



The news comes just days after Bravo aired part 3 of the explosive RHOA season 10 reunion. At the end of the episode, Kim called host and executive producer Andy Cohen into the bathroom to express her frustration over the way she was treated by him and co-stars NeNe Leakes, Kandi Burruss, Kenya Moore, Cynthia Bailey, Sherée Whitfield and Porsha Williams.

If you recall, after the reunion wrapped, Kim, Kroy and reunion host and Housewives executive producer Andy Cohen and several others were in the bathroom for a candid conversation.


During the aired portions, Kim said, "This whole racism thing in this day and age is bulls—t. Everyone one of those motherf—kers on that couch owes this world a f—kin' apology for this racism s—t. They already tried to claim that s—t long ago, Sheree [Whitfield], as you know. Nobody really bought into it because social media wasn't there and racism wasn't all that f—king real. And you know it."

“How much can a person take? There wasn’t even one positive question for me,” Zolciak told Cohen, who responded, “There was nothing positive, unfortunately, in your story from the season. It was all combative.”

Following the episode, Kim released a statement apologizing and clarifying her racism comments, claiming that her comments were edited out of context. 

“During the last RHOA reunion episode, I made a comment that confused and offended people. I sincerely apologize,” the Bravo personality, 39, said in a statement on Thursday, April 26, via her publicist Jack Ketsoyan. “Edited out of context, I understand why my remark angered people. Racism is a sad reality in the United States. It has been prevalent throughout our country’s history. Let me be very clear, I do NOT support, tolerate or put up with any form of racism, hate or other discrimination. My love for ALL people runs deep — I am open to all and always have been.”

She continued, “I was heartbroken when I watched the last few minutes of the episode and saw how my words were taken out of context. My comment that seemingly ‘racism didn’t exist 10 years ago’ was made as part of a larger, emotional 45-minute conversation about how, sadly, social media has become a hub for hate. Immediately following my confusing comment, I also said that ‘it’s not as real as it is now,’ referring to the power of social media. But those remarks didn’t make the show.”

“I believe that social media has made a centuries-old issue more real,” Zolciak added. “Before social media, the public simply observed the news. Now, the public actively participates and has an opportunity to take action — in real time. But this is a double edged sword. Now, when false accusations are made, they are amplified by online platforms regardless of their merit. This wasn’t the case 10 years ago when I started on RHOA.”

She concluded, “I truly pray that the people wishing horrible things on others, and on me, channel that energy into something positive. Our world would be a much better place if you do. I am committed to making this world a better place to live. I will continue to learn from, and be open to, ALL people.”

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