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Cynthia Bailey Reveals Why She Believes A ‘Real Housewives’ Mashup Series Is A ‘Brilliant’ Idea!

Cynthia Bailey is reacting to the news about a Real Housewives All-Stars series, which is reportedly in development at NBCUniversal's Peacock.

“I cannot tell you that much about it. Bravo has not officially released that information yet, but I can say that I think it’s a brilliant idea,” the Real Housewives of Atlanta star told Us Weekly. “I think the fans have been waiting for something like this for a long time. … For someone who’s been on the show for so long, I kind of know what to expect when I go in a house with these ladies, but I would have no idea what to expect if I had ladies from different franchises that I had to go into a house with. So, I think it’s a great idea. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens.”

She continued, “I think the fans have been waiting for something like this for a long time. You know, even with me being bicoastal, I often get my fans [saying], ‘Oh, we want you to go to Beverly Hills and play with them,’ but they still want me to be in Atlanta. So, I always thought it’d be kind of great to crossover anyway and shoot sometimes with Beverly Hills ‘cause I am in a bicoastal relationship and marriage, definitely.”

Cynthia then revealed which Real Housewives cast members she would want to be stuck in a house with - if she joined the series.

“I’m actually friends with a few of the ladies like Luann [de Lesseps] and Melissa Gorga. I love Teresa [Giudice]. I love Erika Jayne, I think she would be a hoot to film with because I’m kinda, like, low-key obsessed with her Instagram — totally. I’ve known Garcelle [Beauvais] for years, we definitely talk,” she explained. “I love Kyle [Richards]. We worked together a lot. I think Ramona [Singer] would be really interesting to be in a house with because you know good and well, like … she’s just funny to me and she definitely brings her own share of just drama. I guess she cracks me up.”

Bailey added, “We’ll see what happens. I would love the opportunity to be a part of something like that again because I think it’s something that the fans have been looking forward to seeing.”

Last week, PEOPLE revealed that a Real Housewives All-Stars series is currently in development at NBCUniversal streaming service Peacock. 

Sources share that Bravo has been toying with the idea of a Real Housewives “all-stars" spinoff for quite some time, with talk ramping up when Peacock entered the mix. Some women were contacted in late 2019/early 2020 to test the temperature on the idea, which would see cast members -- potentially both past and present -- from various cities take a trip together.

“The trips are always the most memorable part of any season of Housewives, so it makes total sense they’d want to do this,” the source told Entertainment Tonight. “If the women want to do it is another question.”

Sources tell the outlet that the original idea was to turn a week or weeks-long getaway into a limited series, which could be repeated with new women in new locations if successful.

Production on the potential show might look a lot like the fifth season of Bravo’s Summer House, which shot for six weeks straight with cameras on the cast 24/7 under strict COVID-19 protocols. Bravo is replicating that format with Winter House, a spinoff set to go into production in the coming weeks which will feature cast members from both Summer House and Southern Charm.

The Jasmine Brand was the first to report the news about the new limited series. While it’s not clear who will take part in the series, the outlet reports that “eight to ten ladies will go on a trip and stay in a home together at a tropical location.”

Meanwhile, casting details about the upcoming series has been revealed courtesy via The Blast.

Reporter Anthony Dominic is sharing more details about the spin-off. Sources reveal to Dominic that producers are reportedly looking at adding Cynthia Bailey, Kenya Moore, Kyle Richards, Lisa Rinna, Melissa Gorga, Ramona Singer, Sonja Morgan, and Teresa Giudice.

He tweeted, “I’m told the Housewives spin-off will likely film for 1 week in April. The location will be Mexico or somewhere tropical. Potomac not expected due to filming overlap. Names I’ve heard being discussed are Cynthia, Melissa G, Kenya, Kyle, Rinna, Ramona, Sonja, Teresa but not final.”

He added, “They want roughly 10 women. Some Housewives are upset because they want Bravo to take their time and let women out of filming their franchise seasons to film this show if they are a star, but as of now Bravo isn’t letting them. #bravotv.”


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