Xscape’s Kandi Burruss joins Real Housewives of Atlanta, and so may Big Poppa

The Real Housewives of Atlanta has added Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Kandi Burruss to its cast, presumably to replace fired cast member DeShawn Snow.

Bravo said in a press release that she “is a Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter who resides in Atlanta with her live-in fiancé and six-year-old daughter Riley,” and “is a former member of the platinum-selling musical group ‘Xscape,’ and won a Grammy Award for her work on TLC’s mega hit ‘No Scrubs.’”

First-season cast members Kim Zolciak, Lisa Wu Hartwell, NeNe Leakes, and Sheree Whitfield will also return for the second season, which is now in production but doesn’t yet have a debut date.

There may be one other new and notable cast member, too: Kim’s secret boyfriend, who’s known on the show as Big Poppa. Although she “called off her engagement to her married man after season one of the show wrapped, but the twosome has apparently since rekindled their romance,” The New York Daily News reports, and he’s now “living with her.” Citing “an insider,” the paper says that’s evidence he “may appear on the next season.”

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