October 14, 2010 04:00 PM by Sarah_Monson
Bravoâ€™s hit show The Real Housewives Of Atlanta has been one the of the most successful “housewives” franchises to date. In light of the less than stellar ratings the DC show got, the Real Housewives Of Atlanta ladies might have felt the need to step it up a little for the third season. This, unfortunately, was not something that Lisa Wu-Hartwell wanted to do. So she left the show. Now, sheâ€™s come forward to make some pretty bold statement about her time on the show. Conveniently, just in time for her new book to come out early November.
Said the former housewife:
There comes a time in your life where times change, seasons change and itâ€™s time for something new. On reality television shows, when it gets so well loved, the desire and the need to be on top is always there. The first season of Real Housewives Of Atlanta was very organic. What you see is what you got and thatâ€™s exactly how it happened. The second season we had the ratings, so you wanted to keep them there so the producers want to stir the pot a bit. Our ratingsâ€”we were killing everybody so itâ€™s like we gotta stay on top so they had Ð° thought of where they want their characters to go and they forget that weâ€™re not characters in a show weâ€™re real people living our lives. And sometimes people want to turn you into a character of your former self and Iâ€™m just not willing to perform or make something that isnâ€™t there.
She continued to explain:
They have Ð° thought of who they want you to be and you can only take for so long and thatâ€™s why I said itâ€™s time to go because Iâ€™m not willing to compromise my integrity. Itâ€™s like all Black people donâ€™t act this way and itâ€™s unfortunate that we feed into those stereotypes sometimes. I know you donâ€™t want to watch paint dry. I get it. But itâ€™s a fine line between performing and acting aâ€™ fool. I had very real moments, I got upset on the reunion show but at the end of the day thereâ€™s a time and a place for everything. I have other aspects of my life that are fascinating as you can guess but this is reality you’re not gonna tell me what I should focus on. SÎ¿ it comes a point where the pressure from the producers – they want to keep those ratings high so theyâ€™re like this is whatâ€™s going on this season and Iâ€™m like wait a minute, this is supposed to be reality television and some things Iâ€™m not willing to compromise. YÎ¿Ï… have to have integrity and stand up for what you believe in and I refuse to make things that are not there for the sake of ratings because I still have to live my life when the show is over.
If you think youâ€™ll miss Lisa, then be sure to pick up her new book, When Cake Is Made, out November 1st in bookstores everywhere. Itâ€™ a work of fiction about three women who all have drama going on but come together to help a friend in need.
Um, kinda sounds like Real Housewives Of Atlanta. The first half, anyway!
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