‘The Bachelor’ star gets a second chance on ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta’
In the second episode of season six of “The Real Houses,” the cast and producers of the Bravo hit show have a chance to take another look at the season that ended on a cliffhanger, when Alicia Menendez, who won a $3 million payout for her performance on season three, was left without a housewife following a string of allegations against her.
“We were like, ‘Wow, the housewives were going to come back and say they did not see this,'” executive producer and showrunner Joe Bernstein told Variety.
“They did not know that she was going to be on the show.”
Menendez was one of the biggest breakout stars of the series, earning her Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Host for Season 5 and winning the season finale for her portrayal of an immigrant who returns home to the United States to find her son, who has cerebral palsy, is learning English.
“She was going through a very difficult time,” Bernstein said.
“Her husband had a stroke.
She had a seizure, which is very serious.
We have a family crisis.
She was very devastated.”
The show’s creator, David Giuntoli, told Variety that “Alicia Menendez did not deserve this.”
“It is a slap in the face to Alicia and it’s a slap to all of us,” he said.
Bernstein said that the producers took the opportunity to re-imagine the season in a way that would be a much different story for the housewife.
“It was the most fun season we’ve had, because we were like ‘We can’t do that,'” he said of the two-episode episode that aired Sunday.
“A lot of things are not true anymore.”
Mencia’s departure was not announced in advance.
“The real Housewives,” which premiered on Bravo in 2015, had a total of seven episodes and was followed by season nine.
“Real Housewives” Season 7 premieres on Sept. 21.
“Reality,” the next season of the hit show, premieres Sept. 17.