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Kim Zolciak ‘racism isn’t real’ comment on RHOA: Star issues apology

Kim Zolciak on the RHOA reunion
Kim Zolciak and NeNe Leakes with Andy Cohen on the RHOA reunion

Kim Zolciak has come under fire after the explosive third part of The Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion aired this past weekend. Adding her back for Season 10 was a huge gamble for Bravo, one they were willing to take to increase ratings.

During one of the episodes, Kim Zolciak and her daughter, Brielle Biermann, launched an attack on NeNe Leakes. It was alleged there were roaches in her home, something the reality star denies. A video was filmed while Biermann was in the Leakes’ home and blasted all over social media.

When it came time to film the reunion, Kim Zolciak was faced with everything that happened over the course of the season. Her only friend on the panel was Sheree Whitfield, though it is unclear if the two still remain friendly. When Andy Cohen went for it with Zolciak and the women, he got more than he bargained for.

Kim Zolciak has now issued an apology, first revealed by US Weekly, for her comment about racism not being “real”. In it she states that her words were taken out of context and edited heavily. Zolciak tries to explain that she was talking about how racism on social media didn’t exist 10 years ago when The Real Housewives of Atlanta began.

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During the last RHOA Reunion episode, I made a comment that confused and offended people. I sincerely apologize. 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. 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. 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. 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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In the wake of the social media outrage directed at Kim Zolciak, she has decided to pull the plug on filming for Don’t Be Tardy. That is the spinoff show she was given following her exit from The Real Housewives of Atlanta.

It is unclear what the future will hold for Zolciak and her family, especially where the Bravo network is concerned. Kim has been very vocal about being upset with how things went down on the reunion stage and she feels very attacked by the people she thought had her back.

Tiffany Bailey

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