Andy Cohen, the renowned host and executive producer of “The Real Housewives” franchise, showered praise on Kandi Burruss, hailing her as “one of the greats” after she announced her departure from “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” following 14 seasons. Burruss disclosed her decision during a red carpet interview at the 2024 Grammy Awards.
Reflecting on Burruss’s impact, Cohen celebrated her legacy, emphasizing her vital contributions to the show, personal journey, and the notable influence of a letter she penned to Bravo during the racial reckoning of 2020. He lauded her for embodying authenticity, competitiveness, and intelligence, highlighting her consistent commitment to being her genuine self on the show.
Burruss’s tenure on the show was marked by significant life events, including the loss of her former partner and the creation of memorable moments such as the infamous “dungeon.” Cohen also acknowledged her successful career as a Grammy-winning songwriter and performer, emphasizing her role in pivotal discussions during the racial reckoning.
In an Instagram post, Cohen shared images of himself with Burruss, dubbing her “one of the greats” and recognizing her status as a superstar. In her Variety interview, Burruss explained that after 14 seasons, she felt the need for a break to focus on other projects she’s currently involved in.
Despite Bravo’s delayed announcement of the new cast for “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” Burruss expressed enthusiasm for her upcoming ventures. Joining the show in 2009, she showcased her journey from being a member of the R&B group Xscape to evolving into a successful entrepreneur with restaurants and a sex toy company.
As Bravo undergoes casting changes, Burruss’s departure signifies the end of a significant era on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” and fans and colleagues alike are acknowledging her substantial impact on the franchise.