If Kandi Burruss of Real Housewives of Atlanta
thought the drama surrounding her comments about co-star Kim Zolciak
would be over once the group finally left Africa, she was sorely mistaken.
After the women landed back in Atlanta, Kandi continued to defend herself in regards to her alleged comments (we say "alleged" because Sheree alleges it, and we can see on the tape that Kandi never even used the words "black babies") about Kim. And last night, Kandi was on Watch What Happens Live
, defending herself some more
"I was really irritated by the whole situation," Kandi said of what happened on last night's episode
, when she was ambushed by Kim and Sheree. "Why would [Sheree] make it seem like she understood what I'm saying in the car but then hours later when we call Kim then you are going to make it seem like it was a racial thing."
Kandi, who made it clear
in the last few episodes that her comments about not being able to "see Kim in Africa" were not meant to be racial, called out Sheree for trying to stir the pot.
"It wasn't like Sheree was cheering for Kim when everybody was around. It wasn't like she was saying, 'Oh no, what you're saying about Kim is so wrong,'" Kandi said. "I didn't even know that Sheree had a problem with anything I said until that moment when she called Kim on the phone. They were all laughing in the car. No one said anything at the time to make me feel like I had said anything wrong."
Kandi did point out that she doesn't blame Phaedra Parks, co-star and fellow "Small," for staying neutral on the incident, and that the two are still close. In fact, Kandi said that if she were to return to Africa, Phaedra is the only Housewife she'd want to go with.
"I think it was safe for Phaedra to stay out of if," she said. "See that was a weird situation because typically the Smalls stick together. So that would have only made it worse if Phaedra had got in between. I guess it was best for her to just let me and Sheree deal with it ourselves."
Kandi believes that because the Smalls had been fighting so much over the "black baby" incident, some of Cynthia's behavior went unnoticed, including her instigation of the whole conversation, as well as how she played both the Small and Tall sides of the fence.
"Don't get me wrong, I like Cynthia. But that trip definitely showed me some things that I didn't notice before with Cynthia," said Kandi. "Like when we were in the car and she was saying all the different things she had to say about Marlo and then we sat at the table and she's like 'Oh I love Marlo.' I was like, are you kidding me? Did she just do that? It was amazing to me that nobody said anything. I'm still to this day wondering if NeNe and Marlo look back and say, 'What the hell?'"
Kandi says that despite the controversy, she still feels "tight" with her fellow Smalls, including Kim, whom Kandi has seen a "change in" since being a new mom and wife. Kandi says they've gotten past the incident. At least they agree on one thing: That Smalls should always band together in opposition to those crazy Talls. Gina PusateriContributing Writer(Image courtesy of Bravo)