On Sunday, their lives will open back up to America when The Real Housewives of Atlanta premieres for its fourth season
. And today, two of the housewives opened up about the risks and pressures that come along with being on reality TV.
NeNe Leakes is no stranger to going through a public divorce. Her televised divorce from Gregg Leakes on the third season of Real Housewives of Atlanta
gave her experience enough to empathize with Kim Kardashian's divorce from Kris Humphries.
"I was sad to hear the news," she told E! News
. "My heart goes out to her--and them. I hope it wasn't over because of one blow-up fight. You have to work at marriage and I know it's hard. But to be married just 72 days, I feel badly for them. Not everyone can deal with pressures of reality TV. It's about your career and not everyone can handle it."
When asked if she herself would ever have a televised wedding, she did not shy away from the idea.
"I don't know if I'd do a wedding on TV, like Kim," she said. "The producers always want you to do stuff, but I don't know. Never say never!"
NeNe isn't the only star of Atlanta that has qualms with their medium. Phaedra Parks also told The Associated Press
that she believes it to be at times responsible for setting a bad example.
"Unfortunately I do think that reality TV has spawned a whole culture of bullying," she told the AP. "I believe that the behavior you see on reality TV does not exactly exemplify how adults should be conducting themselves."
Examples of bullying can be found in nearly all of the Housewives
series (from the wives flipping tables to hiding another wife's crutches) which can probably be argued as to why it is so successful.
Phaedra also says that parents need to take most of the responsibility for what their kids see on TV but reality stars should share part of that responsibility.
"We have to say that violence is unacceptable," she said. "We have to learn to resolve our issues by communicating effectively."
But Atlanta housewife Kandi Burruss says that bullying outdates reality TV.
"A lot of people try to find reasons or ways to blame people or situations for their grief or sadness," Kandi said. "Personally, I think reality TV is a mimic of what's happening in real life, not the other way around. People have always had arguments, and there's always been cliques."Gina PusateriContributing Writer