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Is Phaedra Returning to the Real Housewives of Atlanta?

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As the Real Housewives of Atlanta wraps up their 12th season with their reunion, rumors are circulating that a familiar face may be making a return to the show.

Rumors are that Phaedra Parks may be returning to the show as a “friend to the show,” meaning she will be on the program but not full-time.

Phaedra, as some may remember, left the show unceremoniously because of a lie she told on Kandi Burress to Porsha Williams.

Phaedra had told Porsha that Kandi and her husband Todd Tucker had planned on taking advantage of her (actually it was implied that they had intended to rape her). When Kandi heard about what Phaedra had said, she was devastated, and so was Porsha, who ended her friendship with Phaedra.

Phaedra got kicked off the show and hasn’t been seen at least on there since. Now, some cast members want to see her back on the show. One of those cast members is NeNe Leakes.

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NeNe told Entertainment Tonight she’d like to see Phaedra back with the other ladies to finish some unresolved issues.

“I would like to see her come on as, like, a friend of the show,” NeNe told ET. “Play around for a couple of episodes, because I still think there’s unfinished business there.”

“I think it is unfair for the rest of the cast to face people who they have issues with, and then she doesn’t get to face who she has an issue with,” NeNe continued. 

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“So, the one time she had a real issue with somebody, all of a sudden, they have to be off the show? So, I don’t think that part is fair, and I think it’s OK for me to speak my opinion about that, Kandi, and I will continue to do so.”

But not everybody wants Phaedra to return, including Kandi herself, who hinted last year she would leave the show if Phaedra is brought back in any capacity.

Now, NeNe may be only suggesting Phaedra come back to get under Kandi’s skin since they don’t get along at the moment and to dump Eva Marcille, whom NeNe said brings nothing to the show.

NeNe is the only original cast member left from season one, so her opinion has a lot of weight with the producers of the show, the question is how much influence does NeNe have? Time will tell.

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