Raise your hand if you were shocked when you found out TV icon, Kim Fields was joining the cast of The Real Housewives of Atlanta? You couldn’t have been more surprised than Wendy Williams who was an avid fan of Kim’s roles as Regine on Living Single and Tootie on The Facts of Life.
Kim recently appeared on The Wendy Williams show to set the record straight. Before she could even fully sit down, Wendy was ready with the 1,2 punch, “Why would you want to swim in the gutter?” referring to the low brow cattiness of RHOA.
The veteran actress shared that she had been previously asked to appear on other reality shows and even have her own series but RHOA was “the biggest platform.” She added, “When this opportunity came up it became, ‘Go big or go home. If you’re gonna put your toe in the water, put your toe in the Atlantic or the Pacific Ocean.”
Wendy wanted to know what Kim’s mother, fellow actress and manager Chip Fields felt about her daughter doing reality TV? “First of all, she was like ‘They called you?! And then she said, ‘Baby, if you can be light, then be light. Take care of my babies, take care of your man. You do what you want to do.’ And she understood the whole idea of the adventure of it, but she said, ‘Get in and get out.’ so to speak.”
Wendy noted that reality TV is oftentimes the demise of families and friendships so she agreed with the “get in and get out” theory. Kim wanted Wendy and fans to rest assured that the cameras didn’t change her.
“The woman that you all have helped to raise in your own way by pouring into my career and my spirit, that’s the same chick that shows up [on RHOA] I’m true to myself. We gonna do us” she said.
Check out the interview below. Season 8 of RHOA premieres Sunday, November 8th on Bravo.