After Porsha Stewart attacked Kenya Moore at the "Real Housewives of Atlanta" reunion, many viewers of the show criticized Andy for not doing enough to stop the violence from happening. Specifically, many questioned why he allowed Kenya to bring and use her props, which provoked Porsha to the point of attack. After bowing to public pressure and issuing a new rule that the housewives would no longer be able to bring props to the reunion shows, Andy has decided to clamp down even more.
In an interview with OK! Magazine, published on Wednesday, May 7, Andy revealed that he now has a second rule - the housewives won't be allowed to even get off the couch when arguing with someone else. When asked about any new rules to keep the housewives in check during reunion shows, Andy said that in addition to no more props, no one will be allowed to get off the couch, unless it's for a break of course.
Andy revealed that he'll make sure that the housewives are clear on the rules by having "a more serious pre-show conversation" with them. He explained that before filming starts, he visits each housewife in her dressing room to see how she is and answer any questions that she may have. Clearly, these pre-show conversations will now concentrate more on what the housewives can and can't do rather than just a lax conversation about feelings.
While Porsha Stewart's attack on Kenya Moore, in which she pulled Kenya down and across the floor by her hair, is the first incidence of actual violence from one housewife to another housewife on a reunion show, things have gotten close to violent several times in previous reunion shows, both on "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" and the other "Real Housewives" shows.
In a previous Atlanta reunion, NeNe Leakes got off the couch to get in former housewife Kim Zolciak's face during a heated exchange. There's also that infamous incident when New Jersey housewife Teresa Giudice got up and seemed ready to attack Danielle Staub. When Andy got up to stop her, she threw him back down on his seat. In light of Andy Cohen's new rules, it seems that the women of "Real Housewives" will now just to use their mouths, rather than aggressive body language, to take their opponents down.