by Alyssa Toomey | Tue., Apr. 22, 2014 2:37 PM
The nasty brawl between Real Housewives of Atlanta star's Porsha Williams and Kenya Moore undoubtedly made waves, but was their blowup really all that surprising considering the long-standing feud between these two throughout the season (not to mention Kenya's pesky megaphone prop)?
Yes, according to Bravo producer Andy Cohen, who witnessed the drama go down firsthand.
"Call me crazy guys but I didn't see that coming," he wrote on Twitter after the epic fight aired. "I hear y'all about the props but at the time I didnt see that result coming"
And when one Twitter user questioned his remarks, writing, "@Andy Why didn't you see it coming? Stop it," the host replied, "the idea of two women are going to get physical isn't top of mind for me. Sorry. If I saw it coming I would've stopped it sooner."
Fair enough. As a result of the physical altercation, Williams was charged with battery, while Kenya has threatened to quit the show if Porsha returns. A source close to the show also told E! News it's "highly doubtful" Kenya and Porsha will both return, but Bravo has yet to decide who will stay or who will go.
Bravo isn't commenting, but ultimately, the final decision will be up to the producers and the network.
Meanwhile, civil rights group ColorofChange has spoken out about the organization's perception of Bravo's "continued reliance on violent, stereotypical images of Black folks."
"We are deeply troubled by the bullying and the physical violence that took place on the Real Housewives of Atlanta Reunion," the group said in an exclusive statement to E! News. "More alarming than the confrontation itself is the unwillingness of Bravo network executives like Andy Cohen to take responsibility for staging and profiting from a hostile and toxic environment. The fighting is an inevitable result of Bravo's business model and has become a disturbing trend that extends beyond the RHOA cast across most of Bravo's Black 'reality' television franchises."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the group would like to see the network adopt a no excessive violence policy, similar to the strategy VH1 implemented for Basketball Wives in 2012.
—Additional reporting by Holly Passalaqua