Kim Fields' First Reaction to Learning The Real Housewives of Atlanta Wanted Her Is Great

Plus find out what happened when she met NeNe Leakes for the first time

By Chris Harnick Nov 06, 2015 9:04 PMTags
Watch: Kim Fields' First Reaction to Joining "Housewives"

When Kim Fields got the call from Bravo about joining The Real Housewives of Atlanta, well, her reaction was probably the same as yours when you heard The Facts of Life and Living Single star would be joining the reality show.

"My first was instinct was, 'Y'all know you called Kim Fields, right?…Am I being punk'd?' It was those kinds of moments of, 'Really?' when my agent first said, 'Hey we got this call to see if you're interested in doing this,'" Kim told E! News.

As the talks continued, Kim said she was swayed when she learned producers really wanted her. They weren't trying to change her or have some sort of "reality manufactured version of Kim," she said. "They wanted who Kim is in this environment, and that was interesting to me."


Kim decided to play in the RHOA playground while maintaining her other gigs. She's still very much playing behind the scenes and in front of the camera, this reality show is just another venture.

Kim's entering The Real Housewives of Atlanta at a pivotal time for the reality series—NeNe Leakes has departed the series as a regular cast member, making it the first time RHOA doesn't have an original star as part of its main cast. But don't think she's NeNe's replacement.

"Ain't nobody replacing NeNe Leakes," she said. "No way, no way." The two finally met when NeNe surprised the RHOA ladies on their trip to the Bahamas. What happened when they cross paths? Click play on the video up top to find out.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta premieres Sunday, Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. on Bravo.

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