RHOA graduate shocks fans and makes surprise return after leaving show in season five

REAL Housewives of Atlanta alum Kim Zolciak-Biermann has shocked fans with a surprise performance featuring her old co-stars.

The reality star, who was seven months pregnant at the time, left the show in Season 5 after falling out with the cast and producers.

Lisa Hu Hartwell, Sheree Whitfield, NeNe Leakes, Deshawn Snow, Kim Zolciak

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Lisa Hu Hartwell, Sheree Whitfield, NeNe Leakes, Deshawn Snow, Kim ZolciakPhoto credit: Getty
Kim Zolciak attends the Gucci Mane Black Tie Gala at the St. Regis Atlanta

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Kim Zolciak attends the Gucci Mane Black Tie Gala at the St. Regis AtlantaPhoto credit: Getty

Carlos King, an acclaimed TV producer known for Belle Collective, Love & Marriage, BET Presents: The Encore and more, brought back the Season 1 cast of RHOA for a surprise reunion.

PEOPLE first reported that Kim, DeShawn Snow, Sheree Whitfield and Lisa Wu are getting back together for the June 11 episode of Carlos’ OWN new talk show, The Nightcap With Carlos King.

The episode will be teased this weekend on The Oprah Winfrey Network.

The RHOA stars will share life updates and season one drama throughout the half-hour show.

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The four women haven’t been in the same room together since 2008, when they filmed the season one reunion.

They had all retired from Bravo, with DeShawn being the first to leave after season one.

Lisa was a full-time cast member for the first two seasons and has occasional guest appearances.

Sheree is still a housewife after her return in Season 14.

The biggest surprise of all, however, is Kim.

After leaving in Season 5 due to on-set issues, she launched her own spinoff show and returned in Season 10 as Friend.

LEGAL ACTION

Everyone from season one returned, with the exception of Nene Leakes, who has accused the show and network of racism and a hostile work environment.

Although Kim is not officially named in the lawsuit, she has been cited many times.

Nene’s former best friend has been accused of “misbehaving” and will not be punished for it.

Kim will address the lawsuit for the first time at the upcoming reunion.

She and her co-stars are reported to be giving their opinions on the ongoing proceedings.

KIM’S DEPARTURE

Kim left midway through season five after falling out with the other housewives and the production.

At the time, Kim was seven months pregnant with their son, Kash Kade, and had been invited by Cynthia Bailey to travel to Anguilla to renew her vows with Peter Thomas.

However, she told the other housewives that she could not travel because of her pregnancy, which caused arguments with almost everyone.

After a shouting match with the housewives and the production, Kim immediately quit.

Before the lawsuit, Nene wanted the original cast members to return to the show.

NOT THE MOOD

Kim’s daughter, Brielle, didn’t think it was a good idea for her mother to return due to negative attitudes towards RHOA.

She told Us Weekly: “I don’t know why she would want to do that. She has her own TV show and it’s doing great and it’s super fun to film and I don’t know why she would put herself in this crazy environment again.

“I mean maybe if it was less negativity, more positivity [and] a few people were replaced. Yes, she would probably go back.”

She went on to explain, “I don’t want her to go back.

“Coming home and being drained from all the negativity every day, that’s just not the vibe.”

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Since leaving RHOA, Kim had her own reality show, Don’t Be Tardy, until it was canceled in 2021.

The Nightcap with Carlos King airs Saturdays at 10 p.m.

Sheree Whitfield, Kim Zolciak, NeNe Leakes, Lisa Wu Hartwell, DeShawn Snow and Executive Producer Steve Weinstock of The Real Housewives Of Atlanta speak on Day 13 of the Bravo portion of the NBC Universal 2008 Summer Television Critics Association Press Tour

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Sheree Whitfield, Kim Zolciak, NeNe Leakes, Lisa Wu Hartwell, DeShawn Snow and Executive Producer Steve Weinstock of The Real Housewives Of Atlanta speak on Day 13 of the Bravo portion of the NBC Universal 2008 Summer Television Critics Association Press TourPhoto credit: Getty
The Real Housewives of Atlanta's NeNe Leakes and Kim Zolciak attend the 2009 Soul Train Awards

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The Real Housewives of Atlanta’s NeNe Leakes and Kim Zolciak attend the 2009 Soul Train AwardsPhoto credit: Getty
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