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Bravo Producer Explains Why ‘Real Housewives’ Get Fired and What He Looks for in Cast Members, Praises RHOP’s Wendy

Bravo Producer Explains Why Real Housewives Aren't Asked to Return and Reveals What They Look for in Cast Members, Plus Gushes Over Wendy Osefo's "Black Girl Magic" and Says She Has "So Much to Offer" to the RHOP Cast

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Have you ever wondered what goes into the casting decisions for each new season of the Real Housewives franchise?

During a recent interview, Kemar Bassaragh, an executive producer of The Real Housewives of Potomac, revealed why a cast member may not be asked to return before gushing over Wendy Osefo‘s addition to season five of RHOP and stating that she has a lot to offer the series moving forward.

“There’s a lot of people involved in that process and we don’t always say we wanna change it up. It all depends on what is going on in someone’s lives,” Kemar explained on the October 8 episode of The Daily Dish podcast.

According to Kemar, he and his team sit down with members of their shows prior to new seasons to find out if there is room for their storylines to continue.

“For example, if you’re following me, and you were on my journey, and I got married and had a kid, and you were following all this stuff and then you were like, so what is going on in your life coming up? And I was like, ‘Honestly, that’s really it. Like, I’m married. I have a child. Like, there’s nothing new that I can show you.’ That’s usually what happens when someone doesn’t get invited back to our show, because it’s really because of what’s happening in their lives,” he explained.

“If they’re at a stalemate, you don’t wanna come back and watch the same exact thing in someone’s lives happening over and over and over again,” Kemar continued. “You wanna see progression and if they’re at a point in their lives when they’re like, ‘Guys, you know, everything that I’ve done, I’m tapped out,’ it’s usually a mutual decision where everyone is like, ‘well, you know, we really like you, but unfortunately, there’s nothing new happening in your lives, and we’ve already followed you as much as we can.’”

While Kemar acknowledged that it isn’t always fun to let cast members go, he added that the excitement of adding new people to each series makes it easier to “move along.”

Kemar then spoke about Wendy’s addition to RHOP, explaining that he loves the newbie, who currently serves as a professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education, on “every level.”

“I’m stealing [Candiace Dillard Bassett]’s word. Wendy is really Black Girl Magic personified. I love her,” he said. “Like, I love her on every level as a person, and as someone that is new to Potomac because she has so much to offer. She made herself the voice of reasoning, and as you’ve seen, there was a lot of back and forth and Wendy emerged as someone who literally was what we were thinking as people watching the show.”

The Real Housewives of Potomac season five airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on Bravo.

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