‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ briefs: Kim Zolciak, overtime settlement, Phaedra Parks

This was posted by Rodney Ho on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Kim Zolciak is suddenly open to returning to “Real Housewives of Atlanta” again.

Zolciak left the show in a huff season five. Fortunately, she is still earning an income because her spin-off show “Don’t Be Tardy” just concluded its fifth season last week.

Her husband Kroy Biermann has not been able to find a new gig in the NFL this season since Biermann was let go by the Atlanta Falcons after eight seasons as a defensive end. He tried out with the Buffalo Bills before the season began but was cut. No other team has picked him up.

On her recent “Watch What Happens Live!”, a fan asked what might bring her back to “Real Housewives.” She said it wasn’t the money although it certainly could be because Biermann was paid nearly $2 million in his final year with the Falcons in 2015 but is now earning nothing in the football realm.

She sounded a little doubtful at first but Sheree Whitfields return has her tempted:

 “Shereé’s really awesome. Shereé and I had that one wig pulling situation, but Shereé and I have known each other for 14 years, and she’s a pretty good person. And she introduced me to my husband. So I might go back and get her a man,” Kim said, referring to the moment she met her future hubby Kroy Biermann while supporting Shereé in the Dancing Stars of Atlanta event in Season 3 of RHOA. “We’ll see. I’m not opposed to it.”

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The New York-based company that creates “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” has to pay $411,000 in back pay to hundreds of crew members who weren’t properly compensated for overtime, according to the New York Attorney General’s office.

Attorney general Eric Schneiderman said the settlement was restitution for some employees who worked 50 to 72 hours a week but were not paid for the extra work.

In response, True Entertainment provided the following:

“True Entertainment has been a top creator of TV programming for nearly 17 years, and for every one of those years has compensated its employees fairly and competitively, with many employees having worked at True for more than a decade,” said the company in response to the announced settlement. “In fact, True Entertainment employees receive fair and competitive compensation, and benefits including, for example, health insurance and paid time off. In this case, the company classified a small number of people as creative employees, exempt from overtime compensation, under applicable federal and state laws. The New York State Attorney General did not agree; thus, we reached an amicable settlement of the issue with the Attorney General. We greatly value our employees at True Entertainment, and look forward to continuing to focus on creating and producing high quality programming for our network partners.”

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Phaedra Parks received an unusual award last week from the Fulton County District Attorney office: “Atlanta’s Most Popular Lawyer.” I’m not sure what that means per se but she is probably one of Atlanta’s best known lawyers thanks to “Real Housewives.”

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