During the season ten Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion special, Kim Zolciak made some pretty outrageous comments – saying things like racism wasn’t real until social media – and it has apparently led to producers not inviting her back for next season. Fans were also quick to comment about Zolciak’s breakdown and told her she might want to crack open a history book every once in a while.
But there is one person who has remained quiet about what went down, Zolciak’s husband Kroy Biermann, and his lack of a reaction or statement is starting to look bad.
Biermann is usually very protective of his wife, and in the past has put his hands on RHOA cameras to push them away when he felt they had crossed the line. But this time, he has made no attempt to protect or defend Zolciak after her on-camera meltdown.
During the last RHOA Reunion episode, I made a comment that confused and offended people. I sincerely apologize. Edited out of context, I understand why my remark angered people. Racism is a sad reality in the United States. It has been prevalent throughout our country's history. Let me be very clear, I do NOT support, tolerate or put up with any form of racism, hate or other discrimination. My love for ALL people runs deep – I am open to all and always have been. I was heartbroken when I watched the last few minutes of the episode and saw how my words were taken out of context. My comment that seemingly “racism didn’t exist 10 years ago” was made as part of a larger, emotional 45-minute conversation about how, sadly, social media has become a hub for hate. Immediately following my confusing comment, I also said that "it's not as real as it is now" referring to the power of social media. But those remarks didn’t make the show. I believe that social media has made a centuries-old issue more real. Before social media, the public simply observed the news. Now, the public actively participates and has an opportunity to take action – in real time. But this is a double edged sword. Now, when false accusations are made, they are amplified by online platforms regardless of their merit. This wasn’t the case 10 years ago when I started on RHOA. I truly pray that the people wishing horrible things on others, and on me, channel that energy into something positive. Our world would be a much better place if you do. I am committed to making this world a better place to live. I will continue to learn from, and be open to, ALL people.
And, he hasn’t shared his own opinion on the racism topic. Since he is a former NFL player with many African-American teammates and friends, you would think he would have something to say about his wife’s comments. It is possible to love your spouse and disagree with them at the same time.
Zolciak’s comments gave such a negative hit to her reputation that fans have started an online petition requesting that Bravo cancel her show Don’t Be Tardy. They have no interest in seeing Zolciak on TV anymore and do not want Bravo paying her big bucks to live her life on camera.
Executive Producer Andy Cohen has said that Zolciak’s RHOA days are over, but he has yet to comment about her spinoff.
“I think she’s done, yeah,” he explained, Cohen said. “[Kim] walked out of that reunion and I said, ‘Yeah, I’ve seen the last of that wig at these reunions.’”
Zolciak has attempted to clarify her racism comments with a post on Instagram and tried to explain that her comments were out of context. She admitted that she said some things that confused and offended people, and she was sorry for that. The 37-year-old went on to say that racism is a sad reality in the United States and she doesn’t support or tolerate it in any way.
The reality star also wrote that she was heartbroken when she watched the last few minutes of the reunion and saw how the editing had taken her words out of context. RHOA only showed part of a 45-minute conversation where she talked about how social media has sadly become a hub for hate.
Kim Zolciak concluded her lengthy post by saying that she is committed to making the world a better place, and she will continue to learn from and be open to all people. Kroy Biermann remains silent.