Phaedra Parks’ comical commentary on The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip is helping to redeem her in the eyes of Bravo fans. Phaedra has made a return to Bravo for the first time since being fired from The Real Housewives of Atlanta in Season 9. She is the only housewife to get axed for spreading scandalous lies about another cast member. With Kandi Burruss on the receiving end of those lies, the veteran RHOA star has vowed to never film with Phaedra again. While there are a number of fans who aren’t in support of Phaedra’s comeback, there are many who are happy to see the Southern belle’s face back on their television screens.
In addition to RHUGT, Phaedra made a guest appearance on the premiere season of The Real Housewives of Dubai. She has also appeared on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen and continues to subtly shade her former home on RHOA. Phaedra’s string of recent appearances on Bravo highlight Andy’s support for her return. Phaedra was ousted after spreading lies about Kandi and her husband Todd Tucker. Once the lies were revealed in the season 9 reunion, Phaedra became one of the most hated housewives in the franchise’s history. However, a few years later, Andy found a way to finally bring Phaedra back, even if wasn’t on RHOA.
Amid Phaedra’s Bravo return, fans are reeling over everything she adds to the second installment of RHUGT. Reddit user u/keavyseancy explained why they are “falling in love” with Phaedra, despite her scarred past. “The looks, the comments, the shade and the manners. Chile we need Phae back on RHOA,” the fan shared. Another noted why her fall from grace was so unfortunate. “She was so damn entertaining,” they explained. On RHUGT, Phaedra has become the comedic relief, thanks to her funny shade towards the other housewives, and the bizarre moments it caused. Viewers credited Phaedra and Eva Marcille with being the “normal” additions to the housewives’ mashup.
Even if “nobody wants to admit it,” one Redditor said, “the Phaedra years on RHOA were the Golden Era,” they quipped. When looking at the RHOA viewership across all seasons, the show did receive some of its highest ratings during the seasons Phaedra starred on the show, alongside her controversial ex-husband, Apollo Nida. Between Phaedra’s feud with Kenya Moore, and her quips with the rest of the cast, she was involved with many of the show’s memorable showdowns. Phaedra’s supporters think she brings a more entertaining component to the housewives community, when compared to her longtime enemy, Kandi. “Nobody wants to admit it, but Phaedra also brought 10x more than Kandi,” one fan wrote.
As Phaedra continues to appear on The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip, the fans are falling more in love with her. It could prove to be an issue for Kandi, who is still starring on RHOA. If fans continue to demand that Phaedra return to the Atlanta franchise, it could lead to Kandi’s exit. Unless Kandi is open to having her much-needed sit-down with Phaedra filmed, these two might not ever share the same screen together. In the meantime, Phaedra is likely enjoying all the praise she’s receiving from her growing fan club.