Tuesday, August 03, 2010
Lisa Wu Hartwell: Leaving 'Real Housewives of ATL'
Speculation that the originating cast member from the 'ATL' franchise was leaving the show began earlier this spring when talk that she was only shooting on a limited production schedule surfaced online.
Now BV Buzz has learned that the 38-year-old real estate mogul, who is currently married to retired NFL star Ed Hartwell, parted with Bravo "amicably" over "creative differences."
"They basically wanted to script elements of Lisa's life and make her amp up the drama. She wasn't with that at all. Lisa felt like if her real life alone wasn't enough for the network, then maybe it was time for her to go," a source close the production told BV Buzz.
Hartwell, the ex-wife of R&B singer Keith Sweat, will be featured on "as many as three" episodes of the new season; however she will not be featured in the season three photos and opening visuals.
"The part where the ladies hold the peaches when the show opens up, she didn't paEd Hartwell & Lisa Wu Hartwellrticipate in that shoot," the source added.
Hartwell I'm told "feels good" about leaving the show – though her rep would not comment on our story – and apparently already has several post-'Real Housewives' gigs lined up.
The biracial star – she's half Chinese and Afro-Caribbean – also debuted her first book, 'When The Cake Is Already Made' during the Essence Music Festival this past July.
The the Inglewood, Calif.-bred mother of three is the second original 'Real Housewives of ATL' star to leave the series. After season one, Bravo replaced former NBA wife DeShawn Snow after declaring she was "boring" on the series. Her slot was filled by singer/songwriter Kandi Burruss.