Kandi Burruss’ newest Bravo docuseries, “Kandi & the Gang,” will inevitably face “Vanderpump Guidelines” comparisons — however the “Actual Housewives of Atlanta” star’s new restaurant-based actuality present has a secret ingredient that’s notably lacking from Lisa Vanderpump’s recipe: homosexual males.
“It’s so humorous as a result of it wasn’t even intentional,” Burruss, 45, tells Web page Six in an unique interview, praising the numerous LGBTQIA+ workers who work for her and husband Todd Tucker on the couple’s Previous Girl Gang eatery in Atlanta.
“It simply so occurred that they’re actually cool folks after which cameras got here,” she provides. “You simply get to see what we have already got occurring. Our restaurant has all the time been inclusive.”
Vanderpump, 61, herself is a fierce ally of the LGBTQIA+ group — and beforehand welcomed Billie Lee, a transgender girl, onto the present part-time for a brief two-season stint — however “Pump Guidelines” has but to forged an overtly homosexual SURver over the course of 9 seasons regardless of its proximity to West Hollywood and large Satisfaction festivities.
Although Burruss is an enormous fan of Vanderpump — “I’ve been to her restaurant and I believed it was nice,” she notes — she is blissful to choose up any slack from the “Actual Housewives of Beverly Hills” alum.
“Once I realized that we did one thing that was totally different than anyone else was when the industrial [for ‘Kandi & the Gang] got here out,” says the veteran Bravolebrity, who has fronted 5 earlier spin-offs for the community.
“I noticed folks within the feedback saying, ‘Wow, that is dope that they’re exhibiting this and I really feel included now.’ I used to be like, ‘Wow,’” she continues. “All of us exist, proper? However we’re not essentially all represented relating to tv. So come on to ‘Kandi & The Gang.’ We’re going to make everyone really feel proper at house.”
Burruss — who admits she has “by no means seen” an episode of “Pump Guidelines” — might be unaware of its simultaneous range problem. The present, which has by no means featured a full-time BIPOC forged member both, skilled an exodus in 2020 after the racially insensitive actions of a number of gamers got here to gentle amid the Black Lives Matter motion.
In the meantime, “Kandi & the Gang” readily celebrates the intersectionality of its black and queer stars — the lads particularly, Burruss says — who make her restaurant shine.
“Lots of people say, ‘Oh, they don’t actually present a number of black males [on reality TV],’” she acknowledges.
“You will have a number of black males [on our show]. You will have some straight, some which can be homosexual after which some which can be masculine-gay after which some that aren’t as masculine, which is cool as a result of I feel so many individuals will really feel represented, who haven’t actually been represented earlier than,” she elaborates.
“There’s all the time the stereotypes that you just see. However to have the ability to see it on tv the place it’s not a stereotype, it simply is what it’s, I feel it’s actually cool.”
Burruss can’t watch for followers to satisfy your entire OLG crew, together with her cousin and “girls’ man” Patrick Dallas, the “extraordinarily good-looking” Phillip Frempong and the “hilarious” BFF duo Shawndreca Robinson and Dom’Distinctive Selection.
However she appears to have a particular place in her coronary heart for Brian Redmond, whom she ceaselessly mentions all through her chat with Web page Six.
“He’s so over-the-top. You may’t assist however love Brian,” she raves of the server, recognized for his vibrant persona and assortment of fashionable toupees.
“Individuals come to the restaurant simply to take a seat at his desk as a result of they love him a lot — and that was earlier than there was a digicam round. The world is unquestionably going to like him.”
“Kandi & the Gang” premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.