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Examiner (Anthony Bowles): How does it feel to have such great ratings for your season premiere of “Don’t Be Tardy…”?
Kim Zolciak: “I was so excited about the ratings, I was beyond excited! The hour before the show aired and I saw everyone tweeting their support for me, all my friends, my fans, and different housewives…I was in my hotel room and almost moved to tears because of the support. I was so thankful for everyone’s support, it meant so much to me and Kroy.”
Examiner (Anthony Bowles): Also, you recently celebrated over 600,000 Twitter followers, anything that you would like to say to your fans?
Kim Zolciak: “They are the best! They keep me laughing…some, I’d like to smack the shit out of (laughs), but the majority of my followers are awesome and keep me in the loop of what’s going on online about me whether it’s an article that comes out about me or whatever…I love to interact with them during the day, post pictures of the kids, I just got an Instagram because I just got an iPhone two months ago, so that helps keep me connected with them and answer their questions as much as I possibly can.”
Examiner (Anthony Bowles): What are three adjectives to describe this season?
Kim Zolciak: “Fun…Heartwarming, starting with Kash’s delivery…& chaotic, when you have four kids, families, football season for Kroy, it becomes chaos, and what you see is what you get with us. I am who I am, I don’t know how to strategically plan to try to make myself look better on television, I’m just me...obviously I made many mistakes, but I try to learn from them and keep moving.”
Examiner (Anthony Bowles): What do you think will shock viewers the most this season?
Kim Zolciak: “I can’t give that away (laughs), you’re just going to have to watch and see, but I think that there are a couple of shocking moments this season.”
Examiner (Anthony Bowles): What moment are you most looking to see this season?
Kim Zolciak: “I was excited to see Kash’s birth, he’s now 8 months old, and so to see that was great. There are so many more moments to come this season, and I’m really excited about those moments. There’s one moment in particular, that is simply amazing!”
Examiner (Anthony Bowles): Has it gotten harder to film as the years went on or is it easier as compared to when you first started on Real Housewives of Atlanta?
Kim Zolciak: “I think the only hard part for me from when I started Housewives of Atlanta up until the point when I left was that my girls were older when I started Housewives, they were 5 and 10 years old. Now, having a new born baby and trying to film got a bit challenging, because I don’t like leaving the baby at home for too long, as compared to the girls when we first started out, they can tell me that they’re hungry and I can make them something to eat…but now, I have to rely on someone to help me with K.J. and or Kash, when I’m filming and that has been really hard for me to do. I think that is one of the reasons why I left Housewives of Atlanta, so I can take care of my own family, because that’s where my priority lies. That’s what I meant at the reunion to Kandi,that nannies aren’t raising my children, I have to have nannies in order to work, but they don’t raise my children…I’m home monitoring everything that is going on.”
Examiner (Anthony Bowles): You recently reconciled with NeNe, how was it for you two to just move on?
Kim Zolciak: “It is great, we have a history together and I started this journey of Housewives with her and, so it’s a great feeling. I never let the negativity weigh me down, but it still weighed heavy in my heart, and to be at peace with the situation now is such a good feeling…she makes me laugh so hard (laughs).You have to forgive and move on, that’s the key to ultimate happiness in life. People make mistakes and say dumb things, myself included, but you have to put the past behind you and focus on the future.”
Examiner (Anthony Bowles): What advice would you give to NeNe for her new show?
Kim Zolciak: “She doesn’t need any advice, she has got this covered!”
Examiner (Anthony Bowles): Will you attend her wedding?
Kim Zolciak: “Yes, of course I will be there! I love her husband throughout the last five years of Housewives, that man has always been so sweet! I don’t care what NeNe and I have gone through, he has always given me a hug and spoke to me when he saw me, and I know that they are a perfect match and I will be there happy as hell.”
Examiner (Anthony Bowles): Things got heated between you and Kandi at the reunion, what are your thoughts and feelings about the situation now and do you think you can make up with her?
Kim Zolciak: “No, NeNe and I have said nasty things about each other and had arguments, and even though we’ve had all these things, we never hit below the belt. Bringing in the legal system and to do something like this after three and a half years of the song being out…you know my phone number and I don’t know what made you do that before the reunion, it doesn’t make sense, and nevertheless hire Phaedra as your lawyer. I will never understand, and I in fact have actually overpaid Kandi…I do the right thing in my life, when I lay my head down at night, I try to do the right thing day in and day out, even if it’s money out of my pocket or if it bothers me to do it, I try to live my life by doing right by others. I think that my life proves that, I have an incredible husband, four healthy children, and that’s my whole motto of ask, believe, and receive. When you bring in the legal system and hit below the belt like this, there is no point of return…I don’t understand how you can do that. I was also very upset with her when I left Housewives, in my last scene because she was just being shady to me…in my mind I’m just done…to me it was just a stupid strategic move and my lawyers will handle it. In my heart as mad as she made me, I still want her show to do well in the ratings, and it’s a lot different when you’re on with a cast and then you go out and do your own show, people will either hate it or love it.”
Examiner (Anthony Bowles): Has Kroy ever reached a point where he thinks too much is enough with the cameras?
Kim Zolciak: “Not at all, our lives are an open book…our production is here and I’ve known one of them for five years, Jen Morton and she basically ran the show and she’s a friend. There are painful moments this season, but my husband is very supportive. Our life is what it is, people may not agree, for example I curse a lot or whatever it is, but that’s just me. It’s just very easy that way to be natural instead of trying to be something else…I’m not a southern belle honey (laughs)!”
Examiner (Anthony Bowles): Were you ever concerned that the cameras might impact your marriage, after seeing what happened to Bethenny Frankel when she did a season 2 of her show?
Kim Zolciak: “Absolutely not…I’m not Bethenny and Bethenny is not Kim. She is definitely successful in her own right and things happen, but for me I definitely met my match and in any point in my marriage that I thought the cameras were damaging to my marriage or hindering it, I would not do it.”
Examiner (Anthony Bowles): How are your children?
Kim Zolciak: “They are so amazing! Brielle just got her license, so I’ve been a crying mother over here, she has had it for about a month and I let her drive for the first time, to our new house and I drove behind her the whole time. I’m having a hard time letting go, this is one of the hardest things I had to do in my life, letting her grow up. These past 16 years went by overnight…Ariana is mommy’s little helper, she’s incredible with the babies. K.J. will be two next month, he is just talking up a storm, and baby Kash is just the perfect child, he is happy and the easiest baby ever and always smiling.”
Examiner (Anthony Bowles): When will fans be able to the finish product of your new dream home?
Kim Zolciak: “They will just have to wait and see.”
Examiner (Anthony Bowles): Message for your haters?
Kim Zolciak: “I try not to entertain the haters, because I feel like if you spend more time on the negative than the positive, what good does that do you? To my haters, just remember that it’s mind over matter, I don’t mind and you don’t matter!”
Examiner (Anthony Bowles): Lastly, what new things can your fans expect from you in the future?
Kim Zolciak: “As the season goes on, I’m really busy with my husband with football season, building our house, having the new baby, and trying to get through those things. I would love to expand my wine line and do Chardonnay’s and more of the wines that I prefer…I do have my book coming out that I’ve been working on…and my wig line, I have been working on it for so long, because I want it perfect for my fans, so they can get a great product for a reasonable price…In terms of music, I know I’m not the best singer, and I had fun with it, I just always wanted to be a one hit wonder, and I got that and loved every minute of it, and just thankful for it.”
On tonight’s episode of "Don't Be Tardy..." as it returns to its regularly scheduled time on Tuesday, April 23 at 9:30p.m. ET/PT. Kim and Kroy celebrate their one-year anniversary. In Kim Zolciak style... she waited 5 days before the anniversary to start planning the romantic but elaborate celebration in which she hopes to recreate her extravagant wedding. To make matters worse, Kroy is playing an away game and is not pleased about his wife's poor planning let alone Kim's effort to try and make it a surprise. Can Kim pull off all the details in five days? And will Kroy even enjoy it if she does? For a sneak peak click here.