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My Interview With Mama Joyce

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Who would’ve thought that this sweet, smiling grandmother would end up being the season’s biggest shit-stirrer on Bravo’s Real Housewives of Atlanta?

Certainly not Mama Joyce herself- she said she had no idea that she was going to be portrayed as the villain in daughter Kandi Burruss’s storyline.

Mama Joyce spoke with The Naughty Mommy to clear up some misconceptions and fill us in on where her relationship with Kandi is today.

In case you haven’t been watching RHOA, here’s the short version of what’s been going on: Kandi is engaged to Todd Tucker, a former Bravo production manager who met Kandi while filming the show.

Kandi’s mom, Mama Joyce, does not like Todd (to put it mildly). She thinks he is an opportunist and is going to drain Kandi of her riches. Mama Joyce has also accused Todd of cheating on Kandi with Kandi’s best friend and assistant, Carmon.

This season, the tension between Kandi, Todd, and Mama Joyce has reached a boiling point. (Get the detailed RHOA recaps here.) Kandi finds it hard to plan her wedding when Mama Joyce is constantly being disrespectful, picking fights, and causing drama.

Viewers have been unanimous in their dislike for Mama Joyce and her meddling. Many have suggested that Mama Joyce is only concerned because her ride on the gravy train is being threatened.

As a result of her negative portrayal on the show, Mama Joyce has hired a publicist and intends to set the record straight about what she’s really like.

(We had a phone interview scheduled, but Mama Joyce cancelled on me last-minute, so I had to settle for an email Q & A.)

How are things between you and Kandi today? Great.
What’s your relationship with Todd currently? I don’t have one.
What was your opinion of Todd when you first met him? It is the same as before.
What or who made you think something was going on between Todd and Carmon? Well, just people calling and telling me different things.
Do you really think something happened between Todd and Carmon? I am not sure, but I think so.
Do you see Carmon now? What’s your relationship like with her? Well let’s just say the situation is still the same.
Do you have any regrets about what went down at Kandi’s dress-shopping trip? No, I think it should have just been family.
Do you think you’ve been portrayed fairly by the producers? Why or why not? No, they edited the show.
When you were filming did you have any idea that you were going to be portrayed as the villain? No.


Has your life changed since this season has aired? Not really.
Has the negative publicity affected you? Well it did, but I hired Tara Thomas Agency and things have gotten better.
Has the show affected your relationship with your granddaughter? No.
What’s it like when you’re out in public and you get recognized by fans of the show? People are nice and ask me questions and ask me to take pictures.
When you watch the show and see how upset Kandi is by your feud with Todd, how does that make you feel? Bad, because I love my daughter.
How would you feel if Kandi disapproved of your boyfriend? We would discuss it and speak on the pros and cons.
What do you think about Chuck Smith saying that he didn’t really date Kandi years ago? Is that how you remember their relationship? No answer from Mama Joyce on this question, and I asked twice. So bummed, because this was my favorite question!
Will you appear on RHOA next season? Wait and see.
What one thing do you want viewers to know about you? That I am just a MOM.
After hearing from Mama Joyce herself, I do feel that I can relate to her being concerned as a mother. If your wealthy daughter was dating someone who you even had the slightest suspicion was using her or cheating on her, wouldn’t you sound the alarm?
Still, at some point, you have to give your child (and her choice in partner) the benefit of the doubt. I will reserve my judgment after seeing how the rest of this season plays out.
What do you think- is Mama Joyce misunderstood or just out to protect her own piece of the pie?

Photos courtesy of The Tara Thomas Agency.

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  • Life with Kaishon
    January 19, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    I always liked Mama Joyce a lot. She hasn’t come off well this season. Todd seems like a great guy. I would think Mama Joyce would trust Kandi to make a good decision about her future. After all, didn’t Mama Joyce raise Kandi?

    • Laura
      January 19, 2014 at 3:39 PM

      Honestly I think the way we are presented this situation, Mama Joyce seems like a greedy, overprotective mother. If it was really editing that made her look like the villain, then why is her position still the same. Why not come out and say “I’m supportive of my daughter and wish her nothing but the best.” When Kandi came on WWHL and cried over viewers opinions of her mother, that’s we’re my empathy kicked in and I stopped tweeting my opinions of Mama Joyce. It had nothing to do with Mama Joyce’s agency she hired to tackle the issue.

      • The Naughty Mommy
        January 19, 2014 at 7:10 PM

        I feel like people always cry “Editing!” when they look bad on a show. Not really sure how “editing” can make up a scene in which Mama Joyce almost started a fist fight with Carmon. I mean, maybe editing doesn’t show the times she is nice to Todd, but it sounds like in real life (currently), she still doesn’t like Todd. So how is that editing?

    • The Naughty Mommy
      January 19, 2014 at 7:09 PM

      Yes!! Mama Joyce should trust that she raised a daughter with good judgement!

  • Karla T.
    January 19, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    I am really disappointed that Mama Joyce cancelled on you last minute. If she is trying to change perceptions of her, speaking to great bloggers (like you) is definitely a step in the right direction. I don’t feel like she cleared many things up, but I do understand how she feels as a mother.

    Maybe Todd is up for an interview…

    • The Naughty Mommy
      January 21, 2014 at 7:16 PM

      GREAT IDEA! I’m gonna reach out to Todd ASAP. And yes, kind of a disappointing interview.

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  • Diana
    January 23, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    Wow, how curt and short can her responses be. This interview shows me the exact same person who’s shown on the show – edited or not, still has that same negative vibe. Sorry, as a mother I know what it’s like to worry, but she’s got to stop trying to control her daughter’s life and allow her to make her own decisions.

    • The Naughty Mommy
      January 23, 2014 at 8:14 PM

      I know, and how about how she totally cancelled on me last minute?