Peter Thomas is very open about the fact that he believes he’s a huge asset to The Real Housewives of Atlanta and in a new interview he’s dishing on how the show is a positive thing for the African-American community and pop culture.
â€œPeter Thomas was Peter Thomas before the Real Housewives of Atlanta. Reality TV didnâ€™t make Cynthia Bailey or Peter Thomas like some of the other people on our show. We were doing big sh*t before this,” Peter tells Uptown Magazine. “I am certainly not new to the entertainment industry and people in the industry knew me well before my wife became a Real Housewife.â€
â€œWhen Cynthia and I joined the show, viewers all watched me lose Uptown. People acted like I lost it because I am somehow a bad businessman. Uptown closed due to the recession. I wasnâ€™t immune from that sh*t. No one was,â€ Thomas insists, adding that his business skills make him an interesting character on RHOA.
â€œThis last season of the show, the husbands were very vocal and very visible, and there is no doubt we helped to contribute to the enormous success of this season ok?â€ Peter insists. â€œWe were as important to the show as our wives this season.â€
As for people who believe Peter should stay out of the women’s drama? “What sense does it make for me to be on the show and simply be quiet? It makes no sense for any of the men to just sit back and not open our mouths. If the women on the show donâ€™t want me to say sh*t, they shouldnâ€™t have the conversations in my presence.â€
â€œYes, this show is called the Real Housewives of Atlanta,” Peter says. “But they canâ€™t be wives and their reality wouldnâ€™t be real without their husbands.â€
He continues, â€œIf people want to call me a bitch for creating this opportunity and giving America the chance to see four black men talking about our marriages, how to make them work and supporting each other through our own sh*t, then they really donâ€™t get the big picture. Being black men on reality TV isnâ€™t an easy task to manage. But I feel like our responsibility as black men on this show is to project a more positive image for young black men. We arenâ€™t perfect, but for the most part we certainly are not being as foolish as some of the other black men on reality TV.â€
â€œThe Real Housewives of Atlanta is the number one show on Bravo, not just in the Housewives franchise,” Peter says. “I need people to understand what that means. No other show on the network does our numbers. Not one. This ensemble cast of black people is number one on a very popular network, but not one of our wivesâ€™ faces are on a billboard advertising the show.â€
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