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Eva Marcille recently sat down with Kandi Burruss for her YouTube show Speak On It and said that she wouldn’t return to Real Housewives of Atlanta if she were asked.“If they came back to you and were like Eva, we really want you to come back. We need you. We want you to come back, would you even consider it?” Burruss asked Marcille.

“Are they gonna change the show?” Marcille asked Burruss. “The show is what it is,” Burruss replied. “No! No!  Kandi, you’re gonna make me tear up. Because of you, because of Cynthia. You guys have been such a proper representation of Black women on TV. We don’t have that. We look for the buffoonery. We look for who’s going to flip over the table or who’s going to act crazy. Or who’s going to bring up someone’s slanderous f—-ed up past. That’s what this show is for us and the idea that you can sign up knowing that’s what it is,” Marcille explained.

“There’s only one you and there’s only one Cynthia. I can’t be Cynthia. I can only be me. And they won’t let me be. I can’t be her and she’s a crazy-ass her… It’s not about them wanting me. I was never not asked to come back. No one ever said we don’t want you. But it’s not going to change the show… I don’t feel like it’s [positive images]  highlighted properly on the show.”

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – MARCH 10: (L-R) Eva Marcille, Kandi Burruss, and Kenya Moore attend the premiere of “Waka & Tammy: What The Flocka” at Republic on March 10, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images WE tv)

During Burruss’ interview with Marcille, she mentioned that she actually sees her more since she exited the show. “Everybody knows that you decided to leave the RHOA cast in this season that we’re going into, but I was just saying that I feel like we see each other more since you’ve decided to give us [RHOA] the deuces,” Burruss said.

“I think the state of the world right now is why we’ve seen so much of each other because we’ve had no choice but to gravitate and latch on to what really matters. And last year the year before ten 15 years ago you were just doing your day but now with the coronavirus pandemic itself and with people that we know, loved ones, having lost their lives from it… it didn’t allow us to mourn them properly because of the coronavirus,” Marcille said.

She mentioned not being able to go to the funerals of some of her friends due to COVID-19.  “It reminds you that there are people around you that you love that are next door that you don’t put proper consideration in…that’s why in the last few months I’ve reached out more,” Marcille said.

“Do you feel like during the time that we are on the cast together and we are taping together do you feel like you have to be more guarded around other castmates?” Burruss asked. “Absolutely. Shooting with you now would be completely different than initially shooting because we know each other better. One of the things that I will miss about RHOA is your cast trips because as crazy as they are and as exhausted as we were just always doing stuff we bonded. It was a bond that you didn’t anticipate,” Marcille said.

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 06: (L-R) Eva Marcille, Kandi Burruss, Garcelle Beauvais, and Cynthia Bailey attend the 2020 13th Annual ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon at Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel on February 06, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for ESSENCE)

The model and entrepreneur also said that for instance, she had no idea how much she and Kenya Moore had in common. The two bonded on a plane ride for one of the cast trips because they were the only two cast members on the plane. “We realized we have so much in common. So that’s my girl [Moore] now,” Marcille said.

Marcille also mentioned that it was frustrating being on RHOA because she already had a brand and some people came into fame solely from the show, which she thinks is great. However, she doesn’t want her portrayal on the show to tarnish her brand. “Some people have come into fame from the show. I already have a brand and it’s detrimental to my brand,” Marcille said. “I feel like I’m playing a game with people and some are playing chess and some are playing checkers and some don’t even know arithmetic, so they aren’t playing nothing.”

Although Marcille doesn’t plan on ever returning to the show, she did say that she doesn’t regret being on it. “I don’t have any regrets. I gained a friendship with you, Cynthia, and Kenya that I think will last a lifetime.” Watch the entire interview below.

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Glennisha Morgan is a Detroit-bred multimedia journalist and writer. She writes about intersectionality, hip-hop, pop culture, queer issues, race, feminism, and her truth. Follow her on Twitter @GlennishaMorgan.