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DC Exclusive: Victoria Rowell Speaks on Those Real Housewives of Atlanta Rumors

The Internet is abuzz with speculation that former soap opera diva Victoria Rowell (ex-Drucilla, The Young and the Restless) is set to join the cast of the smash hit Bravo reality series The Real Housewives of Atlanta, possibly replacing either Nene Leakes or Kim Zolciak, who are rumored to be causing Bravo distress by constantly asking for more cash. 


The rumblings about Rowell possibly joining the reality soap started when urban celebrity blogger FreddyO posted the following item on his website on Dec. 16:

I have to tell yall, the entire ATL is going crazy to find out who is going to be the Next Atlanta House Wife. Several sources have told me that the one and only queen of day time television Victoria Rowell is going to be the newest wife to be added to the show, but nothing is set in stone just yet. She is best known for two high profile television roles: Drucilla Winters on the daytime drama The Young and the Restless, and her primetime role as Dick Van Dyke’s medical examiner, Dr. Amanda Bentley, on Diagnosis: Murder. I have been told that Bravo is looking at Victoria because she is full of drama and loves to fight. I have to tell yall, after working with people that have worked for her, “She would be the right one for the job”. They say ”she’s crazy, funny, and made for TV”. My only question is I didn’t know she lived in Atlanta.

After hearing about this from my ever-tweeting homegirl Jillian Bowe, I decided to find out myself. I called up Ms. Rowell, make that Mrs. Bailey, since she is now married to Radcliffe Bailey, a famed artist, collected by the likes of Elton John, who is based in Atlanta, where Rowell, the mother of two, and a stepmother to Bailey's children, does in fact divide her time between her fabulicious home in L.A.

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"As you know Jamey, in my career as an entertainer I get solicited to do quite a number of things," Rowell began coyly with a giggle, "whether it be to write reviews for a fellow author's book, or participate in reality programing. The question has been posed from time to time about me joining the Housewives franchise, whether it be in Atlanta or somewhere else. As you know, I now spend a lot time in Atlanta. I know the fans would love to see me on television again, whether it be on a soap opera or as a real housewife of Atlanta. So, you know, we'll see. I always say, never say never!"

Well, now you've heard it from the diva's mouth! Keep checking back with Daytime Confidential as the story continues to develop. In the meantime, don't forget to pre-order your copy of Rowell's upcoming juicy novel, Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva at

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Additional Reporting by Jillian Bowe