Kim Fields is a sitcom television legend. Most well known for her roles as Tootie in Facts of Life, and the ever stylish diva Regine Hunter on Living Single, Kim Fields has been a household name for decades. So, when her casting as a new housewife in the Atlanta reality series was announced, many fans were left scratching their heads. As an accomplished actor and director, she seemed to be the kind of person who rose above the drama required to sell a season of RHOA. And as it turned out, she was.
‘RHOA’ Kim Fields is Sitcom Royalty
Kim became a household name thanks to her portrayal of the bubbly young character, Tootie. As the only Black main character in the series, Tootie became an important face for Black TV fans everywhere. In the early 90s, she joined the cast of Living Single as Regine Hunter, another iconic role on her resume. Not only that, but she has even more impressive behind-the-camera credits, with her having directed many episodes of beloved sitcoms such as Kenan & Kel, House of Payne, and many more. She is a seasoned professional in the television industry, so people were naturally shocked when her casting was announced. Perhaps what makes her casting so perplexing is the high level of respect she has from fans. The Venn diagram that shows Living Single fans versus RHOA fans is more than likely a circle, so it makes sense that there was confusion. This is not to say that a resume determines the level of respectability, in fact, it’s more so the fact that it seemed out of character. Many asked, why would Kim Fields ever do RHOA? In what world did that make sense?
One Season of ‘RHOA’ Was Enough For Kim Fields
Many fans were underwhelmed by Kim’s presence because she had no desire to involve herself in unnecessary drama. It became pretty evident early on that she was having none of it. When the Porsha vs. Cynthia fight happened on Lake Lanier, Kim wanted nothing to do with any of their drama. As Porsha began screaming and getting in Cynthia’s face, Kim looked both appalled and deeply concerned. But mostly, she looked appalled. It was definitely a situation that went from zero to 100 entirely too fast. In an interview with Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live, Kim shares that she felt that much of their gossipy drama was silly, and she didn’t want anything to do with it, which led her to do that as much as possible. Her desire to stay away from the drama also drew ire from Kenya Moore, who felt she was not divulging enough or engaging enough for her liking. Needless to say, they butted heads occasionally.
When the season ended, so did Kim’s contract. She had fulfilled her contract to the series and had no desire to return to it. Many wondered if the drama was too much for her, as it was clear throughout the whole season that she did not want any part of what the other housewives were doing. She later shared a simple reason for leaving: she had only planned to do one season from the get go. On The Breakfast Club, she shared,
So, while it seemed obvious from the footage that Kim would likely not return to the show, it was also a planned decision to only do one season. And it is highly likely that she will never return to the franchise.