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Bravo’s ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ Casts Transgender Woman for Season 8

Bravo has cast transgender model Amiyah Scott in “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” for its upcoming eighth season, Variety has learned.

The casting would mark the first-ever transgender housewife to be featured in the “Real Housewives” franchise, though the capacity in which Scott will appear is undetermined, as discussions have just begun.

Though Bravo declines to comment on any casting rumors surrounding the network’s programming, insiders tell Variety that Scott attended a Monday night event with the cast where she was filming scenes for season eight.

At this point, a source close to the series says the cabler has not made any decisions regarding Scott’s casting, whether she joins as a full-time housewife, “friend of the housewives” or just appears in an even-smaller role, as Monday’s event was the first time the model filmed for the show, and much is still under consideration.

Scott on “RHOA” will join many transgender figures on reality television, following “Big Brother” casting its first-ever trans contestant this summer; ABC Family’s “Becoming Us” from exec producer Ryan Seacrest, which documents a teenage boy’s life after his father transitions; TLC’s summer series “I Am Jazz,” which follows 14-year-old trans teen Jazz Jennings; and E!’s Caitlyn Jenner docu-series “I Am Cait,” which is currently in the midst of its eight-episode run.

Original cast member NeNe Leakes will not return to season eight of “RHOA,” she announced earlier this year. The highest-rated of the long-running Bravo franchise, TMZ also reports “Facts of Life” alum Kim Fields has been added to the “Atlanta” cast.

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