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Exclusive: RHON season 2 drops some cast members eyes Amber Ray

The highly anticipated second season of ‘The Real Housewives of Nairobi’ is making a comeback, but not without some notable cast members missing from the lineup.

Nairobi News has established that while some familiar faces have signed new contracts for the reality show, others have decided to step down.

Actress Minne Kariuki, Dr Catherine Masitsa, and socialite Vera Sidika have all inked new contracts for the popular reality show season two.

Their return is expected to bring fresh dynamics and drama to the series.

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However, not all original cast members will be gracing the screen again. Three cast members have chosen not to renew their contracts for the upcoming season.

“Production decisions played a role in these departures, with one cast member being informed that they lacked the necessary drama, while another individual was released due to mental health concerns,” an insider revealed to Nairobi News.

Adding, “The reunion took a toll on her, and she has been quite candid about her previous struggles with depression.”

In the first season, closure remained elusive for some of the ‘Housewives’ as Minne Kariuki and Susan Kaitanny could not reconcile their differences, leaving the season with a bitter aftertaste.

During the explosive second part of the reunion, Fareed Khimani, the show’s host, raised the possibility of a second season, directing the question to all the cast members.

Susan Kaitanny, still grappling with the toxicity she had encountered, expressed her uncertainty regarding a return to the show.

She shared, “It’s been a rollercoaster of emotions, a mix of excitement and pain. I need time to heal from this journey. What was supposed to be a beautiful experience turned out to be incredibly toxic. I’m still on the fence about participating in a second season, considering the hurtful experiences I’ve endured. The cyberbullying, in particular, was the most challenging part.”

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As fans eagerly await the show’s return, rumors have been circulating about potential new additions to the cast.

The source further hinted that popular socialite Amber Ray is being considered for a role in the upcoming season.

The show’s production is primarily in Nairobi, where it promises to capture the essence of the city’s vibrant culture and lifestyle.

Eugene Mbugua, CEO and Founder of D&R Studios, has been entrusted with producing season two of ‘The Real Housewives of Nairobi.’

“D&R Studios was awarded the contract for season two. Eugene Mbugua recently attended the Real Housewives Summit in South Africa because RHON [Real Housewives of Nairobi] broke all the records,” revealed the source.

The Real Housewives International Summit 2023, organized by Show Works Creative Entertainment, brought together industry leaders and commissioning editors to discuss the remarkable success of the Real Housewives franchise in Africa and explore opportunities for its continued growth and innovation.

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