Kim Zolciak slams Bravo for 'not mentioning' daughter Brielle's friend's death on WWHL after family's TV show canceled
KIM Zolciak slammed Bravo for "not mentioning" her daughter Brielle's friend's death on Watch What Happens Live.
Kim's family show, Don't Be Tardy, was also canceled after eight seasons.
During last night's episode of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, the Bravo boss reunited the kids of some of the most iconic housewives.
Some of the kids that were featured in the show were Teresa Giudice's daughter, Gia; Dolores Catania's son, Frank Jr; Cynthia Bailey's daughter, Noelle; Meredith Marks' son, Brooks, Kim's daughter, Brielle, Kandi Burruss' daughter, Riley, among many others.
The episode was meant to be a tribute to their mothers for Mother's Day, as well as an insight into their lives as guests stars of the show.
However, despite the many questions and segments, Bravo failed to air Andy offering his condolences to Brielle – if he even offered them – after losing her best friend, Ethan McCallister, days before the show was filmed.
Brielle was noticeably quieter and more reserved than the rest of the Bravo kids but it wasn't acknowledged.
Following the show's airing, Kim took to social media to slam Bravo for their lack of respect.
"My baby Brielle was scheduled to do a pre-show call with WWHL Friday, April 9th, the day of Ethan's (her best friend of many years who died tragically while they were out enjoying life on 4/3) funeral!" she began.
"It was obviously postponed! Which she appreciated very much. You can't f**king tell me no one knew this information the day of filming! She filmed three days later … it was nationwide … not once was Ethan's death mentioned or considered."
She continued: "My baby sat there with a brave face not saying a word trying to stay strong (not five minutes before she was on my shoulder in tears). I will say that Andy did text me a week later apologizing, saying he was unaware of the situation!
"I don't expect Andy to know … he has an entire team, Bravo, that should know! You guys know how I feel. Mess with me fine … mess with my kids is an entirely different story. I raised some strong girls and I am so proud of them."
In early April, Brielle painfully revealed that her best friend had been murdered in a hit-and-run accident and they were still searching for the person.
Brielle posted a slideshow of sweet photos of her late friend, writing: “Ethan…. i can’t believe I’m even writing this. I’m sick sick sick to my stomach.
“You are my happiness my joy my light in this very dark world.. the life of the party and the sweetest soul I’ve been blessed to know.
“You are my best friend. My heart. My everything. There will never be another you. Ever ever ever.”
She continued: “You came into this world with 1 mission… make people smile. You were damn good at it too.
“There was never a moment i wasn’t laughing with you!! We haven’t spent a weekend apart all year!!!
“How am i supposed to go anywhere without you? How am i supposed to laugh, smile, GO TO MIAMI OR DRINK 1942 WITHOUT YOU!?
“God i love you ethan. I really really do. I can’t wait to see you again.”
Brielle’s mom, Kim, wrote on her Instagram about Ethan’s death, as well, and asked her followers for help in finding out more information about the accident.
According to 11alive, Atlanta police showed up at the scene around 4 a.m. after Ethan was hit by a driver who did not stop.
He was transported to the hospital but died shortly thereafter at the age of 28.
The 42-year-old reality star said she wants to “make sure justice is served” and could use everyone’s help.
She wrote: “Ethan was killed in a hit and run on Piedmont St around 3 am this morning. The car was a TrackHawk Grey with yellow accent.
“PLEASE if you know ANYTHING please call the Atlanta Police.”
She added that a GoFunMe page has also been set up to help Ethan’s family during this difficult time. The goal has been set at $50K, and $35K has been donated so far by almost 250 donors.
According to the donation page, Brielle gave $2,500 to help out her best friend's family.
Police gave The Sun an update on the investigation and said they have confirmed the suspect was driving a "dark-colored Range Rover," adding: "The investigation continues at this time."
A police statement released to the media reads: "On Saturday April 3, 2021 at around 3:00am officers responded to a report of a pedestrian hit by a vehicle at Piedmont Av NE and Lindbergh Dr.
"On scene officers found that an adult male had been in the roadway and was hit by a vehicle.
"The vehicle, a dark colored Range Rover, left the scene after striking the pedestrian.
"The pedestrian was taken to the hospital where he later died as a result of his injuries. The Accident Investigation Unit is continuing the investigation."
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