After months of rumors swirling as to who would be making the cut for the Married to Medicine season 10 cast, it has been reported that Dr. Contessa Metcalfe and Anila Sajja are out, and they’re making way for Real Housewives of Atlanta alum Phaedra Parks.
In a statement given to LoveBScott.com, Dr. Contessa revealed that she “decided to quit” last season after a four-year run with the long-running Bravo reality show.
“I needed a break because it wasn’t highlighting me as a [doctor] or as a mom…Plus it’s been 5 years! I’m sick of cussing and crying,” she told the outlet.
As for her thoughts on Phaedra’s addition to the cast, Contessa thinks she will make a “fun addition,” adding that the two are “neighbors.” However, she didn’t share the same sentiment when it came to Anila, confessing to the outlet that she didn’t believe her former co-star was “a good fit anyway.”
On the most recent episode of his podcast, Reality with the King, host Carlos King all but confirmed that Phaedra would be making her grand entrance to the franchise as her Married to Medicine co-star Quad Webb‘s friend. Phaedra is also rumored to have been in a long-term relationship with an unidentified doctor for some time now, giving her the necessary tie-in to the show.
He also seemingly confirmed that Contessa had left the show of her own accord while alleging that Anila was fired. The reason was that Bravo needed to cut some fat from the cast in order to pay Phaedra’s salary.
“Phaedra ain’t cheap. She’s a staple in reality television. So, in order to afford Phaedra, you have to get rid of some people. And this is where the alleged report…so allegedly, two people from Married to Medicine won’t be back on the upcoming season of the show. Because one person doesn’t want to come back … at least that’s what I was told. And the other person, allegedly, was fired,” Carlos stated.
The reality television producer backed up Contessa’s claim that “she wants to do other things,” but to him, Anila “never made sense” as a cast member on the show and was only featured because of her friendship with former Married to Med cast member Mariah Huq.
“Now with Anila, I’ve said this from day one, Anila never made sense to me. The math wasn’t mathing. And the match wasn’t matching … Period. Point. I’ve always felt like Anila’s culture was the reason she was hired due to the fact that the creator, honey, the legend, the executive producer Mariah Huq brought to the show…”
A filming date for season 10 of Married to Medicine has yet to be announced.