(December 11, 2011) – As suspicious as we are when it comes to Bravo’s deceitful editing shenanigans, we don’t want to believe the rumors that Chateau Shereé is a farce. After all, it’s one thing to do retakes or to splice a comment from one scene into another, but it is something else entirely to completely fabricate the construction of a house. Yes, we get it that these Bravo Housewives shows fall into the Nielsen “assisted-reality” category. However, to pretend that Shereé is actively building a house that does not exist seems to go far beyond “assisting” the storyline.
Speaking of Shereé’s storyline, if Bravo is pulling our leg that she’s constructing a new home – complete with a ballroom, library and gym – it’s only fitting that her most recent blog post is titled “Story Time.” She begins it by offering her “apologies to you all for not blogging over the last few weeks. I have been extremely busy with the construction of my new home…The home building process requires a huge amount patience, planning, meetings, and self-control. People warned me that building a new home would be not only a huge headache but a slow detailed process, because contractors like to move at their own pace.”
It all sounds like a laborious process, but the thing is people who live in Atlanta, and ambitious bloggers like Tamara Tattles have carefully researched the existence of Chateau Shereé and the common consensus is that it simply doesn’t exist.
What does exist is the sale of a property at 5210 Lake Forrest Dr in Atlanta. It was sold in January 2011 for $319,000. The buyer was Thelma Ferguson, an MBA and author who happens to be Shereé’s mother. And we’ll meet her tonight when she advises her daughter to file a motion against Bob Whitfield for unpaid child support. Those in the know, who have visited the address are are reporting there is nothing more there than an empty lot where no construction has ever commenced. So much for her claim that she’s been extremely busy with the construction of her new home.
Now keep in mind we know that photo of the ordinary looking white colonial house looks nothing like the job site where Shereé has been strutting around in her stilettos. Truth be told the house itself doesn’t look like the one we saw being demolished during episode 3. And it is far closer to the street than the site Bravo will revisit tonight. We tried to look at the clip of the demolition at Bravotv.com to see if it was the white house, but curiously that entire episode has been removed from the selection of videos online. Of course this could be a coincidence, but it does make us wonder if Bravo is doing an Orwellian scrubbing of its site now that zillions of bloggers are yakking about Chateau-gate. It all makes us wonder if there is one house at Lake Forrest Drive that Shereé’s mother purchased. And a fake job site where they film and pretend she is building Atlanta’s answer to the Taj Mahal.
There’s something really absurd about Bravo and Shereé conspiring to pull the wool over our eyes to give Ms. Whitfield a storyline because, as subplots go, the building of Chateau Shereé really isn’t that interesting as Housewives fibs go. It doesn’t hold a candle to Taylor Armstrong nervously nodding her head and begging with her eyes to get Adrienne Maloof to pretend she is Kennedy’s godmother. It doesn’t even compare to Michaele Salahi’s claim that she was a Washington Redskins cheerleader. Frankly it’s a boring story. And if this is the best that they can come up with, maybe Shereé should be nixed from the cast because this network cannot afford to lose any more credibility.