Some fans of The Real Housewives of Atlanta have been wondering why A.J. Jewell, former fiance of Kandi Burruss, was still included in some of the episodes of the Bravo-docu series even after his death on October 2. The show hasn't exactly portrayed A.J. in a positive light and it doesn't help that Kandi's mother, Joyce, has continuously criticized A.J. in front of millions of viewers. But Bravo's Andy Cohen explains there's a reason for not deleting the scenes involving the deceased A.J.
"There's a big storyline with Kandi and A.J. that's tough to watch in the shadow of A.J.'s passing. Some of you may wonder why we didn't completely cut the scenes out, but we felt that would be wrong for a number of reasons. First of all, it would've minimized his role in Kandi and her family's lives -- when we taped the show a few months ago he was about to become her husband. It would've implied that somehow his actions or behavior was somehow negative -- they weren't. We think you'll appreciate our decision when you see what transpires over the next episodes, and we felt that keeping him was the most respectful to his memory and to his family," Andy Cohen wrote on his blog on Bravo.
After A.J.'s death, he was still featured in the 11th episode of The Real Housewives of Atlanta entitled "High Heels & Record Deals," in which Kandi signed a record deal in Los Angeles while her relationship with A.J. seemingly went downhill. And just last week on The Real Housewives of Atlanta, the couple, together with Kandi's mom, enlisted the help of a counselor in hopes of saving their relationship while Sheree and Kim threw a long-overdue engagement party for Kandi and A.J.
Catch A.J.'s remaining moments on The Real Housewives of Atlanta, airing every Thursday at 10pm on Bravo.