Check out this video of Sheree Whitfield and party planner Anthony Shorter in an out-of-control shouting match from The Real Housewives of Atlanta!
Here’s the setup: Sheree was planning a party to celebrate her separation from husband Bob Whitfield in conjunction with the Atlanta Music Festival. The party was to be crazy, over-the-top, with Sheree being toted in like Cleopatra and something about a helicopter??? Anyway, Sheree wanted to be hands on with her party, but Anthony seemed to want to just do his job and keep her updated. There was obviously a previous incident in which Sheree canceled an appointment and Anthony seemed very defensive about the value of his time. After that, it was just a clash of egos.
That being said…
What in the world was this guy thinking?!? I don’t care HOW difficult a customer is, you DO NOT cuss them out, especially in front of Bravo cameras during filming of The Real Housewives of Atlanta! He actually insulted her mother! My jaw dropped to the floor while watching the episode transpire. The women on these shows are sort of obligated to try to be entertaining and to keep trying to push the drama envelope (table flipping anyone?) but someone representing a major service business cussing out a customer and nearly coming to blows?!?! WOW! This is one of those instances where Andy Warhol’s mantra of there not being such a thing as bad publicity is just false. I assume he will be losing his job or getting seriously reprimanded in some way for this!
Anthony “Tony” Shorter has responded to the incident, as well as questions about his sexuality, over at sandrarose.com:
I am reaching out trying to get the facts straight. First, I am not GAY! Married with children, and love P*SSY.
Second, I was never hired by Sheree or Bravo to do a party. This event was for the Atlanta Music Festival, and the producer’s ask me to modify the event to be included in an episode of the Real Housewives of Atlanta, entitled Sheree’s Divorce Party.
I also consider myself to be a professional with a long standing resume. But, unless you have work with Sheree or had any dealings with her you wouldn’t understand, where I am coming from.
Let’s plug that into the starcasm.net apologometer…
Sorry Anthony – you’ve got to do better than that! And for someone in the business of planning high-end formal events, not to mention married with children, you need to learn how to defend your sexuality in a less vulgar way than saying you “love P*USSY.” You acted unprofessionally and this apology is unprofessional in a field that is 95% being professional. (Unlike blogging!)
UPDATE – I ran across smartsexyrichcrazy.com, which claims to have a statement from Sheree’s publicist. The wording is a little rough so I have my doubts, but here it is any way! (How’s that for journalistic integrity?)
Anthony Shorter whom also uses the alias Tyson unfortunately conducted himself in an extremely unprofessional manner during this season’s taping of “The Real Housewives Of Atlanta” and did in fact attempt to assault his prospective female client Sheree Whitfield. Mr. Shorter was enraged that Ms. Whitfield as well as The Bravo Network released him of his duties. Tony Shorter lost control of his temper, screaming obscenities and completely compromising his livelihood.
In addition to this unacceptable behavior Mr. Shorter teamed up with editor Dennis Byron over the weekend and illegally used Ms. Whitfield’s name to headline a party, which had been previously cancelled due to Mr. Shorter’s unethical business practice. Sheree Whitfield had no involvement or any intentions of attending as a result of cancellation.
We are unable to address the situation in length, but would like to say that neither Anthony Shorter nor Dennis Byron has any affiliation with Sheree Whitfield. Anyone considering Anthony Shorter for hire and/or his alleged company “Atlanta Music Festival” should research all information provided.
UPDATE – Watch video of Anthony’s response on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live show that aired after the Real Housewives debut. Anthony is on the phone and continues sucking at apologizing! CLICK HERE.