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PHOTOS: The A-List New York Welcomes New Gal Pal At Second Season Premiere Party

(New A-Lister Nyasha Zimucha gets down with Rodiney Santiago)

“Evolve or die” is as true in television as it is in biology. So for the second season of Logo’s hit reality series, The A-List New York (debuting Monday, July 26 at 10pm EST), producers have added a new character  friend—Nyasha Zimucha, a recording artist, former Miss Africa and entrepreneur (she owns a wig company ironically called Embrace Your Hair). To welcome her to the fold, Reichen, Rodiney, the Professor and Mary Ann invited Zimucha to the show’s Season Two premiere party Tuesday night at District 36 (home to the mega-hot Friday night party Rockit)

Zimucha admitted to us she didn’t know too much about the show before signing on (that’s probably for the best, dear), but strongly defends her gay street cred:  “Honey, you know my black ass be at Elmo down in Chelsea every weekend!”  More to the point, she brings three essential qualities for any cast member on a gay reality show—drama, levity and good hair.

The first episode of Season Two was screened for the crowd and, though we don’t want to give away too much, we will say that Reichen and Rodiney’s inevitable split comes early on and that Nyasha gets in a fight with one of the boys. (She’s a fast learner, that Nyasha!) Preview clips from future episodes reveal that Austin will pose for Playgirl (duh) and Rodiney will hook up with a woman. (Was it that bad with Reichen?).

Before leaving the bash, we also kiki-ed with cast member Derek Saathoff, a modeling agent (and self-professed daily Queerty reader), who admits he’s learned a few lessons from Season One. “I’m trying to keep my goddamn mouth shut! I said some horrible things about a lot of people… and I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings,” he confesses. “I’m trying to be careful with how I word things, but I also want to come with an honest perspective.” It may be hard for Derek to hold to that  since, in his own words, he’s dealing with “a cast of assholes.” When asked what he thought about the addition of Nyasha Saathoff says he’s “glad she’s a part of the cast this season—[it’s better] than dealing with another gay asshole.”  We see you’ve got the diplomacy thing down already, Derek!

    • Alex

      Pic 4… guy on the left is dreamy.

      Jul 20, 2011 at 1:01 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Motard

      I swear I got herpes just by flipping through that gallery.

      BRB, gettin’ tested.

      Jul 20, 2011 at 1:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • rascal

      @Alex: In my opinion, he looks like a big doofus from the Deep South who couldn’t string two words together. To each his own….

      Jul 20, 2011 at 2:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tony

      A-list?? Premiere?? That looks like one of our office parties from work.

      Jul 20, 2011 at 2:44 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ray

      So basically they are adding a fag hag to the show.

      Jul 20, 2011 at 2:47 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • christopher di spirito

      There was a Season One?

      Jul 20, 2011 at 2:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jon Tom

      Can’t sit through one episode. This shows is just gross! Complete rubbish…

      Jul 20, 2011 at 3:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • QJ201

      Mike Ruiz is so dreamy when he’s not cracked out.

      Jul 20, 2011 at 3:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TheRealMannequinAdam

      Between the vacuous other posts and this one, I’m truly to the point where I think it’s time to move on from Queerty. I’ll be checking out other blogs from now on. I’m dissatisfied with the discussions here, and this post was the straw that broke the camel’s back.

      Giving any coverage to this show is absolutely inexcusable.

      Jul 20, 2011 at 3:30 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • timothy

      LOL at Tony
      But wait who is actually watching this show…

      Jul 20, 2011 at 3:45 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Fitz

      Anyone who would watch this is an untouchable douche.

      Jul 20, 2011 at 3:52 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ted B. (Charging Rhino)

      Gay train-wreck or not. I’m just not going to watch, I just can’t after Season-one.

      They aren’t A-Listers.
      They aren’t funny.
      They aren’t hot. (Which otherwise would forgive many sins.)
      And, compared to the “House Porn” of Royal Pains, their digs are the pits.

      Jul 20, 2011 at 3:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • xander

      Fitz, if the word ‘undoucheable’ doesn’t exist yet, you made a good case for creating it, and it applies to this show.

      Jul 20, 2011 at 4:02 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • PiOhPah

      They certainly aren’t A-Listers in any world, but calling the show “Living Hemorrhoids: The Bottom of the Barrel in Gay “Culture”” probably wouldn’t get a lot of viewers. I’m surprised shows like this don’t cause an uptick in gay teen suicides and people entering ex-gay therapy. Imagine if you turned on the TV and seeing these creatures and thinking that is what being gay entails. I would have killed myself or been cured rather than entertain the idea of that.

      Jul 20, 2011 at 4:04 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mike

      A-List Gays: New York City already has a tall, manly, bitchy caricature on reality TV. Her name is LuAnn de Lesseps. Chic c’est la vie!

      Jul 20, 2011 at 4:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Thom Freeheart

      Derek is the only reason that I watch the show. If you’re reading this, Derek… please don’t change a thing.

      Jul 20, 2011 at 4:52 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • randy

      @rascal: Perhaps, but he can wrap his arm around me anytime.

      Jul 20, 2011 at 5:28 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • George412

      Doesn’t look like a very big turn out for the “premiere”. That new cast members wig is atrocious. She sells wigs?

      Jul 20, 2011 at 6:06 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • neil

      the part looks as dull as the show

      Jul 20, 2011 at 6:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Eminent Victorian

      In the interest of full-disclosure, Queerty, were you paid by the show to post this?

      Jul 20, 2011 at 6:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • neil

      though reichen’s new friend is quite good looking.

      Jul 20, 2011 at 6:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kirk212

      Sadder than this programs ‘stars’ or content are those viewers that would waste precious minutes of their week watching something so staged and tragic. Go volunteer or something. This is pathetic but it is Logo, a pathetic excuse for a network – cannot believe it’s the ‘gay’ network, we deserve better. Oh yes, we have Bravo.

      Jul 20, 2011 at 6:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Toferdavid

      I enjoy the show

      Jul 20, 2011 at 6:49 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Scott Gatz · Queerty Editor

      @Eminent Victorian: for the record Queerty was not paid for this post. (however you will see ads for the show on the site). It seems that this show kicks up people’s emotions like nothing else – and maybe there’s something to be said about that (more comments on this post than many others).

      @TheRealMannequinAdam: I hope we don’t lose you here. Not every post will be for everyone, but for whatever reason, this show gets a big audience, so it’s probably gonna get talked about on here.

      Jul 20, 2011 at 8:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Thom Freeheart

      Some of you guys need to lighten up. It’s just a show. It’s fun. The guys are bitchy and superficial. Just like us.

      Jul 20, 2011 at 9:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • George412

      @Scott Gatz:

      “big audience”??!?!?! I guess you don’t know much about ratings. For Logo it gets decent numbers, but if it it were on any other network it would be cancelled. At its peak it gets about a half million viewers. Shows on Bravo, TLC, MTV, etc. get double that and still get cancelled. Daytime soaps are getting cancelled and they get 5 times the number of viewers. Logo doesn’t have any hits so a show like this is better than nothing for them.

      Jul 20, 2011 at 9:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TJ

      Will Reichen be masturbating for us in this season, then lying about it?

      Jul 20, 2011 at 9:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DD

      You guys are funny. LOL

      Jul 20, 2011 at 10:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jonathan

      @Kirk212: I completely agree!

      Jul 20, 2011 at 11:35 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jonathan

      @PiOhPah: Brilliant!! The very worst stereotypes exploited for money….nothing but money.

      Jul 20, 2011 at 11:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jonathan

      @Thom Freeheart: Its not just a show and what it says and the people it promotes matter for the entire GLBT community nationwide.

      Jul 20, 2011 at 11:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Thom Freeheart

      @Jonathan: I don’t think the breeders are watching.

      Jul 21, 2011 at 12:20 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jock

      Miserable gay stereotypes promoted as us? I think not. Let’s hope a bully finds them all…

      Jul 21, 2011 at 12:37 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Swimmer

      I dunno what you folks think A list is – but this is no A list. Maybe “The Misfits” would be more inline with their take on gay life. These people make the housewife series seem like fine tour de force cinema. Get real A list gays – Hormel heirs, Anderson Cooper (vanderbilt family) those type of gays…..

      Jul 21, 2011 at 12:44 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • gregger

      Let’s see how quickly it devolves into the cluster fuck it deserves to be.

      Jul 21, 2011 at 8:58 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • funny

      LOGO appreciates ALL the comments – keep them coming. We realize many hate the show but you’ll end up watching even though denials are made b/c the ratings reports show otherwise. While the cast may seem stereotypical, ironically what they give is exactly what is given in these comments. Perhaps it’s the fact that the gays commenting don’t want it out in the open for the same way they act with bitchiness, etc.

      Jul 21, 2011 at 10:42 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ousslander

      wtch the show the show just to hate on and laugh at the em. also makes me feel better about myself.

      Jul 21, 2011 at 11:00 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • gregger

      @funny: Not really, I don’t invite people like this into my homes so why would I watch them on my tv. I keep my distance from the majority of them in the social world. When forced to deal with them in my professional life I keep it professional. I’ve had to deal with Reichen, once. The less said the better.

      Jul 21, 2011 at 11:04 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ronbo

      Isn’t all of Bravo! just a set-up of rich people who demand that poor people serve them with some type of service? Millionaire Designers. Millionaire Matchmakers. Real Housewives of Whore-er. Flipping Out. Platinum Hits. Rocco’s Dinner Party. Rachel Zoe. Etc….

      If you are a rich asshole willing to shit on poor contestants, Bravo! has a job for you.

      Jul 21, 2011 at 1:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ronbo

      Sorry – I confused LOGO with Bravo! Oh, just more pretentious assholes parading their low moral fiber and fake bodies around. I just got an email from Rupaul’s dragulicious drag-u-correct-u-now-n-later-ate-er – I’m approved to write a segemet of their show!!! It’s going to be a rich gay man who wants to marry an empty, but physically fit smarmy queeny masculine-ish loser. I’ve got a list of 12 willing subjects from the A-List!

      Jul 21, 2011 at 1:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • timothy

      I have not and will not ever watch this show. I do like Rupaul’s drag race tho and I used to watch the QAF reruns but I don’t know what happened to those…

      Jul 21, 2011 at 4:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Afro Boricua

      I can’t deal with these white Queens on this show. ‘In Between Men’ is a much better show with masculine men, although they too are all white.

      Jul 21, 2011 at 10:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Improbable

      I watched this show once and was embarassed to be gay.

      Jul 22, 2011 at 1:11 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Improbable

      ps. the man can’t sing for the life of himself.

      Jul 22, 2011 at 1:12 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • JoeyO'H

      You have such negative energy here. You’re confrontational with many posters here. Why can’t you just have discussions here without getting nasty and negative? I get a vibe from your posts that you’re an unhappy person. As Auntie Mame would say, “Live! Live! Live!” Just have fun!

      Jul 22, 2011 at 11:33 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • JoeyO'H

      And by the way, the A-List is fun. It’s entertaining to watch these guys backstab, dish, and argue. Is is stereotypical? Yes. But it’s all fun. I’ll TiVo it.

      Jul 22, 2011 at 11:36 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • gregger

      @JoeyO’H: I’d rather drink bleach.

      Jul 22, 2011 at 1:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • JoeyO'H


      LOL! Add a little cranbury for taste… just kidding. I know many of my friends feel the same way as you do. However, this season (the cast) could easily get on my nerves rather quickly and could turn me off from watching the rest of the season.

      Jul 23, 2011 at 8:58 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Miguel Valenzuela

      my god. I rather watch Ian Bernardo battle his personal demons on camera for an hour than watch this piece of crap. And I HATE Ian Bernardo. So that is saying something.

      Jul 24, 2011 at 4:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • mike

      How come I cannot find any in-depth info on this Nyasha chick..like where she was born..raised..parents…schools…,

      Aug 4, 2011 at 9:47 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ray Sharradh

      Logo has done more damage to the image and self-respect of the gay community than a thousand Rush Limbaughs and Republicans Parties EVERY could.

      Sep 25, 2011 at 4:31 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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