‘Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta’ Sets Return Date With New Cast Member

Love & Hip Hop Atlanta (Credit: MTV)

After an explosive mid-season finale, Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta is set to return with new episodes and a new cast member.

MTV made the announcement on Tuesday, Nov. 28, saying the series will be back in January.

Rapper Saucy Santana is joining the cast along with his partner, Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood alum ZellSwag.

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Saucy Santana was a recurring guest star on Love & Hip Hop: Miami. But in a March 2022 interview on Revolt’s “Big Facts” podcast, Santana said he didn’t have a good experience on the show.

“I hated Love & Hip Hop… I didn’t realize how it was,” Santana explained. “It came with so much drama and I just felt like I didn’t wanna give that.”

Who knows, maybe the rapper will have a better experience with the Atlanta crew.

Returning cast members include Amy Luciani, Bambi, Erica Banks, Erica Dixon, Jessica White, Karlie Redd, Kendra Robinson, Khaotic, Kirk Frost, Mazi G, Mendeecees, Momma Dee, Rasheeda, Renni Rucci, Scrappy, Shekinah Jo, Sierra Gates, Spice, Yandy, and Yung Joc.

One person not on the list to return is Erica Mena, who was ousted from the show in September after hurling a racial slur at Spice during an argument and later apologizing.

The new episodes will be “focused on healing” after intense divisions, MTV said in a press release.

“As the crew moves toward a new renaissance, intent on restoration and renewal, some members realize that the road to healing and finding joy, brings up a host of unresolved trauma including addiction, grief, infertility, abuse, and assault, which causes them to shed their tough exteriors and make way for vulnerability,” according to the official description.

Among the plot details provided by MTV:

Spice is on a journey of accountability and redemption as she tours the world. She is also getting back into activism with the Grace Hamilton Foundation and campaigns alongside Yandy to get the vote out.

Rasheeda and Kirk Frost continue to build generational wealth by purchasing land, flipping homes, managing their fashion store, “Pressed ATL” and their brunch spot “Frost Bistro.”

Yandy and Mendeecees have reached mogul status in Atlanta with their multiple million dollar businesses while simultaneously exploring running for City Council. Yandy is also supporting her cousin through the IVF process by donating her eggs to her.

Bambi reinvents herself as she celebrates her independence from Scrappy. Renni experiences a healing journey of her own as she works ardently on building a better foundation for her family.

Karlie Redd makes her music career a top priority and Erica Banks is on a roller coaster with her record label and is pushing through independently until the dust settles and she can find her way back to the top of the charts.

As ZellSwag joins Atlanta, he openly embraces his sexuality with his new relationship.

MTV’s Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta is produced by Antoinette Media.

Mona Scott-Young serves as an executive producer for Monami Productions and Lashan Browning is an executive producer for Antoinette Media with Donna Edge-Rachell, Paris Bauldwin, Daniel Wiener, Alissa Horowitz, Mimi Adams, Gavin Lee Jones, and John Crenny. Sitarah Pendelton-Eaglin and Daniel Blau Rogge executive produce for MTV Entertainment Studios.

You can watch previous seasons on MTV.com, the MTV App, Paramount+, and the Love & Hop Hop channel on Pluto TV.

Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta returns Tuesday, Jan. 9 at 8PM ET/PT on MTV.