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Diamond was planned to be the lead of the show, with an source saying "Diamond would definitely be the Chrissy (Lampkin) of the group".s second season, series creator Mona Scott-Young officially announced that Love & Hip Hop: Hotlanta was in production. Rici, known as Yung Joc's assistant and former mistress, and Waka Flocka Flame's mom and manager Deb Antney reportedly joining the cast.The casting of Rici, who was planned to be the "Yandy" of the group, was controversial as she had a long criminal history having been arrested for theft, assault and resisting arrest, amongst other things.Lyfe Jennings and Rasheeda's mother Shirleen Harvell joined the supporting cast, along with "momager" Karen "KK" King, her son Scrapp De Leon, Scrapp's girlfriend Tommie Lee, his baby mama Tiarra Becca, Mimi's girlfriend Chris Gould, Grammy Award-winning songwriter D. Kirk's daughter Kelsie Frost, Scrapp's brother Sas, radio personality J-Nicks and stripper Amber Priddy appeared in minor supporting roles. Smith became the first openly transgender castmate in the show's history.Gould would reveal his identity as a trans man in an episode near the end of season.Several episodes featured public service announcements aimed to help viewers struggling with their gender identity.
With the exception of Tammy Rivera, all main cast members from the previous season returned for season four, including Stevie J, who was finally promoted to the main cast.
Stefan Springman revealed in the behind-the-scenes special Love & Hip Hop Atlanta: Dirty Little Secrets that producers first considered Love & Hip Hop spin-off set in Miami before settling on Atlanta instead, saying that "we found great characters (in Miami) but it just didn't feel right".
During the casting process, several names were reported as part of the original cast, including Diamond, Rasheeda, Nivea and Cee Lo Green's ex-wife Christina Johnson.
All cast members returned for a second season, with radio personality Traci Steele and her former boyfriend DJ Babey Drew added to the cast.
With the exception of Traci Steele, who was fired from the show, and K.