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Riley Burruss Reveals What Mama Joyce Is *Really* Like at Home

The Real Housewives of Atlanta kid and Kandi Burruss' daughter opened up about her grandma like never before.

By Jocelyn Vena
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Riley Burruss knows a side of mom Kandi Burruss' mom, Mama Joyce Jones, that most people do not. While Mama Joyce has become a an icon in The Real Housewives of Atlanta franchise, Riley's grandma is just that: the woman known to her family as Memo.

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"I think it's definitely different for people at home seeing her on TV, and then me just [being] there. Whenever there's stuff about her on TV, when she has an argument or something, I just find that really funny. I don't really take it seriously," Riley shared in an exclusive interview with Bravo Insider.

She then revealed what Joyce is like as a grandmother: "She's really caring. She's always trying to make sure the kids are OK. I feel like the kids are her main concerns, but that's probably why I find it funny 'cause I'm like, 'Oh well, it's good for me.' I know a lot of people try to make her seem like she's really mean and stuff. But I think it's just like a little sass, I guess a word for myself. So I just find it funny."

But whatever Riley, who is currently away at college at NYU, knows about the events that transpire on RHOA with her family, including with her grandma, she really only learns about from other ways. "Honestly, I don't really watch the show. Of course, if [my mom] tells me, 'Oh, you're in this episode,' then she might send me a video clip or something, or tell me when I'm going to be on. But I don't typically watch it, especially because I am here, so I already know what's going on," Riley said. "Sometimes there are things that I don’t realize. Like, if they have an argument with my grandma or something, and then I'm like, 'What? I didn't even know that happened.' And then I'll talk to her about it way later than it happened, and then she'll tell me what happened, but yeah. So it is kind of interesting to watch at times, but I don't really."

She added, "I think it's funny just to see. Sometimes I enjoy watching and then seeing what other people have to say. But for me, it's just like funny to see from an outside point of view, because when you're just having conversation and talking to your family you're like, 'Oh, whatever.' But then when you, like, have the chance to re-watch it, you're like, 'Oh, wow, like, I didn't realize I said that,' or, 'I didn't realize that's how I sound,' or something like that. I think it's definitely interesting to see it kind of like from an outside perspective."

Over the years, mom Kandi, has even shared some important advice about living a public life: "Ignoring people who speak ill of you."

Riley painted a picture of what life is like when she's back home in Atlanta with her entire family. "I'm always in the kitchen, I'm always with the kids," she said. "I feel like Todd's always working in one of the restaurants, making sure everything's good over there. Of course, my mom's schedule is always full. But we always ended up seeing each other in the kitchen area mostly. Ace will be in there sitting, watching TV on his iPad. Blaze will be running around, so that's kind of like the dynamic. Of course, Kaela lives in New York, so she hasn't been around there that much, similar to me now."

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