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It's hard to imagine Real Housewives of Miami without Lea Black, since she's been at the center of a lot of drama on the show this season. But apparently, Lea came this close to not joining the cast.

Lea tells Celebuzz that her name had been tossed around as a potential cast member from the start, but Lea wasn't eager to participate. "When they were initially casting Miami, 20 people threw my hat into the ring, and the producers kept calling me," she says.

"It wasn't really for me  I hadn't watched the Housewives," Lea explains. "Finally, the producers asked if I would take a meeting, and I said OK. When they came over, I started telling them I knew all these fabulous people who might want to do it."

The producers agreed to tape Lea and her friends at her home, but her friends turned out to be really boring, so the producers begged her to be on the show.

"The night before [taping began], I basically said, 'I'm not going to do the show,'" Lea says. "I chickened out. The producers at the time said, "Well, if you don't do the show, another one of the girls isn't going to do it because she doesn't have any connection to any other girl on the show.' That was one of the main reasons [I agreed] to do Real Housewives, because she really needed it."

So how does she feel now about her decision to join the show? "It's stressful when [the other ladies] go too far, lie too much, and can't let something go," she says.  "That's when it becomes no fun anymore."

Well, we're glad Lea's on the show, even if it's not always a blast for her!

Source: Celebuzz