What is a housewife to do when she goes from being the favorite to least favorite? Well if you’re Nene Leakes, you blame it all on the editing.
Yes, last season’s breakout star of the Real Housewives of Atlanta is whining speaking out in a new interview, blaming the producers of the Bravo hit show for portraying her as an ‘evil person.’ Nene says she had a meeting with production because she was especially angered by the show’s season finale. The finale shows Nene arguing once again with Kandi, and implies she chocked Kim Zolciak.
In typical Nene fashion, she takes zero responsibility for her actions, and instead chooses to play the victim. I’m guessing all the words that came out of her mouth this season, including telling fellow castmate Kim that she could not sell her record without her star power, was all editing as well.
Excerpts from Nene’s interview with Essence is below –
ESSENCE.COM: You expressed that you wanted to set the record straight about the season finale that airs this Thursday. What gives?
NENE LEAKES: I had a meeting with production because I was really upset with the final episode because I believe I was portrayed as this evil person.
ESSENCE.COM: How so?
NENE: Well, a lot of things are edited to be seen a certain way, when in reality it’s really not that way all the time. Don’t get me wrong, the events that are taking place are real, but depending on the editing they can cut and paste and make it appear as if you say something at a certain time when it didn’t happen in that sequence at all.
ESSENCE.COM: Understood, but you’re not an ingénue to dramality TV and this practice is nothing new, so why are you so upset about the show’s portrayal of you now?
NENE: Yes, I know that’s what they do, but the first season they didn’t edit me. It happened this season because we have a different show runner and this season has been a lot more planned and scripted. Last season they just let us go which made for a great show, but this time around, the show runner will say something like, you need to go over there and talk to Kim about “Tardy for the Party.” They’ve also been making a lot of changes to the sequence of events. For instance, we all arrived to Sheree’s fashion show late because there was a huge car accident, and when we arrived they all ushered us to our seats and the show began immediately, but when you see the episode they show me talking to Kandi which is not what happened.
TELL US: WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE SEASON FINALE EPISODE?
ESSENCE.COM: Again, what has you so upset?
NENE: This finale really makes me look like I’m the villain, as if I choked Kim. There’s a scene where I’m mad at Kim and they make it seem like I’m mad about her not wanting me on the song “Tardy for the Party,” when in fact she and I discussed that already and afterwards attended Sheree’s independence party and had a good old time. The reason I was mad at Kim was because we all attended the Bravo A-list Awards and I found out that she has been talking sh- about me, Lisa and Sheree to the New York and Orange County housewives and that’s why I was upset.
ESSENCE.COM: Does this mean you’re giving up reality television?
NENE: I have no desire to be a reality star, but I would love to have my own talk show. I’ve been offered my own reality show, but again, I have no interest in being a serial reality star. I would love to do what I’m doing on “The Insider” as a commentator talking about entertainment and different topics. I’m learning that this entertainment business is a tough place for a loyal person to be in. It’s really hard for me to see because I have always believed what’s meant for me is meant for me. I could have always been on the top if I was willing to backstab, sleep with folks and do whatever for the sake of [progressing] my career. Last year, I was the one that a lot of people connected with and showed interest in me and it was often a difficult position to be in with the other ladies. But I want people to know that I’m still the same person that I was last year and I’m never gonna change no matter how they try to portray me.