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Real Housewives of Atlanta star Nene Leakes continues to have a bad week. First came major backlash from fans of the show following her behavior on the latest episode, and now a not so flattering interview by one of her stepsons.

In the interview with RadarOnline, 34-year-old Damian Leakes, who happens to be one of Gregg Leakes’ five children pre-Nene, is claiming Nene disowned him and his other siblings. And it gets even better as Damian now wants he and his forgotten siblings to get their own reality show.

“We are the forgotten side of the family. There’s so much talent with the kids he left behind,” Damian said of not being included or acknowledged on the Bravo hit show. “She knows us and she knows we have issues from about 15 years ago and it’s time to address them. She’s become a household name with our last name, but we’re non-existent.”

Gregg’s children include Damian and his twin brother Daryl, Katrina, 27; Dexter, 25; and Denton, 21. Damian also confirms that Gregg did indeed meet Nene while she was stripping at a strip club in Atlanta near his father’s workplace. “No one really knew about her stripper past. That alone was a selling point for her to say ‘get rid of them because they met me at the strip club,’ Damian said.

Damian goes on again to pitch his own reality show. “We need some closure,” Damian stated. “We need to know what did we do to cause this? What did we do to get Gregg to say ‘I’m going to abandon this family! I’m not going to try to be your friend or work with you or understand!’ We knew she [NeNe] didn’t like us– maybe he had too many kids. A TV show could be building process for Gregg and his kids because no one ever knew he had kids. There’s a lot of healing that needs to go on and a lot of animosity.”

Damian bashes Nene some more. “I think [Nene] has a lot to do with the crumbling of our family,” Damian added.“We think of her as selfish and a center-of-attention freak. She wants all of the attention and this is before a camera ever got on her.”

Moving right along. For the few fans of the show who are not aware of Cynthia Bailey’s marital status, she did indeed get married to Peter Thomas.

It was all over the press last year when the wedding took place in July. In fact, we also wrote about it. The pictures however have been kept under wraps, that is until now. Essence magazine plans to publish the wedding images in their next issue while the latest issue of Life & Style magazine, out on newsstands today, also has some exclusive photos of Cynthia on her big day. Two of those are below.

And finally, Sunday’s episode of the Real Housewives of Atlanta was its highest rated in the history of Bravo. Over 3.43 million viewers tuned in! And once again, RHOA is the highest rated housewives franchise, beating out the former leader – RHONJ. Drama does sell indeed.

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“Tune n tonite 2 c who gets the biggest Hater Award. Was so many it was hard 2 decide. help me pick the winner,” tweeted Cynthia Bailey yesterday.

“Right” was NeNe Leakes’s reply to her good friend Cynthia, who didn’t respond to her by the way. “In the fashion industry, they’re always looking for the next young model so that’s going to be tough for Cynthia because young ain’t on her side right now,” were Nene’s exact words about her good friend Cynthia following her runway walk. Dear Nene, me thinks Cynthia was referring to you as well, or at least she should have been.

Moving right along to last night’s episode of the Real Housewives of Atlanta, which wasn’t the finale as that airs next week.

The episode beings with the continuation of the tour bus ride from hell. Kim and Nene continue to argue as Nene also continues to make all kinds of threats. “I’ll toss you out the window,” threatens Nene as I wonder why the two Bravo housewives who claim to be victims of domestic violence, and advocate against it, aka Nene and Taylor Armstrong, are always the first ones to threaten violence. Funny how that works.

The tour bus finally touches base in Miami as the other ladies anxiously await their arrival. If only they knew that Hurricane Nene was heading their way. “You need to grow up and you need to know how to handle a conversation like an adult,” continues Nene as she yells at Kim back on the bus. “It’s so childish and immature,” adds the 42-year-old Nene. Oh the irony. I can assure you if you were to look into a dictionary at this very moment for the word irony hater, Nene’s photo will pop up!

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A new episode of the Real Housewives of Atlanta airs tonight at 10/9c on Bravo with the continuation of the Kim vs Nene fight.

On tonight’s episode titled ‘Floridon’t,’ with Cynthia’s wedding rapidly approaching, jitters and dramas surround the big event. Elsewhere, Phaedra returns to work; Sheree’s acting ability is sorely tested during a movie audition; and Kandi approaches Kim about song-related finances.

Watch What Happens Live – The guests tonight will be Sheree’s hairstylist Lawrence Washington, who will also be performing his new song, and RuPaul.

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UPDATE – An error was made in the original article, tonight is not the season finale. That airs next week. Thanks.

Days after Bravo aired the tour bus fight between Real Housewives of Atlanta frenemies Nene Leakes and Kim Zolciak, fans of the show are still buzzing about the showdown.

More details are now coming out about the fight and what is clear is that what Bravo showed on TV was just a tip of the iceberg. In her latest Bravo blog, Kandi Burruss, who witnessed the entire fight, reveals some new details about what really went down. Excerpts from Kandi’s blog below -

“They left out some footage from that Channel 11 clip of NeNe. During the clip the news anchor pulled out flowers and gave them to NeNe saying we decided to give you flowers since we’re not paying you any money. That’s why Kim said NeNe is an intern at 11 Alive… The first part of that argument was like an hour and a half. I don’t see how people can argue that long. Then they calmed down for a second and started back up for another 45 minutes. That’s too much… The bus ride alone could have been a whole episode.”

Arguing over 2 hours? Yikes. And in a new interview with TV Guide, Nene Leakes continues to feel she was the victim in this latest fight, despite being the one who started and escalated the argument. In the interview, which she gave on Tuesday (yesterday), Nene admits the fight wasn’t about Sweetie, apologizes to her fans and family, blames it all on Kim and also blames Bravo and her costars for not being there for her during what she called a difficult time in her life.

“”It’s an embarrassing thing to see as a mother and as an adult,” said Nene in the interview, apologizing to her fans while slamming Kim. “I apologize to my viewers and fans, and to my children and family and friends who love and care about me. …I apologize to them for them having to see me stoop to such a trashy level. When you fool with trash, it can get all over you.”

More excerpts from Nene’s interview below -

TVGuide.com: What was going on with you at that time that?
Leakes:
It was a very, very bad time. I was not healthy at the time, and [Leakes' husband] Greg and I were in a real bad place in our marriage. I really shouldn’t have been on the bus. Everyone that I worked with knew that I shouldn’t have been on the bus — so, they probably wanted me to be on the bus for those reasons.

TVGuide.com: Did you feel obligated to stick up for Sweetie?
Leakes:
I’m not sticking up for Sweetie, I’m just saying I couldn’t take it anymore. When I entered the bus, everybody was complaining. They only show me complaining, but everyone complained… Kandi, Kandi’s backup singers, everyone. Yes, Sweetie wants to be talked to that way, fine, but it’s offensive when you around a group of people to just sit there and say those words all day long. By the time Kim said Don Juan and Sweetie should stay at the house, I was like, “No! They can’t!”

TVGuide.com: Because you visited specifically to watch her and Kandi perform on tour, right?
Leakes:
Right. But being friends with Kim, if you knew her, you’d know you have to walk on egg shells. She’s always offended. Mind you, she can say anything she wants to say to you or about you — but you can’t say nothing about her or who she’s dating. She can ask you all the questions she wants, and make all the jokes and comments she wants, but you can’t do the same with her. Going into a relationship with her is one-sided. (Doesn’t this sound like Nene describing herself?)

TVGuide.com: Is there something about Kim that’s made you angry in general? You seemed to be more angry this season…
Leakes:
I don’t know what show you’re watching, but I think I’ve had a good season. You’ve seen for the past several episodes me working at 11 Alive. Early on in this season, there was a clip of me and Dwight going at it, and one of me and Greg, and the time when I talked to my son, but those things happened awhile ago.

TVGuide.com: But are you considering [returning to the show]?
Leakes:
Nope. Right now, I’m just not interested in doing a fourth season. I don’t know if I would change my mind later. With everything going on in my life, I can’t work with a bunch of women who are non-supportive. I can’t work with a bunch of women who don’t support one another. I just can’t work like that anymore. For my own sanity.

Interesting she is now apologizing following all the backlash. And finally, a fan also asked Nene yesterday why she wanted to leave the show, she replied, “No more time 4 DRAMA.” Oh the irony.

Following Nene’s comments that she no longer wishes to do the show, a lot of fans are wondering if this is simply a negotiation ploy though after reading her latest interviews, I’m starting to think she is simply believing her own hype at the moment. With her upcoming appearance on the Celebrity Apprentice, I’m getting that she feels she no longer needs the RHOA. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out.

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It was only a matter of time before text book frenemies Nene Leakes and Kim Zolciak got into it again. Matter of fact, the two ladies have gotten into major blowouts on each of the previous 2 seasons of the Real Housewives of Atlanta. This season wasn’t going to be any different.

But boy o boy were we close to making it a whole season without a bitchfest between the two. So close that they made it to just a week before the finale. Following the latest melee, both ladies have once again declared they are “done” with each other. But could they be really done this time? As Nene revealed the two have not spoken since the July incident on last night’s WWHL, with the exception of the recent reunion taping of course. Another Nene fact? She revealed in a recent interview that she will never forgive Kim for this fight, you know, being that she was the victim and all.

Moving right along to the new over-sized episode which begins with the continuation of the tour bus from hell as Kim continues to berate and abuse her long suffering assistant Sweetie. Sweetie’s latest offense is having her cell phone alarm wake Kim up. It’s now a brand new day and Kim is ready for her healthy breakfast. As the bus driver pulls over, Kim and Sweetie almost run over each other as they struggle to get to the bus door to smoke. In watching this, I can’t help but wonder if Sweetie picked up the smoking habit from her boss.

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Tonight’s episode of the Real Housewives of Atlanta will not only be new but also super-sized!

On the 14th episode of the season (the finale is next week), NeNe’s first on-air interview with rapper-producer Jermaine Dupri creates tension with Kim. Elsewhere, financial problems continue Peter and Cynthia. Meanwhile Phaedra struggles to balance career and family; and Kandi tires of Kim’s bus-tour shenanigans.

The new episode airs tonight at 10/9c on Bravo.

Watch What Happens Live – The guests tonight will be Nene Leakes and Iman.

In other Atlanta news, while promoting her upcoming appearance on the Celebrity Apprentice, Nene dropped a bombshell to Zap2It when she revealed she is not interested in returning to the Atlanta Housewives for a 4th season.

“I’m not really interested in joining the next season,” NeNe told Zap2it. “I’m just not really interested right now,” she repeated without revealing her sudden lost of interest in continuing the show. Could this be a ploy for contract negotiations? Does it have to do with the recent reunion show taping? Only time will tell.

Nene did reveal however that she is currently working on a shoe line and a handbag line, to go along with her desire to do behind-the-scenes producing radio and TV shows.

And finally, Nene recently tweeted photos of she and Cynthia Bailey from the reunion show taping. Those are below. A preview clip from tonight’s episode is also below -

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The Real Housewives of Atlanta finally filmed their season 3 reunion show on Wednesday after a snow storm forced Bravo to cancel the original Tuesday schedule.

In fact, Andy Cohen’s flight from NYC to Atlanta got cancelled on Monday but he was ultimately able to get a flight to Alabama Monday night and then jetted a private plane to Atlanta on Tuesday. Yes folks, it was that crucial.

The above photo was tweeted by Phaedra Parks with the caption, “@Kandi was looking hot 2day!!!! Gr8 seeing u:-).” And as you can see Kandi Burruss is rocking a longer hair do thanks to hairdresser Derek J. Are you digging Kandi’s new hair style?

Kim Zolciak also tweeted yesterday that she was suppose to rock a darker wig but couldn’t as her new hairstylist Ayana was unable to make her trip to Atlanta. According to Kim, some of the roads in Atlanta were still in bad condition yesterday morning as her car was slipping and sliding all over the place but fret now as Kim made it known she had a driver take her to the reunion taping. Below are some of the tweets made by the Atlanta ladies about the reunion. Andy, Kim and Phaedra were the only ones to tweet about the reunion following the taping yesterday.

Kandi - “we’re taping our reunion special tomorrow.hmmm…They always style us in dresses when really we might need sneakers & sweats! LOL!”

Andy - “OMG would you believe we JUST wrapped the Atlanta reunion. Worth the nightmare to get here, for sure! Hope you r watching Top Chef!!”

Kim - “Reunion was good!! Some ppl just lie lie lie… Truth always surfaces!! :) my baby came and picked me up heading home!! #soblessed”

Phaedra - “I’m so exhausted!!! I’m headed to bed:-) Sweet dreams twitterville!”

Also Kim and Nene went at it on Twitter Monday night with both ladies mostly re-tweeting negative messages about each other from their fans so that probably carried onto the reunion taping. And finally, Sheree Whitfield made her TV acting debut this Tuesday with a small role on BET’s The Game. Sheree appeared on screen for only a few seconds, playing herself.

Sheree tweeted that she auditioned for a slighly bigger role and got it but the show’s producers had a changed of heart when she got there to film. “Yep, I auditioned and got the role of Brittany but when I got there they changed it up a bit!,” she tweeted.

Two more photos form the Altanta reunion below. Andy tweeted the first photo of he and Kim under the caption “@kimzolciak and I are sharing beauty tips. Seriously. #ReunionMustGoOn.” Kandi’s hairstylist tweeted the second photo of her. Bravo has yet to announce the airing date but it will likely be in 3 weeks.

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If there’s anything to be learned from last night’s episode of the Real Housewives of Atlanta, it is that Kim Zolciak seriously missed her calling as a comedienne. I mean seriously as some of the comments coming out of Kim’s mouth can only be described as pure comedy. A few of the more memorable quotes below -

  • “There’s a part of Phaedra that I actually like but she does lie. That’s a problem.”
  • “Papa never cheated on me.”
  • “I never really stopped [singing]. I just said I wanted to be a one hit wonder over and over again.”

With that said, let’s get right to the recap! The episode begins with Phaedra and Apollo at home as Phaedra is planning yet another country party. This time around, it’s a “Sip and See,” and no I’ve never heard of that in my life either. Phaedra then goes on to fill Apollo in on her recent conflict with Kim though in Phaedra’s delusional world, any negative comment made about her can only stem from jealousy or hating rather. “We command a lot of attention because look at us, we are attractive people. We are doing well and unfortunately, people are not happy for other people’s success in Atlanta. Haterville,” states the always insightful one. The Nidas decide the best way to deal with the Kim drama is to invite her to the Sip and See circus.

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