It's been how many seasons now? I think everyone on the planet knows not to cross Ms. NeNe Leakes. Clearly Kandi Burruss hasn't gotten that memo. Like her or not (and I waiver–loved her, didn't like her so much, she's definitely growing on me again), the Real Housewives of Atlanta star is one of the franchise's biggest break-outs, and it was her hard work and hustle that made it happen. She took her gig on Bravo and surpassed all the cookbook writers, spin-off ladies, and talk-show hopefuls. NeNe has arrived, and she's a bona fide star. If you'd told me this would happen three years ago, I would have laughed at you while singing in a limo. If you tried to convince me of the same a year ago, I'd just yell "Wig" at you and tell you to close your legs to married men. You have to admit, the lady has one-liners!
Maybe it's her brashness, her biting honesty (she's the only one who proudly owns up to stripping in the past), or unapologetic nature, but NeNe has become a force to reckoned with among all of the housewives. To be quite honest, I'm still a little surprised that she stuck around this season to cause drama given her new presence in Hollywood. I'm equal parts terrified of her and want her to be my friend…of course, maybe I want her to my friend because I'm so scared of her. Regardless, call me Neenster!
Real Housewives of Atlanta’sNeNe Leakes is one busy woman. Not only is she on a hit Bravo reality show, she’s guest starring on Glee and working on her new sitcom The New Normal. With all of that television craziness on her plate, she simply doesn’t’ have time to add another project into the mix. Sorry Donald Trump!
Apparently, The Donald had hoped The Neenster would join his famous brethren on the upcoming season of Celebrity Apprentice All-Stars. Unfortunately, the grueling schedule was just too much of a commitment for NeNe. She would have likely been too tired to bring drama of NeNe style proportions.
Well, it looks like Kenya Moore is marking her territory. Amidst speculation that the former Miss USA is joining the cast of Real Housewives of Atlanta, Kenya confirmed she is indeed, the new cast member. Bravo isn’t going to like her announcing that!
Hopefully this won’t be a case of counting her chickens before they hatch, but Kenya spoke to Sister2Sister where she all but announced her new job! “I’ve had an opportunity recently to be on a reality show,” Kenya she revealed. “I feel like it’s almost like my duty to take the job because it’s the converse of what we’re seeing now.”
Kenya says her motivation for joining was to stop the image of women on reality TV as being “immature” and “petty,” which is why she had no interest in Basketball Wives! Kenya confirmed she is not involved in that show, but coyly reveals she will be involved in another one!
Atlanta, Atlanta, Atlanta…There is so much going on that I don’t know where to start! If you had told me several seasons ago that Kim wouldn’t be with Big Poppa, Phaedra would be accused of being a criminal kingpin, and NeNe would be a legitimate actress on a television show, I would have died laughing. Looks like the joke is on me!
As you recall, Phaedra Park’s former friend Angela Stanton has promoted an e-book in collaboration with Vibe. Lies of a Real Housewife: Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil makes some pretty strong accusations regarding Phaedra being the mastermind behind a crime spree that landed both Angela and Apollo Nida in jail. Vibe.com shared a series of video interviews with Angela in conjunction with her book release. In one of the videos, she states that Apollo’s “brother” lied about the extent of Angela’s involvement, in an effort to take the heat off Phaedra.
Now Vibe is issuing a “clarification“–or what regular folks would call an “Oops!”–on Angela use of the term “brother.” The site back pedals, “In the first clip (of three), Ms. Stanton refers to an individual involved in the criminal scheme described in the book, as the brother of Apollo [Phaedra’s husband]. It appears as if Everett and Apollo are not related by blood and Ms. Stanton refers to Everett as Apollo’s ‘street brother’ in her book. The statements made in the video clips were made by Ms. Stanton in a figurative manner and not in literal terms.” I wonder how many other Oops clarifications the site will have to make in connection with this book. Tamara Tattles notes that the book, which was holding the 67th spot on Amazon upon its release, has now dropped to the 5,289th position.
NeNe Leakes seems to have a new biffle in the form of Glee creator Ryan Murphy. The Neenster has been honing her acting skills on the hit series, and it was just announced that she will be starring in Murphy’s latest pilot, The New Normal. The show centers around a gay couple and their surrogate, and NeNe will play the recurring role of Rocky. It appears that the RHOA reality star may have found the perfect way to channel her dramatic personality!
NeNe recently tweeted a picture of her famous bestie, stating, “THE MAN that is changing my life 1 script @ a time Ryan Murphy.”
Adding another photo of her and Ryan for her followers, NeNe tweeted, “I gotta get that Emmy baby & this man is helping me make sure that happens.” Both of those photos are below.
NeNe’s former best friend/current nemesis Kim Zolciak also took to the twitterverse to defend herself when a follower called out her behavior towards former assistant Sweetie Hughes. After someone tweeted “RT @snooki I hate when people are mean to their assistants. Your not cool. responded, @throughmyeyes__ how about my former assistant/friend @sweetieHughes is one of my dearest closest friends soooo stfu!”
Mere minutes later, Kim gave quite a shout out to her friend, tweeting, “First vacation in a loooong time w/ out @sweetieHughes we already miss u!!! If u wanna come I got u ” A hilarious picture of Kim’s wigs on said vacation is also below!
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The press release reads: “The pressure is on as she rushes to find a dress, lose remaining baby weight and cosmetically enhance trouble spots. With the date quickly approaching, problems mount- her invitation is leaked to the press and her mother refuses to attend the wedding. Still, Kim is determined to marry Kroy and won’t let anything ruin her perfect day. Don’t be tardy for this party as Kim refuses to give up on happily ever after.”
The show premieres with double episodes on Thursday, April 26, at 9pm and 9:30pm et/pt. A preview clip is below!
Moving on to other news, Kim, 33, is now finally revealing the real reason she fired her long suffering assistant, Sweetie Hughes.
In her latest blog for Bravo, Kim writes: “Sweetie began to become a bit lazy, she didn’t seem like herself anymore, and it worried me. The last thing I want is for our relationship to be ruined because of my role as her boss. Because of those feelings, I had to let Sweetie go.”
Kim, who states she’s known Sweetie for over 12 years and considers her a part of her family, adds, “That decision was best for the both of us, because now she’s just my girlfriend. No obligations, not stress. I’d much rather let Sweetie go and keep her as a friend, than keep her and jeopardize one of the most important relationships I have! Assistants come and go but you can’t buy loyalty.”
Kim didn’t end there; she also explained why she did not attend Cynthia Bailey’s anniversary party. Kim blogged, “As far as Cynthia’s one year anniversary party, I absolutely was not attending. First off, Peter acted like a total ass at my baby shower, and second I wasn’t about to attend an event for someone who implied I am racist (saying I would never hold a “black baby”). ”
She continues, “It’s amazing to me how upset Cynthia has been about my comment last year that Peter and Cynthia won’t last a year when her own family thinks that! I am happy for Cynthia and hope her marriage lasts forever, but I am entitled to my own opinion and had absolutely no desire to attend her event.”
Finally, Kim also took to her Twitter page this week to post a picture of herself with no make-up on! That pic is below.
And speaking of tweet pics, NeNe Leakes and Kim Kardashian met up again this week in Atlanta to do a photo-op dinner! Kim is back in Atlanta to film more scenes for her recurring guest role on Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva.
Kimmie Kakes tweeted a photo of herself with NeNe on Wednesday with the caption “HOTlanta is not the same without dinner with @neneleakes LOVE YOU!” That pic is also below!
[Photo Credit: WENN]
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON KIM’S NEW SPINOFF SHOW? WILL YOU BE TUNING IN? PLUS THOUGHTS ON WHY KIM FIRED SWEETIE?
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After an interviewSweetie gave to blogger ATLien about her termination as Kim’slackey right-hand-woman created some hullabaloo about Kroy’s potential prejudices, the ladies started tweeting up a storm to discredit the story.
As you recall, ATLien wrote, “I’ve heard rumors that Kim’s new husband, Falcons player Kroy Biermann doesn’t ‘prefer’ African-Americans chilling around the house, and since Sweetie is clearly one of those, it’s been inferred that he may be the cause of her sudden job loss.”
Not one to take this gossip lightly, Kim took to the mean streets of her Twitterhood to set the record straight. On Friday, she tweeted, “Under no circumstances did @sweetieHughes imply @biermann71 was racist nor discriminates against african americans when u do an inter be legit! Its disgusting!”
Sweetie was quick to respond to her twitter pal and former boss, saying, “@Kimzolciak ignore the BS and Have a wonderfull day sweetie:)” which was later followed with, “Omg America get a life!!!!!”
It appears the world may never know the back story behind Kim and Sweetie’s parting of ways. Of course, we can always read between the tweets…and pray the situation is highlighted on the upcoming Don’t Be Tardy for the Wedding!
In other RHOA news, Phaedra Parks spoke with Naughty But Nice Rob with the Huffingtonpost, defending former client Bobby Brown. Bobby has been receiving backlash in the media regarding the tragic death of his ex-wife, singer Whitney Houston. While many have blamed Bobby for enabling his wife’s addictions while others have criticized his support of the pair’s 18-year-old daughter Bobbi Christina.
Phaedra, who has often talked on the show about representing Bobby as his attorney, tells the site, “What we have to remember is that they both were adults and as adults we make choices. They are adults. Whitney took responsibility for what happened with her life. She was wonderful, an icon. I’m happy to have worked with both of them.”
When asked about Bobby’s delay in rushing to his distraught daughter’s side in L.A., Phaedra again dismisses the public’s criticism. She states, “In defense of Bobby, when this happened, he was on stage.”
Phaedra continues, explaining, “He doesn’t have a private jet. He got there as soon as he could. He is a wonderful father. I know he will be there for all his children. I’m worried for any child that looses a parent at a young age — that point in your life is when you need your mother. At 18 years old, you are beginning your transformation to be a women.”
Our thoughts continue to be with Whitney’s family and friends.
And finally, going back to where we started (Twitter is always full-circle!), Kandi Burruss and 9-year-old daughter Riley will be moving from their old home in Fayetteville, Georgia and a new McMansion pictured below!
Kanditweeted the below picture with the news, “Just got a new house!!!!!! So much work to be done….”
Wow! That is quite an upgrade, but well-deserved in light of Kandi’s success both on the show and with her other ventures. Her late-night radio show, Kandi Koated Knights, continues to gain popularity, while her line of adult toys is about to launch. Combine all of this with her upcoming Bravo spin-off Kandi Factory, and I’d say Kandi is earning quite enough to make that jump. Congratulations!
Don’t forget about tonight’s episode, airing at 9PM ET. “No Bones About It” continues with the women’s tour of South Africa. Everyone dines in luxury, discussing their time at the orphanage and how silly their petty fights seem in light of what they’ve seen. Phaedra cites the women’s bounty of good things, with Nene agreeing that they are all certainly blessed. Marlo just needs the waiter because the her lunch is undercooked. Phaedra takes it upon herself to impart culture on her travel companions, and the ladies head to a museum. They learn that in certain villages, if a man gets his father or brother to go fetch a lady who has caught his eye, she must become his bride. Kandi isn’t keen on that proposal.
They also meet a help artist herbalist who lets them smell the ancestors (they smell a bit like “pee” according to the ever honest Neenster), and he throws some bones to tell the women’s fortunes. For a mortician, Phaedra isn’t on board with the bone throwing. Sheree is not digging on his prediction that she will never marry again because she’s too old. However, the medicine man is adamant. He also informs Nene that while Greg is a very good man, if she isn’t happy, she shouldn’t stay. Later, Marlo gets sick.
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF KIM AND SWEETIE’S TWEETS? ARE THEY JUST TRYING TO SAVE FACE? THOUGHTS ON PHAEDRA’S BOBBY BROWN INTERVIEW AND KANDI’S NEW HOME?
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Sweetie Hughes is tired of the speculation about why she no longer works for Kim Zolciak. The most infamous assistant to ever grace the screens on reality TV is speaking out about what really went on and setting the record straight on the rumors that she stole from Kim.
Speaking to StraightfromtheA, Sweetie reveals that the first time she heard the alleged rumor that she had stolen from Kim was on twitter, and she was shocked. Sweetie reveals that it’s absolutely absurd, and that for years she handled Kim’s money. “That shit is crazy! Do you know how much money I handled for Kim. As her assistant I had bank account access and all that… something that other assistants never had the opportunity to get that far… so as far as loyalty it’s been very high.”
“I think someone just made it up and I realize that out of every assistant she’s ever had, I’m the one they always talk about… they always try to keep my name out there, which is cool, it ain’t hurting me.”
Kim confirmed in a tweet that Sweetie definitely did not steal from her and rumors that she did are completely false. “@SweetieHughes would never steal from me you sick bloggers get a life,” Kim wrote.
Sweetie explains that Kim has been using employing her for years and she has no idea why she even became her assistant in the first place.”To be honest, I really don’t even know… I guess it was just spur of the moment. I just happened to know her so well it just worked out,” Sweetie shares.
“She had so many different assistants it just worked out. I worked for her way before she was famous. I did the same thing I was doing now back then… at the age of 15. The only thing I couldn’t do back then was drive…. coffee… scheduled appointments… I did it all.” I think calling Kim “famous” is a stretch…
When asked why she was fired, Sweetie was perplexed, openly admitting she doesn’t really know, but claims that she initially tried to quit! “I actually quit in the beginning and was like.. you know… I have school and stuff… but agreed to work until she found another assistant,” she explains. “And it so happens I just continued to work… but we went back and forth basically and it just went on and on.”
“Did she call me and while I was on my way to work to say not to come in to work or ‘its not gonna work out’? Yeah she did but I been asking for that about a year ago,” Sweetie reveals! As for what prompted the initial split, Sweetie blames the camera crews, but she feels they parted amicably. “I guess it’s a lot of stress, a lot of filming going on… but it’s not like it was on a really bad note.” Sweetie and Kim definitely remain friendly if twitter is any sort of reliable source.
Sweetie isn’t interested in giving away too many details about the break-up, she just wants to clear her good name. “I don’t want to bash nobody. The one thing I have is loyalty. A lot of people don’t have that and that’s the one thing I have.”
When asked about the rumor that Kroy Biermann was uncomfortable having African Americans in his home and that prompted Kim to let her go, Sweetie was pretty nebulous in her answer, simply stating that Kroy is “cool”
“Yeah… he’s cool. He cool. That’s all I’ve got to say. I prefer not to… umm… We’re just better off cool,” Sweetie muses. Interestingly she adds, “There’s only so much someone can take.”
My two cents: I had suspected Sweetie was growing tired of Kim’s divatude and her increasing demands. Regardless of how inappropriate NeNe’s behavior was on last year’s Miami bus trip, I think there was a kernel of truth to what she said, and Sweetie knew it on some level. I personally think Kroy either didn’t want Sweetie around so much or he felt like her work wasn’t up to standard, and that played a role in Sweetie’s termination. I believe the larger role was played by Bravo in order to drum up more of a storyline for Kim’s new spin-off and RHOA, Bravo may have encouraged Kim to make that a focal point. Or really, maybe they just both grew tired of each other!
On last week’s South African adventure, many wondered if Cynthia would be iced out of NeNe’s bestie circle and supplanted by Marlo Hampton, who was willing to buy NeNe’s love and access to celebrity with Gucci handbags. NeNe wisely did not take the bait – maybe cause the purse was ugly. Nonetheless, Cynthia seemed mighty left out as the other Talls played Barbie Dream House, meanwhile, she sat alone and self-styled at the breakfast table, while the Smalls speculated that she had been usurped.
Cynthia wants to make it clear that’s not the case, and the two are still very much in love, despite what the show might lead us to believe. “NeNe’s always been very supportive and very loving. I have no control over editing and what they choose to show on the show, but please believe me, NeNe supports 100 percent,” Cynthia tells Sister2Sister.
“I’ve definitely gone to her for a lot of guidance. She’s been in this game a lot longer than I have, and I think she’s smart, and she’s an incredible businesswoman,” Cynthia explains of why she values their friendship.
Cynthia also reveals that the person NeNe is still closest to, is possibly soon-to-be-ex-husband, Gregg Leakes and a reconciliation isn’t totally out of the question for the two! “Anytime NeNe really wants to talk to somebody she really considers a true friend, she’s going to call Gregg first, and I don’t think that’s gonna change if they move on or not.” NeNe has previously admitted in an interview that things aren’t over with Gregg, even though she has been hanging out with Olives, aka John Kolaj.
As for the haters spewing hate, Cynthia just ignores them and she doesn’t take them personally – because that’s Atlanta for you! Cynthia says she definitely treats the show as a “job” and that she uses it for “the amazing platform that it is.”
THOUGHTS ON SWEETIE’S COMMENTS ABOUT KIM? WHAT DO YOU THINK HAPPENED BETWEEN THE TWO OF THEM? ARE CYNTHIA AND NENE TRUE FRIENDS? WILL NENE AND GREGG GET BACK TOGETHER?
Days after the blogs started speculating that Kim Zolciak fired her long-time friend and assistant, Sweetie Hughes, for allegedly stealing from her, Kim is confronting the rumors. Kim insists that is absolutely not true!
Taking to Twitter, the Real Housewives of Atlanta star professed her love for Sweetie after watching a recent episode, and fired back at the accusations that Sweetie stole from the Biermann-Zolciak family. “Love you @sweetieHughes I’m dying laughing over here!!!!!!!! We are a mess!!,” Kim wrote. “@sweetieHughes would never nor has ever stole from me u sick bloggers get a life!!,” Kim explained.
Sweetie replied: “@Kimzolciak lol luv ya 2. Yes we are! And we don’t even show da half of it.”
So what led to the alleged firing? Neither lady will say. Perhaps Kim’s daughterBrielle, who first started the rumors that Sweetie’s employment had been terminated, was simply playing a prank, or maybe she had no idea what happened. Regardless, it looks like Kim and Sweetie get along great and still consider each other friends. Perhaps Kim no longer needed Sweetie’s help; perhaps Sweetie quit. I’m predicting we’ll get more of the scoop on Kim’s spin off, Don’t Be Tardy For The Wedding, which airs this spring.
Moving right along - Sheree Whitfield‘s romantic entanglements are being discussed in a new interview she did with VladTV. Sheree talks dating and she’s very single. “I have been on dates,” Sheree explains, “but there’s no one special.”
“I haven’t found that guy where I want to, you know, just stop what I’m doing and hang out with him all the time,” she confesses.
And Sheree reveals she hasn’t seen the infamous Dr. Tiy-E Muhammad since the day when she demanded proof of his credentials. “Who goes on TV pretending to be a doctor, when you’re not a doctor?,” she wonders. Oh, Sheree, who goes on TV pretending to be rich, when you know – they’re not! Everyone who works for Bravo, that’s who!
Sheree also talks other Housewife cities, and although she doesn’t really watch any of the shows, she shares that if she had to choose a lady to add to RHOA from another city it would be fired Housewife Jill Zarin or Gretchen Rossi! Those are suprising choices! A video of Sheree’s interview is below!
DO YOU THINK SWEETIE WAS FIRED OR JUST QUIT? ARE YOU SURPRISED SHEREE WANTS TO WORK WITH JILL ZARIN?