NeNe Leakes Emmy Awards

With all her talk of leaving Real Housewives Of Atlanta for bigger and better things, I don’t think ANYONE is surprised to learn NeNe Leakes is making a ‘surprise’ return this season! 

Real Housewives Of Atlanta premieres next week, but the season hasn’t wrapped filming yet! The ladies are currently in Jamaica filming their (second) cast trip, which is being kept veryvery hush-hush! However –  the the ladies are in for a real shocker: The return of NeNe!


Taking a break from rehearsing for her role in Broadway’s Chicago, NeNe decided to treat herself to a little vacation to settle old scores on the sandy beaches of Peachter Thomas‘s home turf! A source reports the cast has NO IDEA NeNe is coming (well, they do now – unless their phones were confiscated Survivor-style.). 

I imagine the trip is something of a birthday getaway for Phaedra, so that will be the angle of working NeNe into the group – her supposed friendship with Phaedra. Phaedra shared a Periscope video of her hotel room, and the beautiful beaches, which she titled “Birthday Turn Up Continues” 

E! News reports that, despite NeNe’s adamance that she wouldn’t return to Real Housewives Of Atlanta  – and no amount of money could change her mind! – she will be sporadically reappearing throughout the season. Seriously, we all knew this wasn’t the end of La Leakes. We believed that about as much as we believed Kenya has a real boyfriend

Kenya Moore Selfie

Kenya shares an airplane selfie! [Photo Credit: Instagram]

NeNe won’t return as a full-time castmate, or even a friend – she does have many, many other [more fabulous! BLOOP!] projects in the works, but perhaps she wanted to finish what she started, and clean up and lingering Real Housewives Of Atlanta messes

Real Housewives Of Atlanta premieres Sunday, November 8th. This season’s cast features Phaedra, Porsha, Cynthia, Kenya, Kandi, newcomer Kim Fields, the resurrected Sheree Whitfield (She By SheBroke 4 Eva) and new addition Shamea Morton as a ‘Friend’ of the Housewives. Marlo Hampton and Claudia Jordan will also be making occasional appearances

I’ve been scoping NeNe’s twitter all morning to see if she drops any hints about her latest career move, but nothing but love, light and bragging about Broadway! 


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