It’s no secret that Nene Leakes and Kenya Moore have been at each other’s throats this season on The Real Housewives of Atlanta, often with Marlo Hampton on the former’s side while Kandi Burruss and Cynthia Bailey back up the latter.
In a new sit-down ahead of the show’s first-ever virtual reunion, the RHOA OG opened up about why she thinks Kandi has teamed up with her nemesis, and let’s just say she didn’t mince words.
The candid moment all went down during the Real Housewives of Atlanta After Show, when a producer casually asked Nene why she thought Kandi and Kenya were in some sort of an alliance.
“Because see, what Kenya will do, Kandi won’t do, okay?” Nene responded. “So Kenya is OK with being the villain. She’s OK with talking shit, you know? And that’s something that Kandi doesn’t want to do ’cause she doesn’t want to be seen that way. So they make a great partnership and it’s Cynthia right in there with them.”
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“You think Kandi‘s the ringleader of the alliance?” Marlo, who was paired with Nene for the segment, queried, leading the OG to respond, “I don’t know but I know that they’re in an alliance. And I don’t care what they say and what anybody else says, they will never change what I think, OK?”
When it comes to the origins of the supposed alliance, the RHOA star has even more theories about Kenya‘s strategic approach to friendships within the cast — and they all point back to the exit of Kenya’s one-time foe Phaedra Parks back in Season 9.
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“I think everything is a chess move,” Nene said. “‘Cause she was never friends with Kandi; Kandi was always friends with Phaedra, and Phaedra and Kenya never got along,” she said. “So now that Phaedra is gone, I think Kenya thought it was a great idea, like it was a smart move…to just be friends with Kandi. So she knew Kandi, she could just manipulate Kandi and Kandi would go up and rally for her [imitating Kandi]: ‘Kenya needs to come back on the show.’ You know, that kind of stuff. So she was doing a business, she was a politician, child.”
“She was politicking?” Marlo replied with a laugh. “Well it worked…’cause she got her back.”
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TELL US – DO YOU AGREE WITH NENE? DO YOU THINK KANDI AND KENYA ARE IN AN ALLIANCE?
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