After months of speculation, and heated negotiations, Real Housewives of Atlanta OG NeNe Leakes is done with the show… for now anyway. It would not be shocking if she made a return, since she has before.
In all honesty, it was pretty obvious that NeNe was gone. The upcoming season is currently filming. They are nearly halfway through and NeNe hadn’t filmed one scene. So, of course, she wasn’t coming back to the show. The writing was on the wall.
Entertainment Tonight reported on NeNe’s announcement that she revealed her departure following some “emotional negotiations,” which basically means she was asking for more money than she would get.
NeNe said, “There’s been a lot of emotions on both sides. It’s been hard and I have made a hard, difficult decision to not be part of Real Housewives of Atlanta season 13.”
She emphasized, “It wasn’t an easy decision for me. It was hard.”
NeNe said, “I’m just so happy that I can say that I was part of a genre that opened up a door for Black ensemble reality shows,” she said before offering up her gratitude. “I want to thank everybody that has looked up to me over the years. …I want to thank Bravo for all the memories. …Thank you to the cast for all of the memories.” She concluded with, “Love you guys, I’m going to miss you!”
Andy Cohen, who has had some contentious interactions with NeNe, posted about her exit. He wrote, “Nene Leakes is an icon of the genre. She is a gif and catchphrase machine. In 11 years of #WWHL, Nene has been our most frequent guest, and she is always A BLAST.” I highly doubt NeNe is even going to acknowledge this Instagram post, but anyway…
Andy shared, “Nene nicknamed me ‘Buttercup’ the first day we met, and still calls me that today. Through her whole run, she has always had a serious concern and drive to maintain the success and well-being of #RHOA. I am going to miss Nene on the show, but I’m hoping we work together again soon and will remain in each other’s orbits forever.” Then why not make it work now, Andy?
Fake, fake, fake.
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