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NeNe Leakes Lands New Reality TV Gig

NeNe Leakes is headed back to reality TV! This time, she’s doing something she’s always wanted to do — host. 

The former Real Housewives of Atlanta star has officially inked a deal with the Zeus Network to host the Baddies East reunion. For those unfamiliar with the show, it’s a “spinoff” of Oxygen’s former reality series, Bad Girls Club. The show starred notable Bad Girls Tanisha Thomas, Natalie Nunn, Mehgan James, and the Clermont Twins. 

Baddies was created by Tanisha and Natalie in 2021 and has faced much criticism from fans regarding its violence, weak storylines, and lack of character development. Other celebrities, including Trina and Tamar Braxton, have hosted previous reunions. Zeus CEO Lemuel Plummer posted to his Instagram stories saying they snagged the “original queen of reality TV” for this year’s reunion. 

Fans react to NeNe’s reality TV hosting gig…

After 12 years of being RHOA’s main star, NeNe departed the series in 2020. Once she left, the reality star filed a lawsuit against NBC Universal and Bravo over alleged discrimination. 

Since then, NeNe has been out of work, and when she appeared on Bethenny Frankel’s podcast, she spoke about her career coming to a halt. “They shut my work down. I do everything. So you mean to tell me, as a talented person, that there was nothing for me to host? There was nothing for me to act in, sing in, dance in, jump in, clap in? Nothing?” 

Well, her wish came true. Although it’s unclear when the Baddies East reunion will hit the streaming network, fans have mixed reactions to the news. One user commented under NeNe’s post, “HOW DID THEY MANAGE TO AFFORD YOU?” while another read, “Let’s gooo, NeNe.” 

Another user told the reality star to “read the room” and not to “let sh*t go unsolved.” 

“NeNe, this is ‘down in the gutta,'” someone wrote, with another adding, “NeNe, this is so beneath you.”