These days, NeNe Leakes talks about how much money she has almost as much as she shades Kenya Moore and Cynthia Bailey while pretending to be unbothered by their existence. However, that wasn’t always the case. During the beginning seasons of Real Housewives of Atlanta, NeNe’s husband Gregg Leakes was the breadwinner in their relationship. However, that changed when RHOA’s popularity skyrocketed. NeNe’s one-liners and her feuds with Kim Zolciak and Sheree Whitfield gave her a lot of notoriety…. and the paycheck to buy much better wigs. Well, sometimes anyway. We all know that wig selection isn’t exactly NeNe’s biggest strength, no matter how high her budget is.
Anyway, in a recent interview, NeNe spilled some of the details about the start of the Real Housewives of Atlanta. I will never forget Kim texting NeNe “you are a low budget bitch” back in Season 1. But, you know what: Kim wasn’t too far off about the financial situation. The salaries on the show were not nearly as high as they are today.
The true origin of the Kim Zolciak and Kenya Moore feud is just so unclear. Kim left Real Housewives of Atlanta in the middle of Kenya’s first season. Then, she reappeared at the Chateau Sheree housewarming party and confronted Kenya for going into the still-unfinished basement. Kenya told her she looked like a duck because of her plumped-up lips, which was a fair comparison in all honesty.
The next season, things really came to a head at NeNe Leakes‘ white party. The partygoers all looked angelic in their all-white outfits, but Kenya and Kim did not behave like angels. At all. Kim questioned the legitimacy of Kenya’s then-secret marriage to Marc Daly. Then, Kenya accused Kim of pimping out her daughter Brielle Biermann for John Legend tickets. Never forget that now-deleted tweet Brielle supposedly wrote from Kim’s account asking Chrissy Teigen who Brielle has to “blow” for concert tickets. Kenya and NeNe were actually on the same side (for once) when they put Kim in her place during the Season 10 RHOA reunion. You remember that one, right? Andy Cohen told Kim that she brought “nothing positive” to the show and Kim said that racism wasn’t real. That was the end of Kim’s time on Real Housewives of Atlanta, for now anyway. However, that hasn’t stopped her from commenting on the show’s cast members.
Nobody loves NeNe Leakes more than NeNe Leakes. She is the last OG standing on The Real Housewives of Atlanta, and she’s not afraid to say it. On the season premiere, her absence was very clearly the elephant in the room. There was a lot to say ABOUT NeNe, but no sight of her. Following the premiere, she was absent for the second episode as well.
Can there be a successful season without NeNe? Kenya Moore is back, but NeNe isn’t taking her very seriously. In NeNe’s eyes, she’s the one and only star of the show. If you’re a fan of the “rich bitch”, you’ll be thrilled she made her return on the most recent episode. However, that doesn’t mean that she didn’t have A LOT to say prior to it airing (and after).
On last night’s Real Housewives Of Atlanta we finally caught up with Nene Leakes, who is now producing PSAs for the American Cancer Society about how hard it was for her to be married to a man who had cancer. I really just think Bravo should leave cancer alone, and I really also think the American Cancer Society needs to better in their vetting of spokespersons.
Now that Gregg Leakes is cancer-free and isn’t requiring NeNe to ‘care’ for him and uphold those wedding vows she took (twice!), she’s eager to rebuild their marriage. I’m frankly sick of Gregg being so phony. Look, I know he has to rely on NeNe for his living expenses because Senior Living Communities are depressing and don’t come with Bentleys, but honestly the way he goes overboard praising NeNe for her support and kindness while he was battling for his life, and it was frankly unbelievable.
NeNe Leakes returns on tonight’s Real Housewives Of Atlanta and it doesn’t seem like anyone is happy to see her!
Nene isn’t the only one making a comeback though. Marc Daly visits Atlanta, supposedly to reconnect with his wife, Kenya Moore and daughter Brooklyn, but the real reason is that he may be scouting locations for a new restaurant. When the visit doesn’t go as planned Kenya confides to her family that her marriage is on the rocks.
Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 12 is just getting started, and I like what I am seeing so far. NeNe Leakes has been missing for the first two episodes, but she is about to make her glorious return.
Kenya Moore also made a glorious return, twirling back onto the franchise and snagging her peach after sitting out Season 11. NeNe wasn’t happy about this turn of events. In fact, NeNe destroyed her long-time friendship with Cynthia Bailey because Cynthia invited Kenya to her launch event.
The Twirl is back and twice as fabulous! Kenya Moore has returned to The Real Housewives of Atlanta and is wasting no time coming for Nene Leakes.
In a new interview, the RHOA star threw shade left and right at her frenemy — at this point it may be safe to call Nene her downright nemesis — and gave her unfiltered thoughts on why the OG can’t seem to keep a friend on the show, including one-time “sister” Cynthia Bailey.