It’s not every day that a Housewife walks away from the limelight on their own accord. Let’s just say these roles attract a certain time of fame-seeker. But, there are exceptions to every rule.
Following her single-season appearance in season 11 of Real Housewives of Atlanta, Shamari DeVoe made it very clear to her fans and critics that she was NOT fired from the franchise. Instead, the singer who was brought on by her pal Kandi Burruss decided to leave the show on her own. If you blinked, you may have missed Shamari’s time on RHOA. Personally? I adored her.
No one can deny that Season 11 of Real Housewives of Atlanta was a tough one for NeNe Leakes and her husband, Gregg Leakes. NeNe ripped up Cynthia Bailey’s friendship contract because Cynthia was hanging with Kenya Moore.
NeNe was infuriated when RHOA co-stars Kandi Burruss and Porsha Williams ventured into NeNe’s closet against her wishes. Worst of all, Gregg announced in June of 2018 that he was battling stage 3 colon cancer.
This is the news absolutely no one wants and it’s during times like this you wonder, why do bad things happen to good people? In 2018, Real Housewives of Atlanta alum NeNe Leakes discovered her husband Gregg Leakes had stage 3 colon cancer. Season 11 was not an easy one for NeNe and Gregg’s diagnosis probably had a lot to do with it.
NeNe was constantly frustrated and clearly on edge, which is normal under the circumstances, but sometimes NeNe’s grace took a left turn. Cancer impacted Gregg’s health and his marriage, but he fought hard and found himself in remission. In May 2019, NeNe announced Gregg was cancer free and the couple celebrated, thinking the fight was over. Unfortunately, life has a way of kicking you in the face when you least expect it and NeNe just shared Gregg’s cancer has returned.
The once great NeNe Leakes has fallen pretty far off the ladder. I’ll say it, NeNe was Real Housewives of Atlanta. If you watched that show, you knew who NeNe was and if you didn’t watch, you probably still knew who NeNe was. She was funny, she was refreshing, and she put RHOA in a place where it would not currently be without her influence. That was my say something nice.
Somewhere along the way, NeNe lost sight of the big picture. Instead of staying the course, she tried to take over the ship and appoint herself captain. But her ego grew several thousand sizes too big and even she lost control of it. NeNe
got fired left RHOA during the 13th season and she likens it to one of the music industry’s most heart-wrenching moments. In a recent interview, NeNe equates her departure from Housewives to that of Beyoncé Knowles leaving Destiny’s Child. I think the only current correlation between NeNe and Bey is NeNe has Bills, Bills, Bills.
NeNe Leakes is no longer a cast member on Real Housewives of Atlanta, but maybe someone should let her know. In September, she announced that she wouldn’t be part of RHOA Season 13 after some “emotional negotiations.” In other words, NeNe didn’t get the cash she felt she deserved.
It wasn’t a surprise when NeNe dipped out of the Season 12 RHOA virtual reunion. Then all hell broke loose. NeNe alleged that her former friend, talk show host Wendy Williams, uses cocaine. Then she accused Andy Cohen of being a racist. NeNe also claimed that Bravo forced her to exit the show.
We all know that NeNe Leakes and Gregg Leakes‘ marriage is far from conventional. They divorced, got back together, and re-married, all on reality TV. She complained about how hard her life was when Gregg had cancer. She even said he got cancer as karma. Meanwhile, she was accused of having a secret boyfriend, before she joked about having side pieces.
But, through it all, Gregg has continued to praise NeNe. Meanwhile, NeNe is busy trashing Andy Cohen and Wendy Williams while simultaneously telling the two of them not to talk about her. Now, one of Wendy’s friends, Growing Up Hip Hop cast member Madina Milana is accusing NeNe of getting inappropriate with rapper French Montana.
DAMN, GINA! NeNe Leakes has
gone nuts come out swinging, but metaphorically this time. The former Real Housewives of Atlanta star is on Twitter again and to say it’s a lot is an understatement. We get it, she’s emotional, but now NeNe is saying things that could really bite her in the ass. On the bright side, she’s already out of a job, so there’s not much left to lose. Dignity went out the door about five years ago.
Viewers have seen NeNe upset before. She kind of remains in a bothered state, so this is nothing new. This latest temper tantrum finds NeNe throwing jabs at (former?) friend, Wendy Williams and former boss, Andy Cohen. According to NeNe, Andy is racist and Wendy is under the influence of cocaine. Because clearly anything is easier than admitting you are wrong. Now, NeNe isn’t giving lessons on how to burn bridges. She’s giving lessons on completely incinerating them.
Considering that nearly half of the season had already been filmed without NeNe Leakes, it wasn’t surprising when NeNe finally made it official and announced her exit from Real Housewives of Atlanta. Girl, we all saw the photos of the cast filming. We already knew you weren’t there.
We all know that NeNe was holding out for more money. And, once again, I would just love to know how much money we’re talking here. How much was on the table? How much did she want instead? But anyway, NeNe’s exit has given her something she hasn’t had in a long time: positive headlines. Sure, the recent seasons have been rough to watch since NeNe became increasingly narcissistic and entitled. However, we must give credit where it is due. NeNe made Real Housewives of Atlanta the iconic show that it is… during the early seasons, anyway.