Buckle up because it’s almost time for Real Housewives of Atlanta to return! And you know what that means, we get to talk about
Fight Club NeNe Leakes and whatever personality she gives to the cameras. Last season we saw all of NeNe’s friendships dissolve. We also learned to never, ever go into NeNe’s closet. Unless you have good health insurance.
In Bravo’s 12th venture to Hotlanta, Shamari DeVoe dropped off the face of the Earth, but Kenya Moore is back! She’s bringing her baby and now discarded husband into the chaos. We all know if there is one thing that makes NeNe madder than happy people, it’s anything to do with Ms. Kenya. NeNe was suspiciously absent during the first few weeks of filming. We were told tales of contract negotiation delays, but now that might not be the case. It turns out, maybe NeNe’s bad attitude did negatively impact her OG spot. But the question is, did NeNe learn a lesson from her poor behavior? All signs point to no. Allegedly.
When the explosive trailer for Season 12 of The Real Housewives of Atlanta trailer dropped, there was one glaring absence amongst Bravo’s favorite Georgia Peaches: last season’s newbie Shamari DeVoe.
While fans were quick to assume that the Season 11 rookie had been fired in favor of Kenya Moore‘s return to the franchise, Shamari took to social media to claim otherwise.
This has been a great week for Real Housewives fans. The Real Housewives of Orange County mid-season trailer dropped. The Real Housewives of New Jersey Season 10 trailer was explosive. And now, fans have been blessed with the Real Housewives of Atlanta trailer for Season 12. And it looks so good.
Season 11 had a slow start, but it seems like there will be a lot of drama for Season 12. NeNe Leakes and Cynthia Bailey’s feud is still going strong. After her hot mic moment from last season, Cynthia learned nothing. She was secretly recorded AGAIN talking trash about NeNe. Then again, who could blame her at this point? Being friends with NeNe seems just as stressful as being her enemy. It’s a lose/lose situation.
For the most part, the Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 12 storylines have been kept under wraps, but you know these ladies can’t help sharing photos of themselves at cast events. The RHOA women headed to Toronto, Canada for Carnival. Am I the only one who had no idea this was a thing in Canada?
When I saw all the photos of the ladies who dressed in costume (i.e. pretty much everyone except NeNe Leakes), I just figured they were in Barbados. Well, NeNe was on the trip, even though she ended Season 11 on the outs with just about everyone except for Shamari DeVoe, who does not even appear to be a part of the cast for Season 12. She really started to grow on me when she threw up on Eva Marcille’s shoe. Such a shame! Well, at least NeNe has
forever peachless Marlo Hampton on her side.
The new season of Real Housewives of Atlanta is already stirring up the drama. We know
fan favorite Kenya Moore has possibly returned in all of her glory. We know Porsha Williams’ recent break-up with Dennis McKinley will play out. And word on the street was NeNe Leakes, everyone’s favorite ray of sunshine, was being “shut out” of filming. Meaning, she pissed everyone off so much last year, no one will hang out with her.
Amid speculation that NeNe might not return to the show, there were rumors she received a very hefty increase in salary. When production began on Season 12, NeNe was like Dennis’ loyalty, nowhere to be found. But fear not, NeNe made sure to squash those silly rumors when she let everyone know she wasn’t gone, just in the midst of intense contract negotiations. Many viewers hoped this was a sign that NeNe was ultimately let go after her cantankerous attitude did her no favors last year. Well, the mystery has been solved. If you were worried NeNe was going to quietly ride off into the sunset, then worry no more. She’s back.
NeNe Leakes did not win any congeniality awards when Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 11 ended. In fact, she barely walked away from the reunion with any friends of all. Pretty much just Marlo Hampton was on her side.
Marlo and NeNe’s husband Gregg Leakes supported her at the SWAGG Boutique opening in Maryland. No one else from RHOA showed up, which isn’t at all surprising. Then again, she is still following Shamari DeVoe on Instagram after her massive unfollowing spree. Oh, and NeNe did post a birthday shout out for Kandi Burruss. That’s especially weird since Kandi recently said that they were never really friends. However, NeNe did get some Real Housewives support. Just not from anyone in her own cast. Real Housewives of Potomac cast members attended the SWAGG opening.
It looks likes the ladies of Real Housewives of Atlanta know how to keep the drama, and the paychecks, flowing. Season 11 of the show got off to a very slow start, but in the end, the season delivered. Eva Marcille finally tied the knot. NeNe Leakes dealt with her husband Gregg Leakes’ battle with colon cancer and with marital strife. Thankfully, he is cancer-free now. Cynthia Bailey found love again with Mike Hill. Newbie Shamari DeVoe was accused of having a drinking problem by Marlo Hampton. Porsha Williams fell in love with Dennis McKinley, got engaged, and gave birth to daughter Pilar (and a baby spin-off special!)
In a shocking turn of events, NeNe destroyed her longtime friendship with Cynthia because Cynthia did not advise NeNe that former RHOA star Kenya Moore might be at Cynthia’s party. NeNe, never one to be shy, referred to a glowing and pregnant Kenya as a “monster.” As for Cynthia, she looked shady about whether she knew Kenya was going to be at the party.
Marlo Hampton has pretty much been a fixture on Real Housewives of Atlanta since she started popping up in Season 4. Marlo has always appeared as either a guest or Friend of the Housewives. Let’s face it –Marlo loves nothing more than shading a co-star or spilling all the tea. She never fails to bring the drama.
Marlo didn’t disappoint during Season 11 of RHOA. She was told by one of Eva Marcille’s bridesmaids that Eva and her husband didn’t live in the town home featured on the show, and that the couple has severe financial problems. She gifted Eva some wedding shade by telling NeNe Leakes and Tanya Sam all about it. Marlo also targeted newbie Shamari DeVoe. Marlo told Shamari (and everyone else in the world) that Shamari has a drinking problem. Of course, Shamari did get drunk and vomit all over Eva’s shoes and NeNe’s bathroom at NeNe’s party. Before that, Marlo tried to give Shamari some unsolicited and unwelcome fashion advice. As viewers know, Marlo prides herself on being a fashionista.