Rumors are spreading regarding an interview Nene Leakes did with Ryan Cameron on his popular Atlanta Morning Show. During the interview, NeNe let it slip that she may have had a hand in getting a “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” Executive Producer FIRED!
While discussing her RHOA castmate’s propensity towards goading her, NeNe remarks:
“I definitely think there’s a lot of cast members who create story lines. There’s cast members who feel like they need to amp it up. There’s cast members who feel they got to speak up and change and do this and do that. I’ve never needed to do anything but be me. And I’ve just remained me throughout every season, and that’s why I’ve been able to just be on the show. I’ve outlived people and I’ve even outlived Executive Producers. [Emphasis added.] Shade, honey, catch it!”
The full “The Ryan Cameron Morning Show with Wanda Smith” interview can be heard here:
According to the IMDB website, there are two Executive Producers who have not returned for the 2015 season: Matt Anderson and Marcia Mulé. Both had been with the show since 2009.
Back on November 25, 2014, NeNe did an interview with the New York City NBC-TV affiliate’s website reporter Dave Quinn, on her Broadway debut in “Cinderella,” and mentioned the producers in general in a negative light.
“Working on “Housewives” can be very negative at times. I think that’s the way (the producers) position the show. [Emphasis added.] I’m the original — I’m the center of the show. Every season they want someone to come for me. [Emphasis added.] It’s tough. Broadway is more about the work and the art. It’s being creative. And every one wants to go out there and deliver and put on a good show. It’s very positive.”
“It is hard, I’m telling you. I promise it will take everything in your body to do that [RHOA]. The show has definitely damaged me to the point where I don’t want to make friends with new people. People who I open up, later on they turn on me once they get a raise on the show. [Emphasis added.] I always think to myself, “God, these people will work for a $1.50 to do ANYTHING.” I just can’t do it.”
The rumor mill has it that the reason NeNe outlived an Executive Producer is that one of them was involved in helping to stage the attacks on NeNe, which she didn’t appreciate to the point of complaining that she might leave the show if the Executive Producer stayed on. There is no independent verification of such an incident taking place, nor any reports of a producer being fired from the show.
Many sites have been quoting an In Touch Weekly magazine interview where NeNe allegedly says, “I feel like girls are purposefully hired to gang up on me – doing exactly what they’re told, like robots. The show has opened up so many doors for me, but it has a negative side.” In Touch has yet to post the interview online.
Wendy Owen is a freelance writer for All About The Tea.