The “rich bitch” is not back! NeNe Leakes may be saying “deuces baby” to the ninth Season of The Real Housewives of Atlanta.
Sitings of RHOA Season 9 filming have been posted on social media for weeks now, and NeNe has been noticeably absent from the many snapshots and videos posted.
Meanwhile, Kenya Moore, Kandi Burruss, Cynthia Bailey, Porsha Williams and Phaedra Parks are all confirmed returning Season 9 cast members.
On June 9, Ace Wells Tucker’s Instagram page shared the above photo of Kandi‘s son on-camera closeup.
Porsha‘s team threw her a surprise party over the weekend and Bravo cameras rolled for the event.
NeNe teased at possibly returning full-time when she spoke at the Atlanta Women’s Expo in May. Leakes addressed the crowd for 30-minutes, during which, an attendee asked the reality diva if she planned to return to the RHOA — after labeling the past season a “snoozefest” without her.
“Season nine?” Leakes responded. “Uhhhh…’Housewives?’ Uhhhh…. you got to wait for them [Bravo] to announce it. I can’t announce it. I would be in so much trouble if I made the announcement.”
NeNe has been keeping busy with her other jobs — HSN clothing line, one woman tour, a new game show and a stint on E!’s, Fashion Police, so RHOA producers can’t rely on the reality diva to appear in Season 9.
Reportedly, RHOA has added at least one new cast member — Maryam Aytac. The middle eastern wife and business owner is friends with Phaedra and has been spotted filming with Porsha and Phaedra around Atlanta. The photo below was taken at Porsha‘s birthday celebration in June— Maryam is at the far end, posing next to Phaedra. Bravo filmed the event.
Do you want NeNe back full-time for the upcoming season? Tell us what you think in the comments.
Avigail is an Entertainment blogger at All About The Tea, who specializes in The Real Housewives of Atlanta and The Real Housewives of Potomac. Avigail has a background in marketing. She’s a Brooklynite living in the Bahamas, with a passion for travel, writing, reality TV watching, pop culture and spoken word.