On the September 21st broadcast of the Wendy Williams Show — the talk show host revealed that she spoke to NeNe Leakes and claims the reality diva departed the show due to money.
“It’s a money thing,” said Williams, who has had an on-again-off-again friendship with Leakes for quite some time. “She said she can’t do it. She knows what she’s worth and she can’t be there. There’s not enough filming time for her to make sense and there’s not enough money in it for her to make sense.”
“NeNe will always be the queen bee and I don’t believe she won’t be back,” she commented. “I think she likes a lot of attention and I think Bravo likes to boil the pot and bring them back.”
To prove her point, she added that she texted “Housewives” executive producer Andy Cohen, and “he texted [her] back and said [there will be] ‘a lot of surprises this season.’”
“In conclusion, I don’t believe anything about the NeNe thing,” she ended.
NeNe Leakes joined the Real Housewives of Atlanta from season one in 2008, left the show for Seasons 8 and 9 and came back for Season 10 and had remained a part of the cast since.
NeNe Leakes announced that she would not be returning to RHOA on Thursday, sharing the update on her YouTube channel.
“Thank you to all of you guys that have been showing me a lot of love and support as of late. I feel you, I hear you. I have been on an extremely, extremely long, exhausting, tiring, emotional negotiation. There has been a lot of emotion flying on both sides,” she said in the video share. “It has been hard, and I have made the very hard and difficult decision to not be a part of Real Housewives of Atlanta season 13.”
“It wasn’t an easy decision for me,” NeNe continued. “It was hard. I started on The Real Housewives of Atlanta in 2008. We took off like a rocket. I mean, we took off. You could have never told me that I would start on this little show and it still be going strong 13, 14 years later. And it is. I’m just so happy that I can say that I was a part of a genre that opened up doors for Black ensemble reality shows to step up and be a part of what we all now love so much, reality TV.”
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