NeNe Leakes has revealed that she was offered only six episodes on the next season of Real Housewives of Atlanta, before she made her controversial exit. There were 22 regular episodes in Season 12, a three part reunion series, and a “Secrets Revealed” bonus episode.
NeNe Leakes spilled the negotiation tea during a recent appearance on Tamron Hall’s talk show, raising the eyebrows of curious viewers.
NeNe Leakes shocked fans in September when she announced that she would not be returning to the show, following a lengthy contract negotiation.
“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,” NeNe said in the video announcement.
“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,” she continued. “It wasn’t an easy decision for me. It was hard. I started on The Real Housewives of Atlanta in 2008.”
“We took off like a rocket,” NeNe added. “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.”
NeNe Leakes opened up to Hall about her decision to walk away from the franchise.
“I can’t tell you everything that I want from them but I can tell you that I want fair treatment,” NeNe said.
“I deserve fair treatment. I haven’t done anything that no one else has done there, or haven’t done even worse …” the reality star continued through tears. “I don’t deserve this treatment. I’m as confused as you are.”
On September 28, NeNe fired off a tweet slamming Andy Cohen and the network for treating her differently from other Bravo OGs.
“We strictly talking the OG’s. I was the ONLY BLACK OG. My white counter parts were elevated and given full season episodes EVERY season. Each season i was given less & less. Don’t ask me, @ Andy and @ Bravo and ask them why..” NeNe headed a tweet featuring three veteran “Housewives,” Kyle Richards, Teresa Giudice, and Ramona Singer.
The Real Housewives of Atlanta is currently on hiatus.