NeNe Leakes is no longer a part of the Real Housewives of Atlanta—but that doesn’t mean that she’s mended fences with Bravo. The reality TV veteran is calling for a boycott—and took to social media on Monday to share her message.
“Y’all ready to start this boycott yet? What has happened behind the scenes is WRONG!” NeNe tweeted on Monday, December 21. “While others were being promoted, BLACK WOMEN who created shows, created genres, built franchise and built networks were being DEMOTED … TURN OFF YOUR TV’S.”
“Sign the petitions when you see them, repost the boycott flyers when you see them, turn off your TVs,” she added.
NeNe followed up her tweets with an Instagram announcement—that she would be discussing her public plea during a live IG session with attorney, Ben Crump.
“Don’t Miss The Discussion TONIGHT at 7:30pm on IG LIVE with attorney Ben Crump @attorneycrump,” NeNe announced.
“This has been a long time coming. If there are any other women out there who have experienced racial discrimination or mistreatment of any kind please contact us. You can email me or contact any of my representatives. I am represented by Bryan Freedman, Ben Crump and supported by the great Al Sharpton,” NeNe captioned the share.
Married to Medicine creator and alum, Mariah Huq, shared the post and penned some words of support.
“When she [NeNe] talks, we should definitely listen!” Mariah wrote. “She brought Bravotv to so many of our households that her name should be synonymous with the network!”
NeNe starred on the first seven seasons of RHOA before stepping down in 2015. She returned for Season 10 in 2017. The reality star revealed that she would not be returning for Season 13 earlier this year, shocking fans.
“It wasn’t an easy decision for me. It was hard,” NeNe said in a YouTube video in September. “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. I want to thank everybody that has looked up to me over the years. … I want to thank Bravo for all the memories. … Thank you to the cast for all of the memories.”
NeNe later alleged that she was “forced” off the show after the network’s offer fell flat.
As reported—NeNe appeared on the Tamron Hall Show in October and opened up about breaking ties with Bravo in an emotional interview.
“I can’t tell you everything that I want from them but I can tell you that I want fair treatment,” NeNe tearfully said.
“I deserve fair treatment. I haven’t done anything that no one else has done there, or haven’t done even worse … I don’t deserve this treatment. I’m as confused as you are,” she continued.
NeNe added that she did not think that she would ever return to the series.
NeNe took the network to task during the tense contract negotiation, which crashed after Bravo offered the Glee actress a six-episode contract.
NeNe’s frenemy, Wendy Williams, shaded NeNe’s announced departure as a temporary attention grab, and NeNe hit back at the talk show host and Bravo exec, Andy Cohen.
“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 September 28 tweet featuring three veteran “Housewives,” Kyle Richards, Teresa Giudice, and Ramona Singer.
The Real Housewives of Atlanta airs on Sundays at 8 pm, ET, on Bravo.