Entertainment NeNe Leakes Slams Wendy Williams, Calls Andy Cohen ‘Racist’ After They Discuss Her RHOA Exit
NeNe Leakes Departs 'The Real Housewives of Atlanta'
NeNe Leakes announced Thursday that she will not be returning to "The Real Housewives of Atlanta." Leakes, one of the original cast members of the popular Bravo reality TV show, made the announcement via her YouTube channel. In a vlog entitled, "Listen Closely, I got something to tell you!" Leakes first thanked her fans and supporters. "I have been on an extremely, extremely long, exhausting, tiring, emotional negotiation," she said, holdingIn a vlog entitled, "Listen Closely, I got something to tell you!" Leakes first thanked her fans and supporters.
is firing back after weighed in on her exit from during a chat with Bravo boss .
During a Sunday night appearance on, Williams, 56, said she does not think that Leakes' recent decision to quit the hit Bravo series ahead of its 13th season will be permanent.
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"NeNe is my friend, and I know her as Linnethia, I don't know her as this person on reality TV, just what I watch," Williams told Cohen, adding, "I believe that this is not a truth."
"NeNe has quit the show several times and you'll have her back," she added. "NeNe likes attention, dramatic attention. I don't know what NeNe's going to be doing for money, I'm not trying to count coins, but the Housewives is that one thing that all the girls use to promote their other stuff."
Williams also rattled off ideas for spinoffs surrounding Leakes, deeming them all "boring."
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Nene Leakes recently announced that she will not be returning to the Atlanta-based iteration of the popular Bravo series for its upcoming 13th season "Come help a sista out #RHOBH," the 53-year-old actress tweeted alongside news of her departure. Social commentators noted that they were all for the idea of Leakes joining Beauvais and the other Beverly Hills housewives on the hit Bravo series, with one user writing, "Ahhhh!!!! I NEED THIS!!!," as another added, "It is what we deserve.
"And what are they gonna do? Is it gonna be Gregg and NeNe, you're gonna give them another reality show? That's boring," she said. "How about it NeNe being a grandmother? That's boring. NeNe and her own kids, that's boring. NeNe trying to figure out Hollywood, that's boring."
"Listen, she probably has a lot of opportunities and hopefully she will come back at some point," Cohen said.
"She did say that the phone is ringing," Williams pointed out.
"Yeah, I don't doubt it," the host added. "I think her phone is always ringing, she's done a million other shows."
Following the WWHL interview, Leakes, who recently claimed that, sent a flurry of angry tweets.
"Both are f their ratings are LOW! Bye QUEENS," the reality star, 52,.
In a, Leakes alluded to Williams' past , writing, "She on cocaine so they should stop using her to talk! They both need my help with their poor ratings."
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Immediately following Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, the six-episode season will air Sunday and Monday nights RELATED: NeNe Leakes Is Not Returning to The Real Housewives of Atlanta And due to the coronavirus pandemic, the new series was shot entirely over Zoom — allowing fans to get an even more intimate look inside the host's lives. "While the Zoom format is still somewhat new for everyone, I actually love how it has allowed such a strong, funny and dynamic group of ladies to come together regardless of locations," says Chastain, who announced her exit as Below Deck chief stewardess in February.
A rep for Williams had no comment.
Leakes also appeared to call Cohen "racist."
"I will ALWAYS eat and eat good! Believe that. I have ALWAYS believed in multiple streams of income so the leakes are good you ole cocaine head and you ole racist. No one knew you until YOU knew me. Remember I’m ICON. Don’t forget," she.
In another tweet,, "The racist is the master manipulator! They using me for ratings like they have always done."
As to the reason behind her exit, Leakes claimed on Twitter that she was only offered half a season, while other, white Housewives OGs, including Beverly Hills' Kyle Richards and New York's Ramona Singer, were offered full seasons. (The casts of RHONY and RHOBH for next season have yet to be confirmed, but one original Housewife, RHOC's Vicki Gunvalson,ahead of the new season.)
"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," she tweeted.
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 Leakes (@NeNeLeakes)
In a Twitter exchange on Saturday, a fan asked Leakes if she would be getting her own spinoff show on Bravo, to which she replied, “They don’t think I deserve to work at all in any [capacity].”
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“!” another fan said.
“They definitely did," Leakes responded.
Reps for Bravo and Cohen had no comment.
Leakes announced on her YouTube channel earlier this month thatfor its upcoming 13th season.
"It wasn't an easy decision for me," she said. "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."
After thanking her fans, Bravo, the cast and her team for supporting her over the years, she ended her message by promising, "I will see you again. Real soon."
Back in January, Williams claimed on her talk show that. Leakes later denied that was true but admitted that she was still debating it.
"I don't know. I just don't know," Leakes told PEOPLE in May. "I got back and forth with it every day. I feel like it's a big conversation I need to have with the network and with production. Because if they value their talent in some sort of way, then we need to talk. We need to come up with some sort of compromise here."
Leakes previously left the longtime Bravo series after season 7 to focus on her television roles (Glee, The New Normal, E!’s Fashion Police). While she later appeared as a guest for season 8, she skipped season 9 all together before returning full-time in season 10.
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