Nene Leakes did an interview with Entertainment Tonight where she said she feels her Real Housewives of Atlanta paycheck should be doubled. Her reasoning is that just finished carrying the Season 12 reunion to the point that she wondered if anyone else was there to ask questions.
“All they had was to focus on NeNe Leakes,” she said. “My check need to be doubled, thank you very much. My check need to be doubled, because the rest of you girls live a false life. You’re paying all these girls to sit up and talk to me all day, can I get my raise, please? Thank you very much.”
She brought up the constant criticism of her not being present for a few episodes questioning her standing. “I may have missed episodes, but I did not miss one check — and they teased me [in] every episode until I showed up,” she said. “So, for anybody that has anything to say about me not being in an episode, NeNe, don’t forget to let them know, honey, you never missed a check and you were teased until you showed up.”
She continued, “And if I wasn’t needed, they wouldn’t have had to tease me, honey. They couldn’t have teased Eva and everybody tuned in. Who would have tuned in for that?”
That Eva Marcille dig came from the multiple times she said the former America’s Next Top Model winner wasn’t memorable on the show and needed to be replaced. “I felt like Eva was, you know, scratching to survive. It was like they told her in [a] meeting… ‘You’ve got to step it up, Eva! You need to step it up! I mean, you’re on thin ice over here!’ And I think she went in, like, ‘Okay, I’m gonna step it up! Every time somebody says something, I’m gonna jump in!’ So, she jumped in every single time.”
She continued, “If nothing else, she did her best to step up, but we slapped her down so many times. She should be tired! She should be tired.”
The we she spoke of was her fellow castmate Porsha Williams who people like Kandi Burruss shocked at these two becoming a team again after all the horrible things they’ve said about each other. “When I closed the computer and they ended up going to lunch break, I called Porsha. That was the first time we talked about it,” NeNe recalls.
“I called her and I said, ‘Porsha, I gotta tell you, girl, you are in there, you are killing it. When we go back, you just sit back and be quiet and let me take it from there.’ We decided we’re gonna tag team their ass and let’s go! And I think the people were here for the tag team. We were knocking their asses out!”
She went on to reiterate about how much the reunion was all about her saying, “The whole reunion is just NeNe. What did you think about part one? Were they asking the questions to anyone besides NeNe? It’s NeNe, honey. NeNe, NeNe… to the point where I said to Andy, ‘Is there anybody else here, honey? Do you have any questions for anyone else here besides just NeNe?'” she reveals. “Everybody is being paid a check, correct? So, NeNe shouldn’t have to carry everybody on her back. Let some of these other girls work for their checks, Andy.”
“Like, you have all these girls,” she continues, “you decided that you wanted them in all your episodes then, please, make all of your girls work.”
Part 2 of the Season 12 Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion airs Sunday, May 17th at 8 pm EST.