NeNe Leakes‘ announced quitting the Real Housewives of Atlanta recently and has opened up further on the reason why and not just her wanting to move on with her life. While responding to fans, she shared that she had been forced out of the show. When asked if that was the narrative that she wanted out there that the network forced her out, she said, “they definitely did.” She went on to add when asked if she would be getting a spin off that the network didn’t feel she deserved to be working at all.
In her announcement that she was leaving the show, she said that it wasn’t an easy decision. “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. 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.”
As we’ve said before, this explains her attitude in recent years of how she appeared to just be going through the motions. You may recall Mariah Huq, the creator of Married to Medicine stating similar when she said she created the show and yet production was constantly nitpicking her and appearing to not want her to be a part of the production process or even in front of the camera. This has been a narrative about a lot of black shows on UPN from back in the day, how a black show will become popular and all of the black creators and production will get replaced.
In a previous call out of the network, Leakes said the network was the one holding up her contract every season and not her as the narrative has been in the blogs. “Every single season, when it ends- for at least he last three to four seasons – I’ve been dealing with this. Going back and forth? It’s not me; it’s them. I know a lot of people think it’s me. [They say,] ‘NeNe holds out ’til the last minute…’ A negotiation does take time, but I cannot move their pens any faster than they move them themselves…there’s so much issues with NeNe…one of the issues we have addressed that one side said to my side is, ‘She calls herself a queen- the HBIC. And, quite frankly, we are tired of hearing that.’ Well, I am a queen. I am Gregg’s queen. I am Brent’s queen. I am Bryson’s queen, and I am a Black queen. So, you won’t be not hearing that anytime soon…I wonder did Porsha get that same call. ‘Cause I know for two reunions, she has worn a crown. So I wonder if she considers herself a queen.”
Well, this is Leakes’ time to move on and grow her career. She has multiple boutiques, has been in a couple series, been on The Apprentice, Dancing with the Stars, had a comedy tour, Broadway… she’s going to continue being a star. Love her or hate her, NeNe Leakes has made quite the name for herself.