NeNe Leakes has already addressed rumours that she has been fired from the cast of the Real Housewives of Atlanta. As one of the original wives, she reveals she has to face the same rumours every season but she always ends up coming back.
In a new interview, she adds, the real reason she joined the show at all and why she’s still there today. NeNe also distances herself from the other wives.
Asked why she joined the show in 2008, she revealed it was to bolster an acting career, “You know when I first started I didn’t really know what the whole reality TV world was about. I was going back and forth from Atlanta to Los Angeles to be a part of pilot season. And when I got approached by these producers to do the housewives of Atlanta I wasn’t thinking about anything other than maybe this could help my acting career.”
Six years in, she adds, “Every single season, somehow people think I’m not coming back. Somehow, I’m the only one who people ask ‘Is she coming back or not?’ It’s like why do you guys consistently ask if I’m coming back, what about the rest of the girls? But I think that people don’t understand it’s not really our choice like that.”
Asked about co-star Marlo Hampton, NeNe explains, “Marlo, first of all, has never been a housewife, she’s never signed on. She doesn’t have a contract. We’re all contracted. She’s just a character that just comes around to play.”
Kenya Moore also isn’t a real friend to NeNe, she admits, “Kenya came on the show I never met Kenya Moore a day in my life, until she came to Atlanta and they signed her to be a housewife. They obviously have to connect her with somebody. And then when the shows air, you guys watch the show and think ‘she fell out with her friend.’ It’s like girl, I’ve only known her for six months and she talked about me, she’s not my friend!”
Neither is Cynthia, she says, “They signed Cynthia up to do this show, I never met her a day in my life. I know people said she modeled, I’m just keeping it real, I’d never seen her model, I never knew her name, I never knew anything about her. They brought her to my front door step and said ‘This is who you’re shooting with today’.”
Adding, “It was the first time I met [Cynthia] a day in my life. Outside of that we did form a real friendship. But people who watched “I Dream Of NeNe,” know I have real friends in my real NeNe Leakes life, who I have been friends with for 15-20 years.”
Finally, she implies she and Wendy Williams used to be friends, “We all know that Wendy has been very negative towards a lot people in the industry. That’s basically how she built her career. That’s fine with me. No tea and no shade. But the deal is I supported Wendy, I was supportive of Wendy.”
She continued, “If you rewind the tape all the way back to season one, when she first opened up her show for the first week, I sat on her show for a full hour. And I helped her when she launched her show that week. I would like to think that I’ve been on there more than any other reality show star.”