Exclusive: NeNe Leakes Talks New HSN Clothing Line, Cynthia & Marlo, Wendy Williams & Why She Keeps Coming Back To RHOA
Why did you feel like you needed to address Wendy Williams with that open letter?
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. 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.
This is off camera…when she did her 500th episode, her producers called me and told me ‘Wendy is doing her 500th show, we would love for you to come and celebrate with her.’ And I said Wow. I flew to New York and bought her a Celine bag, it ain’t got nothing to do with the price or nothing. I went to her and said to her, ‘I am so proud of you Wendy.’ Honestly, I hugged her and told her I am so proud of you. Because I feel like she was a Black woman opening up the door for me to walk through. That’s an amazing accomplishment as an African American woman.
All of a sudden it’s like Wendy flipped and went on some type of sabotaging campaign. Every time she would put my picture up, she said something negative about me. I don’t watch her show anymore because she has been so negative toward people. And she’s not only negative toward people, she is negative toward Black girls. And you’re a Black woman sitting up here. Now, I have a feeling why she’s saying it, but I just want people to know it was not about my Birkin bag, my bag was the last straw for me. She put on this sabotaging campaign for a very long time. So I wanted to do an open letter and just said to her ‘What did I do to you?!’ Because if I did anything to you, you need to tell me.
So I wanted to say, hey look I’m a Black girl doing a clothing line on HSN. Now, I know you hear a lot of Black girls saying they have clothing lines but do you see their products anywhere? And do you see them selling them anywhere, outside of the trunk of their car or some website somewhere? Look, if I win, you win. If I open up that door of opportunity for you, this is a possibility that you will be able to walk through this same door. What we are doing with HSN or any of these department stores is not easy. I’m a brown girl, so I just feel like girl, give me props. What she did was make it seem like Kim and Kanye have enough money to deface a bag and I don’t have that kind of money. And my bag costs $6,000 and Kim’s bag costs an astronomical amount of money. So I said, ‘Ok, obviously she doesn’t own an Hermes.’ She said my bag costs $6,000. Well you need to go to the Hermes store and see if you can pick up you a bag for $6,000. You will not leave with a bag like mine. That bag costs a lot of money and first of all, I defaced it, it is my bag. I spent my money on it. I have several. Whether Kim and Kanye have way more money than me or not, I’m out here getting money. So you should at least give me props. Girl, you know I ain’t been out of a job. I have worked my ass off out here. I wouldn’t have even cared if she criticized my bag. But she tried to lower the cost of my damn bag and then she tried to act like I’m not out here working everyday getting money. Girl, bye. I’m so done with you right now. I know why you’re doing this and you know why you’re doing it too. You just another one of these haters, just hate to see another sister come up. Women need to support women more often, we really do.
If you are out here doing something big, I will never put you down.
Just don’t try to take nothing from me. You don’t have to like me but don’t take nothing from me.
Now though, thinking about it, I wish I hadn’t responded.