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Bippity, Boppity, Boo: Sherri Shepherd & NeNe Leakes Vy For Fairy Godmother Role In Broadway’s Cinderella
Could TV personality and comedienne Sherri Shepherd or reality TV star and sometime actress NeNe Leakes be coming to Broadway? Rumor has it that both of the ladies are competing for the role of Fairy Godmother in the Broadway musical Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella.
According to Radar Online, sources claim that both Shepherd and Leakes really want the part and have already auditioned for the next casting of the musical, which was revived in 2013 for the stage. Typically, this version of Cinderella has always appeared as a TV movie special. First with Julie Andrews in 1957, then with Lesley Ann Warren in 1965 and finally with Brandy in 1997.
In this most recent Broadway revival, the role of fairy godmother has been played by Rebecca Luker and Victoria Clark, who is currently playing the part.
Having seen this production, which I highly recommend, I remember that this part called for quite a bit of singing. The fairy godmother sings the song “There’s Music in You.” And if you heard Whitney sing it back in 1997, you know that that is no small feat. I don’t think either Sherri or NeNe could pull that off. They would have to cut that whole number entirely–and believe me, it’s chill inducing.
Reportedly, Keke Palmer is also in talks to become the next Cinderella, which we would totally support.
If I put my concerns about their singing to the side, I think I’d prefer to see Sherri over NeNe. But that’s just me.
What do you think, would you want to see either Sherri or NeNe in this role?
And just because it’s so great, I’ve embedded Whitney singing “There’s Music in You” from the 1997 version of “Cinderella.” She was absolutely amazing.
Those are some big shoes to fill.
The way these two go at it, it’s sort of hard to believe that they were once friends, but apparently that’s a thing of the past
NeNe Leakes recently took to her blog to respond to Wendy Williams questioning her decision to deface her Birkin bag.
— Wendy Williams (@WendyWilliams) July 22, 2014
Considering that the two have had issues with one another in the past, NeNe clearly took offense to Wendy’s question and decided to air it all out on her website. Her post reads:
“Wendy I am sure people think that I’ve done something to you, maybe we had a beef or I slept with your man but none of that is true! I’ve actually only been nice to you! I gave you a beautiful black $3,200 Celine Phantom Bag to celebrate your 500th show but you haven’t spoken of that! But what you have chosen to do is constantly speak negative of me and lie on me!
What you need to do is stop spewing hate! When it comes to gossip you are the lowest of the low! I know you hate because I turned down the chance to come on your Talk Show and I am sure you’re scared I will take your place (I know you have heard! Ummhmm wink wink) BE SCARED!
I have a clothing line on HSN coming out in a few days and I know it must be hard for a black woman to support another black woman but you should try it sometime. PS: My Birkin is being turned into a work of art to raise money for a worthy charity something you fail to mention on your show! I don’t have one Birkin I have five now run tell that WIG.”
It would make sense for these two to just stop acknowledging one another, but that’s probably unlikely.
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Last night, Andy Cohen celebrated his the fifth anniversary of “Watch What Happens Live.” And though things seemed to be a little tense between him and NeNe Leakes, the two had a grand ole time laughing and joking about various topics, including just how rich NeNe is. She was also joined by fellow Bravo star, real estate agent Jeff Lewis from “Flipping Out.” Things were pretty light and easy until Andy asked NeNe how she felt about Apollo being sentenced to eight years in prison. Leakes said that while she knew Apollo had admittedly committed these crimes, she still felt bad for both him and Phaedra. And when Andy asked if she’d spoken to Phaedra about the sentencing she said she had not because the topic was just too uncomfortable.
Andy moved on from Apollo and Phaedra and started taking questions from the audience. Even those were pretty jovial, until one woman asked about the status of NeNe and Cynthia’s friendship. Here’s what NeNe had to say:
There’s no friendship and there will not be. No, I am so done with her. I don’t even have words for her.
We had a real friendship and I don’t play those games. We had a real friendship, I really loved her and I feel like if she a issue with me, I don’t understand somebody waiting six months to have an issue with you. Come over your house, eat your food, go to the hospital, go to the fashion week with you, travel for New Years and then all of a sudden sit on a couch and make up some isht.
She blindsided me sitting on the couch.
Jeff: But she clearly loves you and I’m wondering if you can find it in your heart to forgive her.
I can forgive her but I don’t want to have a friendship with her, ok? So I know you only get to see one side of it. You have to know the whole story. How dare you be my good friend and I be there for you and you wait six months to tell me I did something wrong in front of people who don’t give a damn about our friendship? If you were a true friend, you could have called me up and said, ‘Hey I need to talk to you. Come to my house, let’s meet, let me come to your house.’ Why would you bring this up in front of people who don’t care about our friendship one way or the other.
Jeff: Maybe you can hear her out?
No, I can’t hear that b*tch out.
Jeff: Has she apologized?
Jeff: Maybe she’ll apologize next season.
Well, maybe she will.
You can watch this portion of NeNe’s “Watch What Happens Live” sit down in the video below.
Despite their reunion show altercation, an industry insider claims that Bravo producers will require Kenya Moore and Porsha Williams to film scenes together for season seven. Actually, none of the housewives will be allowed to turn down scenes with one another if recent reports are correct.
“Bravo has had it with the egos of the housewives,” the source told All About The Real Housewives. “They talked to all the Atlanta ladies when they were asked back and specifically told them that if they expect to stay on the show and receive their paycheck, they will do what every employee has to do — THEIR JOB!”
The source went on to say that producers have had it with one housewife in particular and that’s resident Queen Bee NeNe Leakes.
“Producers have especially had it with NeNe’s superior attitude. They know that this is her only ‘million dollar’ job and she won’t quit despite what she demands she tries making. Not only that, she’s never had anything interesting going on in her life that could carry her on the show. Her interaction with her castmates is what makes her interesting.”
As you may recall, NeNe has made unfavorable comments about the franchise and whether or not she will return several times since the season concluded.
“I don’t know,” NeNe said earlier this month about her own decision to return. “I felt like this past season was very dark. I thought it was very negative.”
Considering all of the relationships that fell apart last season, we can definitely see why Bravo executives would want to make it mandatory for all cast members to film with one another. With all of the turmoil, this could possibly be the series’ most explosive season ever. Representatives from Bravo have yet to offer comment on the rumors though.
Are you looking forward to season seven?
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I don’t know if you ever watch the show Dish Nation (it’s where they film different popular radio personalities from around the country talking about current events/gossip), but for the last few weeks on and off, Porsha Williams has been playing co-host for The Rickey Smiley Morning Show. She’s done a pretty good job of coming off as very quick-witted (remember her comments on Kenya Moore’s possible new boyfriend being a mannequin?) and she does have a good personality for radio. Clearly these things impressed the producers of Dish Nation, and Rickey Smiley too, because Williams will now join the hilarious cast of characters who make up the popular morning show, which includes Smiley, Ebony Steele, Gary With Da Tea, Headkrack and Rock-T (these DJ names though…). Williams has been given the go to help “dish” her opinion on the show for the entire summer. This is what she had to say about the good news on Instagram:
“God is Good! #WontHeDoIt Such a fun experience with these guys on #DISH Everyday… This can’t possibly be called work! Check your Local Listings you don’t want to miss this! Team @RickeySmiley“
It’s unclear if Porsha will return to Real Housewives of Atlanta after physically assaulting Kenya Moore now that the show has a “no physical violence” after the Apollo/Brandon fight. NeNe Leakes, the head-you-know-what of the show, doesn’t know for sure if she’ll be brought back, but said that she “doubts very seriously” that Williams would be given the boot. If she is, at least she will have the chance to try and wow folks on radio, and maybe make some kind of career out of all this. We’ll have to wait and see what happens.
But anywho, congratulations to Williams for successfully getting her hustle on!
Considering that some time has passed since filming for “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” many have been wondering whether or not NeNe Leakes and Cynthia Bailey have softened a bit on their views regarding their damaged friendship. But according to NeNe, things are definitely over between her and Cynthia.
“To be quite frank, I have no desire to speak to Cynthia,” NeNe told Hollywood Life. “I wish her all the best, I just feel like we’re done.”
Speaking of people who NeNe is not interested in reconciling with, she also discussed not wanting anything to do with co-star Kenya Moore.
“I think I was very clear at the reunion show and everywhere else that I have no desires to be friends with Kenya,” NeNe admitted. “As Cynthia, I wish her the best. I have no desires to be friends with her or even have a conversation with her. Really, I don’t.”
As for that reunion show brawl, NeNe says she “doubts very seriously” that Porsha will be fired over it. In fact, she reiterated that all of the ladies have been invited back for season seven.
“In the Porsha [and] Kenya fiasco, I feel like they both were wrong. I feel like Porsha was provoked. She may not have been right in her actions, but she was provoked.”
“I think that Kenya’s great for the show,” she continued. “If they’re looking for the dark side, they’re looking for negativity, fighting, provoking, delusionalness, if that’s what they’re looking for, she’s 100 percent excellent for the show.”
Still, NeNe says she’s on the fence about returning to the Bravo franchise.
“I don’t know,” NeNe said about her own decision to return. “I felt like this past season was very dark. I thought it was very negative.”
Do you think NeNe is really considering leaving RHoA or is she just looking for attention?
NeNe Leakes Talks Which RHoA Cast Members Have Been Invited Back & Why She’s On The Fence About Returning
After a tumultuous season six, the Atlanta Housewives are now gearing up for negotiations regarding the seventh season of the Bravo franchise. For weeks, the ladies have declined to comment on whether not they’ll be returning to the series, but now, resident Queen Bee NeNe Leakes is speaking up regarding the matter. According to the “Glee” actress, all of the current cast members have been asked to return for season seven.
“Everybody has been invited back,” she tells Life & Style.
What’s uncertain, however, is whether or not Mrs. Leakes will accept their invitation.
“I don’t know exactly what I’m doing,” she added. “This past season was very dark and toxic; there was a lot of negativity. I just don’t want to work with so much negativity.”
Despite the emotional toll that the reality star says this past season has taken on her, it looks like she’ll be willing to do it all over again if the price is right.
“All of us deserve a raise,” said NeNe, who reportedly makes $1 million per season. “I haven’t asked for more money yet, but I damn sure plan to!”
You know what they say, money talks.
Do you feel like it’s time for RHoA to get another facelift? Possibly a new cast member?
I know, you’re exhausted, right? You’re thinking: “Another RHOA article?” Well, just read me out and we’ll see if we can get through this together, deal? All right!
Beyond the hair pulling, and blame dodging, I zoned in on the deterioration of the friendship between Nene Leakes and Cynthia Bailey. Most people were quick to cast blame, but I couldn’t pick a side. I could see where both parties had been wrong. Nene’s seemed glaringly obvious and Cynthia’s fault seemed more covert. I understand those dynamics. The reason is because I’ve been in Cynthia’s shoes in the past, and when I was in her shoes, I was the reason for one of the most important friendships that I had ending for seven years.
Zoe* and I became best friends our freshman year of high school. Through that time, we were inseparable and she was a strong force in my life. She encouraged me when I needed it, and was there through very rough times. At the same time, I was there for her as well. Our personalities complimented each other, because she was very outspoken, and stubborn and I’m very accommodating and “go-with-the-flow”ish.
These traits in our personalities went well with our life choices when she went into the Marines after high school and I went to college. Even through that separation, we were still incredibly close, and when I needed a ride home one year because my family couldn’t make the drive, she picked me up after a weekend of PT and drove me home.
Though we were both important to each other, that didn’t stop the fact that we would occasionally get on each other’s nerves. Zoe would speak up and let me know how she felt. I, on the other hand, would hold everything in. Even after she asked me about it, I would shake my head and say: “I’m fine,” even if I wasn’t.
So after years of sailing on a tepid surface, a storm was raging for both of us beneath the water’s crest.
The ish hit the fan when I couldn’t make it to her wedding (I was the maid of honor… I know, I’m horrible! I told her about a month before, but it was still a crappy thing.)
She was upset at me (and rightfully so) for not being able to be there for her. As much as it was painful, I accepted it and took blame for it. But then we had a very unfortunate email incident that happened due to an email forward chain, and I became upset about years of multiple incidents that piled on, and on that I felt like I had put up with. But when I couldn’t make it for her this one time she couldn’t understand how my circumstances wouldn’t allow me to make it. Then, there was nothing.
Seven years of silence erased nine years of friendship. However, one day, we reconnected and finally had the conversation that we should have had all those years ago. We put everything on the table and were finally able to be completely open and honest.
We’re slowly rebuilding things back, and I did learn some important things.
No matter how uncomfortable confronting someone can be when they hurt you, it’s better to do so when it happens. That’s what was missing from Cynthia’s confrontation with Nene. Like Nene said, they’d spent time with each other after “Bitchgate,” but what Nene didn’t realize was that Cynthia was probably reliving that moment and many others like that mentally. It was bubbling, and stewing, and when she re-watched that episode, that’s when she finally boiled over because she never fully addressed that hurt and any past ones from their friendship.
So if you don’ t learn anything else from this situation, learn that:
1. Obsessing over past incidents aren’t helping you out, they’re only hurting you and that relationship. Learn to either address it then or let it go.
2. Learn to live in the present, because dwelling in the past is going to hinder your progress with that person.
3. Confrontation might be unpleasant, but the eventual blow up that happens because you were stewing will end a friendship faster than if you were honest with your pain when it happened.
4. For God sakes, if you’re someone’s bridesmaid, go to the wedding!
Now you know, and knowledge is power!
We told you that ever since season six of Real Housewives of Atlanta came to an end, NeNe Leakes has been giving off a vibe and sending out cryptic tweets to let people know (without flat-out saying) that she’s sick of the show. Remember when she said this last week on Twitter?
“Good morning tweetie pies! Never continue n a job u don’t enjoy! Follow ur passion & success will follow u! Hav a great day.”
But despite such messages, Leakes was present at the NBC Universal Cable Upfronts event with Andy Cohen and other famous Housewives from the different franchises late last week. But does she see herself with the Housewives next season? In a chat with Naughty But Nice Rob (aka, Rob Schuter), she didn’t seem 100 percent sure, saying that dealing with the girls can be “tough,” but she did say that she’s sticking with Bravo. Could a spinoff be in the works? Or is she just pulling our leg?
If She’s Possibly Leaving The Show:
“I will still work for Bravo. I’m happy to stay on. We just need to work out some things. I’m happy to do some things. I don’t know if I’m happy to be a full time Housewife.”
If She’s Outgrown The Show And Its Drama:
“I wouldn’t say outgrown because people would want to throw eggs at me. I would just say that I have grown and I’m at a different place in my life and I personally don’t want to go to work every day where you have to be negative. When I wake up every morning and I go off to be negative it just feels like it spills over into my regular life. You become what you work with.”
Why She’s A Fan Favorite After All These Years:
“I think people enjoy my realness, I think people enjoy how genuine I am. They can relate to what I’m saying. I’m very direct. Some people appreciate the directness and some people don’t.”
You know NeNe is loving keeping RHOA fans on their toes. What do you think about her comments on all the negativity she deals with on the show?
Sometimes it’s just cheaper to keep her. These celebrity couples made public declarations that they were calling it quits then went behind closed doors and were able to work things out.
Kobe and Vanessa Bryant
After just six months of dating, Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant married his wife Vanessa in 2000. The mother of his two children stuck by his side as he faced sexual assault charges in Colorado after having sex with a hotel worker in 2002. As an apology, he bought Vanessa a $4 million eight-carat purple diamond ring. After years of reportedly putting up with Bryant’s infidelity, Vanessa had finally had enough and filed for divorce towards the end of 2011. But the NBA superstar did his best to win the love of his life back and in 2013 it was announced that the divorce was called off.