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Apparently, Cynthia Bailey was displeased with ex-friend NeNe Leake’s “Watch What Happens Live” interview. In a recent Bravo blog, the former supermodel addressed the interview and slammed Leakes for her inability to get along with others and also, what she felt to be an unattractive wig.
“It’s the same ol’ two step,” Bailey wrote. “Embrace the people that are with you and try to destroy the people who are not. I have seen her (NeNe) do it to other ladies on the show (past and present), so although it was disappointing, it was not a big surprise when she did it to me. It’s no secret that NeNe has gotten into it or fallen out (at one time or the other) with mostly all the ladies
My thing is this — if I’m so irrelevant and you don’t want to be my storyline (or should I say me be yours), why spend so much energy talking about me? That energy could have been put to better use looking for a decent wig and a more flattering makeup direction.”
In case you missed it, Andy Cohen basically played a clip from the latest episode of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” where Cynthia was venting to Kenya about how much better her life is without NeNe and of course, NeNe took the bait.
I understand that the friction between Cynthia and NeNe probably makes for entertaining reality television, but it’s pretty sad to see the two of them resort to this. They may never reconcile, but I would hope that they could at least get to a point where they’re no longer throwing such nasty jabs at one another.
Detroit’s schools probably aren’t too pleased with NeNe Leakes. She recently went on Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live TV show and basically said the schools in Detroit could forget about a promised $20,000 donation from her.
During last season’s Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion show, NeNe challenged fellow castmate Kenya Moore to donate $20,000 to the charity of Moore’s choice.
Here’s how it went down. Leakes said to Moore: “Let’s put our differences aside for a day of charity. You pick the charity of your choice. I will donate $20,000 and you match me. You donate 20 along with me. How about that? 20K. You ready? Name the charity, and let’s go.”
Moore, who was born in the Motor City, picked Detroit Public Schools Foundation and later wrote the school system a check. Leakes then promised she’d match Moore’s donation. After Moore made her charity selection, Leakes again mentioned she’d do a donation match. “I will write a $20,000 check, and I’d like to see you match me. We’ll write it together.” Moore agreed.
But now Leakes is claiming she has no obligation to pay because the statute of limitations had run out on her promise. “Oh, really? She finally made a donation to Detroit. Well honey, didn’t the statute of limitation run out on that?,” Leakes said to Cohen on the show. “Well, it was a long time ago, so how ’bout that? The statue of limitations does run out on things. Just because she donate, I donate when I want to. I would want proof of that because she’s known to tell a few lies.”
The president of the school district is incredulous, telling TMZ there was no statute of limitations.
Rumor Fix‘s Real Mr. Housewife spoke exclusively to Kenya, who commented on Leakes’ latest announcement, “There was no deadline. This speaks to her character. She never intended to give $20,000 to any charity because she was likely trying to embarrass me rather than be kind and generous.”
Kenya continued, “She can contact Glenda Rice at the DPS foundation directly to confirm that I did give my donation. If she’s so rich, why is this even an issue?”
Cynthia Bailey is one happy wife.
In an interview with Essence magazine, the reality star says her marriage with Peter Thomas has improved tremendously. What’s the cause of this improvement? Well, according to the interview, ending her friendship with former best friend NeNe Leakes may have something to do with it.
I had put a lot of energy into my friendship with NeNe and I think what ended up happening for me—and I’m speaking for me on my side of the friendship—some of the energy that I was pouring into my friendship with her I should have been pouring into my marriage. Some friends are just needier than others, and I’m not trying to say anything bad about NeNe. I’m just saying I put a lot of energy into that relationship. And, I felt like once that relationship went away I had all this time to pour into my life and my husband and my kid.
Ouch. As for her current relationship with NeNe Leakes, she says,
Toward the beginning of this season I was very hurt by some of the things that happened toward the end of our friendship. Despite it all I’m still optimistic that we could at least just be cool, cordial, and still have fun together. Not be besties, but just have that respect for each other as women and just agree to just coexist.
Now that the season 7 of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” premiere is just around the corner, the guest appearances, sit-downs and interviews with the cast members have increased. It’s the reason “Access Hollywood” interviewed both Phaedra Parks and Kenya Moore within less than a week of each other.
At this point in the game, everyone knows that the ladies of Atlanta bring the drama.
And that was certainly the case when Kenya sat down to talk about the upcoming season of RHOA, her current relationship with NeNe Leakes and her upcoming appearances on “Celebrity Apprentice.”
See what she had to say.
On NeNe Leakes
“We have a love-hate relationship. I love her, she hates me.”
Billy Bush: Nene’s the Queen Bee, you don’t want NeNe against you.
“I think she was. I think that’s the problem. I think her time is passing and that’s an issue for her. Well, honey, it’s a new day.”
Kenya’s co-star on “Celebrity Apprentice” and fellow housewife, Brandi Glanville said that Kenya is pure evil. And as if that weren’t enough, she called her a narcissist and said the two might eventually come to blows. Although Kenya would probably “kick [her] ass for sure.”
When Billy quoted Brandi’s “evil” comment back to Kenya, this is what she had to say in response.
“I can’t do anything for Brandi. I don’t have penicillin and I’m not a psychiatrist. So I can’t help her. “
I generally find Kenya to be annoying as hell, but the girl stays with a zinger.
You can watch her full “Access Hollywood” interview, where Kenya talks about her legal action against Porsha and why this is her redemption season in the video below.
Nene Leakes On Claudia Replacing Porsha: “It Just Goes To Show As Long As You Act A Big Ol’ Fool, You’ll Get A Check”
Nene Leakes has never been one to hold her tongue and that’s why when she stopped by the office to tell us about the upcoming season of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” she got straight to the dirt on what it really takes to be a coveted Georgia peach.
When we asked Nene what she thinks about Porsha being demoted, the series original said that decision on Bravo’s part was rather unfortunate and the fact that Claudia was chosen to replace her “just goes to show as long as you act a big ol’ fool, you’ll get a check.” And then she threw more shade about the size of the check Claudia is getting for seemingly selling her soul, which in her words isn’t much. Whew chile! Watch and be entertained.
While other “Real Housewives” franchises go up and down in the ratings, “Real Housewives of Atlanta” is the most successful. And if you let the stars’ paychecks tell it, that has a lot to do with NeNe Leakes.
According to Radar Online, Leakes negotiated a hefty pay raise for the seventh season of the show, and will take home $1.5 million for her contributions to the drama.
A source told Radar that Leakes’ raise is deserved and she got it because she is undoubtedly the most “popular” wife of all the franchises, or at least the best known (she might have to fight with Bethenny Frankel for that title).
“Without NeNe, RHOA wouldn’t be the ratings blockbuster that it continues to be. While some of the other shows including RHONJ and RHONY have endured ratings slumps, Atlanta has never had to endure that.
NeNe made it known she would need a significant raise to do the upcoming season, and Bravo had no choice but to agree to it.”
This upgrade will make Leakes the highest paid reality star on Bravo, a channel known for mostly reality TV programming. She is the only cast member on the show who has been on since the very beginning (2008), and has used her success on the show to catapult her into TV work. That includes”Glee” and the now defunct “New Normal.” She’s also been able to have a successful fashion line with the Home Shopping Network, an upcoming role on Broadway in “Cinderella,” and there’s even talk that she might join E!’s “Fashion Police” in the wake of Joan Rivers’ death. However season seven goes for Leakes, she’s clearly already winning. As she put it on Twitter the other day:
“They have lied & conspired but they couldn’t triumph over me. God Favored me inspite of the enemies! I’m still here & still BLESSED! Yesss.”
We have barely scratched the surface when it comes to fall television shows and there have already been some changes. Sure our Thursday nights are dominated by Shonda Rhimes, Scandal and her new hit, How to Get Away with Murder, but will you dedicate your time to watching other stars? Here’s a cheat sheet on celebrities expected to make their debut on both the big and small screens–along with one or two getting their walking papers.
Earlier this month, the entertainment world suffered the shocking loss of Joan Rivers, who passed away at age 81. Many questioned what her death meant for her popular E! TV show, “Fashion Police”. Would E! try to cast a replacement? Would the show be pulled off of the air? From the looks of it, or at least according to the folks over Perez Hilton, the show will go on.
If reports are correct, “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star NeNe Leakes and comedian Kathy Griffin are both being seriously considered by E! producers to fill Joan’s slot. NeNe is reportedly a strong contender because she has her own fashion line with HSN and is considered to be one of the more fashionable Atlanta Housewives. Her sharp tongue, comedic timing and the networks reported hopes to diversify the panel are also supposedly working in her favor.
On the other hand, Kathy Griffin is being considered because it’s believed that her sense of humor would add an interesting element to the panel; however, the fact the she doesn’t have much of a fashion background may cripple her chances.
Supermodel and former TV host Tyra Banks’ name is also being tossed around, which would make a lot of sense considering that she has experience in both television and fashion.
Are you a fan of “Fashion Police”? Who would you like to see as the next host?
For many people, when they first get on reality television, it’s because they feel as though they have some talent, but haven’t been discovered yet. It’s a way to make yourself be seen by the right people. But, too many of those people forget their reasons for getting on their chosen shows in the first place, and find themselves stuck to the allure of infamy, because it’s easier.
However, there are some people who the entertainment industry took notice of, and didn’t hold (some of) their ridiculous behavior against them. There are also people who focused on their talent, and kept a cool head in manufactured drama.
So, here’s to these participants of reality television who the entertainment industry looked beyond the reality shows that they were on, and gave them a chance regardless.
When I was younger it was easy for me to accept certain negative qualities about the girls I chose as friends. When I was younger my values were also all messed up and I was always intrigued by the mischief in life. The girls I met in the sixth grade were just as lost as I was and naturally, we found direction in one another.
Over the last five years, like many other 25-year-olds I know, I began to realize that my time is limited, I value more, I have grown up, and my tolerance for BS is slim to none. I can’t keep up with the nonsense like I used to, so I’ve allotted all my tolerance for ish I can’t control to the whims of my two pint-sized children.
I’m a mother now and part of being a good mother for me means surrounding my children with positive influences. The quality of the “village” in which I raise my children takes precedence over everything else. If those are values that I hold, then trying to maintain a friendship with a woman who shows little moral character goes directly against all that I envision for my family. I had a friend like that, and things didn’t turn out well.
With the influence of my children aside, it is my strong belief that had I known or embraced my true self at a younger age, it would have been merely impossible for our friendship to form. Besides the length of time between us, any blind man could have seen that the distrust, disloyalty, dislike, and disrespect forever present in our circle made us more enemies than friends. I’m speaking for myself when I say that some of the women I considered my best friends over the years were women that I could no longer stand to be around at one point. Nene Leakes of “Real Housewives Of Atlanta” fame recently said that as she got to know Cynthia Bailey better, she realized that she didn’t like her. Though I knew these women for all of our teenage years, I had to re-learn who they were as grown women. The more I learned about myself as a woman, the more I learned that grown up Opal did not like the same set of women I chose as friends when I was a pre-teen.
If you’ve got a group of girlfriends who fully support one another, enjoy each other’s company, respect one another’s opinions and advice, and are inspired by each other’s success, then you’ve got gold when it comes to girlfriends. Some of us aren’t so lucky. We get stuck in friendships that are past their expiration dates and should have been tossed out with old Melissa jelly sandals and T-Mobile sidekick cell phones (which were popular when my former friend and I had more in common). Some of us stay bound to each other simply because we’re comfortable and don’t want to start over with other people. We put up with disrespect from our besties and chalk it up to “that’s just how she is, you’ve just got to get to know her…”
I can’t speak for the women I’ve had to leave behind as I’ve grown, but I can say for me that the end of our friendship was inevitable. We had been slowly breaking up for years, but my comfort zone fed me excuses that allowed me to remain miserable in a familiar situation that was hurting me. We’ve beared witnesses to the biggest moments in each other’s lives and that will keep us bound in one way, but that doesn’t mean that I have to continue to put up with people I would probably be better off without.
There wasn’t a long conversation held among any of these women once I realized we needed to go our separate ways. Nobody got cut, cursed out or un-friended on Facebook. In fact, I can still see all their updates on social media, but the only difference is that I am less involved in their drama and I like it that way. I’d like to be able to see that they are doing good and living well. I don’t know if I’ll ever entertain a friendship with these women the way I had before, and I think some of the “comfortableness” between us is what drove us apart. For now, I’ll have that personal “girl talk” about the trials of my life with my spouse, as it’s just safer that way. When it comes to making friends at this point in my life, I’m going back to the basics and keeping friends for entertainment purposes only. If it sounds like I’m a “friend scorned” it’s probably because I am, but I’m thankful for the lesson.
Opal Stacie is a freelance writer out of the Miami area. Keep up with her on Facebook.com/thecolorsofOpal.