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Tis the season for reality TV besties to kiss and make up? A few weeks ago, we told you that former “Basketball Wives” star Evelyn Lozada expressed a desire to patch things up with friend-turned-foe, Jennifer Williams. Now, it seems that Cynthia Bailey is also ready to bury the hatchet and move forward with ex-friend, NeNe Leakes.
“It’s a friendship,” Cynthia told the QC Scene. “We had a rough patch and I’m really looking forward to moving forward with her. I will always have love for NeNe regardless of whether we’re besties or not.”
As for whether or not a reconciliation will actually happen, Cynthia encouraged fans to tune in for the new season to find out.
“You just have to watch the show to see how the dynamics of our relationship, friendship has changed and evolved,” she said.
Nene recently spoke to us about her friendship with Cynthia and has this to say:
“Cynthia I honestly had a real friendship with her. I don’t know where all this is coming from. But it was sorted out on season 7 for all of your guys to see. But I must say I feel like I’m a great friend to everybody who’s really been a friend in my life.”
It’ll be interesting to see whether or not a reconciliation will actually occur, as NeNe has stated in recent months that she and the model-turned-reality-star’s friendship is a dead issue.
“I think that’s a done deal for me. I think that our friendship was great,” she told Us Weekly. “I feel like I was a great friend to her, I honestly think she was a great friend for me, I just think that our friendship has come to an end. It’s run its course.”
Do you think Cynthia and NeNe should give their friendship another try?
It seems like every celebrity has a product they are trying to sell these days. Buy this fragrance. Purchase my clothes. Guess you wouldn’t be a true businessperson if you didn’t have a hustle — or at the very least work on creating multiple streams of income. Here are some celebrities with collections at HSN. Do you think celebrity endorsements are getting out of hand, or do they make sense given society’s obsession with entertainers?
Kenya Moore appears to have always been quite fond of Wendy Williams. However, it seems that she has a bit more of an incentive to adore the outspoken television personality these days: Porsha Stewart and NeNe Leakes’ beef with Wendy. Kenya was recently asked what she thinks of NeNe’s feud with Wendy and unsurprisingly, she repped #TeamWendy loudly and proudly.
“What’s your opinion on the Nene and Wendy beef?” one fan questioned.
“It’s petty. @WendyWilliams speaks her mind that’s why ppl watch,” Kenya responded.
“#teamwendy some people can’t take criticism it’s really not that serious. The truth hurts it u don’t have to believe it,” she continued.
Earlier this week, NeNe spoke to us about her beef with Wendy and the “Glee” star accused her former friend of being extremely harsh towards Black women on her show.
“She’s not only negative toward people, she is negative toward Black girls,” said NeNe. “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.”
NeNe went on to express that Wendy’s entire empire was built on being negative.
“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.”
“All of a sudden it’s like Wendy flipped and went on some type of sabotaging campaign,” she continued. “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.”
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Exclusive: NeNe Leakes Talks New HSN Clothing Line, Cynthia & Marlo, Wendy Williams & Why She Keeps Coming Back To RHOA
NeNe Leakes doesn’t really need any introduction around these parts does she? At least once a week something she’s said, done or something that involves her, in one way or another, is featured here on MN. We’re always talking about NeNe and have been since she joined the cast of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” with her one of kind brand of “keepin’ it real.” In honor of her launching her new clothing line with HSN, we got a chance to speak to Ms. Leakes about everything from her new business venture with HSN, the end of her friendships with Marlo and Cynthia, the issues she has with Wendy Williams, why she can’t leave RHOA even if she wanted to and whether or not we’ll see her on Broadway. Just like the NeNe we see on television, Ms. Leakes in real life had plenty to say when we spoke to her on the phone and I ended the conversation remembering just how she became the one-to-watch reality star that she is today. See what she had to say.
What inspired the clothing line?
I wanted women of all ages, all shapes, all sizes to feel comfortable and confident in the clothes that they’re wearing. My motto was, for every woman to walk into her closet, walk out of her closet and own it. I just want them to own it. I would go out like that. I would have women that would approach me and say things like, ‘Hey NeNe where do you buy your clothes?’ First thing they would say, ‘You’ve lost so much weight.’ And I would say ‘No I haven’t.’ You watch me on television and I know television sometimes makes people look much larger but I’m not plus size. But people thought I was plus size from watching me on television and I would say, you know I need to come out with a line of clothing that makes women feel good, affordable luxury. I’m able to walk through the store and obviously buy things that are very expensive but there was a time in my life when I couldn’t afford things either. So we came out with a line with good fabrics, things that really felt good, things that wash good, things that dry cleaned well, things that didn’t tear. And then clothes for larger, curvier girls. We can tap into a market that nobody is really tapping into right now and that’s what I did.
What made you chose to partner with HSN?
We took meetings with a lot of different people. And HSN actually felt right. When they walked into the room we totally clicked. And you need to really work with people who really understand and get you. They even took a little bit of a chance too. There’s a reason why people aren’t going into market for the curvier girls. They felt like it was a little scary to kind of go up to sizes that were so large but I felt very adamant about us clothing the curvier girl. And I felt like the curvier woman or girl would want to come out and purchase this line if we made things that weren’t frumpy, if we only made things that were stylish. I felt like a lot of their issues were they couldn’t find things that were stylish in the market.
I’m a beginner in the fashion industry so I wanted to be able to learn my craft. One thing I hate is doing things that I don’t have the full knowledge of. I feel like I can turn it all the way out if I have full knowledge of how the game works.
Did you get into reality TV to use it as a platform?
You know when I first started I didn’t really know what the whole reality tv world was about. I had watched “Flavor of Love” and the two brothers [from "I Love New York."] The Osbournes and “The Real World” but I really didn’t know that much about reality shows. I was acting at the time. 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. So I didn’t really go into the show with a plan. Once I got on the show and saw what the show was, I was like ‘Oh ok, I’m about ready to turn this into a business. We really need to start working on our dreams.’ And just from that– I didn’t even know how I was going to work on my dream actually.
I met this man, whose my manager now, Steven Grossman, he would say ‘I see all of these things for you. I watch you and I feel like you can do this, that or the other.’ And I thought, ‘Ok, so he wants some money.’ So I let the meeting go and went a whole other year and he would always try to send me a message like I still want to work with you and I was like ‘Ok…no!’ Until one day, I sat back and thought I just really learned the game after doing the show a couple of seasons.
I really was able to work on the show and saw that there were so many girls on the show who wanted to be popular. It was so weird to me because honestly… honestly I never wanted to be popular. I never thought about that. I always thought, I want to damn eat and I want some damn money. When other girls on the show were thinking about how popular they were, I felt like I was always popular. I was popular in high school. It was never that serous to me. These girls wanted rich boyfriends but they never wanted to do anything. They just wanted to date a popular guy. So I learned real quick. I thought, hey I’m married. All I can do right now is try to figure out how we can eat. It just popped in my mind to start working, you got to do other things outside of this show. So I reached back out to Steven and I said let’s give this a try. And it just worked for us. It just worked in my favor that people wanted to meet with me.
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?