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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”

October 16th, 2014 - By Brande Victorian
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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.

“I Am VERY Rich B***h”: NeNe Leakes Gets $1.5 Million Pay Raise, Is Highest Paid Bravo Reality Star

October 8th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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NeNe Leakes and Tyra Banks reportedly being considered to replace Joan Rivers on 'Fashion Police'.

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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.”

Shakeups, Surprises & Scandal: 10 Celebrities Hired & Fired From Gigs

October 2nd, 2014 - By Tanvier Peart
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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.

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Report: NeNe Leakes Being Considered To Replace Joan Rivers On ‘Fashion Police’

September 29th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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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?

Celebs Who Broke Into The Industry After Reality Tv

September 12th, 2014 - By Kendra Koger
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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 Friendships Don’t Grow With You: How I Realized I Didn’t Like My Best Friend Very Much

September 11th, 2014 - By Opal Stacie
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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

Nene Leakes To Replace Sherri Shepherd In Broadway Version Of Cinderella

September 4th, 2014 - By Brande Victorian
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Nene Leakes To Replace Sherri Shepherd

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Just as Cinderella gets ready to make its Broadway debut with the first Black fairy tale princess, Miss Keke Palmer, already casting changes are being announced. We’d already reported Keke’s feat and then announced that Sherri Shepherd had snagged the role of Cinderella’s evil stepmother out from under Nene Leakes’ feet, but now it appears the two will be sharing the spotlight.

According to, while Sherri Shepherd will perform the role of Madame September 9- November 22, she will be succeeded by Nene Leakes who has now been added to the final cast. Each star will play the role for about two months, with Nene taking over the part from the end of November until the final show on January 3, 2015. There’s no word on why Sherri isn’t performing for the entire show run, but it will certainly be interesting to see which of these ladies wins over audiences. How do you think Nene will do?

RHOA Cast Films Season 7 In Puerto Rico, Form New Cliques After NeNe & Cynthia’s Falling Out

August 27th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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The new season of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” has already started filming, and after the dust settled from the explosive season six reunion earlier this year, friendships ended, new friendships were formed, and of course, new cast members were added.

The ladies are allegedly filming their big girls getaway in Puerto Rico right now, and as they share shots from their big trip, it’s clear that the women have made new cliques and split from one another. Now that NeNe Leakes and Cynthia Bailey’s relationship is kaput, Leakes is spending time and getting close to Phaedra Parks, Porsha Williams and Kandi Burruss (the latter of which she was at odds with during the reunion over comments about Mama Joyce). As for Bailey, she’s become quite close with Kenya Moore (which I’m sure is exactly what Moore wanted to get under Leakes’ skin), and new cast mates Claudia Jordan and Demetria McKinney seem to be flocking to them. No more ‘Talls vs. Smalls’ it seems.

It’s really crazy to see Leakes and Bailey at odds. In a recent chat with us, Leakes said she was a good friend to Bailey and they’ll handle settle everything during season seven.

“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.”

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NeNe Leakes Covers Pose Magazine, Talks Coming To The Realization That She Doesn’t Like Cynthia Bailey

August 21st, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Nearly every Atlanta housewife, has directly or indirectly confirmed that they will be returning to the Bravo franchise; however, a huge question mark remains when it comes to the show’s last standing original cast member, NeNe Leakes. She’s currently the cover girl for Pose magazine’s September issue, where addressed her extended journey with the series and discussed coming back for season seven. Check out some highlights from her interview below, including her discussing coming to the realization that she doesn’t like former friend, Cynthia Bailey.

On her HSN clothing line being designed for full-figured women:

“Big girls would write to me and ask me where I got my clothing from. I thought, there must be a void in the market for the curvy girl. When HSN approached me to do the line, I said I can’t unless I can include the curvy girl.”

On how she has changed since season one of RHoA:

“I feel I have definitely grown since season one. I also think about the years that have passed. When we started, my youngest son was in the third grade. Now he’s in the 10th grade. My oldest son was in the twelve grade and now he’s 24 years old with a daughter.”

On realizing she doesn’t like Cynthia Bailey:

“They want viewers to believe we are all friends because we’re on a show together. Now, Cynthia and I did form a real friendship over the years we were on the show together. I don’t think the viewers know that I never knew her until she signed up to do the show. I never met her. I never knew anything about her. I never met Kandi Burress, Porsha, or Lisa Wu Hartwell until she stepped on the show and we signed these contracts. When you guys are getting to know us, we’re getting to know each other. We are going out, having drinks, and getting to know each other. Sometimes you meet people and you like them. Then as you get to know them, you think, ‘You know, I actually thought I liked her…but I don’t.’ We’re shooting season seven right now so the viewers get to see how it plays out.”

On her real friends:

“I love my girlfriends and love being with them, going out in our neighborhood for a drink, where we don’t have to wear make up or going to lunch with them.”

On her realness being mistaken for harshness:

“I do think that being real comes off as being harsh. I always have to think before I say things because I’m a straight shooter. I don’t think I’m being mean. I think it’s the delivery that makes it mean. Sometimes I shoot and move on. I don’t know any other way to do it, but I am learning that sometimes everything doesn’t need to be said. But, if you ask me to be real, I’m going to be real and you may not like it. Be sure you want to ask me, because I’m just going to tell you. Some people have a really sweet tone. They say things and it comes off really sweet. I do know it’s all in the delivery. There are people who say that they’re real, but they mean real loud or real ghetto or real crazy. What I need to do is try to be a little phony now and then. [laughing] My husband is always on my case. ‘You don’t have to say that,’ or ‘You don’t have to be that real about it.’ Like, okay, maybe he’s right. I’m going to do much better from now on. I am really working on it.”

Are you looking forward to the upcoming season of RHoA?

Cynthia Hopes To Make Amends With NeNe: ‘We Had A Rough Patch’

August 11th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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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?