NeNe Leakes Says Bravo Is Making Her Out To Be The Villain On This Season Of RHOA And Does The Cha Cha On DWTS

March 18, 2014  |  

NeNe Leakes has a lot on her plate right now. Not only is she starring in another dramatic season of Real Housewives of Atlanta, but she’s also two-stepping on Dancing With The Stars. She chatted with Essence about juggling both things, and how she really feels about Marlo, Bravo making her the villain this season, and Wendy Williams claiming she won’t win Dancing With The Stars.

On Wendy Williams Claiming She Won’t Win Dancing With The Stars

“Wendy was not going to win because she had two left feet [Williams was a contestant on season 12 of DWTS]. That was her issue. I know she might want to put me in the same box that she’s in but I’m not. I don’t have two left feet. I have a left and a right foot. And I have rhythm. Now, I’m not saying I’m going to win—that’s not even my thought. I just want to take it one week at a time. If we make it all the way to the end, that’s great, but I can’t go in thinking that far in advance.”

The Deal With Marlo

“I considered Marlo a friend. She was in my wedding. I supported her when nobody supported her. As in, not one housewife wanted her around. Not Kandi, not Sherée, not Kim Zolciak, not Cynthia, not Phaedra, Andy Cohen, Bravo, or True Entertainment. In fact, Bravo said she was not their brand. That’s how they described it. So, they didn’t want her on the show. On the season prior to this, you didn’t see her on the show at all because nobody wanted her around. I called Bravo; I called True Entertainment trying to ask them to let her be on the show. And all I can say is what you see on the show is not what happened to Marlo and me.

No one can step in our relationship and break us up if we’re real friends. So, that’s not it. Our stuff is deeper than Kenya Moore. If you watched my wedding show, you saw we had issues there. I felt like Marlo came in and caused a big divide among the girls. From there other things happened. But I see what they’re trying to portray on the show. She knows, I know, Cynthia Bailey knows what happened between me and Marlo is way deeper. I wish her the best. I think she has a good heart. I do. I’m not interested in going to the media and bashing someone that I once called a friend. I do wish her the best, but I will never be friends with her again.”

Being Painted As The Villain

“I feel like these networks and production companies—I’m just keeping it real—I just feel like they build you up to tear you down. I feel like they’ve done whatever they could do to try to not show me in the best light. There are so many things that happen on the show and they… I don’t even want to talk about editing, because I feel like so many people cry wolf on editing. I’m just saying that they’ve done whatever they could to try and diminish anything that I’ve done and I’m okay with it because I know about reality TV. Every season there has to be a villain, there has to be somebody that straddles the fence, and there has to be a little s**t stirrer. All of those things make the show. They decide who’s going to be the villain this season or who’s going to be this person or that person. We don’t have any control over that. I think that the show has gotten great ratings. As much as people say they don’t like drama, and why don’t you guys stop doing this and that, they continue to tune in. And even more people have tuned in.”

How Long She’ll Do RHOA

“This has opened up so many opportunities for me that I’m really grateful for. And I will say that I will continue to do it for as long as I can. I don’t really know when that will be. But I know that I won’t be doing it forever.”

Interesting. Check out NeNe doing the Cha Cha with Tony Dovolani last night and let us know what you thought of her performance, what you think of what she had to say in her chat, and check out the full interview over at Essence.


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