Pour out a jar of lace front bonding glue and begin mourning the loss of NeNe Leakes giving us fucked-up looks like the one above, because the last remaining original member of The Real Housewives of Atlanta is leaving the show that made her a legend (in her own wig-covered mind). After 7 seasons, NeNe has packed up her trunk of wigs (including my favorite, the Dutch Boy scarecrow on meth wig above) and said BLOOP! to those messes.
NeNe fed People a giant spoonful of cold bullshit last night when she told them why she followed fellow wreck of a Housewife Brand Glanville out the exit door. Squidward’s come-to-life sister claims that it’s time for her to leave RHoA and move on to bigger things (SPOILER ALERT: Those bigger things are playing herself in American Horror Story: Hotel, playing herself in Scream Queens and playing herself in [insert any other Ryan Murphy show I may have missed here].) NeNe gave People this “Girl, Please” statement:
“This was definitely a hard decision for me. Me and my husband have been going back and forth on it for weeks now. But my contract is up and I just think this is the right time. This is my opportunity to spread my wings and do different things. I’m actually going to be doing a new primetime television show with a big legend. All of my fans will get to see me be really happy, witty and funny and tell all of those one liners that I always have said on Housewives.
I feel a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders
There were times when I was a target. I won’t miss the negativity. I think some of the girls will be happy. They always felt like I was the star, and they were never able to really shine with me there, so here’s their opportunity to shine. I’m not saying I’m gone forever. I’ll probably pop up and play with those girls every now and then”
According to TMZ, when the self-proclaimed rich bitch said that she thinks it’s the right time to leave, she really meant that she thinks she’s worth a whole lot of money and that cheap bitch Andy Cohen refused to pay her more. A source (Greg, probably) tells TMZ that NeNe wanted a raise and Bravo closed their wallets to her. But Bravo is nervous about doing a season of RHoA without NeNe, because they’re afraid the show’s ratings will end up in the toilet if her fans stop watching. Bravo also confirmed to Buzzfeed that NeNe’s road trip spin-off show with Barbie styling head knock-off Kim Zolciak is still on.
TMZ says that Bravo got Kim Fields (Tootie, is it that bad?!) to replace NeNe.
This is shocking and not shocking at the same time. On one hand, NeNe looked about as happy as you at the DMV on a Monday morning during the past season and she acted like she was too good to be sharing camera time with those low-rent peasants. On the other hand, I thought NeNe would be on RHoA until Bravo replaces it with “Somewhere Chauffeur The Rainbow.”
Well, now that NeNe is gone, Bravo should bring back RHoA’s true shining jewel Sheree Whitfield. That’s if she’s not too busy decorating Chateau de Foreclosure with gorgeous pieces from Rent-A-Center.