NeNe Leakes suggests that she was ‘forced’ out of RHOA

Turns out it may not have been all her decision after all

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Earlier this month, NeNe Leakes announced that she decided not to return to Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Atlanta next season.

Turns out it may not have been all her decision after all.

On September 17, Leakes posted a video message to fans on her YouTube channel, disclosing that after an “extremely, extremely long, exhausting, tiring, emotional negotiation,” she made the “very hard and difficult decision to not be a part of Real Housewives of Atlanta season 13.”

When a fan asked her on Twitter on Friday if Bravo was going to give her her own spin off show, Leakes replied back with, “They don’t think I deserve to work at all in any [capacity].”

Leakes’ statement then received a response by another fan, Ellison Kendrick, an ex-background singer for Joss Stone. Kendrick tweeted back to Leakes, “it sound like they forced you out!” She then wrote, “Is that the story you want our there. ‘They didn’t want u to work in any capacity?'”

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“They definitely did,” Leakes replied.

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While the full story behind Leakes’ departure remains a mystery at this time, she is the second cast member of Real Housewives of Atlanta to reveal that they will not be coming back. In June, Eva Marcille Sterling announced that she was also stepping away from the show, according to The Ricky Smiley Show, of which she is a co-host.

She said she wanted to focus on “other opportunities” as one of the reasons for departing the show by “serving the community.” Marcille Sterling, the inaugural winner of “America’s Next Top Model,” joined the Housewives in season 10.

NeNe Leakes attends Rolling Stone Live Miami at SLS South Beach on February 01, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

“I love every single one of those black women. They are all queens all in their own right,” Marcille Sterling said of her tenure on Housewives. “They are stars and I wish them the most successful season and transformational season 13 that The Real Housewives of Atlanta has ever seen.”

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