Nene Leakes says RHOA is not the same after her exit
"It's very difficult to go to the burger place down the street and think you're going to get a Happy Meal,” said Leakes
Television personality Nene Leakes made it very clear that the Real Housewives of Atlanta is not the same without her.
In an interview with Jason Lee on Hollywood Unlocked Uncensored, the former housewife, who left after 13 seasons, compared her absence on the show to R&B group Destiny’s Child without Beyonce.
“It’s kind of hard to have the group Destiny’s Child and take Beyoncé out and still think you have Destiny’s Child. It’s kind of difficult to do that. You know what I mean? It’s kind of like, No…no. I want Beyonce.”
Leakes also said: “It’s very difficult to go to the burger place down the street and think you’re going to get a Happy Meal. I mean, McDonald’s started the Happy Meal.”
“It’s very hard to, in a very nice way, go somewhere and think that you can fill the shoes of something that someone started,” she continued.
In September, Leakes announced her departure from the series after “an extremely long, exhausting, tiring, emotional negotiation” behind the scenes, according to Entertainment Weekly.
Leakes also publicly slammed Bravo producer Andy Cohen, calling him “racist” and a “master manipulator” in a series of tweets.
Lee then asked Leakes if the discrimination she faced occurred before she spoke up about it.
“I can say that it’s never anything that happens overnight. I can also tell you that I’m not a liar. I don’t just wake up and decide to lie,” Leakes responded.
“I can also tell you that if a Black woman tells you they have been raped, they have been abused, they have been discriminated against, you should probably listen very closely. Where there is smoke, there is fire.”
Lee then mentioned RHOA castmate Kandi Burrus who “didn’t listen to the girls who made claims against Tiny and T.I. ” and asked if she listened to Leakes on her claims of discrimination.
“When all of these rape allegations have come out against T.I. and Tiny, I’ve not heard her once say, ‘You can’t come on tour with us, Tiny or you can’t do the Verzuz with us, Tiny,” Leakes said. “She publicly made an announcement that ‘Nene can no longer be on this tour with us,’ and there’s no rape allegations against me.”
Leakes said she doesn’t feel bad for the new women who have replaced her since they’re “willing to work for $1,000 an episode.”
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