Nene Leakes has confirmed that she will not return for Season 9 of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. The Bravo star says she is just too busy to film the reality TV series for the upcoming season and has decided to take a break.
According to Reality Tea, Nene and the producers at Bravo decided that she is just too busy with her HSN clothing line, Fashion Police, and other various projects to return for Season 9. Due to her hectic schedule, Nene would have a hard time showing up to film with RHOA.
Not So Fast! NeNe Leakes Says She’s Never too Busy for ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta’ https://t.co/8UoXhDgsWd
— B. Scott (@lovebscott) July 20, 2016
After rumors began to circulate that Nene was just too busy to film, she responded via Twitter, “LIES! I’m NEVER too busy for more work! I’ve ALWAYS supported RHOA.”
That’s when a Nene Leakes fan asked her to clarify if that meant she’d be back for another season.
Nene replied, “No but to no fault of mine.”
So what is the real reason that Leakes has decided to take Season 9 off from The Real Housewives of Atlanta? Did she have a choice?
Leakes has posted other messages regarding her RHOA exit. Soon after admitting that she wouldn’t be returning to the Bravo show, Nene posted the following tweet.
“First they love ya, then they hate on you and try to turn others against you,” Nene wrote on social media.
— RollingOut (@RollingOut) July 19, 2016
Now fans want to know the real reason that Nene Leakes isn’t starring in Season 9 of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. During the Season 8 reunion, she seemed to be the voice of reason and even turned some heads when she made nice with several of her costars.
Some fans are hoping that Nene will pull the same type of stunt that she did in Season 8 where she showed up on the Jamaica trip with the other women even though she hadn’t been there to film anything prior during the season. Then she was at the reunion show too, giving advice to Porsha Williams, who was dangerously close to being fired for continuing to be violent with other cast members.
Essence reported that Nene Leakes isn’t the only veteran reality star leaving The Real Housewives of Atlanta this season. With all she has going on with her divorce from Peter Thomas, the sale of her Atlanta home and possibly even a new (recycled) romance, Cynthia Bailey is also not going to be on the show for Season 9.
NeNe Leakes has not been present for “Real Housewives of Atlanta” filming, producers not counting on involvement. https://t.co/126f4o38qm
— TMZ Live (@TMZLive) July 19, 2016
As for those who have been seen filming Season 9 of RHOA, Wetpaint reports that Kandi Burruss will be back. To make things even more exciting, she’ll be bringing baby Ace with her. Kandi recently shared some filming photos where Ace can be seen on the monitors as the shoot was filmed.
Their report also conflicts with many others that claim Cynthia Bailey won’t be back. It seems she was also at the same shoot that baby Ace was, so if Cynthia is leaving the show, she may actually make a few appearances first.
— BlackAmericaWeb.com (@BlackAmericaWeb) July 19, 2016
Porsha Williams and Phaedra Parks both have reportedly been filming. Both women have posted photos to social media that make it pretty clear they’ll be in Season 9 of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. The pair, currently dubbed “Frick and Frack,” have been spotted together numerous times and have become even closer after the last season.
Nene Leakes has previously teased that the RHOA cast would be getting a major overhaul for Season 9. While she never did say who would be coming back and who would be getting the boot, Nene did comment that Real Housewives of Atlanta fans might be in for a huge surprise.
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