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Exclusive: NeNe Leakes Spills ALL the Tea on ‘Fashion Police’ Drama, What Happened That Day at ‘The View’ and Her ‘Feud’ with Wendy Williams

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If you let the media tell it, there’s always some drama involving NeNe Leakes over at E!’s ‘Fashion Police,’ and beyond — but our own B. Scott decided to give NeNe a call and find out what’s REALLY going on.

Not only did NeNe open up about her time on ‘Fashion Police,’ but she also got candid about the upcoming ninth season of The Real Housewives of Atlanta and her ongoing ‘feud’ with Wendy Williams.

Check out our exclusive interview with NeNe Leakes below!

On being absent from the last episode of ‘Fashion Police’: “I was only hired to do 10 of the 12 episodes for Fashion Police because I already had previous engagements. When Kris Jenner was on, I was in Canada working my clothing line. When the Oscars are coming up, I’ll be in NYC hosting an Oscars party for Samsung.”

On what’s happening behind the ‘FP’ scenes: “I don’t know. What I do know is that I’ve been very kind to everyone on that set. That includes, Giuliana, Melissa, Brad, Margaret — now, I am not saying it has been reciprocated. What I AM saying is that I have been professional and kind to everyone.

All of these things that you’re hearing, I’m hearing. I don’t know if any of these things are true or not. All I know is that Margaret is super sweet. She’s kind to me.

Before Melissa took over, I was on when Joan was there. I co-hosted when Joan was there and Melissa was producing.”

On what it’s like being on ‘Fashion Police’ amid rumored tension: “It’s very weird. Let me tell you what happens — when you arrive on set, everybody goes to their dressing rooms. When they say ‘come out’, everyone comes out and sits on the couch. There’s no talking, no communication, nothing.

My dressing room isn’t even on the same side as everyone else. They have my dressing room way on the other side from everybody. So I don’t even see them.

I just come and sit down. Whenever they say, ‘Come and sit down, NeNe’, I come and sit down. I don’t move until they say ‘Wrap!’ and then I get up and leave. They don’t talk. No one talks between moments, really. There might be a little casual chit-chat like ‘I like your shoes,’ or something but no conversation. It’s really weird.

[READ: Is NeNe Leakes’ ‘Inflated Ego’ Causing Tension on the Set of ‘Fashion Police’?]

[The producers] just put us there. Whatever they tell us not to do, we don’t do. We’re scared to chew damn chewing gum — we don’t do sh*t! It upsets me that I’m just coming on to this set — and I literally don’t do anything outside of my job — and for me to be blamed for anything upsets me.

If you watch the show, Melissa says ‘NeNe, what do you think’ and then I say my little things and then I sit there and laugh when someone says something funny. I don’t say anything else because there’s nothing I can say. There’s nothing I can do.

If you went up to Melissa and asked her, and she was honest, she’d tell you that I’m nothing but professional on set.”

On rumors she’s a diva on the ‘Fashion Police’ set: “‘Fashion Police’ has really disturbed me. For people who know me, I’m a worker bee. I work my ass off. I really enjoy working. I’m not one of those people who’s lazy. I’m a go-getter. I’m a hard worker. I’m not one of those girls looking for a man to take care of me. I enjoy having my own coins. I enjoy being independent. To have someone consistently putting out a bad report about me, I feel like it’s coming from someone on the inside — and I’m sad about that.

I was just brought in to help bring the cast back together…because so many people have quit. Kathy Griffin, Kelly Osbourne. I realized there was issue when I came in there.

I’m not a problem. I don’t walk into any set being a problem. I would be an absolute fool walking on any set being a problem. When I worked on Glee, The New Normal, Dancing With the Stars, Zumanity and any of the other sh*t you’ve seen me on — they ask ‘Do you need anything?’ and I say no. I do not need breakfast, I do not need lunch, I do not need dinner. The only thing I need is my check when we finish working! I bring my own breakfast, my own lunch, and my own dinner. When I leave, I just need my check deposited on the day you said it would be deposited on. You can get all the directors and heads of production companies to vouch for that.

The fact that I keep getting these jobs says something. They could’ve kept anyone on The Real Housewives of Atlanta as long as I’ve been on — they could’ve kept Sheree, they could’ve kept Kim, the could’ve kept anybody…but they kept me. Why did Ryan Murphy take me over from Glee to The New Normal? Tell me that.

Out of all the women in the franchise, why did HSN choose to do a line with NeNe Leakes? Tell me that.

People wouldn’t continue to work with me if I was as unprofessional as people make it seem.”

On what happened at ‘The View’: “I’ve never went to a show and have been treated that way before. What happened at ‘The View’ is truly what happened at ‘The View’.

Why they chose to do that that particular day? I do not know, B. Scott. I do not know. All I know is that they weren’t being friendly with me. I’ve  co-hosted on ‘The View’ a couple of times. I’ve been a guest on ‘The View’ a couple of times. I don’t know, maybe some people were having a bad day. I just know they were not friendly.”

[READ: NeNe Leakes SLAMS The Ladies of ‘The View’ After Her Appearance: ‘The HATE Was So Real & Sad’]

Q: Was it the pictures of your house that set things off?  “No, I don’t think that was it. What I showed was a picture of my house when it was brand new. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. Also, like I said, my house was brand new at the time. Unless you shop off the floor — if you want custom furniture, every room won’t be furnished when you move into a house. I don’t have anything to prove to anyone. If I want a house full of furniture, I can have it. If I don’t want a house full of furniture, I don’t have to have it. But no, I don’t think that’s where the problem started.

[READ: ‘Rich B*tch’ NeNe Leakes Buys a $2.1 Million Georgia Estate [Photo]]

I don’t think Candace was coming for me. The other white lady — I forget her name — was nice. Everyone else was very…different. Why they chose to be like that on that particular day, I do not know. All I know is that they were not friendly to me — and I can guarantee you this. They know they weren’t being friendly!

[READ: NeNe Leakes on Why She Slammed ‘The View’ Hosts: ‘I Just Felt Those Girls Weren’t Friendly’ [Video]]

Joy Behar wouldn’t even take a picture with me. She walked off the set. She wouldn’t even take the group picture — and I cropped Raven out because she was just unkind. Whoopi sat back and didn’t really engage at all.

When I showed my home — for the African American women on the couch, it’s not a lot of us that can afford the type of house that I purchased. Okay? You guys know I’m here, you know I’m promoting the fact that I’m on Broadway for the SECOND time. You don’t see any Black reality show stars doing scripted series, designing at HSN, owning homes like this — you don’t see that really. There are actors who don’t even get to do Broadway…so it was very odd it felt like they were trying to bring me down.”

[READ: NeNe Leakes Explains What Happened on ‘The View’, Says Raven-Symoné Was ‘Real Nasty-Like’ [Video]]

On whether or not she’ll return to ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta’ as an official housewife and who she thinks should return: “We’re shooting our reunion show on Thursday. I don’t know who will be back and who won’t be back. What I do know is that they need girls with a storyline. I think they need women in relationships — whether they’re married or single. And they need more women from the Atlanta area with a Georgia background. I mean, this is the Atlanta housewives.”

On her feud with Wendy Williams: “I have never had a problem with Wendy, let’s be clear! I have never had a problem with Wendy. Every week on her show she began speaking negatively about me. When her show first started out and it was doing well, I bought her a bag. Not to brag about what it was or to make a big deal out of it — because no one knew until she brought it up and started doing this sh*t.

[READ: NeNe Leakes Goes All The Way Off on Wendy Williams: ‘I’m sure you’re scared I’ll take your place’ [Photos]]

I’ve been on her show several times — all of a sudden she starts bashing me every single week. The one time I came back and let Wendell know that she was not going to be doing that — she all of a sudden starting having an issue with me and never spoke to or about me again, as far as I know.

If she spoke to me today, I would speak to her. I don’t hold a grudge. I want to support Wendy. It’s not in my heart to not support another successful Black woman, but that’s just how it is right now.”

[READ: Juicy! Here’s What Allegedly Really Occurred Between NeNe Leakes & Wendy Williams’ at the Atlanta Women’s Expo]

On what went down with her and Wendy at the Women’s Expo: “I hadn’t gotten there, my glam was there. We were both speaking at the Expo. Now, they originally had our dressing rooms set up next door to each other and when I got there my glam told me her husband had my glam moved a room or two down away from Wendy’s room.

It didn’t happen while I was there. I wasn’t there. When I got on stage to speak, I said “I’m not gon’ give you 10 rules to live by.” Wendy had opened up her speech with “I’m gon’ give you 10 rules to live by,” and her husband felt I was shading her or being rude or whatever. And he was backstage cursing saying “Get that motherf**cking b*tch off the stage!”

I didn’t hear him, but he was backstage cursing and my people heard him. The State Patrol that was securing the stage heard him. He was just going crazy from what I understand backstage and they escorted him out of the building. But, he later apologized through some other people. He never got to me, he was with Diana — he was cursing in front of Diana. I was never actually involved with it. Me and Wendy never saw each other at the Women’s Expo. We never came in contact with each other. I never saw her husband or anything.

[READ: Exclusive: THIS is Why Wendy Williams Killed NeNe Leakes’ Talk Show]

It’s sad, because I would support her in a heartbeat. Like I would have no problem. That’s not my heart, That’s not who I am. Why would I not support this lady? What for?  That’s not my heart. But apparently that’s her heart — to bash African American women in the business. That’s all I’ve seen her do when she opens up her show. It seems when I was looking at her show, she would sit there and cross her legs and talk about Black women in the business. That’s what it looks like, that’s all I see. I do have good ole eyes and I don’t wear glasses or contacts!”

There’s nothing like getting piping hot tea straight from the source! Big thanks NeNe for taking the time to clear some of this up for us!

Update: NeNe’s ‘Fashion Police’ co-host Margaret Cho is speaking out in NeNe’s defense.

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40 comments

  1. I believe Nene.

    • We have a problem with Nene’s “STANKY A** SUPERIOR ATTITUDE”….not her success. Kandi said that to nene at a reunion. Now Kandi is a real rich bish!! Nene recently hashtagged #neneisfashionpolice yeah…that’s some ego she’s got there. Kandi tried to tell her that RHOA is not just about ONE PERSON because nene has said repeatedly that SHE IS RHOA. She’s not…it would be boring with just nene. She is carrying that same attitude to FP it appears.

      • You can say what you want but I totally disagree. Nene IS RealHousewives and the fact that THEY BROUGHT HER BACK speaks to this. Again, I think that people who are ACTUALLY STARS see her as lowbrow and the others who are ON PAR with her are intimidated by her. When you brought up what Kandi said about the show NOT being about one person that, again, confirmed it for me.

        Without NENE being a part of the picture the show’s ratings, RHOA, would PLUMMET and it did which is why they brought her back. I don’t doubt anything that Nene said in this interview because it all seems pretty realistic and believable.

        • yeah, Nene is a “part of the picture”..lol Try telling NENE that!! She is not rhoa. This season has been awesome without Nene. Nene herself said on WWHL that she “expected Porsha and Phaedra to be more happy to see her”….the tea on the street is THAT NOBODY WAS HAPPY TO SEE HER…not even producers were told she would be there. She’s NOT easy to work with. Cynthia has climbed right back up Nene’s butt and that’s why they friends again. lol

          • I don’t agree with you. There have been NO reports that Nene requested to comeback. To the contrary, the reports were that the ratings were DOWN BEFORE Nene came back which is why they asked her to come back. She’s not there to be a f/t housewife but to do cameo’s to keep interest. I have to disagree with you regarding the season being great without her. ALL REPORTS AND THE RATINGS stated otherwise which is, again, why they brought her back.

            It doesn’t matter if the other girls WANT to see her or are HAPPY to see her or not. She’s the only reason why they still get paychecks honestly. She doesn’t need THEM to be happy to see her, they just NEED to be happy that SHE’S THERE because if she weren’t the RHOA would be going bye bye.

          • There have been reports that Nene pulled a power play (wanted more money to stay for season 7 and was trying to tell them who she would and would not film with) and it didn’t pay off. They told her sorry. They were not going to let her control RHOA. Why do you think she’s making so many demands now?? She really wanted rid of Kenya but that’s not going to happen so now I think it’s kim. And trust me, Nene WANTS THAT PEACH BACK!!! That’s so funny. She NEEDS THAT PEACH BACK.

          • That’s a lie. She’s not making any demands and didn’t before SHE LEFT. And really it doesn’t matter because SHE LEFT and THEY CALLED HER BACK. Nene has the power of GOODBYE and when she DID, the ratings PLUMMETED and people complained it was BORING.

            You can spin it the way you want because YOU don’t like her but the truth is THAT SHOW NEEDS HER.

    • She is lowbrow. That’s why her fans like her. She’s just like most of them.

    • Nene’s problem is her LOWBROW stankass attitude and inability to get along with others…

      • That MAY BE but I highly doubt that what she said in this interview is inaccurate. It sounds pretty plausible and I DOUBT that SHE is the problem in this instance. I just think that no one who IS NOT a reality personality takes her seriously or want anything to do with her.

  2. Nene the peacemaker.

  3. If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, then Nene yo ass is the problem. I find it hard to believe that from each show she has been on everyone shares the same opinion of her.

  4. lol This is so funny. Sheree was divorced an was an original. Kim had a sugar daddy. Kandi’s b/f died and then she had no b/f to film with for yrs. Why NOW Nene?? why do housewives have to be in relationships and have to have an atl background all of a sudden?? Queen Kenya…that’s why. Wendy, let’s talk what wendy did to you???? She made fun of a real or imitation of an expensive back that you wrote all over. Nene needs to go to a therapist for some “cancelling” sessions and work some shit out. AND….if you watched FP you realize that when NENE is mad, she can’t hide it. The cameras didn’t show her one time until the show was half over!! They would only show her when she answered directly but they would show everyone else’s reactions and laughs to what others where saying BUT NENE’s!! I have eyes too Nene…go get some counseling

    • AND…Kim wasn’t fired…she quit. She was also offered her own shows. Your bravo special was a one time thing but kim’s is not. I’m not sure if they got rid of Sheree or she quit too.

      • Sheree was fired like Clody Claudia and contribute nothing Demetria McKiney. They need to get rid of Cynthia and Porsha. Toxic Trick can go along with Sour Kandi.

    • Listen honey Sour Kandi is stale always has been. She is jealous of Nene. However she was in a relationship and had other things going on. Unlike the liar Toxic Trick Kenya gorilla face Moore.

      • You can say a lot of things about Kenya. But she’s not ugly.

      • *snickering* Kenya plays the game better than Naynay…that’s why naynay mad. Kenya said “did nene teach you how to play the game and get mad at you for playing it better”?? Nene taught her to “play the game”. Why do you think on the last episode Felon Phaedra and Nene were trying to teach kim to read?? she’s boring..that’s why. Nene said recently on WWHL that Kim doesn’t fit in with these girls…including HER. she doesn’t but funny that she knows how to lower that elevator in her twitter rants but not face to face!! She’s trying..she’s trying…I went from loving this girl to “WTF”.in one short season. My point is Kenya is playing the game. Kim, much like Porsha’s first season, doesn’t know how but it is a GAME and Queen Kenya is a pro at it.

      • kandi is worth MILLIONS…nothing about that millionaire is stale. Her sex toy line is creative as F***. She’s always hustling and I love her game. Why would she jealous of Nene?? She can’t afford to furnish her house?? remember her view beef was over that pic of her house and the comment of not having furniture..LOL

  5. Hang tuff Nene! A champion always wins.

  6. Don’t believe you! NeNe I have seen you be outright rude and acting all diva-ish to your Bravo boss Andy Cohen at the reunions! If there is smoke there’s fire.

  7. Too many incidents, and one denominator. FP won’t allow them to talk or interact, because they don’t want any part of the bickering, bashing, and unhealthy behavior on that show. There’s evidently some conflicting or incompatible personalities on the show.

    NeNe’s dressing room is far away from the other co-host on FP for a reason. They probably don’t feel comfortable around her and her underhanded comments that she is known to make. Her larger than life personality, and I’m better than you mentality can be very hard to digest.

    She is getting a lot of part-time job offers, because she has an excellent business manager. He has excellent negotiations skills, excellent marketing skills, he knows people in high places, and he is getting paid to keep her employed.

  8. I have only two things to say about this pitiful example of woman:

    1) NeNe isn’t a native of Georgia either, she’s from Queens, New York arriving in Georgia when she . Kenya is from Michigan, Cynthia is from Alabama(although Southern) and Kim is from New York as well. The only true Georgian natives on RHOA are Sheree, Phaedra and Porsha; the rest are transplants from other state, and

    2) From NeNe’s distorted perception, everyone is jealous of her because she’s so fabulous and damn-near perfect.

    When the truth is that NeNe is so unbearable that she is dislikable…and disliked.

  9. I think people treat Nene they way the b/c of who she is on Real Housewives of Atlanta. She was nasty and mean on that show so people assume that is who she is instead of getting to know her.

  10. I don’t know why they’re trying to keep Fashion Police alive….

  11. I totally believe Nene when she talks about FP. I would imagine that Guiliana and Melissa are pretty funky towards her and think they’re the “queen bees” with all of this fashion expertise. I can see them being catty and bitchy towards Nene because they are both mean girls. Especially Guiliana.

  12. I love a good laugh that HeNe lays down and plays victim, never owning his shizzz. It’s always everyone’s fault. Boohoo! Ugly-arse-dude!!

  13. I trust whatever Nene Leakes says. She’s always been courteous, professional and frank–yet she will not mince words not allow anyone to tread on her boundaries. She’s a true friend, and supportive to other women– not a phony; nor is she ungrateful or disloyal. #FABULOUS I #Adore this woman!

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