It doesn’t seem like former “Real Housewives of Atlanta” OG NeNe Leakes will ever make a return to the hit TV show. Yesterday (April 20), Leakes sued the Bravo network and Andy Cohen, citing racism on set.
The popular franchise, which gifted us with witty catchphrases, massive shade and iconic moments in pop culture history, seems to have lost one of its Georgia peaches for good. Leakes — who started as an original cast member in 2008 — has filed a lawsuit claiming that the show’s executives fostered and allowed a work environment that was both hostile and racist.
The lawsuit was filed in an Atlanta federal court and alleges Kim Zolciak-Biermann — NeNe’s white former castmate — made racist remarks directed at her for years and executives did nothing to resolve the issue. Leakes is not suing Zolciak-Biermann, only stating that she dealt with discriminatory treatment from the co-star.
In the documents, Leakes names NBCUniversal, Bravo, True Entertainment, Truly Original and executive producer of the “Housewives” franchise Andy Cohen — who often invited the ladies to appear on his popular after-show to chat about episodes.
The lawsuit states that “NBC, Bravo and True foster a corporate and workplace culture in which racially-insensitive and inappropriate behavior is tolerated — if not, encouraged.”
Leaks had been a fan favorite from the show’s inception in 2008 until her departure in 2020. Even after she left, with each new season fans would continue to ask for her return — longing for the chance to hear “Bye, wig” or “Bloop” again.
For now, it seems like Leakes has said what she said about the matter, and will proceed with the lawsuit. As the news of the legal battle travels, fans have responded with mixed emotions and the reality star has been trending online.
Take a look at what some are saying about the OG.
— Godis Love (@Godis_of_Love) April 15, 2022
Nene Leakes is the biggest narcissist in Hollywood; as entertaining as she is. She has glaring character flaws that we just ignore bc she’s funny.
— Shady (@DJBattyBoy) April 21, 2022
What do you think built the reality tv shows? Inappropriate, offensive, scandalous behavior by the housewives. People wanted to watch people misbehaving. That is what you signed up for. Nobody wants to watch corporate, PC behavior https://t.co/rJT3q6LJ4i
— Small Government (@SmallGov4All) April 21, 2022
I love how y'all turning on Nene Leakes because she is suing on the grounds of racism. I'm still supporting my girl @NeNeLeakes
— 🌹Al’Bei🌹 (@_albei) April 21, 2022
This Nene Leakes? 😂 pic.twitter.com/hnuPsZu2PG
— K C (@keidicole) April 21, 2022
— Khali (@KhaliNYC) April 21, 2022
— Aaliyah (@AaliyahTrene) April 21, 2022
— TexasNon (@TexasRud) April 21, 2022
I’m not a super fan of Andy Cohen, but this lawsuit is petty. Bravo made Nene Leakes famous. She’s solely responsible for the downfall of her career. It’s a shame when people shout racism for frivolous reasons when there’s folks who are truly victims of racism. Shame on Nene. pic.twitter.com/uPF541zjk2
— Ra Prescott (@radarprescott) April 21, 2022
— Reality Speedd (@realityspeedd) April 21, 2022
Nene Leakes must be broke 😂… She stayed on the show for yeeeeears, now it’s suddenly racist. Also, she’s on video making homophobic comments on that very show, so if the environment was hostile, she help foster it. https://t.co/HUmnEp2zIt
— 🥶☃️❄️ (@ijustbtweeting) April 20, 2022
Me knowing nene leakes will NEVER come back to RHOA after the lawsuit pic.twitter.com/EX3QxyH30G
— TexasNon (@TexasRud) April 21, 2022
Nene Leakes who was at one time the highest paid housewife of the entire franchise now suing Bravo, Andy Cohen, NBC universal and all execs for discrimination? I call BS. Naynay is lying.
— 💞Val💞 (@MolenaVal) April 21, 2022
— Husam Elzien (@husamelzien) April 21, 2022