EDIT: “DONNA” as been outed as a fraud. While it remains true I heard some of the same things posted here, I can’t confirm it any longer. It looks like “Donna” the passionate commenter here of late, is just repeating things she has read on other blogs. Tamara Tattles no longer gives any credibility to “donna.”
When I first started this blog, I was fortunate enough to have a small group of readers who were scouring the Internet for information on a couple of housewives because of their personal connections. One of those housewives was Nene Leakes. One month after starting my blog, back when I only had a couple thousand views a day (which I thought was huge and miraculous) I got a very inside source on Nene Leakes. I could not believe it was true. I was the very first website to break the story that Nene had been cast on Glee. You can see that timeline here. I posted the news on Decemeber 7, 2011 it was not posted anywhere previously. In my second month, I was already cited by CNN and RealityTea and lots of the big time blogs. At the same time my story was stolen by other sites. It was a lot for a new blogger to deal with.
That source was for the most part pro-Nene but after that source came a couple of other sources for Nene insider info. It’s really hard to vet an anon source but I will tell you this. The same source that gave me the Glee scoop is the one who told me about Kenya Moore, and how she knew Nene. That (Pro-Nene) source has never, ever been wrong with their information. The other two Nene sources kept telling me that this person or that was a new housewife. One of the sources kept telling me about a woman with a large neck tattoo , a criminal history and tons of kids who was telling anyone who would listen that she was on season five. It just didn’t pass my smell test. I knew they were trying to get rid of Marlo the Felon so why add another thug? Now mind you, this particular woman does live in a very affluent neighborhood and maried well, yet, it just seemed like a direction Bravo would not go (again).
I did tend to believe the rumors that Nene was wandering around “casting” housewives. It seemed to me that the number of people telling me that Nene had told someone they could get them on the show made it seem, believable. Also at the time SFTA was reporting a few different people as new housewives and as I have always said, she has great intel, so how was she wrong on a few different potential housewives? I think it is because Nene was out writing checks her ass could not cash telling people she could get them on the show. These people believed that they were in the running or had been pre-selected by Nene. This was my suspicion but I didn’t see the point in saying anything at the time. All I had then was lots of people around town saying they were going to be on RHOA with Nene. Sounded to me like lots of people’s wishful thinking or trying to get attention.
Then tonight a commenter on my site, “Donna” said:
OMG! I am so glad this came out..This is what I know….Last year NeNe’s ego started getting “more” out of control than normal (well it actually started earlier than that). She was going around telling black woman that she knew, or had just met that she had enough pull with the show that she could get them on the show. Of course this was not the case, but she wanted people to think that she was the star of the show and they would do anything to keep her.She desperately wanted Kim and Kandi off the show. She actually threatened Bravo that she would quit if Kandi wasn’t fired. She wanted Kenya to replace Kandi, (TT: Note I heard the same thing) or at least she told Kenya she could get Kandi fired and that would leave an opening for her. NeNe was from the very beginning and still is very jealous of Kandi. NeNe had NOTHING when the show started and Kandi already had a career and the respect that NeNe so desperately wanted. When Bravo refused to fire Kandi and then gave Kim her own show NeNe was irate. Actually, Bravo basically laughed at her. She then decided to go after Phaedra. Again, bravo said no. NeNe only wanted Phaedra out for the simple reason that she was jealous just like she was with Kandi.NeNe has told people that she could get this and that for them, with the hopes of making herself look like she has more pull, when in reality she has none. She has actually pissed off a few woman by promising them things that she could not do when it comes to getting them on the show. You can question what I am saying, but I can tell you that I have a personal connection to NeNe and what I am saying is the truth. Yes, I have an axe to grind but the truth is the truth.. One more thing… NeNe is NOT the doting grandmother she wants everyone to think she is. It was NOT a shock to her when the baby was born.She has NO interest in being a grandmother!
Donna comments a lot here. She actually has fans on twitter (but probably doesn’t know it, people on twitter mention her to me fondly from time to time). She’s local and she’s had some actual interaction with Nene. If I were merely a reader of this blog I’d write her off as a “hater” someone with an axe to grind. I get that. But. this comment matched perfectly with multiple other sources that I have not blogged about (and Donna has no idea I knew about) because it could have been just people pretending Nene was getting them on the show. But back in February/March more than one person came to me with a very, very similar story. At the same time Neck Tattoo Lady was telling everyone she met she was going to be on RHOA. So I tend to believe “Donna”. I have never had any interaction with “Donna” other than in the comments of this blog to my knowledge. I believe everything she posted.
That’s your evening tea.