Andy Cohen is trying his hand at primetime tonight with a one-on-one interview with Nene Leakes under the umbrella of his Watch What Happens Live show. This will get great ratings and likely result in more Andy during primetime. Which could be a good thing if he has really good guests and let’s them talk about production.
One of the first things out of Nene’s mouth is, “Is this going to be girl talk?” Let me just stop here to say that there are all types of gay men. Almost every type is wonderful. Almost. But all of those types can be divided into two broad categories. Let’s call the first type the “Miss Lawrence” type. Lawrence refers to himself as Miss Lawrence and dabbles in cross-dressing, at least when it comes to footwear. The other type is the Anderson Cooper type, more masculine than feminine, educated, refined, successful. Andy is in the latter category. He wishes he was Anderson Cooper. He wants to be respected even when he is playing pin the boobies on the housewives with D list celebrities. You don’t refer to him as a girl. He was visibly offended by her remark (although she surely had no intention to do so) and it took him a minute to recover and resume the ass kissing opening dialogue he had prepared.
Nene talks about Sheree and how when they met she was a newlywed and the two of them would go together to the Falcons game to watch Bob play. She talks about the fabulous life that Bob had provided for her. She says she was not the kind to dress up or wear extensions in her hair or wear make-up, she was very plain.
Andy follows this right up with Nene’s audition tape. She has on no make-up, a camouflage ball cap and a tiny black top with her twins struggling to escape. Also,that was about three noses and six dermatologists ago. She really needs to give Kenya her skin doctor’s name and number because he or she is a damn miracle worker. This pilot episode is a hot mess. Two of the women’s faces are blurred. One looks like it might have been Lisa and the other was someone who did not make the cut. It’s all so very ghetto. All of it, not just Nene. Nene, I have to hand it to you, you have come a looooonng way. She looks fabulous on this show, btw. I love her finger curls in her hair. I know y’all don’t but I do.
Nene says that she has learned from every experience and she has grown. They show the scene from season one where Sheree doesn’t let her in to her party. It’s sad seeing how close Nene and Kim were back then. It makes Nene sad too. Nene swears she didn’t watch Tardy for the Wedding. Not sure I believe that. She has never met Kim’s boys and has never been around Kroy except the night Kim met him. Um, Nene, he was at a ton of the RHOA filming, but okay.
Nene is embarrassed by the first reunion footage. Nene says that Sheree Whitfield out of all the girls is the one person she will never have anything else to do with. She says Sheree is very evil, very mean and she is a true bitch. (And all the people said, “Amen!”) Nene says that during the very first meeting with production, at a restaurant, they had an argument. Sheree was never very forthcoming with information. (Shady).Nene says she was super secretive and she hated that about her. She was not a good friend. She’s super evil. A lot of things have happened.
Nene thinks it is very weird that Kandi is going after Kim in court now. It’s been such a long time. She also feels like Kandi wanted Nene to back her up at the reunion and go after Kim. Nene says that when she had her issues with Kim no one backed her up. (She said no one but she seems to really mean Kandi.) Nene tells the story of Kim and Nene texting back and forth and essentially making up. Nene has talked to Gregg about wanting to trust Kim again. She was sad that Kim left. REALLY? Nene I remember you tweeting about being the last one standing and that if Bravo didn’t air what just happened that you would tell us all about it and implying that Kim got fired.
Andy asked if she was sad to see Sheree go. Nene said no. Sheree brought so much negative energy to the show. She used the word negative many times to describe her. I must say that in person Sheree has an aura of negativity and bitterness all around her. It must be taxing to be that miserable all the time. Nene said Sheree had such an attitude for someone with nothing going on. Andy asks Nene if she ever drives by Chateau Sheree (DON’T DO IT NENE! DON’T DO IT! LOL) . She rolls her eyes and says, no why, it is sitting up there like a box. They are talking about Sheree A LOT. And it ain’t pretty.
Andy shows some epic Nene and Gregg fights. Nene says she has always thought they would be together forever. Nene talks about being shy with regard to public affection and she doesn’t like to talk about sex. Nene talks a bit about John Kolaj. She says she still calls him for business reasons and Gregg knows that. Then Andy asks to see the ring. Andy asks her if this was the ring The New Normal bought! Not only was that rude, Andy, it was stupid. You pay Nene way more than The New Normal ever would. If it weren’t for RHOA Nene would not be able to afford to be on Glee or The New Normal. Nene claims Gregg bought the ring and that it is 15 carats. I’m not sure what is going on with that ring, but I got up and walked over to the TV for a close look, and it looks real. It’s nearly impossible to tell on TV, but …I just don’t know the true tea about that ring. Yet.
They talk about how Hollywood treats her due to her roots in reality TV. They move on to talking about the high divorce rates for housewives. Nene and Porsha text back and forth all day. Nene is really trying to support her. Nene says that it was Porsha she thought should be replaced and it was because Kordell was restricting Porsha from discussing things and doing things. Her opinion has now changed and she thinks Porsha should come back.
Oh Lord, Andy made a comment that if Sheree comes back to the show, Nene would have another blackout moment and lose it. Nene says yes she would. Let her stay right where she is at. Oh Andy, you wouldn’t. Would you?
Kenya who? The show is almost over and we are just now mentioning her. Nene says that Kenya and Walter had an agreement coming on to the show. They were never in a relationship. I am TELLING Y’ALL KENYA IS NOT COMING BACK. Cynthia has also not been mentioned once. Andy rattles off a list of the original housewives and Nene says all the veterans are the BOSS of their shows and all the late comers want to be just like them. Nene clearly has confidence these days. Nene says she is the star of the show. Nene says that Brandi is a trainwreck. Nene and Brandi apparently had words at the Bravo Upfronts. Oh Andy just mentioned Cynthia’s name in passing.
Nene’s regrets include her relationship problems with Gregg being public, she fights with Kim being public and that she ever brought Sheree’s name up to Bravo in the first place. Nene says that Sheree is not a grateful person, she’s very entitled. It worries me that we are talking about Sheree so much. Nene thanks Andy for all the doors he opened for her and asks him to leave all that old footage in the vault.