UPDATE: I just wanted to clear something up that I am clearing up now while sifting through the day’s comments. I do not think Nene is lazy AT ALL. I think she has been one of the best hustlers of “her brand” on any housewives show. This is another example of her people hustling for her… she is great at HUSTLING GREAT OPPORTUNITIES. She is even better at fucking them up. She is also a quitter when things get tough. And DWTS is fucking HARD. Like BOOT CAMP hard. Nene does not have that level of physical endurance. This will be the death of her career. It’s like me saying I am going to sign up for Navy Seal BUD/S training to defend you all from evil. She’s going to ring out. That’s all I am saying.
We’ve heard the rumors, likely leaked by Nene herself, that Nene is going to be on Dancing With The Stars, and this morning my email inbox was full of readers of TamaraTattles.com lamenting the official announcement. I for one am thrilled that Nene has been asked to be on DWTS! This is the best career ending move we could have hoped for, y’all! Now we just need to start a pool to see how long she hangs in there before she “drops out for medical reasons!”
I think the current record is one week of practice and never even appearing on the show, held by Vincent Pastore of the Sopranos. Vincent just copped to it being to tough within the first week of rehearsals and never saw a single episode. Will Nene Leakes make it farther than Vincent Pastore?
Well, let’s see how Nene performs under difficult filming circumstances. As Dr. Phil says, “Past behavior is the best indicator of future behavior.”
Here is what Nene had to say for herself after the episode of The Celebrity Apprentice aired where she walked off the show with nary a word to anyone leaving her entire team in the lurch.
“I feel if you are raising money for your charity, you don’t have to be backstabbing, lying and manipulative. I know it’s a show, but we are playing for charity. Had I stayed any longer, it wouldn’t have been good for me, women of domestic abuse, our slogan is if the situation isn’t good, you get out. I chose to leave. Simple as that. I feel like, had I stayed, it would have been criticism, had I left it would have been criticism. so I’m the kind of person, I make my own decisions and I do what I feel. if I feel in my gut that I’m doing the right thing, I do what I feel. I don’t really worry about what anybody else has to say. So I did what I felt I needed to do at the time and I don’t regret it.”
“It was an okay experience. I was going through a lot on the show. I was going through a divorce. I just wasn’t in the place where i needed to be — stay on that show. We had 16-hour days. The days were long, the challenges were hard. You had to be thinking. We had very little sleep. I don’t regret anything that I did on the show. I really don’t regret. To answer your question about Star, I don’t think it was anger. I was very disappointed because we were forming a relationship outside of the show. We would have dinner and drinks and we double dated with my husband and her boyfriend. Then I found out she was being very backstabbing. it was disappointing to me. I’m very loyal and I don’t like it when I come in contact with people who are not loyal.” [Source: Today Show]
Wait, so was she going through a divorce or were she and Gregg double dating with Star and her boyfriend? Anyway, making that TRUMP CHECK (Which is a $16,000 stipend to cover the expenses of the person competing for charity, NOT a paycheck) was too hard for the Neenster. No regrets! She is a domestic violence survivor! Starr Jones backstabbed her!
But worse than that, Donald Trump had the nerve to take Nene out of her comfort zone! No! Why would Trump do that? Nene told Access Hollywood at the time, “Star was absolutely being manipulative and backstabbing and all those things, but the final straw for me was when Mr. Trump decided to switch me, take me out of my comfort zone to accommodate Star.”
So Nene allegedly quit the show without saying a word to production just before the dreaded boardroom meeting with her very good friend Donald Trump, taking her full stipend with her. That of course did not keep The Donald from firing her. In the boardroom that Nene ran away from, he said, “The fact is she left, she quit, she gave up. To you, NeNe, I say, you’re fired. And you’re a quitter. And Star Jones kicked your ass whether you like it or not.”
Perhaps it is time to revisit one of my favorite excerpts of a book by Penn Jillette, because I think he is one of the smartest people around, and because he has been on both DWTS and Celebrity Apprentice. He has nothing kind to say about either experience.
“The secret truth of “The Celebrity Apprentice” is that it isn’t very hard. The tasks are nothing. Makeup starts just after 5 a.m. and the show goes to about 10 p.m., but you spend most of that time doing nothing. Anyone who isn’t in show business could accomplish everything the show called for and have time left over to do their laundry, cook their supper and post pictures of their animal companion on Facebook.”
“Like all desperate celebrities, I’ve been on more than one reality show. I also did “Dancing with the Stars.” I was amazed to find out that “The Celebrity Apprentice” was more honest and straightforward than “DWTS.” The idea of “DWTS” is pretty beautiful: half-assed show folk who aren’t dancers are teamed up with great dancers, and cameras video them while they learn to dance. How well can people learn to do something outside their ken? It’s a beautiful idea. Dance is a joyous celebration of humanity, so it should be an uplifting, inspiring show to watch and even more beautiful to be on.”
“But I hated the time that was spent with the production trying to get young ambitious Mormon women to cry. Guys behind the cameras would say mean things at attractive young men and women and washed-up celebrities about how it would ruin their lives if they didn’t win.”
Oh noes! DWTS is not going to coddle Nene? They are going to push her out of her comfort zone, make her exercise for six hours a day AND they are going to say mean things to her while she is under pressure to get a reaction? Today, Wendy Williams said two interesting things about Nene being on DWTS. First she said Tony is all business and doesn’t want to be social with his partners. Secondly, she said this season, the “stars” will at some point change partners. We all saw on The Celebrity Apprentice has well Nene responds when production shakes up the teams. I doubt she will make it until that part, but let’s all be sure to vote for her to stay as long as possible!
I predict that Nene will have a blood clot flare up that requires hospitalization VERY early on. I have said all along that I didn’t think DWTS would be dumb enough to cast her. But clearly, they plan to exploit and humiliate Nene to the fullest just as Bravo and Ryan Murphy have in the past. I predict this will be the end of the line for Nene. It’s only a matter of time…