It’s sort of a mixed bag for Nene Leakes this week. The New Normal, has been cancelled after a borderline season. I though perhaps Ryan Murphy might be able to eek out one more season, but alas, it was not the case. Glee, on the other hand, I believe, for reasons no one understands, has two more seasons! I could not believe that when I read it and I am still not sure it is true. Since the primary cast graduated, the show has been filming things in NYC with them as well as the new kids in the high school scenes. Nene is on that occasionally for a hot second. Once Glee had the split in locations, Nene’s already small role was greatly reduced. It remains to be seen if she will even be on the next two seasons, but given Ryan’s gay crush on her, it is likely she will be making at least limited appearances. Continue reading »
I thought since this is the end of my first full calendar year of blogging, I’d look back at 2012 and remember some of my favorite pieces. This was initially just for my personal end of the year performance evaluation of myself, but I decided to share some links with you, because I’ve gained so many more readers who might be interested. In my second month of blogging last December, I was so fortunate to have a source come forward and give me the worldwide exclusive on Nene Leakes getting a gig on Glee. I was so excited to be the first to break the news! And then I got my first lesson on having my work stolen. No bueno! That gave me a new resolve for 2012 so if you are interested, come take a look back with me. Continue reading »
I’ve got so much tea happening today that I may burst my bladder. This bit of tea is for the Nene on Glee fans out there. Glee finishes it’s last filming of the season today. Most everyone has packed and left except for Lea Michele, Cory Monteith and Chris Colfer. Season three ends with Rachel and Kurt going off to NYC to attend the New York Academy of the Dramatic Arts (NYADA). I know, I know. Who cares? Well Nene fans will. Here’s why.
Part of the reason you don’t see Roz on every episode of Glee since she was hired is that Glee has a big cast. There is often a big guest start, like Lindsey Lohan,who is on next Tuesday’s big two hour episode. So even people like Sue, Figgins and Beiste are not on every episode. Next season a considerable portion of the the show will be set in New York following Rachel and Kurt. There is also a rumor that Puck may have some storyline in LA. So while there still will be some scenes at Mckinley High and Coach Roz will still get screen time it will be considerably less. Lea Michele and Chris Colfer are two huge Nene supporters so Nene will certainly miss working with them.
The good news for Nene is that she has a heavily recurring role as Rocky in Ryan Murphy’s new NBC comedy The New Normal which was picked up recently for a fall premiere. So losing a few Glee episodes won’t hurt her pocketbook that much.
Nene Leakes wasn’t just hanging out with Aubrey O’Day and a miniature horse yesterday for our amusement. She was at KTLA to promote GLEE and talk about RHOA. The guy doing the interview is a bit creepy. Okay more than a bit creepy as he becomes obsessed with Nene’s red bottoms and gives her a foot massage during the interview. Nene admits to having regrets about “divorcing” Gregg, says she is not dating, and isn’t interested in being famous. I’m just telling you what she said. Check out the link to the video if you don’t believe me! Aubrey O’Day was there to talk about Celebrity Apprentice. Creepy Guy seemed infatuated with her as well. Aubrey told Creepy Guy that she wasn’t there to make friends, and that Arsensio is a chauvinist pig who just has issues with her being smarter than he is and that all the other women were crazy. You can see that interview here. If you are playing the drinking game, she only says “the creative” once. It remains unclear why the two guests were housed with a horse before their interviews.
The video above is of Nene Leakes, who is not interested in fame or attention, leaving Mr. Chow, where one never sees any paparazzi, with Aubrey O’Day last February 10th. Both are drunk and Nene drives herself away. Aubrey sticks around for more pictures with foreign tourists and then tells us more than we need to know about her Valentines Day plans. Seriously, the last few seconds are um, not so family friendly. That Aubrey is one Classy girl.
Time for a mailbag answer session! I LOVE that you guys email me questions and leads and comments and criticisms. I’ve been getting a lot of mail lately asking about the same things. Sometimes the questions are already answered on the blogs. Just so you know, if you click on one of the tagged words at the bottom of it post it will take you to the list of all the posts that mention the term. It’s a good way for example to see all the Chateau Sheree stuff at once because there are a lot of posts on that.
By far the most popular topic in the mailbag this week is the “salary information” of the Real Housewives of Atlanta. I think the all the rented cars and Birkin bags and fancy labels have y’all deluded when it comes down to what these people really make. Let me try to break it down for you. First some background information for perspective. The highest paying reality show is MTV’s Jersey Shore. They were paid $5,000 and episode the first season. They revolted season two and were given a raise to $10,000 per episode. By season three, Mike, Snooki, Pauly D and JWoww started making a lot more money per episode. There were rumors that were never substantiated that during the Italy season several of cast member negotiated for up to $100,000 an episode. That is highly unlikely. However, they are miles above the rest when it comes to reality shows even at $30,000 per episode.
Updated: In a lawsuit filed on April 12, the rumor that certain members of Jersey Shore were paid $100,000 per episode was substantiated when Pauly D’s former talent agency sued for 10% of his salary. As I said above the $100,000 figure was being reported by “sources” for the fourth season which was filmed in Italy. The same lawsuit claims that Pauly D made $150,000 per episode for season five. Again, Jersey Shore is the highest paying reality show on TV by FAR. I included these salaries as the very high end of the reality pay scale. All cast members on Jersey Shore do not receive the same pay and in fact this lawsuit could cause some cast members to attempt to renegotiate. I remain surprised that Pauly D’s salary went from $30,000 for season three to $100,000 for season four. Please continue to quibble in comments.
The other show that pays well is VH1′s Basketball Wives. Evelyn Lozada is the highest paid person on that show. Last year she demanded $20,000 dollars an episode. She did not get it. She got “double her previous salary” which means she was making under $10,000 an episode for her first season. She might have gotten 15 an episode. Remember this is the second highest salaried reality show.
Now let’s talk about Bravo. Time and time again, Bravolebrities have bemoaned the fact that they are paid less than any other network. Teresea Guidice once ranted that she was not paid anywhere near what the Jersey Shore gang makes. Kim and Nene both had to raise holy hell to get Bravo to paid the electric bills that Bravo ran sky high when filming at their homes. In season one the housewives had to pay the electric bills out of their salaries. Relatively speaking, Bravo does not pay well. Bravo does not pay at all unless you are a housewife, or this season, if you are a “junior housewife” like Marlo, or RHOBH’s Brandi and Pam. The junior housewives are paid very little. This is why Camille Grammer was not interested in being a junior housewife. Too much work for too little return if you have Camille’s wealth. If you need the money, it’s still a good gig if you can get it. Contrary to what you guys read elsewhere, husbands do not make a cent, kids are not paid at all, so when Slade Smiley tries to say he is making money for child support on the show he is LYING. Slade has never drawn a Real Housewife check.
So that is one way to get more money from Bravo, more work. With the spin-off income Kim Zolciak makes the biggest Bravo check. This burns Nene’s biscuits. So much so that when Bravo aired a filler episode of RHOA that was all about Kim and Kroy, Nene tweeted that everyone should watch the competing awards show because there was no RHOA episode. Also, after/during season three Kandi pitched the Kandi Factory to Bravo and got a trial special that was recently picked up. Kandi also negotiated for producer rights to the show. So Kandi got a raise that way. More work, but also more money. Kandi also was promised that her Bedroom Kandi line would be an ongoing storyline. More money for Kandi.
You should keep in mind that wardrobe is generally an out of pocket expense for the housewives. There are exceptions and of course Nene in particular receives gifts from designers often. When you see a scene like the one where Sheree had someone come to her home with wardrobe choices for some thing she was going to, she gets one or more of those pieces from the company in exchange for the advertising.
I think that covers everything related to salaries. Also, some of you guys seem to think Kim Zolciak is not returning for season five, that is not true. Sheree is the only RHOA that is not returning. As for Sheree’s replacement, I’ve heard LOTS of names mentioned. They have interviewed LOTS of people. They haven’t made an offer to anyone yet. Andy Cohen sure was drooling over Monica on Watch What Happens Live but I don’t think they have the budget to afford her even if she was willing. If I hear anything concrete, I’ll be sure to let you know.
Now I know y’all are going to believe what you want to believe but don’t waste your time and energy trying to convince me that Nene or anyone else is making these numbers that are being thrown around. It’s simply not true. See picture at right.
So what is Nene’s fate for season five?
But nothing gets between Nene and success quite like Nene herself. When Nene makes the rounds these days in the media, she talks first about her other ventures like Glee, The Game, and Let’s Stay Together. When she does talk about RHOA it is usually to insult her castmates and point out that she is the star of the show. Recently, when RHOA ran a filler episode about Kim and Kroy because of the Oscars, Nene repeatedly tweeted that there was no episode at all and that her followers should report back to RHOA the following week. She made some tweet meant to be cryptic about “finally being free!” a short while back that lead to some Internet speculation she had been released from her contract.
Nene might want to ask Jill Zarin what happens when a housewife gets too big for her Skweez Couture.
Tonight on Watch What Happens Live Phaedra Parks and Kandi Burruss will be joining Gloria Estefan to share their personal stories about Whitney Houston.
Nene Leakes posted her scenes from Glee and this video from KatTalesTVBlog on her twitter this morning. I had never scene this video that was filmed in December of 2010. In the beginning of the video she is on the streets of LA with her friend Diana Gowins and two other women. Nene is singing and she sounds pretty good! Perhaps she wants a clip of her singing voice on her twitter for professional purposes. Anyway, It’s a fun shopping, singing video and in light of all the dark news of the past few days I was wanting to post something happier. So it looks like Ms. Leakes gets yet another blog. What do y’all think of Nene’s voice?