Nene Leakes was on a couple of shows today. First Wendy Williams, then Glee. Let’s discuss. This morning my damn yard guy shows up RIGHT DURING THE NENE INTERVIEW! le sigh. So I had to take enough time to say, “yes, please do everything” (well we know that is not what I really said, but anyway, it all got done). So a few of you wanted to know what I thought about Nene saying that “Kenya Moore is not a new housewife” on WW today. So here it is. She didn’t say that. Nene continued with her whole “I don’t know her” thing which is a lie. Then she said ” I still haven’t seen her” in response to WW asking if she was on the show. None of that is important. My source is golden. My source says that Nene has been campaigning for Kenya for ages. I have never been let down by this source. Also, I know other sites are saying filming has started, but … I don’t think much if any shooting has happened. I’m still saying you will see Kenya who just very recently followed and is followed by Nene on twitter. Y’all believe what you want.
On Glee tonight, Roz had a short scene with Sue Sylvester but what really impressed me was seeing her name in the opening credits of the Glee finale. I’m not “team anyone” but it did irk me that WW referred to Nene as a “guest star.” She is not a guest star, she has a recurring role which is way better. Sometimes you need to just recognize. I think WW is jealous of Nene and I was surprised that Nene came bearing gifts and being all professional considering how WW seems to slam Nene when she is not around. I honestly think that Nene not copping to the Kenya Moore thing was her getting back at WW. We shall see. At any rate, it’s clear that Ryan Murphy loves
him some Nene. Nene said on WW today that she did not have to audition for the role of Rocky on The New Normal
and I do believe that. Nene’s acting still needs a bit of work, but there is no better way to do that than to be on yet another primetime show. She just needs some experience and a bit of coaching. I’m not convinced that she will be a Hollywood star, but she is, and that is half the battle.
I’m gonna need someone to explain this to me.
I know some of you have been wondering how much Nene Leakes gets paid to be on Glee? It’s been a hot minute since my last Nene Leakes post so here we go again! Part of the reason I am posting so much about Nene lately is that I have great west coast sources. I know the Nene fanatics think she is getting rich off her Glee episodes.
My theory was that she was just happy for the exposure more than the pay. That said, a source told me today that she is making $7,260 per episode plus airfare, accommodations, etc. That is SAG scale pay, or minimum wage. Another source previously told me
that she had no outrageous riders on her Glee contract and made no diva demands. That is a little bit surprising, but Nene does not really have any credentials to bargain with as a serious actress so it makes sense that she start on the first rung of the ladder. It was smart of her to snap that pay up and not try to negotiate. Also, she makes $10,000 per episode of RHOA so that seems about right. She was paid $4,538 for her appearance on The Game
because it is a half-hour show. Also, if you recall I reported that Nene brought in $16,000 for her role on The Apprentice
which would have been two weeks and a couple days at that time. As a side note, that is the approximate amount Teresa Giudice will be paid on the upcoming season of The Apprentice
. No one is getting rich off of that “Trump check”. In fact, many celebrities opt to donate that paycheck to the charity they are raising funds for on the show. So now we know the latest tea on Nene’s income.
Tonight on Watch What Happens Live Phaedra Parks and Kandi Burruss will be joining Gloria Estefan to share their personal stories about Whitney Houston.
So what did y’all think of Nene’s performance on Glee tonight? I thought she was good. However, it seems that the scenes were shot several times from the front and the back and many of Nene’s lines were spoken from angles where we could not see her mouth moving. This means she did lots of voice overs. Also, in the advertisement for the show, Nene says to Sue regarding her pregnancy dream, “with whose Hello Kitty?” yet on the actual episode tonight she said, “with whose vagina?”. I wonder what caused that edit? All I can imagine is that Sanrio threatened legal action against the show after viewing the promo? So that explains at least part of the obvious voice overs and awkward editing. It is weird that the version with “Hello Kitty” is still running on the website. We will probably never know what happened there. So what is your opinion of Nene’s performance tonight and why do you think the Hello Kitty reference was pulled at the last minute?
Updated with gifs:
Because I saw these and these and wasted time watching them. I felt compelled to share.
|Behind the scenes of Glee
with Nene and a Cheerio
Nene Leakes did not break Glee after all. In fact, her Roz Washington character has gotten such good press that she is on for the remainder of the season. My EXCLUSIVE SOURCE from the set says that her role was being tested out for public reaction and that Nene passed that test with flying colors! So, she may not be on every episode but she is recurring this entire season (after the hiatus). It seems like all of her appearances on shows like The Talk and Rosie really paid off. Nene will be in L.A. filming Glee all week and will also be co-hosting two episodes of The Talk. I don’t know who is handling Nene’s bookings but whoever it is, is doing a fabulous job!
But that’s not all, word from my insider on the set is that Nene’s role is likely to be extended into next season. There are also rumors that next season may be Glee’s last so Nene may be there until the end. It sounds like Mrs. Leakes may have found her niche. The cast and crew are simply over the moon about her. Kevin McHale (Artie) saw tonight’s episode yesterday and tweeted, “Whoaaaaa. dear , u are amazing in the new GLEE ep! This woman needs to be on every week.” Chris Colfer and Lea Michele are also very vocal about their love for Nene. The crew also loves Nene because she didn’t come in with a big rider with lots of demands like other guest actors tend to do. It would seem as though Nene Leakes does actually know how to behave! Good for her. The plot for tonight’s show and some of Nene’s zingers are behind the jump.
|Nene Leakes and Jane Lynch
on the Glee set.
On tonight’s episode, Nene will be coaching the Cheerios! Since Sue Sylvester is busy trying to buy some um…”baby juice” from the boys in Glee and Mr. Schuester, Nene steps in with the girls. In what I think will be the best line of the show, Nene responds to Sue’s announcement that she wants to give birth by saying, “with whose Hello Kitty?” Lines like that are going to force me to become a Nene Leakes fan, get a lobotomy and STAN for her all over the damn Internet. I’m just sayin’. Nene also gets into it with Sue telling her that at her age she will give birth to a grandchild, and that she has old wrinkly boobs. The poor Cheerios do not escape the wrath of Roz Washington either. Roz comments on the girls “donkey booties” during practice. You would think that Roz battling with Sue, and Sue trying to get herself knocked up by the boys, and the girls (mostly Santana) making smart remarks about Sue’s vagina would be a great enough show. But wait, there’s more, this is the Ricki Martin episode! Ricky sings Madonna’s La Isla Bonita, a Spanish duet with Naya Rivera, that is already stirring up a lot of positive feedback and it hasn’t even aired yet. Tonight is going to be good y’all. Glee airs on FOX tonight at 8 p.m.
So last Tuesday on Glee, we saw Nene’s first scene in her big role. Literally, it was one scene. While following Nene on twitter, I noticed that she was running her lines quite a bit. From the sound of things she was memorizing some major lines. She hired an acting coach in LA to help her get into character. Then we saw a brief scene that was basically neck-rolling Nene spitting insults. She was filming that scene all of one day and half of another. So after show, I decided to wait to discuss it until the Michael Jackson tribute episode which airs next Tuesday. Maybe she has more lines that show her abilities as an actress then.
In about half an hour, Nene will be on the game, playing herself for the most part. In the show, she has a clothing line coming out, but it will be the same ole loud mouth Nene. It comes on BET tonight at 10 pm. Go watch it and come back and tell me what you think.