The New York Daily News has thrown some serious shade on Nene Leakes! Late last night well after I felt like giving this news story my full attention, the New York Daily News posted a very interesting post about Nene’s upcoming role in Cinderella. Let’s take a look, shall we?
TV and fashion dynamo NeNe Leakes doesn’t debut for two weeks in “Cinderella,” but she has already put together a starry guest list.
“Kim Kardashian is coming to see me, and she’s bringing North,” says Leakes. “Real Housewives of New Jersey” table-flipper Teresa Giudice will be in the audience, too, before going to the Big House on fraud charges. “Teresa’s bringing her daughters,” Leakes adds. “More celebrities will come. I’m sure.”
That first sentence sets the tone for the whole piece. Basically it says, despite not even being done with rehearsal, Nene Leakes’ focus is on what stars might show up in the audience. Despite not being invited to Kim Kardashian’s wedding, or ever really socializing with her except when the worked on a Shoe Dazzle design with her, Nene envisions herself as Kim Kardashian’s BFF. She has gone to great lengths to copy Kim K on a daily basis from her clothes (Look Ma, no shirt!) to her fugly purses (I can fingerpaint a Birkin too!). It’s got to be embarrassing for Kim who must by now be regretting giving Nene her contact information. The shade continues with NYDN pointing out that Teresa is a convicted felon. You can just hear the authors snickering about Nene’s celebrity friends (who she has met like 3 times each) the sex tape celebrity and the housewife preparing to do time. And they make sure to let you know she is confident that “more celebrities will come.” Because, I’m sure Angelina Jolie and Meryl Streep are thinking, “Wow, I would have never gone to Broadway during the Christmas season, but now that acting sensation Nene Leakes is going to be in a show, I need to rethink my holiday plans!”
Queens-born, Athens, Ga.-raised Leakes is just as certain that her castmates in season seven of “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” airing Sunday on Bravo, will avoid her historic stage run like the plague. She’s the first “Real Housewife” to make the leap to the Great White Way.
“Of course they don’t want to support me,” Leakes, 46, tells The News’ theater critic, Joe Dziemianowicz. “I’m leaving them all in the dust.”
What would a story on Nene Leakes be without he slamming her fellow housewives. Clearly, she has managed to alienate them all at this point. She doesn’t even make an exception for poor Porsha who was kept on to be her lap dog for season 7. I suppose she has been tossed in the heap of expendable friends next to Kim K, Sheree Whitfield, Cynthia Bailey, Phaedra Parks, Kandi Burruss, Lisa Wu (remember when she went out to meet Lisa’s family?), Marlo Hampton, Kenya Moore (remember when they were friends for five minutes until Nene felt overshadowed?) and Deshawn Snow? I’d say Porsha should have seen this coming but, it’s Porsha.
Leakes calls performing on Broadway a dream come true — and a calculated one. After considering playing prison matron Mama Morton in “Chicago” and a club owner in “Rock of Ages,” Leakes picked “Cinderella.” “I chose it because it’s exactly what people wouldn’t expect,” she said.
Here we enter the usual portion of the program where Nene alludes to turning down many roles and being very selective. You know, like cheering outside the ring of a WWE show. I’m not even sure what the club owner role in Rock of Ages is, but I do know that Wendy Williams played the role of Mama Morton in Chicago. Oh that must have chapped Nene’s large behind now that she is letting it slip here that she wanted it, but saying she didn’t want it. That explains all the vitriol Nene has for Wendy Williams. Wendy seems to be one step ahead of her in the audition line for “loud black women who think they are funny.”
She added that she was asked to begin her stint in the show in September, but couldn’t. “They went scrambling to find another stepmother,” says Leakes, who [email protected] last week reported is making $250,000 an episode for “Housewives.” Sherri Shepherd ends her 2½-month run Nov. 22.
The producer of “Cinderella” declined to comment on the casting time line, noting only, “We love Sherri and NeNe and are thrilled that we were lucky enough to have both in the ‘Cinderella’ family.”
Nene pretends like she was supposed to do the entire run that she was sharing with Sherri Shepherd, thus belittling Sherri’s accomplishment. First of all, Sherri is an actress with a very long and impressive resume, particularly in comparison to Nene. Secondly, if you refresh your memory here, Nene and Sherri both auditioned at the same time last July. At that time the rumor mill was they were both competing for the role of fairy godmother. That might have been the case at the time but that was before Keke Palmer showed up to audition and the casting directors fell in love with her and decided to cast more black actresses to fill the supporting roles. Suddenly, Sherri and Nene were being considered for the evil step-mother role at the same time. In an effort of full disclosure, the RHOA are contracted to film through November 15th for season 7 (plus the reunion). In order for Nene to get paid for RHOA which is her job that pays the bills, Bravo would have had to allow her to do Cinderella and miss a lot more of RHOA. That does not necessarily mean that Nene was offered the job for the entire remainder of the run with Keke. But Lord knows Nene will spin it that way. Also, if [email protected] thinks Nene is make $250K per episode, I have some land in Florida I’d like to sell them. #gators. Side note check out this link to how normal people interview about their first broadway role (Keke and Sherri are adorable and humble.) It’s like night and day. Or good versus evil in the case of this fairy tale. If you are wondering why Nene is pissy about Sherri Shepherd, Sherri has the distinction of being the first black actress to play the evil stepmother on Broadway. She’s done a lot of interviews for the production and that is always mentioned. That leaves Nene playing second fiddle to Sherri and she does NOT like it.
The show’s legendary costume designer, William Ivey Long, says he has loved working with Leakes, who will play Madame from Nov. 25 to Jan. 3, when the show closes. Long calls her “a very seriously large personality. She’s commanding and effervescent,” he says. “Not Champagne bubbles — lava bubbles.”
It seems that Nene had an attitude (shocking!) with the “legendary costume designer.” I doubt that descriptor was accidental. It was a way for the authors to say, “this guy has years of experience and accolades and had to deal with a first time actress showing her ass both literally and figuratively during fittings.” Poor guy. He graciously tries to make a positive statement but can’t help to mention her large (overbearing) personality and compare her to a volcanic explosion. That was not lost on me.
I’m sure that Nene will read this and think it’s a great story about her Broadway debut. She will never realize that she insulted her entire cast, every other person who was in the roles she mentioned in Chicago and Rock of Ages, and Sherri Shepard. She also manages to get her fake salary mentioned for RHOA so that the uniformed masses believe she is “rich.” Nene’s ego manages to make it impossible for anyone with a brain to be happy for her accomplishments. Landing a Broadway role is a major milestone for any actress. Hell, I was happy for her when she was on Dancing With The Stars for those brief episodes where she was able to feign some level of humility and gratitude. But that façade didn’t even last for her short run on the show. She’s not even making an effort to be humble or grateful in this situation. When good fortune comes your way, it’s normal to feel proud of yourself, but that pride usually turns to gratitude rather quickly. And gratitude is such a better feeling than pride. Too bad Nene Leakes can’t get to that place of happiness.
I borrowed way more of the original post than I normally would because I had so much to refute here. Please take the time to click the entire source story for me. So that I will feel better about all the quotes and won’t risk a karmic case of ebola or toe nail fungus. Thanks. Also, I put a lot of backlinks into this story so make sure to click on them as well if you missed anything. 🙂 And finally thanks to L.M. for the link last night.