So while I was doing some recapping Tuesday night and trying to sneak in watching The People v OJ Simpson, B. Scott, owner of entertainment site, LoveBScott.com, was on the phone with Nene Leakes, catching her for an exclusive interview fresh off her latest meltdown.
Be sure to check out the full interview at LoveBScott.com because is loaded with tea. I don’t want to step on anyone’s exclusive so I’m just going go give you a tiny taste and we can chat amongst ourselves after you check it out.
On rumors she’s a diva on the ‘Fashion Police’ set: “‘Fashion Police’ has really disturbed me. For people who know me, I’m a worker bee. I work my ass off. I really enjoy working. I’m not one of those people who’s lazy. I’m a go-getter. I’m a hard worker. I’m not one of those girls looking for a man to take care of me. I enjoy having my own coins. I enjoy being independent. To have someone consistently putting out a bad report about me, I feel like it’s coming from someone on the inside — and I’m sad about that.
This is a point that I can agree with Nene on. She is a hustler. She has a very strong work ethic. Unlike a lot of housewives she fought to stay on Dancing With The Stars which is the most physically demanding celebrity reality show there is. She also did two grueling winter break stints on Broadway and we never heard a thing about her professionalism there that I recall. There was the RHOA scene with the beleaguered costume designer, but I’m sure he has worked with plenty of different types of personalities. But even as I was giving kudos to Nene for her first Broadway role, she was trashing every single person on RHOA as well as Sherri Shepard who go the same role as she did. Sure she shows up to do the work, but she belittles everyone around her.
I do think she shows up to Fashion Police serious about her job. The problem is her social skills suck. If she ever had a shred of humility, it disintegrated as soon as she felt like she had won something by being the sole survivor of the originals on RHOA. She seems constantly worried that she will be outted as an imposter and hugely over exaggerates, and outright lies about things like her financial situation and her perceived “status” in Hollywood. She’s a big fish in “black reality.” Make no mistake that Bravo and VH1 have gone to great lengths to segregate the housewives franchises and reality in general for exploitative reasons. When this sentiment is expressed to Andy Cohen he makes it seem as though there is not a single black woman in all of NYC, LA, or Orange County suitable and willing to do the show. Apparently there are no white people in Atlanta or the Potomac either. Don’t even get me started on Potomac.
Nene feels like a couple of small roles on two of Ryan Murphy’s shows basically playing herself, puts her on par with Whoopi Goldberg who has EGOT status. Or makes her on par with Raven Simone who has been working in Hollywood since she could walk and has had several of her own syndicated shows. Go check out what she said to B. Scott about her treatment on The View. She’s very straightforward in identifying the race of all the women on the panel. She’d fit in great on RHOP where race and etiquette were their only two topics last time I watched.
On what it’s like being on ‘Fashion Police’ amid rumored tension: “It’s very weird. Let me tell you what happens — when you arrive on set, everybody goes to their dressing rooms. When they say ‘come out’, everyone comes out and sits on the couch. There’s no talking, no communication, nothing.
My dressing room isn’t even on the same side as everyone else. They have my dressing room way on the other side from everybody. So I don’t even see them.
I just come and sit down. Whenever they say, ‘Come and sit down, NeNe’, I come and sit down. I don’t move until they say ‘Wrap!’ and then I get up and leave. They don’t talk. No one talks between moments, really. There might be a little casual chit-chat like ‘I like your shoes,’ or something but no conversation. It’s really weird.
My understanding is that the situation is so bad, the slant I read was that Nene tries to hog all the air time, that Melissa has set a timer to insure everyone has the same amount of time to speak on air. Unlike shows like The View and The Talk, it’s not a conversational setting at all. Melissa Rivers literally calls on people as if they are her students. Then on things like best and worst dressed of the event, she sort of gives “the correct opinion” at the end. That worked fine when it was Joan Rivers making the proclamation of truth but for some reason it doesn’t flow as well for Melissa.
What I suspect happened with Nene is she came in thinking she was the Queen of Sheba and quickly found out that LA doesn’t give a damn what she has to say about fashion and she is there for comic relief. Margaret Cho knows this about herself. She has no ego. Comes in tells her jokes, takes her check and goes home. Nene thinks she is in a place to argue with Brad! She couldn’t be more wrong. She needs to sit there in her rayon HSN jumpsuit and smile and clap for Brad no matter what he says because he has the most fashion credentials in the room. Also, if you say horrific things about gay men to everyone who will listen on national TV including your boss, most gay men will not find it cute and will not want to sit with you at lunch. There will always be gay event planners who book Nene or Porsha for events, but they are no more representative of the overall opinion of Nene than the gay men cast on RHOA are reflective of the very large and varied gay male population of Atlanta. Nene generalizes from her bubble that the whole world feels about her the way that her RHOA fans do. She’s ventured out into the real world and found things to be quite different. I honestly think she is surprised and confused. Her funny faces and finger snaps are not really appealing to Brad and others on the facing sofa. Allegedly. So I hear. I don’t profess to speak for Brad.
On her feud with Wendy Williams: “I have never had a problem with Wendy, let’s be clear! I have never had a problem with Wendy. Every week on her show she began speaking negatively about me. When her show first started out and it was doing well, I bought her a bag. Not to brag about what it was or to make a big deal out of it — because no one knew until she brought it up and started doing this sh*t.
If she spoke to me today, I would speak to her. I don’t hold a grudge. I want to support Wendy. It’s not in my heart to not support another successful Black woman, but that’s just how it is right now.”
Nene is delusional when it comes to Wendy Williams. It was another case of biting the hand that feeds her. Wendy simply pointed out the stupidity of Nene finger painting an Hermes bag (real or otherwise). Nene doesn’t know she is looking like an idiot when she looks like one because Andy Cohen laughs and laughs at all of her stupidity because he is exploiting it for his own financial gain. What she should have does was pay attention to Wendy. Nene thinks that Wendy Williams wants or needs Nene Leakes support! Wendy Williams has longevity in the business and is not working for some white guy in a big office in NYC. She is at the helm of her own show, and her own businesses and makes her own decisions. From her multiple talks shows (she has a new show on BET very similar to Fashion Police and it’s her show) to her clothing line to her comedy shows, her acting gigs on Broadway, Dancing With the Stars, movie parts, and producing movies Wendy Williams has done it all first. Nene should be praying for Wendy to give her some guidance. If anyone should be Nene’s role model, it’s Wendy Williams. Wendy knows exactly how to behavior on her show to stay true to herself and still appeal to the masses. Instead, she does shit like this!
There is a whole lot more bluff and bluster by Nene a B. Scott’s site. She goes in depth again about her mistreatment on The View, she has a lot more to say about Wendy Williams, and Fashion Police. It’s a lot. Come back and tell me what you think after you go read it.