So I have been telling y’all since Season 9 began that Nene Leakes did not have a contract for Season 9. The party line was that Nene was working on all of her other little side projects and that she wanted to do her one woman show. That one woman show is doing very well and she is pulling big venues now in Chicago and NYC. But all of her little jobs, including the clothing line and any of the other ventures combined come close to the salary she was making last on RHOA.
Last year for Season 8, Nene Leakes got a big head and decided that Bravo needed her more than she needed Bravo. She refused to sign a contract that was offered and held out for more money. Unfortunately for her, Bravo walked away from the table and Nene was off the show. Eventually, she came back and they worked out another deal for her to return toward the end of filming. Apparently, Nene thought that meant she was back in. I thought it meant she was back in. We all thought it meant the Nene was back in.
So when I heard that “Nene didn’t have a contract,” I assumed that there was probably supposed to be the word, ‘yet’ tacked on to the end of that. I assumed that Nene was negotiating with Bravo. And she was eventually. According to her.
But the jawdropping news that Nene will reveal on tomorrow’s episode of Steve Harvey is that Bravo did not offer her a fulltime contract, they didn’t even contact her before filming began for RHOA Season 9! When they started filming a month early, Nene had no idea that filming had started! She was in Vegas doing events and had other things lined up for the month and it seems like she thought she’d just get a contract before the old filming time. I find this hard to believe because the other housewives, Cynthia in particular might have mentioned having their contracts to her. But apparently that didn’t happen.
I mentioned after five weeks of filming that NENE STILL DID NOT HAVE A CONTRACT. Now THREE MONTHS INTO FILMING, NENE STILL DOES NOT HAVE A CONTRACT AND HAS NOT FILMED.
So on tomorrow’s Steve Harvey, which was filmed way back when I first started telling you she didn’t have a contract, Steve Harvey asks her, “So the rumor is that you are done with Real Housewives.” That is when Nene says that is not true. Then she drops the bomb that she was not offered a contract for Season 9 at all. She says, “They are shooting Season 9 and for whatever reason, they didn’t call me up!??? I feel like Kelly Ripa honey!” Then she says that they did reach out to her and they are talking. She says she may possibly be making some appearances. She goes into her “I’m the only OG there” spiel. cue audience applause This is not only untrue, but will be important later in this story.
But this is OLD news from July. Yesterday, I gave y’all way more tea than you could handle about RHOA taping and I think it just left you confused. There is some sort of filming happening on Saturday that was not originally in the schedule and I’m dying to know what it is. I gave you all the information I had so that perhaps we could work together to solve it. What I got instead was confused looked and disinterest. But for those who followed that post, I need both of you to pay attention. We now know that whatever the filming is, Nene is not part of it and was not invited.
In retrospect, we should have seen this coming when Nene started to trash talk the other housewives during her one woman show in Charlotte. At the reunion, the Nene, Kenya, Cynthia and Kandi alliance was formed to shut out Porsha from filming. Porsha however continues to film and be aggressive and unstable. And in July she started confirming that she would not be back, which I shared with you here. Again, most people missed the BIG NEWS and just chatted about the episode of Cupcake Wars.
Nene is now tired of people asking her and letting us know once and for all that she will not be on Season 9 at all. And she is pissed that Sheree and (she thinks) Kim will be the “OGs” that are returning.
But that is not exactly true. Sheree is there, and may get a peach, as will Lena Chenier it seems. But Kim doesn’t want to come back to RHOA fulltime. She walked away from the show and has a very successful spinoff that pays at least three big checks into her household, hers, Kroy’s and Brielle’s. She has always said she would be happy to drop in at a function here and there for old times sake, but she is not coming back.
Edited because Kim just confirmed what I told you.
No I will not be on RHOA this season was never asked to be so not sure where the rumors are coming from ?
— Kim ZolciakBiermann (@Kimzolciak) September 7, 2016
And it seems to be a done deal now that Nene won’t be returning at all. Are you surprised that Bravo never even offered Nene a peach this season? Or even a part time contact?
Now I really want to know what this Saturday’s taping is all about. It seems I’m the only one.