I know y’all have been asking about the RHOA reunion for couple of days now. To be honest, I’ve stopped pestering my sources about reunions because the very hot tea I am able to get on them often doesn’t get enough attention her to warrant the effort. Especially with this season that most of us have not really enjoyed. But then Nene apparently made a commotion on social media somewhere and has unfollowed a lot of her castmates. So I have had multiple conversations with Tamara Tattles exclusive source about what went down at the RHOA reunion.
The first thing I heard was that the reunion was unexpected in a crazy way. That said, the ensuing discussions didn’t really seem unexpected to me based on all the information I already had about the Bravo suits feelings about RHOA season 11.
I’m going to break things down by housewives since that is the way our conversations flowed.
All The RHOA EXCEPT NENE
The majority of the reunion was The Nene Show, but not quite in the way you might expect. I’ll get to that in just a minute. First let’s do a quick rundown on the others before everyone gets riled up one way or another.
Kandi was doing her thing. Chiming in when she felt like it and promoting herself during her segments. “Kandi handles reunions as if she has a guaranteed lifetime peach,” said Tamara Tattles source. And she probably does. The Bravo suits have given her more spin-offs than any other salary. She has a contract that is as favorable as Bethenny Frankel’s when it comes to her businesses and product placed. Bravo has first right of refusal on any of her own productions. And they gave her a lot of incentive to cancel her show focusing on Marlo on WeTv (I think it was We).
The suits love her. Her role on the reunion was “very genuine.” You can’t say that about any of the others.
Eva Marcillle and Tanya Sam
Other than Kandi, who the suits always like, Eva Marcille and Tanya Sam got rave reviews by the Bravo suits. Eva needs her peach the most so she was on fire most of the time. She came in fired up against Nene Leakes. Apparently, in an episode we haven’t seen yet, Nene mocks Eva’s finances in some way. Her husband isn’t as wealthy as some of the husbands and apparently Nene caught wind of some financial issues. Eva came in with a score to settle about that. She didn’t back down and was impressive to those who matter.
I recently asked my source about the compelling things the suits saw in Tanya Sam on the Tokyo trip. Just before filming they considered giving her Shamari Devoe’s peach and demoting Shamari Devoe to friend. In the end they did not follow through with that. One of the things that was mentioned about Tanya Sam is that she doesn’t back down from Nene Leakes. I think Tanya will seriously be considered for full-time. But someone, most likely Shamari would be moved to a friend position. Tanya Sam and Eva Marcille could be formidable allies on RHOA Season 12.
And The Rest…
Cynthia Bailey didn’t defend Nene. She didn’t want to lose any friendships with the other women. She doesn’t have Nene in her corner after the reunion and can’t afford to rock the boat with the others. She’s what Big Brother fans call a floater. Sometimes that works out well. I think Andy really likes Cynthia.
My sources are not big fans of Marlo Hampton. All I got was, “She was loud.” That sounds about right and didn’t surprised me. What did sort of surprise me was the two words used to describe Shamari Devoe. She was,”basically useless.” This is a huge downgrade from the buzz I heard about her at the beginning of the season. It seems Bravo suits just sort of fizzled out on her.
Prior to the reunion filming, I’d had a couple of conversations with a source about Nene Leakes concerning one of her recent meltdowns (Blind Item Reveal) where she was accusing two people who of trying to sabotage her employment opportunities outside of Bravo. It was clear in that conversation that the days of Nene Leakes special treatment by Bravo suits was over. Nene Leakes performance on the reunion would be important to her future with Bravo. Based on conversations after the reunion, it seems she didn’t improve her standing.
I still do not understand a couple of things that were planned for the reunion regarding Nene. Nene was asked by production if they could show a package… that if I understand correctly shows her arguing with Gregg. I’m not sure if it is the usual montage or new footage, but either way it seemed like a package that would make her look bad. I’m told she needed to approve it as sort of a proxy for Gregg. None of that makes sense to me. However, the important thing is she agreed to it.
Nene’s Treatment of Gregg
So the played the footage and apparently, Nene sat back waiting for the other RHOA to comfort her. Nene sincerely feels like she is being attacked while she is down. She doesn’t understand why everyone’s perspective take’s Gregg into account. She honestly doesn’t get it. Andy Cohen also came down on the side of Gregg Leakes and “grilled Nene.”
So when the sympathy she was expecting about what was a really hard year for her didn’t materialize, she was pissed. At everyone. Nearly everyone pointed out that her treatment of Gregg was completely uncalled for. In the footage she called him names, she said he was a grouch. And, she called him evil. That last one they really took issue with. Even Kandi weighed in on that one.
Porsha Williams #ClosetGate
Nene was also pissed at Porsha Williams. Porsha Williams came for Nene Leakes at the reunion. She said that Nene Leakes behavior regarding #ClosetGate was way too aggressive. Especially considering she was pregnant. This was perhaps the most heated fight of the reunion. Nene Leakes is pissed at everyone, but Porsha Williams is enemy number one.
Porsha Williams got a lot of screen time. Has Nene Leakes noticed that the THOT has replaced the Grifter? This reunion should make that obvious. She talked about Dennis McKinley moving into her house. There was a lot about the engagement. And of course talk about the wedding.
Perhaps the most interesting thing I heard from Tamara Tattles exclusive source was that Andy Cohen really stood up to the plate this season. He asked Nene Leakes follow-up questions and gave examples that discredited things she said. I don’t usually quote sources directly. But I was told Andy Cohen treated Nene “pretty much in the way he treated Kenya Moore on past reunions.” This is huge.
Will Nene Leakes Be Asked Back For Season 12?
Here’s another quote, “Nene basically left the reunion like Phaedra did. No one gives two fucks about her.”
Tamara Tattles exclusive source reports that the future looks bleak for her. She literally burned her bridges with everyone during the reunion. The other RHOA feel about Nene the same way they did about Phaedra when she was not renewed. No one wants to film with Nene anymore. Also, this is a great excuse to push further in the direction of the younger cast members. Even Cynthia is keeping her distance.
Tamara Tattles exclusive source has “no clue the Bravo suits are going to do.” However, her pay per episode goes just over the 100K mark for season twelve. If she doesn’t have anyone to film with, there is not point in just having her film with Gregg. Marlo would probably still film with her. But as of now, that’s it.
Some Unsettling SPECULATION
So before we all start clutching our pearls and ranting about how we will never watch RHOA again, this is only speculation. However, it is speculation by someone who know a lot about how the Bravo suits think. So I admit I am a little nauseated.
The worst quote of the conversation was, ” This is good news for Phaedra fans.” If Bravo decides to keep Nene, then she needs someone to film with. As of now, Nene Leakes and Phaedra are friends. Phaedra Parks would be friends with Satan if it got her back on the show. This was just an idea that was tossed around between two friends having a conversation. I think it is an unlikely situation because Bravo suits don’t want to piss of Kandi Burruss. However, Kandi tends to get over things with a bit of time and it’s been two seasons now. Still, I’m not getting my panties in a twist just yet. Because…
Some Encouraging Speculation
The good news is, if they don’t keep Nene Leakes the Bravo suits will need someone who is already known to the fans. That could be Kenya Moore. And with Nene Leakes gone, they could afford to pay Kenya Moore what she is worth. If you are like me you may be wondering why Kenya Moore couldn’t come back as Nene’s much-needed friend. I didn’t ask. Maybe it is because Kenya is also friends with Cynthia and Porsha and Kandi and would be friends with everyone. Phaedra Parks would sort of have to stick with Nene Leakes.
Kenya Moore and Marc Daly just went out on a triple date with Kandi Burruss, Todd Tucker, Cynthia Bailey and Mike Hill last night though. I think Bravo will like a replacement that has established relationships with many of the cast members. If Nene Leakes is gone, Kenya Moore would be the perfect replacement. Especially, if Marc can be enticed to film.
My source also reminded me that Nene Leakes was on the outs with everyone during RHOA Season 7. And ended with, “So who knows?” She also left in season eight. Ratings started dropping then.
So that’s the tea! I’ll keep y’all informed if I hear anything. They should start talking about season twelve contracts in the next week or so.