RHOA filming for the upcoming season begins today. I received some information over the weekend about this but I wanted to wait to tell you so it wouldn’t spoil your weekend. Because the news I have is infuriating.
RHOA filming was supposed to start a couple of weeks ago. Production was delayed while Nene Leakes renegotiated her contract. This whole situation is odd and infuriating. The last time I spoke to the exclusive Tamara Tattles source was during the contract negotiation period for Cynthia and Kenya. Cynthia’s contract ended after the last season. Kenya would need to negotiate a new one. In both instances I was told that the budget was tight and that Nene Leakes and Kandi Burruss’ salaries were a huge chunk off the budget. So new contracts were not going to be lucrative as Cynthia and Kenya were used to.
Nene Pulls A Fast One
Nene had options left on her contract so there was nothing that needed to be done with her contract. Plus, everyone else on the show was annoyed with Nene Leakes and her stank attitude. Nene was offering to go on an apology tour to keep her job. If not for the one female Bravo suit, she wouldn’t have had a job at all this season. Thanks a lot, Frankenstein.
Then right before they were supposed to start taping, Nene Leakes’ lawyer shows up demanding a three year extension to her contract. She was not up for renewal. Nene is the first RHOA to ever get a talent requested extension and renegotiation.
Nene’s new deal adds three years of options to her existing contract. It includes a bump and her Most Favored Nation clause for another three cycles. That means she must have the highest pay rate of all the RHOA. The deal was signed last Friday.
So, attacking a producer, and a cast mate, and being so unbearable to work with that the showrunner quit, gets you a raise from Bravo. It’s just appalling how Bravo rewards bad behavior.
But Porsha Is The Future
At the same time, Truly Original production has been giving Porsha a lot of attention. She was given a tour of the post production offices recently. Production has officially informed her of what I have been saying all season. Porsha is the future of RHOA. She will be star of the show from this point forward.
In even more unbelievable news, I am being told that everyone is willing to film with Nene. It sounds like everyone is going to at least be cordial. I would not count on that lasting. I feel like Kenya, Porsha, and Eva will all be doing the most this season to keep their hands on their peaches. There is a new showrunner. plus a couple of RHOA whisperers for hand-holding. One of the long time producers is assigned to Nene and Kenya. My source thinks everything is going to be fine. I’m not so sure.
Over the holiday weekend, rumors swirled that Porsha and her family all unfollowed Dennis on social media. I reached out to sources about that but so far have not heard back. So check back for that update if I get any news.