Today was the day that Nene Leakes tried to negotiate a pay or play clause into her contract, Tamara Tattles can exclusively report. As I’ve explained before, such a clause would require Bravo to pay her for every episode whether she was in them or not. Nene was pissed that last season there were episodes she was not in and did not receive payment for. As I also previously explained, Bravo will never give that clause to anyone. It’s a hard no. Bravo is pissed that she walked off the reunion. And they finally seem to be setting limits for Nene.
In other, I never thought I see the day news, the new showrunner wants a much lighter season! The bull in a china show Nene is going to have to change her ways if she wants to be on the entire season. The focus will be on Porsha, Kandi, Kenya and Cynthia for season thirteen. I can hear you all now saying, “CYNTHIA?” But it’s the plan and I am down with it! They are even being referred to as “the core four.” My source didn’t mention it, but hopefully, Kenya will show up as a kinder, gentler version of herself as well.
Nene Leakes Is On Probation!
So, Bravo has a sort of probation plan worked out for Nene. The plan is for her to appear in up to eight episodes to get her to the one million dollar mark. And then, depending on her performance she could work out the rest of the season or only appear in eight. Wow, I really never expected them to stand up to Nene Leakes. We may get a good season after all! I really don’t care if Nene does eight or twenty-four episodes if they are actually going to reign her in!
Nene’s rep on the call, her manager, said that Nene felt emotional distress after the reunion. Supposedly, that is part of the reason why she bailed on it. Nene also felt that being left out of episodes last season made her feel like she was being punished for something. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
Shape Up Or Ship Out!
Bravo is happy to have her back for the entire season. But only as long as she can lose the attitude (fat chance). However, they feel that her behavior at the reunion and her comments since then, indicate she doesn’t really want to be there. So it is really all up to Nene. Act like you are happy to have a ridiculously high paying job. Be a team player or hit the road.
She has until filming starts in July to sign the pick up letter and basically fight for her job. Her manager asked that if she only does the eight episodes that she not be designated as a “Friend.” Because, she has done so much for the show over the years. Bravo agreed to that stipulation. That is funny because she was designated as a guest for season eight.
In other RHOA, the final interviews for the new RHOA happen this week. They need to make a decision soon. There are five people being considered. All five are black. I thought the reason the decision was taking so long was that they might be looking for a non-black housewife since Bravo suddenly made a statement about more racial diversity on the network.