Earlier this month, NeNe Leakes announced her departure from hit reality series The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Wendy Williams commented on the decision Sunday night during a chat with Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live.
Williams said she believes Leakes’ exit from the show will not be permanent. “NeNe is my friend and I know her as Linnethia. I don’t know her as this person on reality TV, just what I watch,” Williams said.
She continued, “I believe this is not the truth. NeNe has quit the show several times and you’ll have her back. NeNe likes attention, dramatic attention. I don’t know what NeNe’s going to be doing for money — I’m not trying to count coins — but the Housewives is that one thing that all the girls use to promote their other stuff.”
Williams also listed possible reality show spinoffs focused on Leakes, deeming them all “boring,” to which Cohen responded, “Listen, she probably has a lot of opportunities and hopefully she will come back at some point.”
After the interview, Leakes sent out a barrage of angry tweets directed at Williams and Cohen, starting out by saying, “Both are f their ratings are LOW! Bye QUEENS.”
She then referenced Williams’ past cocaine addiction, writing, “She on cocaine so they should stop using her to talk! They both need my help with their poor ratings.”
After that, she turned her attention to Cohen as well, and seemingly dubbed him a racist, tweeting, “I will ALWAYS eat and eat good! Believe that. I have ALWAYS believed in multiple streams of income so the leakes are good you ole cocaine head and you ole racist. No one knew you until YOU knew me. Remember I’m ICON. Don’t forget,” followed by “The racist is the master manipulator! They using me for ratings like they have always done.”
Leakes recently claimed she was forced off of The Real Housewives of Atlanta and was only offered half a season while her white “OG” Housewives castmates were all given full seasons. She tweeted, “We strictly talking the OG’s. I was the ONLY BLACK OG. My white counter parts were elevated and given full season episodes EVERY season. Each season i was given less & less. Don’t ask me, @ Andy and @ Bravo and ask them why.”
When a fan asked via Twitter whether she would be getting her own spinoff Bravo series, the star responded, “They don’t think I deserve to work at all in any [shows or spinoffs].”
Leakes announced that she would be leaving The Real Housewives via her YouTube channel earlier this month. In the video, she states, “It wasn’t an easy decision for me. It was hard. I started on The Real Housewives of Atlanta in 2008. We took off like a rocket. I mean, we took off. You could have never told me that I would start on this little show and it still be going strong 13, 14 years later. And it is. I’m just so happy that I can say that I was a part of a genre that opened up doors for Black ensemble reality shows to step up and be a part of what we all now love so much: reality TV.”
She thanked her fans, Bravo, and the cast and crew of the show, and closed off the message with, “You guys mean so much to me and I will see you again, real soon.”