Real Housewives of Atlanta Star, NeNe Leakes, taped a special Watch What Happens Live Interview with Andy Cohen that aired Sunday night, and it was quite the trip down memory lane! Andy showed never before seen footage of NeNeâ€™s audition tape, and footage of NeNe with Kim Zolciak, and Sheree Whitfield, filming the pilot for the RHOA, which was once titled Ladies of Atlanta.
Andy asked NeNe how she has changed now compared to Season 1, and she said, â€œIâ€™ve changed a lot. Iâ€™ve been through so many life experiences. I feel like Iâ€™m the kind of person that learns from every experience. And I feel like if you canâ€™t learn from every experience you canâ€™t grow.â€
â€œWe were so young and so ridiculous,â€ NeNe said of footage Andy played of she and Kim from Season 1. â€œLook at how I was looking, and [laughs] look at how Kim was looking, and we really thought we were the sh*t!”
Looking back at footage of she and Kim when they were inseparable, NeNe describes it to be a â€œweirdâ€ and â€œsadâ€ feeling. â€œI feel like we used to have such a good time together. Weâ€™d get together and laugh like hell. We were just so ridiculous.â€
So the burning question, are NeNe and Kim friends again? â€œItâ€™s not like weâ€™re friends,â€ NeNe explains. â€œKim and I are both in two good places in our lives, and I feel like we sort of agreed to just let the past be the past, and move on with the future. I wish her all the best. Itâ€™s not like weâ€™re going to hang out and be best buds. Itâ€™s a lot of work we have to do to be that way again.â€
But what about NeNeâ€™s recent tweet that she and Kim had a long emotional talk? NeNe reveals Kim sent her another text message after the Reunion taping because NeNe had recently done an article with In Touch Magazine where she was talking about her upcoming wedding. Kim contacted NeNe to let her know that In Touch contacted Kim for a comment, because NeNe said she would invite Kim to her wedding. Kim sent NeNe everything she told In Touch in a text and told NeNe sheâ€™d like to be friends again. NeNe and Kim joked and NeNe told Gregg that she really wants to trust Kim again, but itâ€™s hard for her to trust Kim after everything theyâ€™ve been through.
So what really happened where Kim alleges NeNe choked her in a parking lot? â€œSomething happened,â€ NeNe laughed. â€œBut um everybody came out fine. Wig in tact.â€
When it comes to Kandi Burruss suing Kim over the song Donâ€™t Be Tardy For The Party, NeNe seems to side with Kim! â€œItâ€™s kind of weird Kandi is going after her now,â€ NeNe said. â€œI felt like why didnâ€™t she do it a long time ago? And I felt like at the Reunion show Kandi wanted me or us to say something to Kim, and I wasnâ€™t going to say anything. Because all of the years I had a falling outs with Kim nobody backed me up. So I wasnâ€™t going to sit there and back her up.â€
And surprisingly, NeNe didnâ€™t want Kim to leave RHOA. â€œWe started this journey together and I didnâ€™t want her to leave,â€ NeNe admits. â€œI felt like if she left itâ€™s just not the same. Like we need wig to be here!â€
As for NeNeâ€™s other former cast mate and former friend, Sheree Whitfield, Nene explains, â€œSheree out of all of the girls is the one person I will never have anything else to do with. I think Sheree is very evil, I think sheâ€™s very mean and she is a true bitch,â€ NeNe said. â€œSheree an I had an argument before the cameras actually started rolling. It was our first Housewives meeting with the production company and we were in a restaurant, and Sheree and I got into our first argument.â€
â€œAbout what?â€ Andy asks. â€œI felt like Sheree wasnâ€™t being a good friend,â€ NeNe continued. â€œShe would always want information from you, like you would tell her stuff, but she would never really tell you anything. I hated that about her. She was super secretive.â€
NeNe also spoke with Andy about The Housewives â€œDivorce Curse,â€ and weighed in on if she thinks the show is to blame for couples getting divorced after joining the cast of The Real Housewives. NeNe said she does NOT believe the show is to blame for martial problems between couples. â€œWhen Gregg and I entered the show, the problems we had were just magnified,â€ NeNe said of her own divorce. â€œBut we had problems entering the show.â€ NeNe also added the Porsha and Kordell Stewart also had problems entering the show, and sheâ€™s sure all of the other ladies that have divorced already had existing marital problems that cannot be blamed on the cameras.
â€œA lot of these men were independent men that supported their families, and we were their Housewives,â€ NeNe explains. â€œAnd then all of the sudden we are in the spotlight and thatâ€™s hard for a lot of men to take.”
A lot of viewers have accused NeNe of dialing her personality back in recent Seasons of RHOA. Especially since sheâ€™s â€œmade itâ€ in Hollywood. And NeNe claims she doesnâ€™t hold back on purpose. She says she has just â€œgrown up.â€
NeNe on the other Real Housewives:
Phaedra Parks: â€œI like the Phaedra that is â€˜readingâ€™ and talking her trash. I like the fun Phaedra.â€
Kenya Moore & Water Jackson: â€œI believe there was never a relationship, never. I believe Kenya and Walter had a pact coming on the show and it didnâ€™t work out in the end. And they were never in a relationship.”
RHONJ: â€œI just love them. They are such gangsters. They are so entertaining to me, but you know what they are getting a little too nasty!â€
Teresa Giudice vs. Melissa Gorga: â€œIt switched. I was on Teresaâ€™s side then I went to Melissaâ€™s side, then I just didnâ€™t like either one of them at that point. I was like â€˜wait a minute, itâ€™s just gone too far,â€™â€ NeNe says. â€œI feel for Teresa. Thereâ€™s something about being the first one in. When youâ€™re the first one in on one of these shows and then somebody comes behind you, itâ€™s like â€˜hold on, you need to respect the veteran, I was here first! And you came over here and started trying to play on my terrirtory, honey.â€™ So I kinda side with Teresa in that area. â€˜Listen Melissa, you came on her show, so you watched her on television, and you wanted to be on the show like she was. So no girl, take a seat now, you are not a veteran.â€™â€
Other Real Housewives Veterans: â€œI feel like Vicki is the boss. Ramona is the boss. Iâ€™m the boss. You came on my show because you were watching me at home, and you wanted to be just like me. Thatâ€™s why you joined the show.â€ What do all of the original Housewives have in common that has made them last? â€œWork ethic,â€ NeNe says. â€œAnd thatâ€™s very different than the new girls coming on the show. All of us work our ass off. All of us definitely have big personalities.”
Other Casts: â€œItâ€™s weird because I can look and see whoâ€™s divided, because Iâ€™m in it,â€ NeNe admits. Andy asks NeNe what her impressions of RHOBH are. â€œWeird,â€ NeNe says. â€œBrandi is just a train wreck, sheâ€™s off the chain, sheâ€™s just off the hook. Just all of the things she has to say and sheâ€™s so talkative.â€ Andy reveals NeNe had a run in with Brandi at the Upfronts party. â€œShe thinks sheâ€™s a gangsta,â€ NeNe says of Brandi. â€œShe thinks she can get in peopleâ€™s faces and say whatever she wants. I like her when sheâ€™s not drinking.â€ Next Andy asks about RHOC. â€œFor me, I donâ€™t connect with most of the Orange County girls, â€œ NeNe admits. â€œI almost want you to re cast Orange County. Couple of them could go. Couple of them are quite boring.â€
Regrets: â€œI regret a lot of things. I regret my marriage being out there publicly. I regret some of my fights with Kim. I had to have them, but I hate that they had to happen on camera. I hate that I ever told you guys [Bravo] about Sheree.â€
In conclusion, NeNe says to Andy, “I want to tell you that being on this show has been so amazing and has opened up so many doors and opportunities for me, and I couldn’t be more blessed. And I thank you guys for loving me. When and if I ever leave the show I will always be in the background. I feel like I’m the madam.”
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