Longtime fans of The Real Housewives of Atlanta insist the show lacks spunk without Nene Leakes. Leakes exited the franchise after 12 seasons, citing discrimination and unfair treatment from Bravo. She also publicly called out Andy Cohen, saying she made him popular due to her success with the franchise.
Leakes agrees with viewers that the show is lackluster. In fact, she says the current formula doesn’t work because the current cast plays it too safe or does too much. Leakes believes viewers can see through the fakery.
The reason she says she’s a fan favorite is because viewers can see her originally. Without her, she says the success of the show cannot be duplicated.
“It’s very difficult to go to the burger place down the street and think you’re going to get a Happy Meal. I mean, McDonald’s started the Happy Meal,” she told Hollywood Unlocked. “It’s very hard to, in a very nice way, go somewhere and think that you can fill the shoes of something that someone started.”
Taking things a step further, Leakes equates her departure to that of Beyoncé’s from supergroup Destiny’s Child.
“It’s kind of hard to have the group Destiny’s Child and take Beyoncé out and still think you have Destiny’s Child,” she said. “It’s kind of difficult to do that. You know what I mean? It’s kind of like, No…no. I want Beyonce.”
In terms of her accusations against Bravo executives and their alleged discriminatory practices, Leakes says, “I can say that it’s never anything that happens overnight. I can also tell you that I’m not a liar. I don’t just wake up and decide to lie.” Without going into too much detail, Leakes confirmed she has an attorney and wants a face-to-face conversation with the network regarding what went wrong.
As for why she left, she says she was lowballed in terms of how many episodes she was offered to appear in Season 13. She’s unsure on whether or not she’ll ever return to the show and hints that she’s prepping her own show.