NeNe Leakes gets emotional in first televised interview since announcing 'RHOA' departure

Jon San
·Producer, Yahoo Entertainment
·2 mins read

On Friday’s episode of Tamron Hall, reality star NeNe Leakes gave her first televised interview since announcing that she was leaving The Real Housewives of Atlanta, tearing up as she hinted at behind-the-scenes mistreatment.

In September, Leakes posted a video to her YouTube Channel announcing that she would not be part of the upcoming 13th season of the show. She said “it wasn’t any easy decision” for her.

More recently on social media, Leakes has made veiled references to the Bravo series, alleging discrimination and systemic racism.

“Sometimes when people are watching these shows you only see what’s happening on the surface and not everything that’s happening behind the scenes,” she told Hall.

Leakes’s issue is that, according to her, her role on the show has been consistently reduced. Hall responded by asking what sort of resolution she was seeking, although Leakes remained mum on specifics.

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NeNe Leakes on Andy Cohen's Watch What Happens Live. (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

“I can’t tell you everything that I want from them, but I can tell you that I want fair treatment,” she said. “I deserve fair treatment.”

But when asked if she’d like to return to the show, Leakes said, “No, I do not.”

Hall continued to prod Leakes about her intentions, especially given that any Real Housewives series involves a degree of conflict and drama. But Leakes maintained she was not out for revenge and doubled down on being mistreated.

“I don’t want to get them back, I would never sit here on national television and tell you that something happened to me and it did not happen to me,” she said.

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