‘RHOA’: Nene Leakes Says Reunion ‘Was Unfair,’ Everyone Was Tearing Her Down
Season 12’s reunion for The Real Housewives of Atlanta does not have an official air date yet, but between Andy Cohen and Nene Leakes, we know it was tough. Cohen posted a video saying it was over and he was going to pour himself a drink and go to bed.
Meanwhile, Kandi Burruss hit Instagram with a photo of her shoes to say “I hate reunions.” Perhaps dropped clues that the ordeal was exhausting, but it’s Nene Leakes’ take on the experience that has fans ready for the dramatic event.
The RHOA OG expressed her views about the reunion and although she’s glad it’s over, called it unfair.
Leakes states problems started with wardrobe
Leakes put a post-reunion video on her YouTube channel to tell fans how it went and shared that pre-taping, it was rocky. Days before filming, wardrobe was discussed, and she was told two castmates would wear white. Therefore, she opted for black in order not to copy anyone.
On the day of the reunion, Leakes said she showed up and saw all the women (except for Marlo Hampton and Tanya Sam who were shooting later) were wearing white. She confirmed with Hampton and Sam they too would rock white when it was their turn to film.
Up until the last second before they went live, Leakes was in black. She asked her husband Gregg and a friend for advice about changing her outfit, and both told her to switch.
Specifically, her hubby said they were trying to portray her as a villain by being the only one dressed unlike the rest of the cast. Leakes hurried to swap outfits.
Nene Leakes says interrogation style caused her to take breaks
Leakes said she was questioned for more than two hours during the reunion and she didn’t understand why. She asserted most of the women sided with Kenya about their beef with the others jumping in.
She said Eva Marcille chimed in. “Eva’s got to save her plum and make it into a peach so she’s got to pull s*** out of – just do whatever she’s gotta do.”
Leakes stated she kept answering questions and argued with whomever but after two hours, closed her computer to take a break and use the restroom. She didn’t think what was happening during the discussion was fair.
Exasperated, Leakes explained, “Whenever I felt like I wanted to take a break, I was gonna take a break. Because if I’m just the person you guys are asking questions to, I’m a need a break a little bit more than everybody else, I guess.”
During the taping, she called for Hampton and Sam to come out and said the two women were barely able to speak. Additionally, Leakes said things were brought up that were out of place, such as her tiff with friend Wendy Williams.
Leakes says Yovanna is lying, has proof
As most viewers know, part of season 12’s storyline was “Snakegate” which involved Yovanna Momplaisir and an alleged recording of Cynthia Bailey saying mean things about Nene. Leakes said during the reunion, she was notified by text that Momplaisir would appear to talk about Snakegate.
That was the last straw for her, and she expressed it didn’t make sense for a someone outside of the show to come on the reunion just to stir the pot against her. Where was the cookie lady? Where was Marc Daly? Where was Todd Tucker? Leakes was over it and called Momplaisir thirsty and dumb.
Additionally, Leakes said she has a transcript of the Snakegate recording and she sent it and texts to Bailey to prove it.
What Leakes says contradicts other reports
Rumors are already flying that Leakes kept walking off the reunion because she couldn’t handle the heat. According to her version of events, she wanted to take breaks after being questioned extensively, and she felt like most of the reunion was centered on her.
None of the other Housewives have commented directly about Leakes or the reunion. Ultimately, Leakes was not happy with the event and promised that she’ll share more of what occurred behind the scenes. Fans will have to stay tuned to hear more from her perspective.