‘RHOA’: The Real Reason Nene Leakes Isn’t Filming

In every Real Housewives city, there are a few women who make the show, women who will always bring the drama and are pillars of the series. In Atlanta, Nene Leakes is one of those women. She’s not afraid of confrontation or to call someone out for any and everything, which is why she makes such a good reality star.

Though Leakes is one of the principal members of the show, the franchise has proven that it can make it without her. After season seven, Leakes left RHOA to pursue other things and the show still went on. However, fans were happy to welcome her back when she returned to the franchise.

Since her return, Leakes has once again become one of the main women moving the story lines forward, but recently rumors have begun to circulate that the star may not be returning next season.

Is Leakes leaving ‘RHOA’?

Leakes is not one to stay somewhere where she doesn’t feel appreciated. So, when she shared a photo with a cryptic message, fans started to wonder if she was trying to hint that she was leaving The Real Housewives.

“Say what now? Nawwww Happiness over everything #byeforever #putsomerespekonmyname,” she captioned the photo of her throwing up the peace sign.

But, according to her team, the caption wasn’t code for anything.

“I can say with authority that there is absolutely no truth to this,” a rep for Leakes told HollywoodLife of the rumor. “The only reason why she’s not currently shooting is because she is still in active negotiations with her contract.”

How does Leakes feel about not filming?

Unfortunately, Leakes doesn’t plan on filming anything for the show until her contract is worked out. But that doesn’t mean that she is happy about the arrangement.

“Nene is disappointed to not be filming right now but it’s really important for her to be compensated fairly,” a source close to Bravo production told the outlet. “After all, she’s an OG Housewife and knows her worth and won’t settle for what doesn’t work contractually for her.”

Ultimately, Leakes hopes that she and the network can come to an agreement.

“She loves the show and the platform it creates, so she’s really hopeful that everything will get worked out,” the source continued. “To hear otherwise is hurtful. It has nothing to do with anything other than business and she’s hoping that the business side gets worked out ASAP and she can begin filming. Both sides want to make this work. Nene does not want to leave the show, but she also knows her worth and value she brings not just to Real Housewives of Atlanta, but the Housewives franchise as a whole.”

Are Leakes’ feuds the reason negotiations are taking so long?

Many people have speculated that Leakes’ drama with Porsha Williams, Kenya Moore, and Cynthia Bailey is the reason that she isn’t filming. But, apparently, that is not true.

“Even though she’s not talking to a few of the ladies, Nene is a professional and looks at this as a job,” the source continued. “She can work with anyone in this industry if need be, whether it’s Porsha, Kenya, or anyone else. The whole cast actually does want Nene to begin filming. They know it’ll make for amazing TV and the show isn’t the same without her. Nobody wants to see her have to walk away.”