‘RHOA’: Nene Leakes Addresses the Rumor She Wanted to Quit Because of Kenya Moore

There were a lot of rumors before season 12 of Real Housewives of Atlanta (RHOA) premiered. That’s because there was a rumor that Nene Leakes was quitting the show.

Some were suspicious that Kenya Moore had something to do with it because she was returning for season 12. This is what Leakes has to say about that and more.

Nene Leakes started filming later for season 12

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There was a rumor that the reality star quit the show. That’s because the rest of the cast started filming without her.

It didn’t help that she also posted a picture of herself in a car on Instagram with the caption, “Say what now? Nawwww Happiness over everything #byeforever #putsomerespekonmyname.” Her rep later denied this.

“I can say with authority that there is absolutely no truth to this,” her rep revealed to Hollywood Life. “The only reason why she’s not currently shooting is because she is still in active negotiations with her contract.”

A source close to production was also quoted about the situation. “Nene is disappointed to not be filming right now but it’s really important for her to be compensated fairly,” the insider said. “After all, she’s an OG Housewife and knows her worth and won’t settle for what doesn’t work contractually for her.”

Eventually, it all worked out and Leakes returned. She won’t be appearing in the first three episodes of the season because of the delay.

Kenya Moore thinks Leakes is threatened by her

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Moore is talking about her feud with Leakes now that the show is back. She thinks the original star is “threatened” by her.

“The mere presence of me makes her lose control over herself. I mean, she comes undone. Honey, she comes undone,” she told Bravo Insider. However, she can’t give much reason for this.

“I still don’t know why but she is threatened and bothered and she doesn’t want me anywhere around,” said Moore. “I don’t like being in the middle of anyone’s drama, but it just seems like Nene makes an issue for me to have any friends. She has some major issues and I think she really needs to seek counseling for that. A lot of counseling.”

She went on to talk about her feelings about Leakes. “I think I can be cordial with Nene. I think I can be friendly, but will I ever be friends with her, absolutely not,” she said. “I’ve seen too many things, I know too many things and she is not for me.”

Leakes said she doesn’t have a ‘thought’ about Moore

Leakes addressed the rumor she might quit the show again. She talked about one reason behind her continuing with filming.

“After talking to my family, talking to my friends, and my team, you know, they encouraged me to go pick my baby up and rock my baby,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “So, Housewives is my baby. And I really do wanna see it stay around for 10, 15, 20 years if we can.”

She was then asked about the rumor that Moore’s return is what made her question whether to come back or not. “I wouldn’t give her that much credit,” said Leakes. Leakes said she “doesn’t have a feeling” or “a thought” about her.

It’s obvious the reality stars don’t like each other. But it doesn’t sound like Leakes is willing to give up doing the show because of Moore.