‘RHOA’: Nene Leakes Explains Why She Quit Reunion and Walked Off

Nene Leakes was the center of controversy on The Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 12 reunion. The “tastiest peach” felt attacked by her co-stars and the Bravo production for only bringing up drama around her. It was too much for Leakes to handle that she ended up walking away from the virtual reunion and not coming back.

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Why did Nene Leakes leave?

At the end of the second part of the RHOA Season 12 reunion, Leakes shut her laptop and left all the ladies hanging. The last “OG” of Atlanta recently explained why she decided to walk.

“The whole reunion is just Nene. What did you think about part one? Were they asking the questions to anyone besides Nene? It’s Nene, honey. Nene, Nene… to the point where I said to Andy, ‘Is there anybody else here, honey? Do you have any questions for anyone else here besides just Nene?'” she told ET.

Leakes felt like she was being singled out when there are more women on the show, not just her.

“Everybody is being paid a check, correct? So, NeNe shouldn’t have to carry everybody on her back. Let some of these other girls work for their checks, Andy,” Leakes added.

Leakes referenced that she was not on all the RHOA episodes and also said, “Like, you have all these girls, you decided that you wanted them in all your episodes then, please, make all of your girls work.”

Nene Leakes also had an issue with Andy Cohen muting her at different points of the reunion.

“You want to mute me, but I’m the very person that you need to ask the question to,” Leakes said.

Is Nene Leakes quitting the show?

Leakes’ feelings toward how she was treated at the RHOA reunion has made fans question if she’s getting ready to move on from the show. The Glee alum had left the series for two seasons but has held a peach for 10 whole years. Leakes is now debating if she will continue.

“I don’t know, I just don’t know,” Leakes told People. “I got back and forth with it every day, I feel like it’s a big conversation I need to have with the network and with production. Because if they value their talent in some sort of way, then we need to talk. We need to come up with some sort of compromise here.”

Living life under quarantine has made Leakes ponder about what she wants. She’s reaching a point where the constant fighting with her co-stars is wearing her out.

“It’s not OK, sitting and being attacked over and over by the same people about nothing. It stresses me out,” she added. “I am sensitive, I am. If that’s all these girls have the time to do, then production needs to get some new people on the show.”


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At the end of the day, Leakes wants to make things better with her fellow Housewives including Kenya Moore.

“I don’t have a problem with filming with her. I just don’t have anything to say to her,” Leakes explained. “There’s nothing that I need to say to her because I have said all that I need to say, I have made apologies. She wants to keep the arguing going on for as long as she can. We look stupid now. So I have another thing coming for that, sister. The door is closed, sweetie.”

The Real Housewives of Atlanta airs on Sunday nights at 8 p.m. ET on Bravo.