‘RHOA’: Why NeNe Leakes Doesn’t Appear in the First 3 Episodes of Season 12

Real Housewives of Atlanta is back for season 12 and there is one cast member missing. That is NeNe Leakes and there is a reason she didn’t film with her fellow cast members until later. Why did she miss out on filming? Here is everything you need to know.

There was a rumor NeNe Leakes quit because she wasn’t filming

NeNe Leakes
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There was a rumor that Leakes might have quit RHOA once again. That’s because she reportedly wasn’t filming with the cast.

It didn’t help that the reality star posted a picture in a car giving the peace sign with the caption, “Say what now? Nawwww Happiness over everything #byeforever #putsomerespekonmyname.” Some fans wondered if this was goodbye message to the show.

However, there was a report that this wasn’t the case. There was something stopping her from filming with everyone else.

Her rep denied this rumor

There was still hope that Leakes would return. That’s because her rep denied the claim that she was leaving.

“I can say with authority that there is absolutely no truth to this,” her rep told 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 also talked about the situation. “NeNe is disappointed to not be filming right now but it’s really important for her to be compensated fairly,” said the source. “After all, she’s an OG Housewife and knows her worth and won’t settle for what doesn’t work contractually for her.”

The source went on to talk about how she feels about being on the show. “She loves the show and the platform it creates, so she’s really hopeful that everything will get worked out,” said the source. “To hear otherwise is hurtful.

The source continued, “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.”

She needed more time to work on her contract

The reality star is missing from the beginning of the season because of her contract. She talked about this with People.

“I was sitting here trying to work my contract out,” she explained. Leakes went on to talk a little bit about her mindset at the time.

“There were a lot of rumors around the time and I was really skeptical about what I was going to do,” she said. “I really didn’t know what I was going to do, I really didn’t. I had one foot in and one foot out.”

She is now looking forward to what fans will see this season. “I’m excited for it to air,” she said. “I’m excited for the fans to see all that has happened and see all these relationships change as time goes on.”

We know that Leakes doesn’t get along with Kenya Moore this season. Fans will have to wait and see how that plays out.