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Nene Leakes says Bravo forced her out of Real Housewives Of Atlanta – Daily Mail

Nene Leakes recently revealed that she made the ‘difficult decision’ to leave the cast of the Real Housewives Of Atlanta after 11 seasons.

But now the 52-year-old television personality is alleging that Bravo ‘forced’ her out of the hit reality series.

The shocking allegation was made after a fan on Twitter asked if Leakes would be getting her own ‘spin-off series’ on the network.

Drama: Nene is alleging that Bravo 'forced' her out of the hit reality series; Nene pictured in 2019

Drama: Nene is alleging that Bravo 'forced' her out of the hit reality series; Nene pictured in 2019

Drama: Nene is alleging that Bravo ‘forced’ her out of the hit reality series; Nene pictured in 2019

‘They don’t think i deserve to work at all in any [capacity],’ she replied, which prompted another fan to write: ‘it sound like they forced you out!’

‘They definitely did,’ wrote Nene, affirming the fan’s claim.

Hours later, Leakes tweeted a message to RHOA executive producer Andy Cohen, regarding his recent praise towards RHOBH star Teddi Mellencamp and a statement she issued following her own dismissal. 

‘@Andy said he respected Teddi for telling the truth about her exit. Well i can’t wait to tell my truths i hope i get just as much respect,’ she wrote. Nene has yet to receive a reply from Andy. 

Allegation: The shocking allegation was made after a fan on Twitter asked Leakes if she would be getting her own 'spin-off series' on the network

Allegation: The shocking allegation was made after a fan on Twitter asked Leakes if she would be getting her own 'spin-off series' on the network

Allegation: The shocking allegation was made after a fan on Twitter asked Leakes if she would be getting her own ‘spin-off series’ on the network

Correct: 'They don¿t think i deserve to work at all in any [capacity],' she replied, which prompted another fan to write: 'it sound like they forced you out!'

Correct: 'They don¿t think i deserve to work at all in any [capacity],' she replied, which prompted another fan to write: 'it sound like they forced you out!'

Correct: ‘They don’t think i deserve to work at all in any [capacity],’ she replied, which prompted another fan to write: ‘it sound like they forced you out!’

Nene announced that she was done with the Real Housewives Of Atlanta in a YouTube video on September 17.

In the clip Leakes said that she decided she was done with the show after going through ‘exhausting’ and ’emotional negotiations with the network.

Leakes revealed her big news in a YouTube video titled: ‘Listen Closely, I got something to tell you!’

After thanking fans for their support at the top, Nene opened up about her departure.

Direct: Hours later, Leakes tweeted a message to RHOA executive producer Andy Cohen, regarding his recent praise towards RHOBH star Teddi Mellencamp and a statement she issued following her own dismissal; Andy pictured in 2019

Direct: Hours later, Leakes tweeted a message to RHOA executive producer Andy Cohen, regarding his recent praise towards RHOBH star Teddi Mellencamp and a statement she issued following her own dismissal; Andy pictured in 2019

Direct: Hours later, Leakes tweeted a message to RHOA executive producer Andy Cohen, regarding his recent praise towards RHOBH star Teddi Mellencamp and a statement she issued following her own dismissal; Andy pictured in 2019

‘There’s been a lot of emotions on both sides. It’s been hard and I have made a hard, difficult decision to not be part of Real Housewives Of Atlanta season 13,’ she said. 

‘It wasn’t an easy decision for me. It was hard,’ the TV favorite went on. 

Nene reflected on how important the show’s diversity was saying: ‘I’m just so happy that I can say that I was part of a genre that opened up a door for Black ensemble reality shows to step up and be a part of what we all now love so much: reality TV.’

Leakes’ farewell was also full of gratitude, as the star said: ‘I want to thank everybody that has looked up to me over the years. …I want to thank Bravo for all the memories. …Thank you to the cast for all of the memories.’

Andy Cohen was quick to send Nene his love after the announcement, calling her ‘an icon of the genre.’ 

Au revoir! Nene Leakes announced she was leaving The Real Housewives Of Atlanta after 'exhausting' negotiations with Bravo

Au revoir! Nene Leakes announced she was leaving The Real Housewives Of Atlanta after 'exhausting' negotiations with Bravo

Au revoir! Nene Leakes announced she was leaving The Real Housewives Of Atlanta after ‘exhausting’ negotiations with Bravo

Groundbreaking: Nene reflected on how important the show's diversity was saying: 'I'm just so happy that I can say that I was part of a genre that opened up a door for Black ensemble reality shows to step up and be a part of what we all now love so much: reality TV'

Groundbreaking: Nene reflected on how important the show's diversity was saying: 'I'm just so happy that I can say that I was part of a genre that opened up a door for Black ensemble reality shows to step up and be a part of what we all now love so much: reality TV'

Groundbreaking: Nene reflected on how important the show’s diversity was saying: ‘I’m just so happy that I can say that I was part of a genre that opened up a door for Black ensemble reality shows to step up and be a part of what we all now love so much: reality TV’

‘She is a gif and catchphrase machine,’ Cohen, the show’s executive producer, went on. ‘In 11 years of #WWHL, Nene has been our most frequent guest, and she is always A BLAST. 

‘Nene nicknamed me “Buttercup” the first day we met, and still calls me that today. Through her whole run, she has always had a serious concern and drive to maintain the success and well-being of #RHOA. 

‘I am going to miss Nene on the show, but I’m hoping we work together again soon and will,’ he wrote before signing off as Buttercup.

Shortly after Andy’s message, a representative for Bravo called the star ‘instrumental’ to the show’s success.

‘We wish Nene all the best in her future endeavors and thank her for sharing her journey for over a decade with the fans of The Real Housewives of Atlanta,’ they told People

Iconic: Andy Cohen was quick to send Nene his love after the announcement, calling her 'an icon of the genre'

Iconic: Andy Cohen was quick to send Nene his love after the announcement, calling her 'an icon of the genre'

Iconic: Andy Cohen was quick to send Nene his love after the announcement, calling her ‘an icon of the genre’

Close: He shared several shots of Leakes during visits to Watch What Happened Live, dubbing her his 'most frequent guest'

Close: He shared several shots of Leakes during visits to Watch What Happened Live, dubbing her his 'most frequent guest'

Close: He shared several shots of Leakes during visits to Watch What Happened Live, dubbing her his ‘most frequent guest’

And they didn’t discount the idea of her returning in the future, going on to say: ‘She’s been instrumental since the start and will truly be missed, and maybe one day she’ll hold the peach again.’

This isn’t the first time the reality star has parted with the show.

In season eight she took a step back as only a part-time ‘guest’ before going on to skip season nine completely.

In between Nene enjoyed a number of TV roles, appearing on Glee, The New Normal, and E!’s Fashion Police.

But it seemed Bravo couldn’t keep Nene from the Hollywood Of The South for long. 

Always a possibility! Nene has left the show before. In season eight she took a step back as only a part-time 'guest' before going on to skip season nine completely

Always a possibility! Nene has left the show before. In season eight she took a step back as only a part-time 'guest' before going on to skip season nine completely

Always a possibility! Nene has left the show before. In season eight she took a step back as only a part-time ‘guest’ before going on to skip season nine completely

Hints: Nene shared and then deleted a June tweet that seemed to suggest she was at odds with the network - or at least someone

Hints: Nene shared and then deleted a June tweet that seemed to suggest she was at odds with the network - or at least someone

Hints: Nene shared and then deleted a June tweet that seemed to suggest she was at odds with the network – or at least someone

She returned to RHOA during the 10th season and has been on the show since. 

While there were rumblings that Leakes was ready to leave – or even canned from the show – over the summer, her manager Steven Grossman said she was still in talks over her contract on June 18th.

‘It is absolutely not true that Nene has been fired from RHOA,’ Grossman said. ‘Furthermore, it was made abundantly clear prior that she will always be welcome on the series as long as she wants to be.’

He assured people things were in motion, telling the outlet they were ‘having on-going bigger picture conversations with NBC Universal and have not made any decisions regarding next season specifically. Any speculation or sources trying to create controversy by stating otherwise are incredibly inaccurate. Bloop.’

But just the day before that Leakes posted a since-deleted tweet (captured by LoveBScott) which said: ‘You are NOT gonna get away with this! I promise.’

Tea time: As an anchor of The Real Housewives, Nene has always been a magnet for drama. This last season she feuded with a majority of the cast, finding herself at odds with Cynthia Bailey, Porsha Williams, Eva Marcille, Kandi Burruss and rival Kenya Moore

Tea time: As an anchor of The Real Housewives, Nene has always been a magnet for drama. This last season she feuded with a majority of the cast, finding herself at odds with Cynthia Bailey, Porsha Williams, Eva Marcille, Kandi Burruss and rival Kenya Moore

Tea time: As an anchor of The Real Housewives, Nene has always been a magnet for drama. This last season she feuded with a majority of the cast, finding herself at odds with Cynthia Bailey, Porsha Williams, Eva Marcille, Kandi Burruss and rival Kenya Moore

No longer pals: While they started out as friends, with Nene even taking Kenya under her wing during Moore's debut on season five, things soured when Leakes invited Kenya's ex to her 2013 wedding, prompting Burruss to skip the entire affair. They're seen playing nice in 2017 above

No longer pals: While they started out as friends, with Nene even taking Kenya under her wing during Moore's debut on season five, things soured when Leakes invited Kenya's ex to her 2013 wedding, prompting Burruss to skip the entire affair. They're seen playing nice in 2017 above

No longer pals: While they started out as friends, with Nene even taking Kenya under her wing during Moore’s debut on season five, things soured when Leakes invited Kenya’s ex to her 2013 wedding, prompting Burruss to skip the entire affair. They’re seen playing nice in 2017 above 

She continued to hint at the idea of leaving that same day, retweeting a fan who declared: ‘I wouldn’t watch RHOA without Mrs. @NeNeLeakes she is what keeps me watching the show, she cracks me up!’

As an anchor of The Real Housewives, Nene has always been a magnet for drama.

This last season she feuded with a majority of the cast, finding herself at odds with Cynthia Bailey, Porsha Williams, Eva Marcille, Kandi Burruss and rival Kenya Moore.

While they started out as friends, with Nene even taking Kenya under her wing during Moore’s debut on season five, things soured when Leakes invited Kenya’s ex to her 2013 wedding, prompting Burruss to skip the entire affair.

Nene also feuded with former series regular Kim Zolciak-Biermann, accusing RHOA’s only white star of being racially insensitive several times throughout their time together.

Tension: Nene also feuded with former series regular Kim Zolciak-Biermann, accusing RHOA's only white star of being racially insensitive several times throughout their time together. They're seen in 2009 above

Tension: Nene also feuded with former series regular Kim Zolciak-Biermann, accusing RHOA's only white star of being racially insensitive several times throughout their time together. They're seen in 2009 above

Tension: Nene also feuded with former series regular Kim Zolciak-Biermann, accusing RHOA’s only white star of being racially insensitive several times throughout their time together. They’re seen in 2009 above

Earlier this year Zolciak said that the tension had mellowed, telling WWHL’s Andy Cohen: ‘It wasn’t like we reconciled. We started talking a couple years back and so we chat here and there through text.

‘And I haven’t talked to her really since we did our [Instagram] Live. She’s been doing a lot of Lives I see. We follow each other. We’re good. We’re cool.”

Zolciak – who left RHOA after season five and stars in her own spin-off Don’t Be Tardy – has yet to comment on Leakes leaving.

But frenemy Kandi seemed to hint at the news on her Instagram Story, sharing a text post that said: ‘Learn the difference between a real friend and a close hater’ with GIFs of hands clapping around it.

Back in July Nene appeared to call Burruss a ‘sociopath’ after Kandi said she would be upset if Leakes left the show but still described their relationship as being like ‘oil and water.’ 

While they started out as friends, with Nene even taking Kenya under her wing during Moore's debut on season five, things soured when Leakes invited Kenya's ex to her 2013 wedding, prompting Burruss to skip the entire affair.

While they started out as friends, with Nene even taking Kenya under her wing during Moore's debut on season five, things soured when Leakes invited Kenya's ex to her 2013 wedding, prompting Burruss to skip the entire affair.

Me, myself and I: Rival Kenya didn’t respond but instead shared an outfit shot captioned ‘firmly grounded’ at the same time as Nene’s reveal 

Subtext: Frenemy Kandi seemed to hint at the news on her Instagram Story, sharing a text post that said: 'Learn the difference between a real friend and a close hater' with GIFs of hands clapping around it

Subtext: Frenemy Kandi seemed to hint at the news on her Instagram Story, sharing a text post that said: 'Learn the difference between a real friend and a close hater' with GIFs of hands clapping around it

Subtext: Frenemy Kandi seemed to hint at the news on her Instagram Story, sharing a text post that said: ‘Learn the difference between a real friend and a close hater’ with GIFs of hands clapping around it

Kenya seemed more focused on herself, sharing an outfit shot captioned ‘Firmly grounded’ around the same time as Nene’s departure was announced.

Leakes isn’t the only one saying goodbye to the show. In June Eva Marcille revealed she was done after a three season stint. 

‘I appreciate the bond of friendship that I’ve made with my castmates and strong personal relationships I have with numerous executives and producers of Bravo,’ she said June 16th on the Rickey Smiley Morning Show

‘I am thankful for the opportunity I was provided, however, after speaking with my family and representatives, I believe that what I hope to accomplish for the culture and community will be better served by focusing on other opportunities.’ 

Season 13 will be seeing some new faces too. LaToya Ali Main and Drew Sidora are set to join the cast once shooting begins again.

Shrinking cast: Leakes isn't the only one saying goodbye to the show. In June Eva Marcille revealed she was done after a three season stint

Shrinking cast: Leakes isn't the only one saying goodbye to the show. In June Eva Marcille revealed she was done after a three season stint

Shrinking cast: Leakes isn’t the only one saying goodbye to the show. In June Eva Marcille revealed she was done after a three season stint

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