NeNe Leakes has reinforced her Queen Bee status so many times over the years on Real Housewives of Atlanta that many forget that she’s only a cast member herself. Sure, she may have a relationship with executive producer Andy Cohen, but Andy has always clarified that she doesn’t have a hand in the firing/hiring process — no matter how she make it seem. And now, Kandi Burruss and Cynthia Bailey are reaffirming those statements.
Plenty of rumors have been flying around about who may or may not return to RHoA for Season 7, but nothing has been officially announced. That hasn’t stopped NeNe from speaking her mind, with the reality star calling for former pal Cynthia to leave the series as she “brings nothing to the show.”
During a recent interview with the Rickey Smiley Show, Cynthia, Kandi, and Peter Thomas talk the end of Season 6, and begin looking ahead to Season 7.
“Do y’all feel like NeNe would have you fired?” the host boldly begins by asking. And they did not like that.
“Are you kidding me?” Kandi sarcastically returns, while Cynthia jumps in, “I guess I’ll take that first.”
The supermodel explains: “At the end of the day, although NeNe has been on the show the longest — there is a certain respect that I have for her that comes with that — however, last time I checked, NeNe’s not an executive at Bravo that’s making those decisions. NeNe’s talent, just like I am, just like Kandi is… just like Phaedra and Porsha and Kenya is.”
Kandi, of course, has her pal’s back on the subject. “I think that what everybody on the show needs to understand is that everybody together is what makes the show good,” she details. “One person on the show, you’re not checking for it.”
“Thank you!” Cynthia seconds enthusiastically.
Kandi is then armed and ready with the receipts. “Since the beginning, our ratings have double every year almost,” the R&B hitmaker points out. “Everybody can say that they brought something to the table. The first year that show started it was only like one million viewers, or whatever. I know when I came on it doubled, and when [Cynthia and Peter] came on, it went up even more. So let’s be for real about this.”
Touché! We actually have to back Kandi and Cynthia on this one. The show would not be the same without the full group dynamic. There’s a reason why this season was Bravo’s highest rated Housewives franchise yet!
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