NeNe Leakes Denies ‘Temper Tantrum’ Over Bravo Lawsuit

Nene Leakes.
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Respect is required. Nene Leakes insists she isn’t throwing a “temper tantrum’” over her lawsuit with Bravo — she’s simply fighting back.

“I’ve been blacklisted,” the former Real Housewives of AtlantaStar, 54, claimed in a Statement to TMZMonday, May 2, 2012. “If you haven’t worked in more than three years when all of a sudden you’re working and sought after, then suddenly you’re not working, it’s being blacklisted. I haven’t caused any problems on any sets. Everybody I’ve ever worked with, I’ve had a good work relationship with except for this group of people.”

Leakes joined the cast of Real HousewivesIn 2008, she announced her departure in season 7. She returned to the franchise for season 10, 11 and 12, before she left the reality show permanently in September 2020.

“I have made the hard and very difficult decision to not be ap art of Real Housewives of Atlanta season 13,” the fashion designer said via her YouTube channel at the time. “It wasn’t an easy decision for me. … There has been a lot of emotion flying on both sides. I’m just so happy that I can that I was a part of a genre that opened doors for Black ensemble reality shows.”

In a statement, the TV network said Us Weekly at the time, wished Leakes “all the best in her future endeavors.” They added, “She’s been instrumental since the start and will truly be missed, and maybe one day she’ll hold the peach again.”

When she was asked if she was seeking compensation for the lawsuit, The New Normal alum told TMZ said she “couldn’t speak on that,” but the claims she was aiming for a new. show of her own on the network was “so ridiculous.”

The TV personality added: “We’re talking about discrimination, we’re not talking about a show,” she told the outlet. “It has nothing to do with having a temper tantrum and wanting a show. I never wanted to have my own show. I mean, I had many opportunities to have one — that’s not it. It’s discrimination, that’s what it is.”

Nene Leakes Denies Throwing Temper Tantrum With Bravo Lawsuit
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The Glee alum’s statement comes on the heels of her lawsuit against NBCUniversal, Bravo, production companies True Entertainment and Truly Original and executive producer Andy Cohen.

According to documents obtained by, Leakes filed the claim at Atlanta Georgia in April 2022. Use.

“NBC, Bravo and True Original foster a corporate and workplace culture in which racially-insensitive and inappropriate behavior is tolerated — if not, encouraged,” the former Bravo personality alleged in the legal papers.

The filing was made at the time of the ChicagoStar declared to TMZ that “the goals are to stop discrimination against Black women,” noting that “nobody wants to go to work every day as a Black woman with blonde hair and the head of the corporation call you a white woman. So, stop discrimination.”

The New York native also accused a former costar Kim Zolciak-Biermannof racist remarks that went unaddressed. After Leakes joined the Real Housewives, Zolciak-Biermann, 43, allegedly “perpetuated an offensive stereotype about African-Americans,” the court document says.

The comedian also claimed that her concerns were ignored despite her being vocal about it to executives at the network.

“From the day the series began filming, NeNe was the target of systemic racism from co-star Kim Zolciak-Biermann, which was tolerated by Bravo executive producer Andy Cohen and other executives,” Leakes’ lawyer David deRubertis said in a statement in April 2022.

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