NeNe Leakes Sues Bravo, Andy Cohen for Alleged Racist Environment


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After starring on seven seasons on The Actual Housewives of Atlanta over time, NeNe Leakes is reportedly suing the businesses behind the present for a hostile and racist work atmosphere.

Leakes, 54, filed a lawsuit towards NBCUniversal, Bravo, manufacturing firms True Leisure and Actually Authentic and government producer Andy Cohen in Atlanta, Georgia, on Wednesday, April 20, in keeping with a number of studies.

The Hollywood Reporter revealed that the authorized paperwork state, “NBC, Bravo and True foster a company and office tradition during which racially-insensitive and inappropriate conduct is tolerated – if not, inspired.”

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The New York native’s lawsuit reportedly accused former costar Kim Zolciak-Biermann of racist remarks that went unaddressed. After Leakes joined the hit Bravo sequence in 2008, Zolciak-Biermann, 43, allegedly made a number of feedback that “perpetuated an offensive stereotype about African-Individuals.”

The style designer additionally identified that her considerations had been ignored by executives on the time. “From the day the sequence started filming, NeNe was the goal of systemic racism from co-star Kim Zolciak-Biermann, which was tolerated by Bravo government producer Andy Cohen and different executives,” Leakes’ lawyer David deRubertis mentioned in a press release on Wednesday.

The tv character initially introduced her departure from RHOA in season 7 earlier than returning for season 10. In September 2020, Leakes revealed that she can be exiting once more forward of the present’s thirteenth season. “I’ve made the arduous and really troublesome resolution to not be part of Actual Housewives of Atlanta season 13,” she mentioned on her YouTube channel on the time. “It wasn’t a straightforward resolution for me.”

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On the time, the previous Dancing with the Stars contestant famous that she skilled an “extraordinarily, extraordinarily lengthy, exhausting, tiring, emotional negotiation” that resulted in her resolution. “There was plenty of emotion flying on either side,” she added. “I’m simply so blissful that I can say that I used to be part of a style that opened doorways for Black ensemble actuality exhibits.”

In a press release to Us Weekly, Bravo defined that they “want NeNe all the most effective in her future endeavors and thank her for sharing her journey” with viewers. “She’s been instrumental for the reason that begin and can actually be missed, and possibly sooner or later she’ll maintain the peach once more,” the community said.

That very same month, Leakes claimed that Cohen, 53, “compelled” her “out of the franchise.”

“Let me sit over right here and heal in peace,” she mentioned in one other YouTube video. “In the event you don’t have something optimistic to say about me working to your community after 13 years? Cease mentioning my title in your present to assist your rankings. Cease it. You didn’t need me right here. You’ve been forcing me out for the previous 4 years.”

She continued: “I’m nonetheless very grateful for all the things that’s occurred in my life over the 13 years, I don’t remorse something, I’ve discovered plenty of issues, there are plenty of issues I might most likely do in another way. But when I had been you, it is best to cease doing that. It’s not proper. It’s incorrect.”

Cohen, for his half, beforehand shut down claims that Leakes’ scenes had been edited out of RHOA. Following her exit, the Missouri native mirrored on their bond over time.

“She is a gif and catchphrase machine. In 11 years of #WWHL, Nene has been our most frequent visitor, and she or he is at all times A BLAST,” the Watch What Occurs Reside With Andy Cohen host wrote through Instagram on the time. “Nene nicknamed me ‘Buttercup’ the primary day we met, and nonetheless calls me that right now. By her complete run, she has at all times had a severe concern and drive to keep up the success and well-being of #RHOA.”

Regardless that Leakes moved on from the Housewives franchise, she later opened up about “unfinished enterprise” that could be addressed on RHOA. “Yeah, certain. I’ll return to the present,” she mentioned throughout an look on The Actual in November 2021. “I’m OK with returning to the present so long as we will work by a couple of issues. I’d be blissful to return to the present.”

Forward of her lawsuit, Leakes identified that there was an opportunity she may mend her previous points with Cohen. “I feel Andy and I had been actually shut for a very, actually very long time and I really like Benny Boo [Benjamin] and I helped pay for his child bathe and all these issues,” the Cupcake Wars alum shared, referring to the host’s 3-year-old son. “I feel that Andy and I must have a sit-down and speak and we’re off to the races!”

Us Weekly has reached out to Bravo, Cohen and Zolciak-Biermann for remark concerning the lawsuit.

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