Nene Leakes was at the center of most of the drama on The Real Housewives of Atlanta. The “tastiest peach” was in the middle of various confrontations at the season 12 reunion. There was a point where the OG had enough of the “gang up” and abruptly exited the virtual call. Although production and fellow co-stars tried to reach out to her to return, she didn’t appear on camera again.
Although Leakes ended up calling Porsha Williams on the phone, Andy Cohen was not having it and didn’t allow her to express herself over the speaker. Leakes went on to say that she felt frustrated with feeling attacked from all sides. She also raised questions as to why issues between the other ladies weren’t brought up.
“The whole reunion is just Nene. What did you think about part one? Were they asking the questions to anyone besides Nene? It’s Nene, honey. Nene, Nene… to the point where I said to Andy, ‘Is there anybody else here, honey? Do you have any questions for anyone else here besides just Nene?’” she told ET.
What did fans say?
Fans shared the same sentiment that Leakes expressed. Viewers watching the show felt that Leakes was at a disadvantage and didn’t hold it against her for walking away. Following the RHOA reunion finale, Leakes retweeted messages of support.
“I promise you, Nene Leakes is RHOA,” a fan tweeted. “[I don’t care] what nobody says. She’s clearly on EVERYONE’S radar.”
“Why was this whole reunion about Nene Leakes? Oh… I remember, queen, that’s why,” a viewer added.
“I see why Nene Leakes left, the whole reunion is about her,” a Twitter user noted. “If it wasn’t for [Porsha Williams], part three would be boring too. It’s obvious this cast can’t carry the show without these two. Bring Phaedra back!”
“If that episode of the RHOA reunion without Nene Leakes is any indication of what a season without her would look like, I will pass. This show needs her,” was a comment that Leakes retweeted.
“They really sat in their living rooms and made this whole reunion about Nene Leakes,” another fan observed. “Nene, who they say didn’t have a storyline. Turns out she was theirs.”
“I see that Nene Leakes isn’t allowed to be human. I definitely wouldn’t want some of you as friends,” another viewer said.
“Are you bothered that in the queen’s absence, they continued to reference her? This entire 3-part reunion would’ve been wrapped in 30 minutes had they not focused 90% of it talking to or about Nene Leakes,” another Twitter user wrote.
“I’m riding with Nene Leakes,” read another one of the messages Leakes retweeted. “A lot of people in society champion bully behavior and ganging up on one person. It’s clear that there’s an alliance against Nene to destroy her personal gratification from B Scott, Kenya, Eva, Kandi, [and] RHOA production.”
Leakes has said if she will be leaving the show and it’s something she’s still thinking about doing. Bravo has not publicly said if they’ve started pre-production on season 13 of the show yet.
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