It’s round 2 of NeNe Leakes versus The View and this former Real Housewife of Atlanta spilled the “T” to Watch What Happens Live‘s Andy Cohen about her recent visit the talk show. Put on your reading glasses, the library is open!
The 47-year-old reality show personality turned actress (to her credit, she was pretty good on the sadly short-lived sitcom, The New Normal) made an appearance on the panel talk show last month to promote her Broadway stint as Mama Morton in the musical Chicago (the role played in the film by Queen Latifah). After the appearance she posted (and then deleted) a tweet saying, “Just sat down with a bunch of mean girls turning up their noses, looking u up & down as if u don’t belong. The HATE was so real & SAD.”
Was it really? NeNe’s appearance started out oddly, with co-host Joy Behar claiming NeNe’s massive ring was going to leave a bruise on her shoulder after NeNe smacked her on the arm twice playfully when Joy didn’t get up to hug her (Joy said “If I’ve got a black a blue mark, I’m gonna sue your ass“.) NeNe’s Dancing with the Stars colleague, Candace Cameron Bure brought up meeting NeNe’s husband Gregg, which prompted Joy to dig a little into why she remarried him. NeNe told her she wanted to teach him a lesson, and, when egged on by Joy as to what that lesson was, NeNe dropped this little bit of shade, “To never cross me in the wrong way. How about that?” Jabs continued to be exchanged between Joy and NeNe for the rest of the segment. Joy sarcastically called NeNe “very modest,” and told her, “No wonder you’re friends with Donald Trump” after NeNe claimed that some other reality stars had been trying to “imitate the NeNe Leakes brand.”
Later, Joy and Whoopi gave NeNe grief about photos of her new home, making a point to call her out for not having any pictures of the home after it was furnished. NeNe said she didn’t want photos of her furniture airing because of “security” (huh?) and asked the gals if they enjoyed working with Joy, adding her own sarcastic “Isn’t she something?” You can see the segment in all of its awkward glory here and below.
Well, when Andy Cohen wanted the dirt from NeNe on Sunday’s Watch What Happens Live, she was more than happy to share her side. She reveals it wasn’t just Joy who she felt had it in for her. “Now, Joy was definitely throwing a lot of shade, but there was someone else on the panel that threw shade as well, as far as looking me up and down,” she told him. “Now, we were live, so as far as what the cameras shot or showed, I don’t know. It didn’t show everything. But I could tell you that there were a couple of people on that panel who were very shady.” Shady? That’s so Raven, isn’t it? When Andy asked if she was referring to the former Cosby kid, she replied “Probably” and took a parting shot at the View ladies, stating, “I know all of them are tired: Their hairstyles are tired, their makeup is tired. Whatever.”
It kind of seems like much ado about nothing. Yes, The View is pretty much the worst. Why anyone would want to watch 5 loud women attempt to talk over each other for an hour is beyond me. But were they really that awful to NeNe? The woman was a Real Housewife, for Pete’s sake. She’s endured worse, and had less to say about it.
Oh, by the way, NeNe should probably find another outlet to display her talent. My friend saw her in Chicago last week and gave me this short and sweet review, “She was sweet, but can’t sing. Lol.” If you watch the clip from The View, you’ll agree. NeNe doesn’t have the pipes for Broadway. What NeNe does have is the ability to generate publicity, which is what this situation boils down to. Whose side are you on, Team View or Team NeNe?