NeNe Leakes denies leaving ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta,’ with negotiations continuing

NeNe Leakes is denying rumors she wasn’t invited back for season 13 of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” which normally would be starting production now but has been delayed due to the pandemic.

"It is absolutely not true that Nene has been fired from RHOA," Leakes' manager, Steven Grossman told People magazine."Furthermore, it was made abundantly clear prior that she will always be welcome on the series as long as she wants to be."

This doesn’t mean she isn’t leaving. 

He said his client is “having ongoing bigger picture conversations with NBC Universal and have not made any decisions regarding next season specifically.”

Bravo confirmed talks are ongoing.

Leakes, the last original “Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast member, worked part time season 8 and disappeared completely season nine. She returned season 10. 

Over time, Leakes had alienated herself at some point with all the full-time cast members. This past season, she tried to mend fences with each one. The only friendship that stuck was that of Porsha Williams. 

She and her former best friend, Cynthia Bailey, were largely civil season 12 but not as close as the used to be. Leakes was never all that close to Kandi Burruss but for most of the season, they were on OK terms but tensions rose toward the end. 

Leakes never warmed up to Eva Marcille, who confirmed earlier this week that she has left the show after two seasons in a full-time role to focus on family and her full-time radio job with Rickey Smiley. 

Leakes’ attempts to reconcile with Kenya Moore were rebuffed season 12, and they ended the season as frosty as ever.

She stormed off the virtual set during part two of the reunion shows last month and didn’t return for the final episode. 

Back in January, Leakes told her friend Wendy Williams she planned to quit but has since backtracked. 

"I don't know. I just don't know," Leakes told People in May. "I go back and forth with it every day. I feel like it's a big conversation I need to have with the network and with production. Because if they value their talent in some sort of way, then we need to talk. We need to come up with some sort of compromise here."

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