With her acting career taking off and a dream of hosting her own talk show, NeNe Leakes said her reality TV days may be coming to an end.
“I can’t continue to be a housewife,” the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star told The New York Post. “At some point, I have to back out.”
NeNe is currently starring in two scripted TV series, “Glee” and the controversial sitcom “The New Normal.” While she’s prepping to depart from “RHOA” eventually, she did participate in season 5 of the Bravo hit show.
With the rising criticism of reality shows that perpetuate negative stereotypes and sometimes highlight violence, NeNe doesn’t doubt that being affiliated with the genre may be holding her back.
“Just the thought of me being a ‘Housewife,’ [TV execs] would probably say, ‘Hmmm. We may not want to use her.’ Just the whole persona of being a housewife: the cattiness and the bitchiness and the fighting, people see you as that is who you are,” she said.
NeNe hasn’t kissed “RHOA” good-bye yet, but she is working on other projects, including a shoe line, to help sustain her and her brand when that day comes. At the top of her list is hosting her own talk show.
“Whatever the topic is, I feel I could talk about anything: politics, men, shoes … anything,” NeNe told The Post.
The reality star and “New Normal” actress has an idea of exactly what type of show she would not like to host.
“I wouldn’t want to do a ‘Maury Povich’ show. Baby daddy! Who’s your daddy? Who’s your mama? I wouldn’t want to do that kind of show,” she said, referring to the series on which paternity tests are a common staple.
NeNe has been aspiring to host her own show since before Oprah Winfrey stepped down from her daytime TV throne, and she’s sure it will happen.
“It’s just a matter of time,” she said. “I am here now because I am supposed to be here, and I guess when it is my time to cross over there, I will be over there. I am not religious, but I am spiritual, honey. My day is coming!”
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—Tracy L. Scott