NeNe Leakes: ‘I’m the last original standing’

    The cast of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” has changed from season to season, but one thing has stayed the same: NeNe Leakes.

    “I think this should tell the viewers a lot. I’m the last original standing,” NeNe told

    The Bravo reality star and actress helped launch the show along with season 1 co-stars Lisa Wu Hartwell, DeShawn Snow and Sheree Whitfield, who is the most recent departure.

    NeNe’s friend-turned-foe, Kim Zolciak, will still appear on season 5 of the series; however, she is no longer a primary cast member.

    Ironically, Sheree and Kim were two co-stars with whom NeNe did not get along in season 4. She and Sheree blew up over rumors surrounding a contracting dispute, while a season 3 altercation between Kim and NeNe seemingly left their friendship irrevocably damaged.

    NeNe only had one comment in response to the departure of two of her on-screen nemeses. “Good things happen to good people,” she said.

    Since season 1 of the show, NeNe has had a love-hate relationship with many fans, but her larger-than-life personality has led to more opportunities, including a season of “Celebrity Apprentice” and acting roles on “Glee” and “The New Normal.”

    So, is NeNe done with “Real Housewives of Atlanta”?

    “I can’t say this will be my last season on the ‘Housewives.’ I’m willing to do it for as long as I possibly can. As long as it can fit into my schedule, I’ll do it,” she said. “There were definitely bumps in the road. There was definitely negativity along the way, but without that platform, I’m not sure I’d be here with you tonight. I really am grateful for the platform.”

    NeNe teases the season 5 drama below. Watch.



    See photos of NeNe with her celebrity friends below!

    —Tracy L. Scott


    Has NeNe outgrown "Real Housewives of Atlanta"? Should she move on, or is she why you watch the show? Leave your comments below.


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