Most NeNe Leakes fans have followed the reality star since she was introduced to the world on “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” but to hear Donald Trump tell it, he’s responsible for her success.
After three seasons on the hit Bravo series, NeNe appeared as a contestant on Donald’s “Celebrity Apprentice,” which implies she had already reached some level of stardom before that.
However, on a recent episode of Jimmy Fallon’s late-night show, Donald suggested that it was her “Apprentice” stint that catapulted her to fame.
“They go on ‘The Apprentice’ and then look what happens,” Donald said when asked how many women from Bravo’s “Housewives” franchise have starred on “Celebrity Apprentice.”
Coincidentally, Bravo network head, Andy Cohen, was also a guest on Fallon’s show that same night, and he obviously questioned Donald’s claim.
“Did Donald Trump just take credit for NeNe Leakes’ success?” asked Andy, who is responsible for producing all the shows in the franchise.
“Did I hear that right? Did ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ make NeNe Leakes?” he asked, joking that he’d never heard of NeNe before she competed on Donald’s show.
Though Andy and Bravo are responsible for introducing NeNe to the world, it is true that her acting career took off after her “Apprentice” gig. Since then, she’s had roles on Fox’s “Glee” and NBC’s “The New Normal.”
NeNe, who boasted on “RHOA” that she’s cashed “Trump checks” and is now “very rich,” didn’t comment on Donald’s claim; however, she has acknowledged Bravo and “RHOA” for her celebrity status.
“I’m willing to do it for as long as I possibly can,” she told HipHollywood.com in reference to her “RHOA” participation. “As long as it can fit into my schedule, I’ll do it … without that platform, I’m not sure I’d be here with you tonight. I really am grateful for the platform.”
Watch Andy Cohen react to Donald Trump’s comments, below.
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