NeNe Leakes: The Real Tea On Her Possible Return To ‘RHOA’

After Gregg's death, there have been initial rumblings that NeNe Leakes will be returning to the 'Real Housewives of Atlanta'. Are these rumours true?

Is NeNe Leakes set to return to the 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' show?

NeNe Leakes, 53, announced that she was quitting The Real Housewives of Atlanta for the second time back on September 17, 2020, which at the time said was the result of an “emotional negotiation.”

With Cynthia Bailey and Porsha Williams’ departure, Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Atlanta has been amidst a cast shakeup ahead of its upcoming 14th season. With both stars gone, early reports on the returning cast have indicated that NeNe Leakes would briefly return in the wake of her husband Gregg‘s death.

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NeNe Leakes: The Real Tea On Her Possible Return To ‘RHOA’ after Gregg’s death / Shutterstock

The dispute of NeNe’s return comes after the TV personality lost her husband in September. Gregg’s publicist Ernest Dukes confirmed the news in a statement issued on September 1 that he passed after a long battle with cancer. He was 66.

“Today the Leakes family is in deep pain with a broken heart. After a long battle with cancer, Gregg Leakes has passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by all of his children, very close loved ones and wife Nene Leakes,” the statement read. “We ask that you pray for peace and strength over their family and allow them to mourn in private during this very very difficult time.”

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NeNe Leakes: The Real Tea On Her Possible Return To ‘RHOA’ after Gregg’s death / Shutterstock

While NeNe has burned every bridge as far as becoming an official cast member, she’s a big part of ‘RHOA’ and Gregg’s passing is a major life event — production wants to capture it. The working idea they had was that they’ll pay NeNe a decent amount of money for one or two scenes and send her on her way and hopefully, if things go smoothly, it may open the door for a future NeNe Leakes appearance.

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On the contrary, a source close to production divulged that while Cynthia “is open to returning in the future,” there is “no way that NeNe will ever be back on that show after the way things were left between the network and her.” The source explained, “Those rumours are completely false. There have not been any conversations for her to appear.” Per the insider, Bravo wants “different ladies with a different vibe.”

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