NeNe Leakes is claiming Cynthia Bailey tried to get her fired from RHOA in a shocking new interview.
Speaking to Carlos King on his podcast Reality With The King, the Bravo icon revealed that despite how it may come across to fans, it was actually Cynthia who tried to get NeNe fired from RHOA back in the day.
“I loved Cynthia like she was my sister, we had a great friendship, and I think people watching us probably felt like I was more of the leader in the friendship, or more of something… they just don’t know Cynthia,” she told Carlos in the first part of their podcast interview. “Cynthia is quite different than how she is behind-the-scenes. She’s not going to let you run over her — that’s not possible… Or people thinking that she’s being ran over or people thinking that she’s quiet, she’s very opinionated… she has a lot to say and she stands up for herself.”
When asked why Cynthia didn’t want to show her true personality on RHOA Season 1, NeNe had some thoughts. “There’s a lot of these girls that come on this show and they don’t show who they are. Remember, I made a concious decision season 1 to just be who I am,” she explained. “Some of these girls come on and they play with their head: ‘I don’t want to be seen that way’ or ‘my family would die if I was seen that way’ or ‘my husband doesn’t want me to do this’ or ‘my boyfriend said I can’t do that’ and so they create some character and I just think Cynthia just never wanted people to really see her be as she likes to say, 50 Cynt.”
Carlos asked NeNe directly if she missed her friendship with Cynthia and it is clear there is no love lost between the former BFFs. “I miss the friendship that we had because I feel like we had a really good friendship and I cherish my friendships and I feel like it’s hard to find really good friends,” she said. “It’s unfortunate what happened with our friendship.”
“I don’t think that [reconciliation] will ever be possible,” she continued. “I just know some of the things she has done behind-the-scenes that I could never, ever respect. Now, I can’t respect them but that doesn’t mean I couldn’t work with her. I could work with her but I couldn’t respect some of the stuff I know for certain that she did.
Carlos continued to press, asking NeNe if Cynthia was trying to stop her bag. “As much as she was on camera saying I was trying to stop hers, she was definitely trying to stop mine,” NeNe responded as only NeNe can. “I know a lot of things she did, honey. She was in an alliance too, honey… She was in an alliance with Housewives and behind-the-scenes with Housewives and the network.”
I believe she tried. I think she had a hand in trying to get it done.
WATCH! NeNe Leakes Claims Cynthia Bailey Tried To Get Her Fired From RHOA
As longtime RHOA fans will remember, NeNe and Cynthia traded barbs back in the day with NeNe even going on Watch What Happens Live and telling host Andy Cohen that the former supermodel needed to be given the pink slip.
“I think Cynthia is OK,” NeNe told Andy at the time, according to The Wrap. “It’s not like she’s really bringing anything to the show.”
Just yesterday (July 24), former Real Housewives of Atlanta producer and current Love & Marriage franchise EP Carlos King revealed he would be sitting down with NeNe Leakes for a two-part episode of his podcast, Reality With The King. Part 1 dropped today (July 25) with Part 2 dropping next Tuesday, August 1.
In addition to her time on RHOA, NeNe is expected to directly address the reasons why she filed a lawsuit against NBCUniversal, production company Truly Original, and Andy Cohen that has resulted in her being blacklisted from the network.