*Mo’Nique has responded to rumors that she’s replacing NeNe Leakes on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.”
The Oscar-winning actress took to Instagram Live to briefly address the truth about her involvement in the Bravo reality series.
“I [wasn’t] gon’ say not a damn thing ’cause I knew it was a damn lie,” she told fans during an Instagram Live on Wednesday, “but … I … it keep on going and going and going. ‘Mo’Nique, are you doing ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta’ and replacing NeNe Leakes?’
“Let me let it come straight from my mouth. No, my sweet babies, I am not doing ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta’ and in my humble opinion, NeNe Leakes is irreplaceable. NeNe Leakes is ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta’ if you ask me, baby; that’s been 13 years. So no, I am not joining that cast. Though, I respect all of those sistas. They do what they do and I am not replacing NeNe Leakes.”
A report by MTO News is what sparked the Mo’Nique/NeNe chatter, claiming the comedian would be joining the series with husband and manager, Sidney Hicks.
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Meanwhile, Leakes has landed a spot as co-host on E!’s new series, “Glamsquad Showdown,” and the new gig comes amid reports that she has been ‘fired’ from “Real Housewives of Atlanta.”
NeNe will star alongside Brad Goreski in the competitive beauty series that “celebrates the best celebrity ‘glam squads’ in the business.”
In addition to the glam reality series, she’s also appearing on TBS called “Celebrity Show-Off,” The Blast reports.
Meanwhile, sources exclusively tell lovebscott.com that NeNe has not been asked to return for season 13 of the hit Bravo series.
A recent report spilled that Nene had been meeting with executives at E! to secure her own show.
“Nene is pursuing her own show at E! because she’s felt like her time at Bravo has been up for awhile,” a source tells The Sun.
The source claims NeNe is determined to “go out on her own terms” and is hoping to secure a “spinoff” so it will look like she had “something else already in the works” when Bravo makes it official that she’s been curbed from RHOA.
However E! “has shown no interest in green-lighting [NeNe’s] series.”
The alleged reason why the veteran reality star has yet to sign the RHOA season 13 contract is due to ongoing negotiations.