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Bravo Responds to NeNe Leakes’ RHOA Exit: ‘We Wish Nene All the Best’ [VIDEO]

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*Bravo has addressed NeNe Leakes’ announcement that she’s exiting “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” and won’t be returning for the show’s upcoming 13th season. 

EURweb previously reported… in a video posted to her YouTube channel on Thursday, Leakes confirmed that she will not be returning to the hit franchise that made her famous. 

“I have been on an extremely, extremely long, exhausting, tiring, emotional negotiation,” she said. “There’s been a lot of emotion flying from both sides. It has been hard, and I have made the very hard and very difficult decision to not be a part of ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta,’ Season 13. It wasn’t an easy decision for me. It was hard.”

Leakes went on to reminisce over her time on the series, which began during the show’s debut season in 2008. She took a break from the show during Seasons 8 and 9 only to return for Seasons 10-12.

READ MORE: Nene Leakes Posts YouTube Video Saying She’s Not Returning to ‘RHOA’ / WATCH

Following news of her exit, a rep for Bravo said in a statement to PEOPLE: “We wish Nene all the best in her future endeavors and thank her for sharing her journey for over a decade with the fans of The Real Housewives of Atlanta.”

The network also hinted that Leakes could return to the series in the future.

“She’s been instrumental since the start and will truly be missed, and maybe one day she’ll hold the peach again,” the statement concluded.

In her video — titled “Listen Closely, I got something to tell you!” — Leakes said “I started on The Real Housewives of Atlanta in 2008. We took off like a rocket. I mean, we took off. You could have never told me that I would start on this little show and it still be going strong 13, 14 years later. And it is. I’m just so happy that I can say that I was a part of a genre that opened up doors for Black ensemble reality shows to step up and be a part of what we all now love so much, reality TV.”

Leakes ended her message by promising, “I will see you again. Real soon.”

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‘Braxton Family Values’ Exclusive Clip -Towanda & Sean Discuss Their Future [WATCH]

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*WEtv’s “Braxton Family Values” retuns with an all new episode this week, and finds Towanda and Sean talking about their future. 

In our exclusive clip above, Sean hints at marriage to Towanda but there’s only one problem… she has a tattoo on her wrist of her ex husband.

Towanda claims she’s going to have it removed but Sean seems skeptical. He suggests that they can return to “waking up together” once the tat is remove. Watch the moment go down via the YouTube clip above. 

READ MORE: Braxton Sisters Dish About Their Best and Worst Husband/Boyfriend [VIDEO]

Following a year of love and loss, 2020 has been a year like none other for the Braxton Family. This season on “Braxton Family Values,” Trina’s wedding ceremony hits a snag with an unexpected issue that divides the family. Will her walk down the aisle be the fairytale she always wanted?

Elsewhere in this week’s episode, Toni’s tour is canceled and Trina and Von get new roommates.

Watch “Braxton Family Values” Thursdays at 9/8c!

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Actress Ellen Page Comes Out as Trans: ‘My Name is Elliot’

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*The actress formerly known as Ellen Page has penned a candid post shared on social media about her trans identity. Page now identifies as Elliot. Elliot Page. 

“Hi friends. I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot. I feel lucky to be writing this. To be here. To have arrived at this place in my life,” the Umbrella Academy star wrote. “I feel overwhelming gratitude for the incredible people who have supported me along this journey. I can’t begin to express how remarkable it feels to finally love who I am enough to pursue my authentic self.”

READ MORE: Laverne Cox Opens Up About Transphobic Attack in Los Angeles [VIDEO]

Page, 33, who came out as queer in 2014, noted that he has been “endlessly inspired” by fellow members of the LGBTQ community.

“I also ask for patience. My joy is real, but it is also fragile,” the “Juno” star continued. “The truth is, despite feeling profoundly happy right now and knowing how much privilege I carry, I am also scared. I’m scared of the invasiveness, the hate, the ‘jokes’ and of violence. To be clear, I am not trying to dampen a moment that is joyous and one that I celebrate, but I want to address the full picture. The statistics are staggering. … In 2020 alone, it has been reported that at least 40 transgender people have been murdered, the majority of which were Black and Latinx trans women.”

Page goes on to urge political leaders to do mote to hold accountable those “who continue to spew hostility towards the trans community,” adding “enough is enough.” 

“I love that I am trans,” he concluded. “And I love that I am queer. And the more I hold myself close to fully embrace who I am, the more I dream, the more my heart grows and the more I thrive. To all trans people who deal with harassment, self-loathing, abuse and the threat of violence every day: I see you, I love you and I will do everything I can to change this world for the better.”

Read his full post via the Twitter embed above. 

Do you think Page’s trans identity will help or hurt his career? Let us know in the comments. 

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Russian TV Station Mocks Barack Obama in Blackface Skit [WATCH]

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*A Russian TV station is catching heat over a skit in which an actress donned blackface to play a ratchet version of Barack Obama.

In the footage, the actress is wearing gold chains, a red bandana, and black gloves — and there even appears to be some rapping, The only English words in the skit are “Black Lives Matter.”

According to TMZ, the segment ran on a satirical show broadcast by Russia’s NTV channel. In the skit, host Tigran Keosayan introduces the Obama-actress by saying, “We now go live to the dark side of America’s history, Barack Obama.”

He also tells her, “Can you please stop shouting? We don’t have racism… you could be taken for a gypsy.”

READ MORE: Barack Obama Says Rapper Drake Has ‘Stamp of Approval’ to Play Him in Biopic

The Obama-actress states that the ex-president’s newly released memoir, titled “A Promised Land,” is an achievement because “none of my relatives that came before me could write.”

It’s a hot mess all around — if you care to watch, check out the skit via the clip above.

Meanwhile… we previously reported, Obama’s “A Promised Land” memoir sold nearly 890,000 copies in the U.S. and Canada in its first 24 hours after release last month, in all formats including pre-orders, e-books and audio.

The first-day sales was a record for publisher Penguin Random House.

“We are thrilled with the first day sales,” said David Drake, publisher of the Penguin Random House imprint Crown. “They reflect the widespread excitement that readers have for President Obama’s highly anticipated and extraordinarily written book.”

As noted on the former president’s official website, the “highly anticipated first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama tells the story of his improbable odyssey from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world, describing in strikingly personal detail both his political education and the landmark moments of the first term of his historic presidency—a time of dramatic transformation and turmoil.”

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