*The dust has officially settled on the season preimere of Donald Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice” (Sunday night at 9 E/P on NBC) and the drama is slowly beginning to unfold. Though some often throw the term “Reality TV star” around like a gypsy curse, others embrace the 5 to 10 years of fame that becoming a reality show favorite or villain can net them.
On “Real Housewives of Atlanta” we thought NeNe Leakes enjoyed kicking over every sand castle and raining on every parade that she came across, but in a previously published interview with EURweb.com, Leakes says that isn’t so. She doesn’t enjoy being cast as the bad guy at all. She says that, in fact, her reasoning behind agreeing to appear on “Celebrity Apprentice” was altruistic and pure.
“They asked me to do the show last season and I said no,” NeNe told EURweb. “They asked me to do the show again this season and I said yes because I really thought it would be a good look for me to be on the show fighting for my charity. That’s what I thought. I wasn’t thinking anything else. I just thought that I would do the show and have something outside the ‘Housewives of Atlanta’. You get to see the business side of me which you really didn’t get a chance to see on ‘Real Housewives’. People probably thought that all I wanted to do was fight and get in people’s face on ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’.”
Ummm, yes that’s exactly what people were thinking. All of America was under the impression that you were writing legislation for the hateration nation. Up to this point the interview with Ms. Leakes was actually going better than expected. She was open, honest and no subject seemed to be off limits as far as questions were concerned.
“This past year I’ve gone through something that was very life changing for me,” said Leakes. “It was already out there that my husband and I were having trouble and I filed for divorce. We are no longer living together, we are legally separated and we’re trying to work on things while we are separated. I’ve been with him for 14 years. It was the hardest time in my life. I know I didn’t show a lot of emotions on the ‘Housewives’ show, but it made me be something that I never thought I could be. I’ve always been able to control everything in my life and this is one thing I wasn’t able to control and it almost destroyed me.”
Then she went all the way in like a falcon diving towards its hapless prey.
“I was working on the ‘Housewives’ show and I felt like nobody on the show cared, and I know they don’t and they don’t have to care. But when you’re going through something like that you need people around you who love and care for you. Being on the ‘Housewives’ show I had become fed up with all of the bullsh*t. I’m not fake, there’s a lot of fakeness on the show.”
Such honesty and fearless straightforwardness is so rare it took even a vet like Lee Bailey off guard. But it certainly floored me. With all that being said, if there is a fourth season of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” will Leakes be there?
“What you see on the show is a lot of women that are one thing, but then something different when the camera’s aren’t there,” continued Leakes. “I say all that to say that I don’t know if there’s going to be a fourth season and if there is going to be a fourth season I don’t know if I’m going to do it. I’m just saying that’s how I feel today. I just want to be clear about that. I’m not saying that next month I won’t be ready to do the show, I’m just saying I’m not feeling it right now. Im just not, Im just not. The reunion show if you watched it I really didn’t want to be there.”
If we recall the reunion show it appeared as though it was open season on NeNe Leakes because everybody took their shot.
“I’m just in a better place today that I was when I shot either one of those shows,” she explained. “The New Year came in and I decided to work on getting my happy back and I wanted to be in a better place. I’m not where I need to be, but I’m in a much better place today than I was then. And I just don’t want to be surrounded by a bunch of negative people and bitterness and fighting.”
If Leakes is so adamant about not wanting to be around what she dubs as “fake” people then why not just say ‘to hell’ with the whole thing?
“Well, I’m in a contract, not that contracts can’t be broken,” she explained. “They can. It’s just a lot of stuff that me and the producers have to talk about. Can I go away? And if I continue to do it can they change up the editing? When work becomes work it’s not fun anymore. I want to get back to my happy and I want to have fun. I love television, but I certainly don’t want to go to work everyday and be arguing. I don’t want to go to work everyday and be around people who are negative and don’t give a damn about you. I just don’t want to do it anymore. I want the character to be portrayed fairly. I don’t want them to take a piece of what I said and don’t show all of what the other people said.”
Watch NeNe Leaks on “Celebrity Apprentice” Sundays on NBC at 9pm (8pm/c).