Okay, that headline was a bit of a tease. Nene Leakes isn’t going anywhere — yet — but she plans to, soon. It’s no secret the “Real Housewife of Atlanta” owes her mega success to Bravo TV and Andy Cohen, but now that her acting career is taking off, she’s not to keen on sitting around and arguing with grown women all day for the sake of “good TV.” In an interview Nene recently did with the NY Post, it sounds like season 5 may be her last as a housewife. Here’s a bit of the interview:
Q: As your acting career gains traction, do you slowly want to get away from reality?
A: At some point I do. I love the acting world. So at some point. . . I can’t continue to be a Housewife. At some point, I have to back out.
Q: How much does “The New Normal” challenge your acting range. Do you get to mostly be funny?
A: There is a lot of drama with me. Like you didn’t know that!
Q: Have there been opportunities you have missed because of your reputation from “Real Housewives”?
A: Probably. I don’t know that for sure. Just the thought of me being a “Housewife,” they would probably say “Hmmm. We may not want to use her.” Just the whole persona of being a Housewife. The cattiness and the bitchiness and the fighting. People see you as that is who you are.
Q: If they did an all-star “Housewives” edition, who would you like to see on it?
A: I would probably do me, Bethenny, I like Jill Zarin even though she’s not there. I think she is everything of New York City. Her accent and everything is just great. I would probably grab Gretchen [Rossi] from “Orange County,” Teresa from “New Jersey,” and we could work it out.
Speaking of Bethany Frankel, Nene told the Post she wants to be the next version of her — except instead of skinny martinis, her empire would be built on a talk show.
“I would keep it real for the whole hour!,” she said. “Whatever the topic is, I feel I could talk about anything. Politics, men, money, shoes . . . anything. I wouldn’t want to do a ‘Maury Povich’ show. Baby daddy! Who’s your daddy? Who’s your mama? I wouldn’t want to do that kind of show.”
Whatever show she decides on, Nene’s insists she’s already received some offers to make it happen.
“It’s just a matter of time,” she said. “I am here now, because I am supposed to be here. And I guess when it is my time to cross over there, I will be over there. I am not religious, but I am spiritual, honey. My day is coming!”
Do you think you’d prefer Nene, the housewife, or Nene, the daytime talk show host?