3:04pm PT by Jethro Nededog
'Real Housewives' Star NeNe Leakes Dispels Kenya Moore Casting, Talks New Ryan Murphy Series (Video)
NeNe Leakes dished quite a bit on her TV projects when she appeared on Tuesday’s The Wendy Williams Show.
While Bravo hasn’t officially renewed The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Leakes confirms that they’re already shooting. On top of that, the gabby star says reports that actress and former Miss USA, Kenya Moore, has joined the show as an official castmember are false. The mother of two also reveals she’s unsure if last season’s Marlo Hampton is returning. A Bravo rep tells The Hollywood Reporter the network has no comment on Season 5 castings.
As for former buddy, Sheree Whitfield, who announced she isn’t returning to the series, Leakes, 44, doesn’t mince words. “It’s probably a good thing that she left,” she tells Wendy Williams. “That’s about it.”
Sure, Leakes is known for having quite the ego, but she can back it up. She’s the only housewife from Bravo’s franchise to move beyond reality TV into a recurring scripted role. This past season, Leakes appeared as Coach Roz Washington on Fox’s Glee. She apparently impressed the hit musical show’s co-creator enough to have landed a spot on his newly picked up NBC comedy series, The New Normal, without having to audition.
“[Ryan Murphy] wrote the character for me,” she says of her character. “So, I didn’t [audition]. He just talked to me about, ‘You want to do this new sitcom with me? It’s called The New Normal. You play this character, Rocky.’ And I said, ‘Yes, let’s do it.’ ”
Leakes also talks about the two famous Kims in her life: Kim Kardashian and fellow castmember Kim Zolciak.
Watch the interview below.
Check your local listings for The Wendy Williams Show or watch it on BET weekdays at midnight.
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