No turning back now. Love her or hate her, you can’t say that NeNe Leaks is an icon of housewives. His larger-than-life persona and hilarious reads put Real Housewives of Atlanta On the map. But ultimately, NeNe’s relationship with her castmates, frame Andy Cohen and Bravo itself began to deteriorate. Between 2008 and 2020, NeNe appeared as a main cast member on the show. She participated in seasons 1 to 7, then left for a brief stint in Hollywood. She then returned for seasons 10–12.
Now The Hollywood Reporter revealed that NeNe alleges that she experienced racism for several seasons of RHOA . NeNe filed a lawsuit in federal court in Atlanta, claiming that the companies behind the show encouraged and allowed a hostile and racist work environment. NeNe has complained to executives about years of racist remarks from her co-star, Kim Zolciak-Biermann. Kim appeared on the show as a main cast member for five seasons. She also briefly left the show, only to return in a guest role for two more seasons. NeNe claimed that after her complaints against Kim, she was the only one who suffered any consequences.
The lawsuit names NBCUniversal, Bravo, production companies True Entertainment and Truly Original as defendants. Others charged include executives from the companies and the executive producer of Housewives Andy. The suit does not name Kim. The lawsuit reads, “NBC, Bravo and True foster a corporate and work culture in which racially insensitive and inappropriate behavior is tolerated, if not encouraged.”
Details of the lawsuit allege that during the first season of RHOAthe cast was to attend a barbecue. Kim said of the idea with “words to the effect of: ‘I don’t want to sit with NeNe and eat chicken. “”The lawsuit suggests that this statement “perpetuated an offensive stereotype about African Americans”.
During the show’s fifth season, the suit claims that Kim made ‘racially offensive and stereotypical’ comments about housewife’s new home Kandi Burrus. On camera, Kim called the new Kandi neighborhood a “ghetto”. Additionally, Kim made an offensive comment on whether or not Kandi needs a swimming pool at home.
The same year, Kim would have used the word N when referring to NeNe and other housewives during a fight. The lawsuit also accuses Kim of falsely implying that NeNe used drugs and called his house a “cockroach’s nest”. After NeNe filed multiple complaints with the executives who oversaw the show, the suit claims they “did not end their relationship with Zolciak-Biermann or take any other meaningful action to end his behavior.” racist”. Plus, they gave Kim her own spin-off, Do not be late. The show was recently canceled after eight seasons on Bravo.
NeNe’s lawyer, David de Rubertis said in a statement: “Since filming began on the series, NeNe has been the target of systemic racism from co-star Kim Zolciak-Biermannwhich was tolerated by the executive producer of Bravo Andy Cohen and other frames. Another lawyer from NeNe, Joe Habachysaid via email that “not a day goes by that NeNe doesn’t wake up to an onslaught of overwhelming emotions as a direct result of these unfortunate and preventable events.”
The lawsuit claims that NeNe’s complaints of racism were part of what led NeNe to leave the show for good in 2020. He also alleges that NeNe’s negotiations for season 13 happened around the time the Black Lives Matter movement was dominating the national scene . NeNe was a strong supporter of the movement. Apparently, the executives blocked NeNe from talking about the cause. They also kept her out of the early episodes that were about BLM, the chase continued. The suit read, in part, “As the Black Lives Matter movement swept our nation, Ms. Leakes – Bravo’s most successful black female talent – should have been adopted by NBC, Bravo and True. Instead, NBC, Bravo, and True forced her out of the “house she built,” denying her a regular role.
Finally, the suit claims that the defendants’ actions violate federal employment and anti-discrimination law. NeNe seeks monetary damages, which will be determined at trial. Representatives of the accused and Kim has not yet commented on the lawsuit.
TELL US – WHAT DO YOU THINK OF NENE’S TRIAL? DO YOU BELIEVE RHOA WAS A RACIST WORK ENVIRONMENT? WAS NENE FORCED OFF THE SHOW BECAUSE OF HER COMPLAINTS?
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