The Real Housewives of Atlanta is one of Bravo’s longest running spin-offs of the Housewives franchise, and with good reason. The cast members are known to pull up with a healthy dose of shade while stirring the pot and spilling the tea. No one does it better or has been doing it longer than the series’ last-standing OG, Nene Leakes. Bravo exec/host Andy Cohen asked Leakes to slide through to his late-night clubhouse and baby, the Georgia peach made sure our cup runneth all the way over.
The 52-year-old didn’t hold back any punches as she threw shady remarks towards co-stars Kandi Burruss and long-time frenemy Kenya Moore. On Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live: After Show, Leakes took the opportunity to shut down some of the less than glowing commentary a few of her co-stars and fellow peach-holders threw at her while filming the current season.
On one episode, Leakes hosted a jungle-themed brunch intended for like-minded women to show up and show out and network with boss women. Burruss was in attendance. A caller into Cohen’s show made it a point to reference the fact that Burruss was friendly while at the brunch but made several shady comments about the event in the show’s commentary portion.
The shade in question had everything to do with the fact that Burruss had never seen any of the attendees aside from fellow co-stars Tanya Sam and Leakes herself. She then implied that they were “friends” Leakes picked up on her way there.
Leakes responded to the caller’s inqury by saying, “Kandi wouldn’t know who my friends are because she’s never around me with my friends. No shade, but shade at the same time. I have lots of great friends and I don’t share them with her just like she doesn’t share her personal friends with me.”
Before getting interjected by Cohen, Leakes also added, “In fact, when she was at that brunch she was very nice to everybody. I was really surprised to see her get in her interview and say those things… fake a**.”
Another co-star that got the brunt of the comedian’s unfiltered shade was Kenya Moore. The dissolution of Moore and her husband Marc Daly’s marriage played out during much of the current season. On Sunday night’s episode, viewers saw the event that caused their relationship issues boiled over, resulting in a decision to separate shortly after.
Leakes was asked about how she felt about the troubled relationship. “I guess it was sad,” she stated with a dose of her classic sarcasm.
Cohen followed the question by asking how she felt about Daly no longer wanting to be a part of the show during his breakdown. Leakes revealed it might be karma rearing its ugly head for Moore. “It’s really hard to feel sorry for someone that does things to other people’s marriages and relationships. She’s done it to Phaedra [Parks], she’s done it to Tanya [Sam], she’s done it to me… so it’s really hard to feel sorry. It’s almost like, well karma is a bit**.”
For someone who has trouble feeling sorry for the Kenya Moores of the world, as Cohen displayed, Leakes has been issuing her fair share of apologies this season of Real Housewives of Atlanta. On the show, she can be seen carving out time for the ladies she’s offended and/or has unresolved beef with. It has many fans speculating whether or not there is any real sincerity behind her actions or if it’s a last ditch effort to vibe with at least some of her castmates.
Leakes made it a point to say to Cohen and the audience that her apologies are “very sincere”. “I’m the type of girl that if I don’t want to talk to you, I’m not. And if I don’t want to apologize, you’re not getting it.”