“Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in,” Michael Corleone, played by Al Pacino, Godfather Part III
This is what former “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star-turned-current RHOA cast member Nene Leakes must be feeling as her brash Bravo bosses are yanking the bodacious TV star back into the reality show mix, something that Leakes must have thought she had finally escaped.
Leakes made her highly anticipated return last week during the last few minutes of the show. But Bravo wants more of Leakes. A lot more.
Bravo honchos are fighting to make housewife a full-time cast member, but Leakes has other gigs on deck and don’t want to make that move.
Now Bravo is reportedly leveraging their parent company, NBC, to threaten Leakes to stay on at RHOA.
Producers want NeNe Leakes to return full time next season, radaronline.com states, their bosses are threatening to cut Nene’s involvement from “Fashion Police” as punishment!
Here is the reason: despite Leakes’s minimal involvement with Season 8 of the popular RHOA reality show, it still lead to higher ratings.
Now, “Bravo execs want to bring NeNe back full time next year,” an insider told Radar.
“The fans miss NeNe and even though there is tons of drama this year without her, with her back, it would just take the show to the next level.”
Bravo’s parent company, NBC Universal, which also ownes E!, the home of “Fashion Police,” threaten to remove her from the coveted fashion-based show if she doesn’t return to RHOA.
“NeNe loves being a part of Fashion Police, but the network is ready to cut ties if she doesn’t agree to their terms,” the insider told Radar.
“NeNe seems to think she is better than doing reality television and has moved on from RHOA,” the source claimed. “Going back would be a step back in her plan to become a global brand. She has a clothing line, and no longer wants to be associated with a reality show.”
The Atlanta franchise of the popular reality show is Bravo’s ‘cash cow’ and reports are that the network is doing all it can to keep Leakes, 48, on the show.