Filming for season 13 of the Real Housewives of Atlanta has officially kicked off without OG NeNe Leakes.
The 52-year-old has yet to sign her season 13 contract. This is the second season in a row that NeNe has been absent from the start of filming due to contract negotiations.
“The ladies are a little annoyed that Nene hasn’t signed her contract yet. They feel she does this every year and puts herself on this pedestal, and they just roll their eyes a bit over it,” a production source tells HollywoodLife. “They’re not surprised.”
Veteran Housewives Kenya Moore, Cynthia Bailey, Porsha Williams, and Kandi Burruss have returned for season 13. Newbie Drew Sidora will join them.
Marlo Hampton and Tanya Sam are also returning as “friends” of the Housewives. Latoya Ali is also rumored to be joining the cast – however, it’s unclear what role she will play.
The ladies of the ATL “all still want [NeNe] to return because she does make good TV, but they’re fine with her departing,” the source explains.
“They’re very excited to have Drew join them on the cast, and there’s a lot of chatter of one other lady potentially joining as well,” the source teases.
“Everyone’s still very early into filming with Cynthia’s wedding and that storyline being day-to-day due to the pandemic,” adds the insider.
Meanwhile, NeNe insists that it’s not her fault she hasn’t signed her season 13 contract yet.
“I know a lot of people think it’s [my fault I haven’t signed my contract]. Nene is not doing that,” NeNe said during an Instagram Live session on July 29. “I’m still in a holding pattern. Let me start there. I also want to say that it’s not me, it’s them.”
And if you think it’s all about the money for the RHOA OG, think again.
In July, a source told HollywoodLife that NeNe “wants to be paid what she feels she deserves, and she knows her worth. But it’s also about receiving support to ensure it’s no longer the work environment where she feels set up and attacked just for good TV.”
The Real Housewives of Atlanta will return to Bravo for season 13 in late 2020 or early 2021.
Why do you think NeNe hasn’t signed her season 13 contract? Would you miss NeNe if she left RHOA?