NeNe Leakes may be gone, but Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta” has reportedly moved forward in finding a couple of replacements for the now former (original) housewife.
LaLate reports that producers of the hit, but struggling, reality show are looking at former “RHOA” star Sheree Whitfield and singer Fantasia Barrino as the ones to fill Leakes’ spot. With Leakes reportedly making $1.5 million per season as a full-time cast member, the departure frees up cash to pay one or two people to replace her.
“BravoTV could – with the departure of Leakes – have $700K to pay Fantasia and $600K to pay Sheree, if they are interested,” an LA Late source said, adding, “Sheeree’s ordinal departure, and replacement with Kenya Moore, came as Whitfield’s then salary demands for RHOA5 were declined. But LALATE believes that Sheree Whitfield will return if the salary offer is lucrative.”
As for Leakes, she is going beyond the show as she is set to appear on ABC’s new game show “To Tell the Truth,” according to Reality Tea, which noted that Leakes has started filming the show. The reality TV star even took time out to share her thoughts and moments from the set with her Instagram followers.
Weighing on Leakes’ departure from the “RHOA” franchise, Cynthia Bailey voiced her support of her former cast mate’s decision, telling Essence, “I think that there comes a time in your life where you have to do what’s best for you. She will always be the original Atlanta housewife, she started this platform. If there was no Nene there would be no Cynthia, there would be no Kenya, there’d be no anyone on this show. ”
“I applaud her for stepping out and doing something else,” she added.
(Photo Source: Sheree Whitfield Instagram)