NeNe Leakes broke the internet earlier this week after announcing that she would no longer be returning as full-time Housewife for season 8 of The Real Housewives of Atlanta.
For many, the news was most shocking as the 47-year-old had long been touted as the last of the show’s original cast.
As such, as she gears up to venture into pastures new, we take a look back at our Top 5 Favorite NeNe Leakes Moments on RHOA!
5. NeNe vs. Claudia Jordan in Puerto Rico!
Let’s be honest, Season 7 started off a bit slow. It would take a trip to Puerto Rico funded by Roger Bobb to get the fireworks started. Those fireworks turned into bombs as NeNe and Claudia began an EPIC reading session that again further divided the cast. Who do you think won Puerto Rico?
4. I Am Very Rich… Bitch!
NeNe and Sheree Whitfield were actually friends before reality television. Things had drastically changed by Season 4, as Sheree accused NeNe of attempting to backdoor her on an appearance deal that Sheree included Kim and NeNe on. The rest is television one-liner history! One thing about NeNe she made it clear that not only was she cashing “Donald Trump checks”, but that she also a “Very Rich Bitch” as well!
3. NeNe vs. Kenya Moore
Season 6 has to go down as perhaps the most successful season for The Real Housewives of Atlanta to date. With ratings consistently over 4 million on a weekly basis one of the highlights was the feud between Kenya Moore and ATL’s OG, NeNe Leakes. Things began at the infamous Pillow Talk night causing a divide with the cast, right into Kenya one-upping NeNe at a charity event in NeNe’s honor that she wasn’t formally invited to! This led us to the Season 6 reunion and the infamous “So Nasty, So Rude” showdown. A former friendship hasn’t survived the damage that occurred in season 6, and NeNe has no intentions on resolving the issues as she has yet to pony up on a $20,000 charity challenge even going so far as to send Kenya a cease and desist letter earlier this year!
2. NeNe vs. Kim Zolciak!
Best friends, enemies, frenemies, enemies, and now business partners. NeNe Leakes and Kim Zolciak’s storied friendship is the foundation of which the Real Housewives of Atlanta was built on for the first four seasons of it’s existence. While it’s hard to pick one fight or wine fueled evening of fun over the other, there is one instance where fans got to see just how real the tension was. The infamous call on Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live! While NeNe was a guest on the show, Kim called in from the Bahamas after allegedly hearing just how badly NeNe felt about the wig wearing, chain smoking, and wine drinking chanteuse.
After bumping heads all the way back in season one, NeNe and Sheree’s feud came to an almighty clash at the season 4 reunion. Widely billed as the most dramatic in the show’s eight year run, it undoubtedly earned such status thanks to infamous moments such as the “Neverland” branding of “Chateau Sheree.”
With host Andy setting the scene and Phaedra hilariously weighing in, Ms. Whitfield was delivered a Tekken-styled TKO courtesy of her rival. TV Gold.
What are your favorite NeNe moments? Will you miss her on the show?