“If you’re not stirring it up, they’re not going to talk about you. Dogs don’t bark at parked cars.” - WXIA-TV anchor Karyn Greer to NeNe Leakes.
Drama between NeNe Leakes and her husband Gregg escalated during episode 9 of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” after a phone conversation Gregg had leaked onto the Web.
He said he had spent $300,000 building NeNe up and now she had gotten a big head and wanted out of the marriage. He said he wanted that $300,000 back.
Radio host Corey King, a friend of Gregg’s, apparently taped and released the early June conversation without Gregg’s knowledge. But King did so because Gregg owed him money, according to news accounts at the time. Gregg apologized to NeNe later.
Gregg is not a drama kind of guy. He always struck me as very low key and barely tolerant of the TV cameras around him. He seemed supportive of NeNe’s affairs when I last saw them together last year while she was promoting her book at a Buckhead Barnes & Noble. But as we have seen throughout this year, she has been making the bacon lately and his real estate investments were no longer helping him out anymore in this lousy economy.
He hid an investment he made with Dwight Eubanks and the exact amount was never clarified. NeNe has been complaining about Gregg to virtually every other housewife on the cast, saying her trust in him has waned A couple of episodes ago, she and Gregg got into an argument in front of Cynthia Bailey and her fiance Peter Thomas. She said he often slept in the basement.
On last night’s show, she even met with Randy Kessler, a well known local divorce attorney.
NeNe confronts Gregg. He acknowledges he may have exaggerated the $300,000. He said he was merely venting with Corey as a friend. “I can’t take back nothing I said,” he said. “That’s what I felt at the time.”
“I have said a lot of things out of anger,” NeNe responded. “But one thing I do is put a united front for your *ss… You have done me wrong as your wife. I have never done you wrong. Ever!”
She did express reluctance to divorce because she comes from a broken home. “Why would I want my kids in a broken home?”
After the argument collapses, they separate into different parts of the house.
“This is it between me and Gregg,” she told Bravo cameras. “We are over.”
In reality, we have seen no divorce papers filed between the two since that early June time period. Presumably, they have either reconciled or separated.
In other housewife action:
- Phaedra Parks had high blood pressure and stayed in the Augusta hospital an extra week after having Ayden Adonis. We see her coming home as she and Apollo (her husband) learn how to get a handle on the baby.
- Cynthia and her fiance Peter prep for their wedding, meeting with renowned Atlanta event planner Tony Conway of A Legendary Event. Her buddy and stylist Kithe Brewster helped out, talking to Conway like a Yale-educated Yuppie.
“I want my wedding to be perfect,” Cynthia said, “no matter what the cost.”
- Kim Zolciak grapples with her 13-year-old daughter Brielle and her growing boobs. Fortunately, Brielle wants an abstinence ring, hoping to avoid sexual intercourse until the age of 18. She spends $3,000 on a diamond ring from Chris Guven, identified as “Kim’s jeweler.” “It’s going to be so fantastic, it will keep her legs closed,” Kim said, with hope. (Will it work? Studies are a bit dubious.)
As NeNe, the voice of reason who said she lost her virginity at age 19, the year Kim had Brielle: “The truth is you have to lead by example, especially when you have daughters. And Kim’s done a lot and said a lot in front of her daughters so we’ll have to see. The jury is still out.”
- Kandi Burruss hosts her Kandi Koated Nights online talk show with the other ladies. Oddly, NeNe and Kim are the most squeamish about the subject. Kim suggests that since Kandi has opted for celibacy, she’s obsessed with talking about sex.
Later, Kandi also dumbs down her “Your Ring Don’t Mean a Thing” tune by simplifying the melodies. Fortunately, Kim likes it more. (But obviously, Kim likes “Google Me” even more because that song with another producer is the one she’s peddling today.)
- Sheree Whitfield wisely breaks it off with “Dr.” Tiy-E Muhammad at the Highland Bakery. They both used “air quotes” to great effect as the conversation ended:
“You say you’re a ‘doctor.’ ” – Sheree
“You say you’re a ‘woman.’ ” – Tiy-E’s amusing rejoinder.
“Have you peed on anyone?” - Kandi, on her Kandi-Koated Nights with the other ladies.
“I was raised in the South. We don’t talk about things like that openly. Shut your mouth! You don’t say that out loud.” – NeNe, being demure about sex.
“I need therapy after that!” – NeNe after seeing Mr. Luscious, a male entertainer, and his rather humongous package.
“Now I’m sort of chained to this baby.” – Phaedra, expressing enthusiasm about motherhood.
“Call me crazy but that’s my private life.” - Kim, about her sex life.
“Kim always thinks it’s about her.” – NeNe, expressing the truth.
“I definitely want more children.” – Kim to NeNe just weeks before getting knocked up by Falcons player Kroy Biermann.
And least convincing testament: “I want to push my vocals. It’s my passion. I love it.” – Kim, about her singing.
The eighth episode Nov. 21 hit a season high of 3 million, matching last year’s comparable episode. Ratings have gone up since the show moved to Sundays from Mondays Nov. 2.
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Kandi Burruss and her mom Joyce were guests. Kandi already knew about Kim’s pregnancy before the announcement last Monday. She also explained in detail the financial arrangement between her and Kim on “Tardy for the Party.” She said they agreed to split all royalties three ways. But Kim did not pay her for studio time or a producer’s fee. “She gave us only a small portion of the publisher’s royalties at the time,” she said. Kim’s first check was $30,000 and she gave Kandi $10,000 as agreed. Then Kim’s lawyer, Kandi said, told her that was too much, that she should only pay her on the publishing, not the writers’ royalties. (That’s why Kim said she “overpaid” Kandi.) Kandi just gave the money back. She said Kim in the end paid her $4,000 out of $100,000-plus in revenue Kim received. Kandi could have disputed all this in court but “I didn’t want to go there because we’re cool,” she said. (She’s not really that cool because she keeps complaining about it but then again…)
“I don’t think we’re going to do music going forward,” she said.
By Rodney Ho, email@example.com, AJCRadioTV blog