NeNe Leakes, in her latest effort to expand her base beyond “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” franchise, will play a swim coach on “Glee” for several episodes.
Photos of her on set leaked out a few weeks ago, but the announcement was officially made by “Glee” actors Lea Michele and Chris Colfer on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live” Monday evening. Leakes then Tweeted about it.
Her character will play a rival to Sue Sylvester, played by Emmy-winning Jane Lynch.
The buzz is certainly off the show after mucho hype the past couple of years. “Glee” has seen a major drop-off in ratings from season two, losing more than 20 percent of its viewers.
Leakes last year tried a brief stint as an entertainment reporter at 11 Alive. Last fall, she became a focal point of controversy on “Celebrity Apprentice,” clashing with Star Jones, LaToya Jackson and Dionne Warwick, before quitting in a huff.
Based on what we’ve seen this season on “Real Housewives” and word since taping ended, she separated briefly from her husband Gregg but is back together with him. Except for her sycophantic Cynthia Bailey, she is not terribly friendly with any of the other housewives but is obligated to pop up on screen every once in awhile. A much talked-about spin-off on Bravo has yet to come to fruition.
If anything is for sure, Leakes’ ego seems to have only gotten bigger, if that is even possible.
(And in the whatever category, Dwight Eubanks was pulled over and arrested yesterday for driving with a suspended license. Check out his mugshot here.)
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk