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NeNe Leakes joins ‘Glee’ for a few episodes

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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.)

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

119 comments Add your comment

Shay

December 20th, 2011
1:08 pm

I don’t understand why Cynthia had to be referred to as a lap-dog friend in this article

LOL

December 20th, 2011
1:14 pm

She is called a lap dog, becasue that is what she is…. a lil poodle sitting on a moose.

Eric

December 20th, 2011
1:17 pm

She’s an unattractive ghetto loudmouth, really don’t understand all the buzz around her.

KC

December 20th, 2011
1:18 pm

Nene has really used the RHOA to his advantage, smart man. Good luck with your future endeavors Nene.

RealNeneFan

December 20th, 2011
1:19 pm

Nene is a beautiful tall black woman and I admire her very much. And Cynthia is also a gorgeous tall successful black woman. Neither deserve the demeaning names…but I am sure this is coming from the monkey in a wig and her small group of die-hard fans. Go kick rocks, Kim Z.

Austin Powers

December 20th, 2011
1:23 pm

That’s a man, baby!!!!!!!

Speaking of TV

December 20th, 2011
1:23 pm

Just goes to show you that in today’s soceity, Trash sells. Trash makes money. Our values are SOOOOOOOOOO screwed up.

Courtney

December 20th, 2011
1:24 pm

Good professional move on her part.

shorte

December 20th, 2011
1:24 pm

@Shay..I totally agree. Don’t understand why name calling is necessary in this article. Rodney could have just said “overly-devoted” friend. To refer to someone as a “lap-dog” is just plain demeaning.

yea right

December 20th, 2011
1:26 pm

KImz is a man baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kim Z.

December 20th, 2011
1:29 pm

Nene is an ex-stripper and ex-gold digger who sponged off old man Gregg till he ran out money, really hard to admire someone like that.

Sherry

December 20th, 2011
1:33 pm

Call her what you want but be sure to include paid. She is working her brand and has flourished it into more directions than any of the others. Like her or not, she is taking her 15 minutes and turning it into an hour.

Ron Burgundy

December 20th, 2011
1:34 pm

NOOOOO!!! GAWD NOOOOO!!!! LAWDY!!!! WHY GAWD!!!!

Envision me writhing around on the ground flailing mindlessly in anguish.

Mrs. RJ

December 20th, 2011
1:34 pm

Ya’ll can talk about NENE as much as you want honey…she is still getting the LAST LAUGH while on her way to the BANK! I’m just keeping it real honey and she’s also laughing as people talk about her on different blogs…GO NENE GIRL KEEP DOING YOU & LET YOUR HATERS BE YOUR MOTIVATERS #teamNENE

Mrs. RJ

December 20th, 2011
1:36 pm

@ Sherry that is so true…She turned her 15 minutes in RHOA SEASON 4!!!!!!

Anne

December 20th, 2011
1:38 pm

just let her go from RHOA and bring on Marlo…..

LT

December 20th, 2011
1:39 pm

The lap dog comment in regard to Cynthia is truly unwarranted

David

December 20th, 2011
1:41 pm

I can not believe that Glee would sink so low. NeNe is nothing more than trailer trash and does not represent Atlanta in any way.

Geez

December 20th, 2011
1:42 pm

Wow, I can understand Celebrity Apprentice, some people are sometimes picked for that show to be made fun of, but GLEE just went down several notches for having “da beast” on the show . . . it’s a shame she’s associated with Atlanta . . . well, that’s true of the other RHOA’s as well for that matter . . .

Rodney Ho

December 20th, 2011
1:43 pm

@LT Okay. I dropped the “lap dog” reference and changed it to “sycophantic.” Better?

Cascade Shaniqua

December 20th, 2011
1:45 pm

Please send Nene to another planet. I don’t ever want to hear her name again. Her head is as big as a Macy’s Day parade float. Don’t give her any more encouragement. Does anyone know if she really used to be a he?

I don't like Nene

December 20th, 2011
1:48 pm

I am not a fan of Nene. However, at least she’s working. Secondly, I agree with the other statements, Rodney your name calling was truly unnecessary. I think sometimes you don’t use your brain when you write this stuff. Then too, it really could be the obvious the lack of a true editor who cares what you post. I don’t think it would be nice if I said, “Wow, why did the “chink” get a journalist position with the AJC, I know his family owns a nail salon or dry cleaner business, somewhere.”

Lovey

December 20th, 2011
1:50 pm

Love you nene

Dwight

December 20th, 2011
1:56 pm

NeNe come get me out of jail.

FromSCtoATL

December 20th, 2011
2:05 pm

I’m always baffled when those who do not care for a particular person (in this case, NeNe) are called “haters”. I think that term is thrown around entirely too much and often in the wrong context. I simply do not care for the character she portrays herself to be on television: loud, bourgeois, over the top, vain, etc. My feelings toward NeNe are not hate; it’s my opinion. She’s simply not the type of person I appreciate. Also, I’ve noticed that her money has been referenced quit frequently in this thread when NeNe is being defended. Money is not an excuse for her behavior. Her antics are ignorant and her character leaves much to be desired.

WTF

December 20th, 2011
2:06 pm

Aaaaaaaaand Glee just jumped the shark.

Anne

December 20th, 2011
2:10 pm

Fromsctoatl, I agree, money is no excuse for her behavior….. If you paid me 10 mill, I wouldnt sell my self as a bafoon.

Rodney

December 20th, 2011
2:12 pm

I sure hope Coach Sue grabs a bullhorn and beats her down on the front steps of McKinley High. I was such a NeNe fan in season 1 and part of season 2 but no longer.

And, just because it hasn’t been said yet, it’s people like RealNeNeFan that will keep racism alive and well in 2012.

sircharles19

December 20th, 2011
2:15 pm

Big mistake! Her manners and her choice of words kills! You said something about the rating…well, why would you do more to kill what good rating you now have. NeNe is not the right person for this part because she blows up everything and creates mess wherever she goes! Have you paid her yet, well, pay her for what she done and tell her she is not the right person. If not, you are going to blow up this show, that can be promise!

Eleni777

December 20th, 2011
2:18 pm

Oh good Lawd…there will be no shutting her megaphone/bullhorn mouth from spewing how VERY RICH and FAMOUS she is now..blech….This is just WRONG WRONG WRONG….good news is Glee is on the way down from the top.

Sheree’s song “Who Gon’ Check Me Boo? is getting ready to drop…Go over to pinkisthenewblog to hear it.

Julian

December 20th, 2011
2:41 pm

Nene on Glee??? The show has hit an all new low to cast her. While she has capitalized on her success with RHOA, Nene has no talent and is just loud and rude. I will not be watching!

Ron Burgundy

December 20th, 2011
2:52 pm

ARRRGGGHHHH!!

Bhamfornow

December 20th, 2011
2:56 pm

Does anyone over the age of 20 and an IQ over 90 watch either of those shows?

Russ

December 20th, 2011
2:56 pm

Well as far as NeNe joining Glee, kudos for her..I ain’t mad at her, cause if we had an opportunity we would do the same thing..Now, do I watch Glee, No! Its a reason why Glee turn to NeNe eventhough they lost 20% of their ratings so go figure..Desperate times ppl! So don’t read into to it, the producers have to find a fall guy and I guess NeNe was the one knocking at their door, go figure..Now as for dude calling Cynthia a lapdog..c’mon dude you know ladies get offended when anyone use the term “dog” Honestly speaking she(Cynthia) have the best body on the show(RHOA) What we need to stress about is why Dwight driving around town with a susp. license! Aren’t you a hair salon owner, interior decorator, reality show co-host? Listen ppl, all these reality shows is just exposing these ladies jus for what they really are, “SHOW”

YANKEEDAWG

December 20th, 2011
2:57 pm

GLEE JUST LOST ME AS A VIEWER!

NH

December 20th, 2011
2:59 pm

Only in America the beautiful….GO HE HE …….I’M RICH :shock:

Go Panthers!

December 20th, 2011
3:02 pm

Ahhh, nooo Rodney. I’m feeling you on the reporting (good local scoop!) AND word choice, but…

It would be better if you (justifiably, imho) listed Cynthia as Nene’s “sycophant.” Also a term I’d apply to Husband Greg and the faked divorce drama. Lisa Wu all but told us the whole separation was staged to make NeNe look more “accessible” to the women they think are watching this circus and latching on to Team Nene in record (and inexplicable) numbers. It’s also much easier to explain away the Charles Grant “date” for the record. However, you’re doing a good job of catching up with Mama Jones from “Hip Hop Wives” with “sycophantic” (as in “Nene will act down right “psychotic’ on ya’ll’s tv on whatever show she gets cast if the price is right.”). She ain’t rich yet, but she’s got just enough of her soul left to sell to get there real soon. Hope it’s all worth it in the end, sis.

Much (sincere) luck to her and…whoever she’s riding with and for this week (money, Greg, Charles, The Trumps – if they can stop dropping dimes – or lack thereof – on her, Sheree – if the price and pub op is right, Kim – if they can get the same kinda rich at the same kinda time ’cause one having more than the other will never work for their style of “friendship”, Lea Michelle – if she can tone down her narcissism long enough for some of Nene’s to glee thru all Gwynethy-like, and the list goes on…).

HHW is a much better show this season, btw. Team Chrissy!

LT

December 20th, 2011
3:06 pm

I often wonder what some of you folks who scream that the RHOA’s are not representative of Atlanta are actually doing for the betterment of the city?

urban redneck

December 20th, 2011
3:12 pm

wow, i didn’t think i could like glee any less. guess i can. thanks fox!!

Mr. Ed

December 20th, 2011
3:16 pm

We must give Leakes credit for parlaying her 15 minutes of fame into more television air time. She has made herself into a brand. “Ghetto female bully” comes to mind at present, for a particular label. Anyhow, good for her and I hope she does well. Sooner or later, her candle will mercifully extinguish itself or continue to shine. America is the land of opportunity.

WTF?

December 20th, 2011
3:20 pm

RealNeneFan why do you praise the women because they are black and then attack the only white woman? Go ahead and reinforce those stereotypes girl…..

shawn

December 20th, 2011
3:20 pm

Get that money NENE!!!! Can’t fault you!

Jennifer El

December 20th, 2011
3:21 pm

I keep forgetting how truly ignorant some people are.
If you hate NeNe DON’T WATCH HER. And who in the WORLD shows up on message boards to make sicko comments about her personal life, her appearance, etc., but claim not to watch the show or even know who she is?

Her lips aren’t any bigger than Angelina Jolie’s, etc., etc.
Her face isn’t hideous.
She’s tall but she certainly doesn’t look like a MAN. Geesh.
She and the RHOA or any other RHW series is no worse than Jersey Shore, Teen Mom, Bad Girls or most of the crap on MTV, etc.
Such outlandish statements as if NeNe controls the world, the world’s view of Atlanta, etc.

Sheet, grow up. Or shut up.

Pebblebeach

December 20th, 2011
3:24 pm

A swim coach….hmmm….. I guess she was not required to actually swim or act……can Ne Ne swim…….never seen this Glee show and will leave things as is…

sissy

December 20th, 2011
3:25 pm

Don’t see anything wrong with NeNe or the other ladies of The RHOA making their money. The show is just entertainment like any other show. Those ladies act in front of the camera for a few hours..get their money and than go back to their lives. People are always going to be upset with something. Rather than hate, I’m trying to come up with new reality show ideas myself.

Shequita Lashonte

December 20th, 2011
3:27 pm

Dont hate. U all jus gelus cuz she talnted and you isnt. She will when a emmie award for her roll. Mmmhmmmmm. She bless.

cwilli

December 20th, 2011
3:27 pm

A fan of RHOA, but name calling just shows who ever you are speaking about in a degrading manner you are no better than the person you are speaking of. NeNe is a little loud, somewhat over bearing but she understands this is TV and she is catering to her audience. What I don’t like the show destroyed friendships and that is sad. I have to think they were never friends just associates. NeNe is the only one who is not always getting caught up in something if she said it she said it and she keeps it moving. Sheree in my opinion is an excuse maker binging on criminal. Kandi should run before she turns out to be like Sheree not broke but personality. Kim got what she wants and moving on and you can really tell she don’t have time. Cynthia lives in ATL not happy about she should tell Peter I’m packing up going back to NYC where I should have never left. End the end RHOA will fade go away so if a few women were able to get on a show make a few dollars and enhance their so call career so be it, I’m not mad.

Valerie

December 20th, 2011
3:30 pm

Well congrats to NeNe ! Didnt know she was branching out like this.

Mrs. RJ

December 20th, 2011
3:30 pm

I totally agree JENNIFER E…you said that girl! :)

Rob

December 20th, 2011
3:39 pm

I can see it now…Nehe with arm floaties, splashing around in he pool because she can’t swim. Jane Lynch dives into the pool, pops the floaties, and Nehe goes to the bottom of the pool. The only thing left will be Nehe’s blonde wig floating at the top of the pool. Sounds like a great plot line to me.