On Sunday night’s episode of “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” Bravo flat out announced that NeNe Leakes and Gregory Leakes are divorced.
That would mean there had to be court documents stating that they have filed something, right?
REVISED at 1:26 p.m. EST, Wednesday, April 11 : I spent Tuesday fishing around in the wrong places. Gwinnett County. DeKalb County. Fulton County. No divorce filings in counties where either Gregg or NeNe have lived in the past.
Color me stupid. A blog commenter below told me she currently lives in Forsyth County. I just called the Forsyth County superior court clerk’s office and the administrative assistant confirmed to me the basics. She told me NeNe filed for divorce on April 29, 2010, during season three and finalized the divorce September 29, 2011, after season four had finished shooting.
Her attorney Randall Kessler had provided me no guidance, saying NeNe had told him not to say anything, But I can say it now: all rumors that the divorce was a sham apparently were just that – rumors.
The couple married in 1997 in Athens, where NeNe grew up and have one son together, Brentt. NeNe’s older son Bryce is from a previous relationship.
NeNe herself has not been seen publicly dating anybody else. At one point during the show, which was taped mostly in the spring and summer last year, she said she did have sex with Gregg. At least twice, New York entrepreneur John Kolaj flirted with her on the show and showered her with gifts, but she was clearly not interested in him romantically. Gregg himself has only shown up on the show a couple of times, usually in relation to her older son Bryce’s problems.
I have also confirmed with NeNe’s manager that she will be back for season five of “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” which is curious given her rather blase attitude toward most of the cast members. There is an uncomfirmed story on newsone.com that NeNe is the most compensated of the housewives, in the neighborhood of $1 million this past season, which may be a good reason to go back even as her acting career takes off. Other sites have also said Sheree Whitfield is out though I have been unable to confirm that.
In the meantime, the show’s ratings Sunday for the season finale improved from a season-low 2 million viewers a week earlier to 2.3 million. The show averaged 2.84 million viewers during the 20 regular episodes this season. That is only slightly below last year’s 2.97 million viewers who watched the 16 regular episodes of season three.
But the trend line is not good. While “Real Housewives” last year started in the low 2 millions and rose to a whopping 4.38 million for the season finale, the show this past season started sagging mid-season. The show averaged 3.1 million viewers the first nine episodes but fell to 2.6 million the past 11 (which included one outlier of 3.95 million episode 12.)
The first of the two reunion shows hit the airwaves this Sunday.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk