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UPDATED: NeNe is indeed divorced

NeNe Leakes: still married? Divorced? Who knows?

NeNe Leakes: still married? Divorced? Who knows?

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.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

72 comments Add your comment

Oxwinkle

April 10th, 2012
7:51 pm

Who cares????

Sherman

April 10th, 2012
8:06 pm

I think Nene lives in south Forsyth county…fyi

Cassie

April 10th, 2012
8:24 pm

She and Greg was married in Athen, GA.

Rodney Ho

April 10th, 2012
9:00 pm

Thank you guys! I will get to the bottom of this!

Eve

April 10th, 2012
9:24 pm

She looks like a moose. Please stop showing her pic on ajc.com. I’m tired of my viewing experience being ruined by clicking on one story, scrolling to the bottom and seeing a photo of a friggin’ water buffalo. By the way, I’m black and can get away with saying that. Thanks! Ugh.

CJ

April 10th, 2012
9:31 pm

I think the ratings have decreased because they’ve lost their chemistry. None of them seem like they are actually close friends. They seem like social acquaintances who have ‘forced fun’ on the show. It’s a shame. In the Beverly Hills edition, a few of the ladies actually seem like they are friends on and off of the camera. Not so much in Atlanta.

Over It!

April 10th, 2012
9:46 pm

And this is relevant why? A bunch of bafoons on tv, dogging each other, some spending money they don’t have while others are bragging money they obvious NEVER had and looking down their noses at others. I am so over this show…its so not relevant!

Eldrick

April 10th, 2012
9:50 pm

You need to feed her horse face carrots

Terri

April 10th, 2012
9:51 pm

Please. If you cannot find something of R-E-A-L substance for us readers…”Kindly Do Not Write,” any articles period!

Rachel

April 10th, 2012
10:11 pm

Rodney —

We are waiting on the confirmation Sheree got fired. I have read several blogs including the one on Praise 107.5 reporting Sheree’s firing. But nothing from you as of yet. I brag on how up to date you are on RHOA information. You have left me down.

nvdjnvdjbgv

April 10th, 2012
10:14 pm

SHES A MAN!!!

Rodney Ho

April 10th, 2012
10:33 pm

@Rachel I have tried but have had no luck on whether Sheree is out for sure. Will keep trying!

De'Jai

April 10th, 2012
10:34 pm

NeNe has changed over since the first season. She has pushed everyone away. She used to love Greg and now she has lost herself. Fame will do that to you. I feel sorry for her.

JPo

April 11th, 2012
12:19 am

Is there a bigger parade of self-absorbed, celeb wanna-be trash than “Real Housewives of ?”

Debra Mason

April 11th, 2012
1:38 am

Eve, enough already with the moose comments, it’s old, is that all you Got!

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WarDogDaddy

April 11th, 2012
7:06 am

I’m with you Oxwinkle, who CARES?

Gdaddy

April 11th, 2012
7:13 am

Who cares? Bloop, bloop…They were the most unattractive couple on the series by far

Sherry

April 11th, 2012
7:50 am

If you don’t care, don’t take the time to read the blog and comment on it!

Enough with the insults. And everyone wonders why so many people suffer from self esteem issues.

jessy

April 11th, 2012
9:12 am

NENE KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK

joe white

April 11th, 2012
9:24 am

Gay marriage was not legal back then cause she is not a woman, just man.

Marus

April 11th, 2012
9:25 am

I’m not a NeNe fan. Yes, the fame has changed her, however, does hurling insults about her make me better? Not in the least! Calling her a “moose” is completely out of line and as a black woman, Eve, you should say nothing, if you have nothing nice to say. We as black people sit around and wonder why “other races” degrade us, it’s because they see and hear us degrade our own and we think it’s okay because we are black. WRONG!!!!!. VERY seldom do you see “other races” on blogs degrading each other regardless of what they did! You should be ashamed. Now…having said that, personally I could careless whether she’s married, divorced, or inbetween. I do find the story entertaining…again..ENTERTAINING. Thanks Rodney. But I think theres much juicier gossip out there than NeNe and her marrige status…LOL

Hot One

April 11th, 2012
9:48 am

I saw NeNe and Greg at Neiman Marcus last weekend walking and holding hands.

bill

April 11th, 2012
9:51 am

Who Cares???

Homer the Brave

April 11th, 2012
10:09 am

Like many who’ve already said it, WHO CARES!! I wish this show with most of the other “reality” shows would just go away. No wonder I have a collection of older shows on dvd!!

True b that.guy

April 11th, 2012
10:19 am

STRIPPER, with bad teeth

gadem

April 11th, 2012
10:33 am

is it really that serious? Will it end world hunger or lower the price of gas if you find out if she is actually divorced? This celebrity watching is getting a little over the top…she is not really even a celebrity. The media has made her a celebrity…

johnny

April 11th, 2012
10:35 am

Nene is ugly. She looks like a dude. Crossed eyed hoe.

truthordare

April 11th, 2012
10:46 am

Do bloggers not notice that fans of the other reality show fans don’t care if they’re married or are housewives. They’re just shows staged to entertain us. The WHO CARES sounds buffoonish, don’t read and don’t comment. We love you RoHo, you haven’t commented on Sheree because clearly you’re verifying the information. Why are some of your readers so dumb, NeNe is laughing to the Bank.

DON

April 11th, 2012
10:56 am

NENE is Beautiful inside and outside. KEEP up GOOD WORK, happy and proud of you.

Katrina

April 11th, 2012
11:08 am

I have been wondering if Nene and gregg are really divorced. Nene never said she was divorced. It is possible that Bravo made a false statement.

deegee

April 11th, 2012
11:25 am

NeNe is just waiting for Cynthia to throw Peter Thomas’ azz out on the street. Cynthia never would have married him in the first place if her sister and her mother hadn’t been so dead set against him. As soon as Cynthia decides that living with Peter is worse than admitting a mistake to Mallory and her mother, then NeNe and Peter can find true lust.

True b that.guy

April 11th, 2012
11:35 am

The dumbing down of american, its already to late for atlanta. Does anyone have a college degree on this show? besides phakdra, she’s a car thief ring leader.

Katrina

April 11th, 2012
11:40 am

Mallory encouraged Cynthia to marry Peter. Mallory thought he was great guy. That is why it was shocking that she hid the marriage certificate. When Peter found out that Malloy and her mother did not like him, was when the show aired.

deegee

April 11th, 2012
12:00 pm

If Mallory changed her mind about Peter then she must have had some reason for doing so. The way that Peter talks to Cynthia is degrading. When he told her that if she didn’t like the ride then it might be time to get off at the next stop, that should have been enough for Cynthia. The body language between Peter and NeNe screams lust. Cynthia will one day decide that there are worse things in the world than admitting that your mother was right.

[...] Rodey Ho of the AJC even called and asked my opinion about it and I told him that I thought it was all a scam. He’s even contacted NeNe’s onscreen attorney Randy Kessler, who seems to be in on the big fat lie. Randall Kessler, NeNe’s divorce attorney, was a dead end. He declined to comment at the request of NeNe. He provided me no guidance to find any public record of a divorce filing. [...]

Pitchy

April 11th, 2012
1:50 pm

I was told that Sheree was on The Wendy Williams show talking and crying about being fired from the show. Said she really needed the money and now she’s worried. For the record, I find it hard to believe that Sheree would be on a nationally syndicated show crying like that. She does her best to not come across as a weakling

@deegee – I agree with everything in your post.

Pitchy

April 11th, 2012
2:02 pm

NeNe is doing her thing. Making money. She’s trademarked her personality and now roles are being written just for her. Fame changes people and she has changed, but that’s what growing is all about (and making money while you grow).

BamaMaebelle

April 11th, 2012
2:35 pm

Nene is a shining star.

Cascade Shaniqua

April 11th, 2012
3:20 pm

I thought she was a man too.

clarify*update

April 11th, 2012
3:27 pm

Please clarify the Update “NeNe is indeed Divorced” The county in which the divorce was granted would be nice to know. I work for the Forsyth Co. Courts and I do not find a Divorce decree under the name of NeNe Leakes or Greg Leakes. The last I know, they lived in Forsyth County as indicated in an incident report with Forsyth County Sherriff’s Office dated 8/28/2011.

eB

April 11th, 2012
3:37 pm

Why would you even write this story without even knowing where she even married the guy??? Poor journalism at its finest! And then for you to it even follow Nene story… On the first season she even talked ab being from the Athens area *rolls eyes* and to the posters above me nice try you wouldn’t of found her under “Nene” because that is not her full name. SMH

clarify*update

April 11th, 2012
3:44 pm

eB – well is Greg’s name Greg? Didn’t come up either way as stated above. Also I’m smart enough to just search Leakes.

Katrina

April 11th, 2012
3:53 pm

@clarify*update Gregory Leakes and Linnethia Johnson Leakes. Nene is a nickname.

clarify*update

April 11th, 2012
4:08 pm

katrina – please read my post to eB. I searched several ways and YES i know Nene is a nickname. It’s always best to read a post clearly before commenting.

NENE FAN

April 11th, 2012
4:19 pm

All I can say is NeNe keep doing what you are doing and keep making that money. Pay your bills and IRS!!! Shake off the haters because they are sitting at home watching you do your thing on TV. Congrads, to all of your success and remember not to burn any bridges. Now let’s bury Zimmerman alive!!!

Katrina

April 11th, 2012
4:19 pm

@clarifying*update Are you saying that based on the information in the article, you still can’t find the divorce decree on 9/29/2011. You also looked under Johnson.

lilkunta

April 11th, 2012
4:37 pm

rodney what is the website for forsyth county court records? i thought court records are statewide, the are separated by county in atlanta ?

Rodney Ho

April 11th, 2012
4:44 pm

@Lilkunta There’s a reason why I called the office: Forsyth does not provide this info online. If I wanted to see the filing, I’d have to drive an hour up to Cumming, GA and if I have time, I may. But for now, verbal confirmation from the office is good enough for me. (NeNe’s attorney could have just as easily confirmed this for me but per NeNe’s instructions, he made me spend all this time chasing my tail instead.)

[...] Earlier this week photos surfaced of Nene and Greg strolling through Beverly Hills looking chummy  surfaced causing more confusion into their status. Plus, we haven’t really seen the paperwork (in my Phaedra Parks voice) on their divorce but make no mistake, Nene Leakes and Greg are definitely divorced. According to the AJC, [...]