NeNe Leakes has become pretty darn famous and is now a regular on an NBC sitcom “The New Normal.”
Who helped her more? Andy Cohen of Bravo (”Real Housewives of Atlanta”) or Donald Trump (”Celebrity Apprentice”)?
Both, of course.
On Jimmy Fallon, Donald Trump took major credit for Leakes’ enhanced brand-name recognition after she appeared last year on “Celebrity Apprentice.”
It’s true. Ryan Murphy, creator of “Glee,” cast her based on her appearance on that show. It also greatly expanded her name recognition given that many more people watch Trump’s show than “Real Housewives of Atlanta.”
But Cohen should take primary credit for getting Leakes’ name out there in the first place, courtesy of the reality show. And to show how important the show is even to Leakes, she chose to come back for a fifth season. (Of course, she is well compensated, too.)
Cohen coincidentally was on the same episode of Fallon as Trump. He was flummoxed by Trump’s comments.”Did Donald Trump just take credit for NeNe Leakes’ success? Is that just what happened. Did I hear that right?” Cohen exclaimed.
Watch NeNe reconcile (possibly) with her ex-husband Gregg Leakes on the first episode of eason 5 of “Real Housewives” on Sunday at 9 p.m.