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Donald Trump takes credit for NeNe Leakes’ elevation of fame, peeving Andy Cohen

CREDIT: NBC

CREDIT: NBC

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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.

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49 comments Add your comment

Just Me

November 2nd, 2012
5:21 pm

Take credit? I’m waiting for one of them to take BLAME.

Katrina

November 2nd, 2012
5:22 pm

Donald Trump wants Nene back on his show! Celebrity Apprentice did very well while she was on there.

Baby

November 2nd, 2012
5:24 pm

Loud, rude, violent. The way she threatens everyone with violence is uncomfortable to watch, and her offspring merely emulate her behavior. That’s the whole reason Trump brought her on, to entertain people with her buffoonery. Thanks for helping making sure stereotypes live and breathe. And she had the nerve to call someone else a “monkey with a wig,” she obviously doesn’t own any mirrors.

Andrew

November 2nd, 2012
5:24 pm

Looks like Nene got something else from Trump. His toupee.

Fred ™

November 2nd, 2012
5:43 pm

LOL Just me. You are spot on.

Stan

November 2nd, 2012
6:22 pm

Sarah PLAIN – the quiter –

i mean former governor who resigned before her term was over -will eventually take credit. look how she became famous slamming our president – seriously! who even knew who she was???

Rosemary

November 2nd, 2012
6:24 pm

What about viewers like myself who only watch Housewives but not watch the Trump show?
We know AC is the one who deserves all the credit, not just for giving her the initial platform but
for continuously promoting her on WWHL as well.
Btw, I’m a straight white woman same age as Nene. Sometimes I love her when she makes a great point or makes me laugh. Occasionally I don’t like her. However I’m still a fan. That’s true reality.

Bonnie Hobbs-Wade

November 2nd, 2012
6:50 pm

Bonnie Wade

November 2nd, 2012
7:00 pm

I don’t know who found her and thought she is an actress, but they made one big mistake. She is the worst so call actress and I know any pictures she is on has terrible ratings. She needs to go back to GHETTO HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA. SHE IS A TERRIBLE AND TOXIC PERSON TO BE USED ON ANY PICTURES. I SURE HOPE THE PRODUCERS OF THE SHOWS SHE IS ON READ THESE COMMENTS AND JUST SEE HOW MANY PEOPLE THINK SHE SUCK AS AN ACTRESS. GET HER OFF THE PROGRAMS PLEASE.

Jermaine

November 2nd, 2012
7:12 pm

@Bonnie Wade. Bonnie your grammar sucks just as bad as NeNe’s acting. That was painful to read.

Don Little/LSG

November 2nd, 2012
9:50 pm

I’M GLAD TO SEE THIS YOUNG LADY MAKING HER DREAM BECOME REALITY. SHE IS MAKING IT HAPPEN. THIS SHOULD BE A LESSON FOR ALL OF US. NENE YOU PULL SUCCESS OUT OF THIN AIR AND I FOR SAY GOD BLESS YOU!

Lew Skunt

November 2nd, 2012
10:01 pm

The fact that this piece of trailer trash is famous at all speaks volumes of how low our society has fallen.

Lynn

November 2nd, 2012
10:38 pm

I cannot believe anyone would give NeNe Leaks credit for anything. She is ignorant, loud and violent as one of the other comments made. lt’s amazing how some people are in society. Many people couldn’t get away with this on their jobs nor anywhere else. There are times when I had to get agressive and put my foot down on the job and off, it has never been accepted and I was even let go on a job, so it makes me made to see this ignorant hefer get away with this crap that she pulls and the filmmakers and others are glorifying her. I think many are scared to go toe-to-toe with her. Trust me, she couldn’t do that to me. I don’t care how tall and tough talking she is.

There is nothing about her that is cute or lady like, she is a bully and other people that agree with anything that she says and do is straight up stupid. There is a time and place for it, and she thinks she has the upper hand on foulks. It couldn’t be me. She is trouble maker and bully. I must be doing something wrong. My lady like image is not working.

Lynn

November 2nd, 2012
10:49 pm

Also, I hope Kenya Moore rip her apart. NeNe don’t own the show. It’s time for someone to step up to the plate and show NeNe who she messing with. I read a lot of reviews rom other sites from people talking about Kenya Moore being agressive and coming in as a power house, well guess what, hoooooray!, What nerves of people to talk about Kenya being agressive and glorify NeNe, it just goes to show you how ignorant people are. I hope Kenya rip her apart and don’t back down.

Observer

November 3rd, 2012
12:09 am

Stan, if you think Sarah Palin is plain, your eyes are very bad.

And, you smell just like a ‘yellow dog Democrat’.

By the way, you embarrass yourself bad enough with the poor judgement. Learn how to spell before going out in public again, huh?
(Quitter is not spelled q u i t e r).

missnadine

November 3rd, 2012
12:24 am

Lynn – please stop commenting. Your writing style is painful. I think Nene is awful in terms of being a loud- and foul-mouthed bully. That said, it is amazing to me that she was given the chance to be a “real”actor. She was ok on Glee, and she is actually ok on The New Normal too. She doesn’t act better or worse than most of her co-stars. The fact that this ex-stripper has somehow climbed up from the bottom rung tells you that she at least is pretty hardworking and ambitious.

But wow, do I despise Trump. I get so mad that the only black women he chooses are always quetto queens. I don’t think he has ever had a well-spoken black woman on his show, with the exception of Holly Robinson Peete. His old friend Barbara Walters said it best: he is making a fool out of himself. He is the biggest bully out there. Andy C. is not much better in his casting choices either. For a man who gets so offended at any gay stereotypes. he sure enjoys showing America the worst kind of stereotypes for Blacks, Italians, and Hispanics.

missnadine

November 3rd, 2012
12:26 am

Observer – you have a hell of a nerve calling out another person’s spelling and grammar, especially when you stated “you embarrass yourself bad enough “.

missnadine

November 3rd, 2012
12:27 am

Observer – you have a hell of a nerve calling out another person’s BAD spelling and grammar, especially when you stated “you embarrass yourself bad enough “.

OOPS – I missed a word on the last one :)

Lynn

November 3rd, 2012
1:29 am

missnadine, you need to shut up. I actually wasn’t trying to make my writing perfect. Now, how do you like that? How dare you say she doesn’t act no worse than her counterparts on the show. Go buy your ass some glasses. Perhaps you are just like her that’s why you can see through her ignorant ways. Anything else?

404traci

November 3rd, 2012
1:30 am

Loud, rude, obnoxious . She plays the same role on the TV show….wow…what an actiress she is.
trumps claim t fame is Omarosa,

404traci

November 3rd, 2012
1:32 am

Typos and misspellings…intended! LOL

Lynn

November 3rd, 2012
1:36 am

missnadine, my writing style may have not been perfect, but I see that you understood it enough to comment on it. With your word missing ass.

Close Yo' Leggs

November 3rd, 2012
2:00 am

to married menz…………

Stan

November 3rd, 2012
3:12 am

The Donald,also discovered Santa Claus.

Sluggo

November 3rd, 2012
4:56 am

It’s been a painful 15 minutes of fame to observe. However, Leakes deserves credit for making herself a pseudo celebrity armed with limited skills.Using her trademark brass personality ,she has made herself into a somewhat household name. Good for her. Maybe not so great for the rest of us.

dreammaker

November 3rd, 2012
9:02 am

she is an ignorant,ugly woman that makes it tough for other black women by feeding into that in your face confrontational angry black woman

Stephanie G

November 3rd, 2012
10:37 am

NeNe is awesome. Loud and all, she is still amusing and seems like a fun person to hang out with. If you cant stand her then change the channel. People that are dogging her on the comments sound bitter and are probably boring in real life not to mention, filled with envy.

pb

November 3rd, 2012
10:49 am

Stan,

How did Sarah Palin’s name even come up with regard to this article? Had nothing to do with it. Guess you just do not like her. ( Or maybe secretly have a crush on her?) If want to comment on her poitics, go to a political blog. This is about TV and entertainment… And NeNe is a big bully and obnoxious. Do not really understand her “talent”?

Nikki

November 3rd, 2012
11:39 am

Say what you will abot NeNe. I only watched Celebrity Apprentice while she was on the show. Not a big fan of RHOA.

pb

November 3rd, 2012
12:10 pm

Yes, Nikki, she did liven up the show, I will admit. She is the kind of person,you might personally find unpleasant, but find their antics entertaining.

Tom

November 3rd, 2012
1:54 pm

All who claimed to have discovered this creature could be likened to someone finding a pile of garbage in the street, then taking it to a supermarket to try and sell it to people! Yuk.

Petunia Blossoms

November 3rd, 2012
2:24 pm

I actually saw her in person in Beverly Hills when she was promoting her new show, “the New Normal.” She is much more attractive in person (not that she is unattractive on tv).

Catgut

November 3rd, 2012
4:18 pm

Pure scum, ex stripper my lord.

Team NeNe

November 3rd, 2012
7:45 pm

It appears that all of these “NeNe Haters” are viewing the shows that she’s in; how else would they have sooooooo manyyyyyyyyy comments. Go NeNe, love you girl!!!!

Lynn

November 3rd, 2012
8:30 pm

Team NeNe, for your information, most people chose to watch the show for positive result from black women. Unfortunately, none of them are perfect, but NeNe is always being a bully. How would you like for someone to get up in your face talking crap and swinging their finger. Many sistas need to learn how to act like ladies. She is down right dis-respectful and way out of line. Perhaps someone should do to you what NeNe do to others. I would love to see how you would react. You must be just like her that’s why you think it’s okay.

Spectator

November 4th, 2012
12:11 am

I love Black People. Ya’ll are so entertaining to watch especially when we give a few of you some money and a little bit of fame.

Team NeNe

November 4th, 2012
1:27 am

Lynn, you get what you give; stay in your corner and NeNe will stay in her corner! Did I make myself clear? And since you “would love to see how I would react,” tells me that you enjoy watching NeNe. Listen up everyone, Lynn is – Team NeNe!! Next!

Jacquelyn

November 4th, 2012
4:48 am

I’m not a big fan of RHOA; however I have seen the show a few times. NeNe has used RHOA as a segway for bigger and better things. That is an accomplishment, regardless of anyone’s personal opinions. I don’t know anyone who would turn those opportunities away. With that being said, it’s hard to decipher if the negative comments are geared towards NeNe personally or her continuing success. The comments are a bit confusing being that some have formed and stated very negative opinions about her. If she’s so terrible, how do you guys know this? It’s because you tune in to watch RHOA. It’s an oxymoron to complain about how terrible she is while tuning in to watch, being that some have long drawn out descriptions of NeNe Leakes’ personality. I wish continued success to all.

RenaissanceMan

November 4th, 2012
9:20 am

As a Black Man I agree with Spectator.

The libs enjoy this bafoonery. The more that’s torn down the greater the reward.

As a reminder to NeNe, because they feel like they gave it to you, they feel as though they can take it away

Zoe

November 4th, 2012
9:35 am

Only in America can somebody totally devoid of class and talent, become “famous”. We must have the lowest standards in the tv world.

JannieDoe

November 4th, 2012
10:34 am

It’s amazing that people comment about black ghetto people when in fact there are plenty Honey Boo Boo’s out there and also I haven’t seen one black Teen Mom! So, realty TV is at it’s best for entertainment purposes only and those being paid are putting on their best acting skills, I am sure. Trump had NeNe on his show for a reason because she brought ratings and by the looks of things all of the above commentors have watched her and others for FREE! While they are making their money. Stripper or not, she has landed roles on prime time TV so she must be doing something right. She is no crazier or louder than Charlie Sheen (getting paid and you probably watched his show) than those other white actors/singers gone bad. To bluntly put it, there are bad apples in ALL races. Most need to take a look within your own race before calling out another. As one of the one commentor mentioned above “trailer park” or ghetto….WOW! Let’s really not go there. To close if you DON’T like what you’re looking at on TV change it to something more educational or informative like CNN. Otherwise, judge not unless you be judged!!!! Happy Sunday, Go EAGLES!

Lynn

November 4th, 2012
11:11 am

LOL! Team NeNe, you soundstupid. You mean to tell me that your stupid ass don’t think NeNe needs to stay in her place? Now, did I make myself clear hefer? You ain’t talking to a kid. I will never be a fan of hers. As I stated, it’s alright to get agressive when needed, but in her case, it’s not cool getting up in someone’s face.

Who knows?

November 4th, 2012
11:59 am

I think the posts here demonstrate quite clearly just how BAD the Atlanta Public School system is.

Me

November 4th, 2012
3:46 pm

LOL! “Observer” called someone out for not spelling something correctly, yet he/she spelled “judgment” as “judgement”. There is no “e” in the word.

JannieDoe

November 4th, 2012
5:57 pm

Funny Lynn, you just pulled a “NeNe”.
Me: You noticed that too! LOL!
Who knows?: Hum, I didn’t know that you could see the city where the posts are coming from. You’re good.

Dr. Craven Morehead

November 4th, 2012
7:03 pm

All three of them wouldn’t make a pimple on somebody’s butt.

'trtainmntatitzbest

November 5th, 2012
1:11 pm

Do you not think Murphy is making money too, having Leakes on The New Normal. People don’t think of the financial benefits all around. If NeNe returns to Trump’s show, his ratings will go up and her fee will be more. She spikes ratings on anything, doesn’t have to be an actress. NeNe Arrived!

missnadine

November 5th, 2012
2:00 pm

Lynn – you are hilarious! How many times did you repeat the 6th grade?

patricia

November 7th, 2012
2:54 pm

donald… donald…. is that all you can take credit for…