NeNe Leakes is now a bonafide actress. She’s on “The New Normal” on NBC after a stint on Fox’s “Glee.” So she has a good eye for bad acting – as in, Kenya Moore and Walter Jackson.
They are theoretically “a couple.” Kenya has been yammering about getting married and pressuring the poor man to put a ring on it. On the show, Walter is not doing a terribly convincing job acting as if he was all that into Kenya and her annoying self.
Last Monday, he told V-103 morning host Frank Ski that while he dated her years ago, he hadn’t heard from her in ages until Kenya asked him to be her boyfriend on the show. His friends told him it would be fun. He had no idea, though , that she’d be so pushy about “marriage.” Clearly, Kenya wanted a good storyline and Walter would be the prop.
NeNe sensed their lack of romantic connection almost immediately and had the temerity to ask Kenya to her face whether it was a legitimate relationship during the cast’s trip to Anguilla. She did it multiple times, annoying Kenya, who got deeply defensive and said her relationship with Walter was just fine. Fact: we never see them holding hands or appearing remotely happy with each other at any point. NeNe’s instincts are 100% true.
As an aside, I saw Walter on Thursday night at the Rolling Out magazine’s Men of Power and Influence gathering at the Twelve Hotel at Atlantic Station. He was with this really tall model type and acted mildly alarmed when I told him that Kenya had RSVPed. “I haven’t see her since August,” he said. He acknowledged everything he said on Monday to his friend Ski (who was being honored that night) was true, that he didn’t sign up for the drama after accepting to play Kenya’s “boyfriend.” I told him that I figured something was up given how nonchalant he was while Kenya was flirting in front of him. No self-respecting boyfriend would stand for that. I was told later that Kenya heard he was there and decided not to show up.
One way to get attention on any “Real Housewives” show is to get into a big argument with another housewife. Best end result for endless replays on “Watch What Happens Live” and future episodes: two women talking over each other and throwing out insults worthy of a high school cafeteria. A little physical altercations are fun, too. But you have to weight your adversary and pick your battles carefully.
Kenya could have easily gotten into NeNe’s face for questioning her relationship with Walter. But she kept herself in check no matter how pushy NeNe was. Messing with big-shot NeNe didn’t seem like a smart move to Kenya.
But then there’s fellow newbie Porsha Stewart.
She’s young. She’s vulnerable. Kenya has no respect for her. Perfect!
In front of the other ladies, Porsha give Kenya some underhanded compliments about being so nice and sweet on the trip, compared to how horrid she was at the lunch where they first met, then the fundraiser, where Kenya acted needlessly holier than thou, then left in a huff.
NeNe asks what happened at the fundraiser. Porsha said Kenya took offense when Porsha said she was Miss America, not Miss USA and acted as if she was “bigger than the event.” She felt Kenya was disrespecting her late great grandfather and civil rights icon Hosea Williams.
Kenya, not willing to acknowledge any weakness (lest we discover how vulnerable or calculating she really is), gets defensive. “I don’t even know why we’re talking about this bull***. I’m over it. Get over it!”
Porsha tries to puncture Kenya’s over-sized ego: “You’re a non-factor to me.”
Kenya starts to put on her armor. “I’m 40 and fabulous!”
“Hood rat!” says Porsha, getting down and dirty.
“Dumb little cheerleader!” Kenya bites back. “What titles do you have?”
“Maybe if I was alive when you got your title, I would know!” Porsha says. (Technically, she was, but who’s counting?)
Then the b-word gets thrown around a few times and the women start getting into each others’ faces. NeNe and Cynthia try to block them.
They back off from each other momentarily. But then they go back at it. They diss each other’s credentials or lack thereof. And Porsha pulls out the “I’ll sue your a** if you touch me” and the funny line “You’re trying to recapture what you had going on 55 years ago.”
“You’re living off your grandfather’s legacy. You don’t have anything for yourself,” Kenya responds.
Words like “ridiculous” and “stupid” get thrown around. “Low class whore,” Porsha spits out. Kenya’s final line: “Read a book.”
“I am ghetto,” Kenya says. “I’m also sophisticated, educated, classy. I’m a lot of things. That’s all part of my magic, sweetheart. You’re jealous because you don’t have that kind of magic.”
She tells NeNe; “I’m still here. I’m still fabulous. Gone with the wind fabulous! Thank you.”
She twirls a few times and departs, as if she had just finished a big scene from a TV show or film.
“Is this movie night”? NeNe asks later, pondering the “Gone With the Wind” reference.
In other storylines:
- Gregg and NeNe are getting along well. He even cooks for everyone.
- Kandi Burruss and her boyfriend Todd are hot for each other. They even “christen” the hot tub.
- Peter surprised Cynthia Bailey with a renewal of vows on the beach. It was lovely and pretty and emotional. Kenya, of course, wished it were her, she said.
- We see very little of Kordell and Porsha together. I get the impression Kordell isn’t working too hard to get much camera time.
“Real Housewives of Atlanta” last week (the final one where Kim Zolciak appears in any way) drew 3.2 million viewers, the best since the opener. After six episodes, the show is still lagging behind season four in ratings to date by about 300,000 viewers, averaging about 2.8 million viewers so far. Still, that’s pretty strong for Bravo.
Here’s a clip of the show.