Real Housewives of Atlanta cast member NeNe Leakes is getting a new dose of exposure starting this week, as a WXIA-TV contributor.
The NBC affiliate stressed to Buzz a while back that Leakes is not to be considered a “journalist” but rather, an addition to the station’s entertainment offerings. NBC’s Bravo airs the “Housewives” shows, making this project something of a family affair.
The partnership gets off the ground this week with Leakes’ encounter with artist Jermaine Dupri. In a clip on the WXIA Web site the two shoot hoops while talking about…shooting hoops.
“I am a good basketball player,” Leakes announces, slipping out of her heels to demonstrate. The clip runs a little over two minutes and she does appear to sink one.
“Too bad I have on a dress,” she laments after missing some shots. “If I didn’t have on a dress, I’d make it happen for y’all.”
The action takes place at Dupri’s studio, and he explains that artists who need to take a break from recording can play basketball, then take a shower and get back to work without having left the building.
“Sometimes you get a block, you have a distraction, you’ve got to get your mind off what you’re doing,” Dupri says.
Leakes also tries her hand at delivering the weather forecast.
The segments are branded “Keeping it Real With NeNe” and will air weekdays at 6:46 a.m. on WXIA, or you can watch the clips online.