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NeNe Leakes’ TV news debut

neneReal 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.

You can watch the clips here.

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.

102 comments Add your comment

hotlanta

July 12th, 2010
8:07 am

Wow how can you keep it real when someone has fake boobs and hair. WXIA has sunk to a new all time low with this one.

BigBoomNY

July 12th, 2010
8:19 am

Why is this Amazon still making news. I dont understand why she is such a worthy news article.

LOL

July 12th, 2010
8:20 am

Agreed hotlanta, will never watch this crappy news show again, didn’t watch it though anyway, but still will make more of an effort not to watch it now…

LOL

July 12th, 2010
8:21 am

She is not hot either, which would have been the only reason to watch that crap.

Michael

July 12th, 2010
8:26 am

WXIA, what were you thinking? I am embarrassed FOR you. You’ve jumped on the low-brow bandwagon that Bravo has been riding for far too long. You should strive to appeal to those who pay for their cable service rather than steal it.

SMH

July 12th, 2010
8:28 am

Seriously? Why? She is not worth watching. Another loud-mouth being rewarded for bad behavior with a television show. Isn’t her 15 minutes up yet?

Let It Go!!

July 12th, 2010
8:52 am

WHY won’t people let the “Hotlanta” saying/nickname go??? Its a 90’s thing people…lets move forward PLEASE!

Janice

July 12th, 2010
8:58 am

I watch this morning news show and after today….NEVER AGAIN. i just called the station to complain about the show and they hung up on me. friday they had on jasmine guy for some reason.

during the late in the segment weather forecast, cause of the possibility of rain today, she went on a rant about taking off our wigs. sorry, not everyone wears, or needs a wig.

like forrest gump says…stupid is as stupid does.

11alive morning show has sunk like the titanic.

Pat H

July 12th, 2010
8:59 am

Anyone know how to contact WXIA so we can voice our displeasure? Heaven help us!!

Tigger

July 12th, 2010
9:03 am

Is she gonna get a real name, too?

Mike Vick

July 12th, 2010
9:07 am

Pat H….

google.com

The Udder Side!!!

July 12th, 2010
9:10 am

Let It Go!!

July 12th, 2010
8:52 am

The Bert show called to thank you for pushing their silly protest!!!
Grow up PLEASE!!!

Mr. Ed

July 12th, 2010
9:20 am

Fiddlestix.

Another television train wreck adorned by Ne Ne Leakes. This show encourages me to throw the remote.

I am now scolding the television affliate…just like a puppy.

“BAD WXIA!”

“You are such a BAD WXIA.”

c2it

July 12th, 2010
9:30 am

C O N G R U L A T I O N S ! ! !
NENE LEAKES. MAKE THE BEST OF YOUR CELEBRITY – WHILE IT’S HOT.
CANT WAIT TO CHECK YOU OUT ON YOUR NEW GIG. AND WAITING EVER
SO ANXIOUSLY FOR THE NEW HWOA INSTALLMENTS.

Hmmmmm

July 12th, 2010
9:31 am

“Hotlanta” has been around way longer than the 90s. That said, don’t need to see Ne Ne on WXIA.

CherylPud

July 12th, 2010
9:34 am

Think I am going to be sick! And this is the “help” station?? What was WXIA thinking??????????

Tracy Sipp

July 12th, 2010
9:40 am

Nene Leakes did an awesome job. I thoroughly enjoyed watching the clip with Jermaine Dupri. Sorry guys I couldn’t hate on it. Great job Nene!

Jennifer Brett

July 12th, 2010
9:48 am

Dear Janice,

“I Dream,” a musical about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., premiered Friday night at the Woodruff Arts Center. Jasmine Guy is the director. That could be why she was featured on WXIA on Friday. I didn’t catch her appearance but that’s my best guess.

Jennifer

Nicole

July 12th, 2010
9:50 am

wow, who keeps giving this woman air time and why? she really has no talent. she runs her big mouth and is not classy at all but yet tries to come off like she is. Truly another hot mess on TV, we truly have sunk to an all time low for prime time television

BUSHWACKER

July 12th, 2010
9:58 am

GET A LIFE YALL!!

levelhead

July 12th, 2010
10:06 am

Dang Y’all, the girl has to eat and feed her kids. And to think you people woke up this wonderful Monday morning to ….?

TheStandard

July 12th, 2010
10:08 am

11 Alive does not have to worry about anyone with a clue mistaking Nene for a journalist…. however, their credibility as a news outlet will probably suffer.

There is nothing to “keep real” with Nene. Get every dime, Greg, Gary… whatever his name is!

@ Pat H – Call the station

Shae`

July 12th, 2010
10:09 am

I think she did a really good job. People stop judging others all the time. If someone filmed you all day I dont think most of us would like you either. give her chance.

levelhead

July 12th, 2010
10:10 am

And now lets hear from our daily racist, who rants that takes over this message board. I love you too!

TheStandard

July 12th, 2010
10:13 am

Karyn has worked way too hard to build a career to end up on a show where Nene has been GIVEN segments… I think Karyn could take her if she wanted. THAT I would watch!

TheStandard

July 12th, 2010
10:16 am

An FYI people: “Reality” TV is not real.

Bhorsoft

July 12th, 2010
10:26 am

I was good to see Jeff Hullinger back on TV again, but the “wigged-out” weather segment with NeNe was awful. I expect to see that segment on a future edition of “America’s Dumbest Performances”.

TheStandard

July 12th, 2010
10:28 am

My only hope is that WXIA is doing this under direst by NBC/Universal!

ROXX

July 12th, 2010
10:38 am

looks more like a silverback gorilla to me!
basketball – it figures

Pryncess

July 12th, 2010
10:43 am

Sad days for journalism.

light

July 12th, 2010
10:43 am

Let God will be done thru this blog http://lightoftheearth.blogspot.com/

MAX

July 12th, 2010
10:51 am

That’s it for WXIA…won’t watch…Phoney NeNe is anything but real…she’s ghetto thug…is WXIA gonna give equal air time to all the people and businesses she’s scammed? It’s not entertaining…it’s an embarassment to law abiding, tax paying, bill paying, respectable folks in Atlanta

Justin

July 12th, 2010
10:56 am

Ne-Ne your haters are up!

Becca_lynn

July 12th, 2010
10:59 am

Guy Sharpe is thanking the Lord he went on to his heavenly reward long before this current mess at 11 Alive. Poor Jill Becker. Maybe she can go back to WSB where she started and get away from that mess.

charmaine18

July 12th, 2010
11:01 am

I am amazed that channel 11 would do this. No One hardly watches them anyway. This is truly a case of poor judgement. One good thing it comes on before 7am

Chris

July 12th, 2010
11:01 am

WXIA is doing this on their own free will, not under direst from NBC/Universal. Gannett owns WXIA, and they long ago lost any ethics.
This is the brain child of the Ellen (aka Yellin) and her push to drive 11Alive to the bottom of the ratings. And it’s work, keep up the good work.

katrina

July 12th, 2010
11:02 am

Wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be – but she needs a voice coach to stop taking through her nose and dragging the words out trying to sound proper, but instead sounds illiterate.

Big Jim

July 12th, 2010
11:04 am

WXIA is desperate! Glad I don’t watch.
Won’t watch this crap.

Her first story will be: “Sumdody call da ambulamps!”
“Sumbody dun took my haar extenchuns!” “My nayles is
broke!” “I needs me a shooga daddy!” Fuh reel.

Gotta luv it!

sam

July 12th, 2010
11:08 am

First and foremost of all I am a pure heterosexual Black male…and Nene Leakes is sexy enough for me and most real men.
So I have no problem with seeing her on T.V…and that’s what it’s all about…she’s sexy enough for real men…case closed.

Andrew Masset

July 12th, 2010
11:11 am

Who is the PM/GM for this station/show??? I’m applying for your job.

ROXX

July 12th, 2010
11:11 am

Sam- it’s your taste (????)
she looks like a black man in drag

Microdude

July 12th, 2010
11:26 am

I liked Jeff Hullinger in the anchor role.
Keep him there.

Big Jim

July 12th, 2010
11:28 am

ROXX is right! Sam, she does look like a man.
To each his own.Would you be saying this if
“NeNe” were not on TV(television,not tranny)?

Sam, are corresponding from prison? Just wondering.

That’s why I prefer women who aren’t afraid to be seen
without makeup caked on their faces. I prefer women
who don’t have fake hair. That’s why I have a problem
with celebrities, they tend to be FAKE! MJ Blige,NeNe,
Wendy Williams. Don’t they look like well kept men?

horatio caine

July 12th, 2010
11:29 am

they should probably rename it “when keepin’ in it real goes wrong with nene”.

Nina

July 12th, 2010
11:30 am

It was funny when Karen Greer handed her some flowers and said, “These are for you…Since we’re not paying you…”

It’s basically just an internship that’ll be over pretty soon. So, don’t worry.

sam

July 12th, 2010
11:34 am

Hey Roxx…ummmm i don’t know what sex you are or your sexual preference (but i can gues) i know nothing of men in drag…nene has the curves and body of a real woman and i’d watch her on t.v….case closed

sam

July 12th, 2010
11:38 am

hey Big Jim…you seemed fixated on trannies or women that look like men…i’m not…nene leakes looks good enough for me.
she wins anyway because she got this gig via the real housewives of atlanta where she was the STAR of the show…so quit hating.
you commented about her due to your jealousy or hate.
i commented about her because i like watching her on t.v….case closed.

Starlett

July 12th, 2010
11:44 am

There were several things that happened on the RHWOA show that I didn’t like but I watched this morning segment/interview both on TV and at 11alive.com; the interview was a good one, it was tackful and entertaining. I think there will always be indiviudals who will be haters just because they can be and they don’t know how to be or do anything else but be a hater. Go on NeNe ride the horse of fame until your 15 minutes is up and you have accomplished your goals. But keep it classy and as your title says, “Keeping it Real”

Sasha Fierce

July 12th, 2010
11:45 am

I love it!! Its fun!! Stop being so serious!! Its not like she is interviewing foreign leaders.

sam

July 12th, 2010
11:46 am

Atlanta is the gay capital of america(not that there’s anything wrong with that…lol).
it looks like a lot of gay guys are coming on here and saying nene leakes looks like a man.
no she doesn’t…most of these gay guys are just jealous of her because she is more feminine than they are.
then you have the 1/2 gay “heterosexual” men that are intimidated by a strong opinionated woman like her.
nene leakes looks good to me…she was the star of the real housewives of atlanta and if i get up early enough…i’ll watch her new mainstream show.
she wins haters.