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Celebrity Apprentice co-star was afraid of NeNe Leakes

Niki Taylor signed an autograph for Sam Keith Jr. during her visit to Atlanta. Keith, of Raleigh, Ga., in the greater Warm Springs metro area, gave her a boiled peanut.

Niki Taylor signed an autograph for Sam Keith Jr. during her visit to Atlanta. Keith, of Raleigh, Ga., in the greater Warm Springs metro area, gave her a boiled peanut.

Supermodel Niki Taylor said she was sort of afraid of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast member NeNe Leakes when the two met during the filming of “Celebrity Apprentice.”

“She came on a little bit strong,” said Taylor, who stopped by the Atlanta Expo Center representing the Reader’s Digest “We Hear You America” campaign, which is making stops all across the nation, handing out prizes and stoking hometown pride (details: wehearyouamerica.readersdigest.com).

The NBC reality show begins at 9 p.m. March 6. Seeking Donald Trump’s approval along with Leakes and Taylor will be Gary Busey, Meat Loaf, La Toya Jackson, Mark McGrath, David Cassidy, Richard Hatch, Marlee Matlin, Dionne Warwick, Jose Canseco, Star Jones, Lisa Rinna, Lil Jon, John Rich and Hope Dworaczyk.

I had a lot of fun doing it,” said Taylor, who said her fears of Leakes quickly subsided.

“There’s a very sweet side to NeNe,” she said. “She works hard. She brings it.”

Leakes, who did a short stint with WXIA as a celebrity interviewer last summer, has hinted that she might be ready to part ways with Bravo and try her hand at something else.

“I told her she needs her own show,” Taylor said.

We’re guessing Leakes might agree.

- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/jbrett@ajc.com

188 comments Add your comment

DEDICATED NENE FAN

February 1st, 2011
10:14 am

Shanaenae

February 1st, 2011
10:16 am

NeNe should just go away. Very far away. She is an embarrassment to the City of Atlanta. I hope to never see her on TV again.

Hmmmm

February 1st, 2011
10:19 am

So what intimidated Nikki? Nene’s mouth? Size? Did she physically approach Nikki? I hate the poor little white girl in distress routine.

Lazy Eye

February 1st, 2011
10:21 am

Maybe she was frightened because she thought Biggie Smalls had been reincarnated as a woman…

Jes

February 1st, 2011
10:22 am

NeNe is like a linebacker in a skirt…she could intimidate a brick wall and that’s not a compliment

She'Ne'Ne

February 1st, 2011
10:26 am

NeNe=not on my tv. She is horrible.

Ooooh

February 1st, 2011
10:31 am

Oooooh, a 6′ tall, loud mouth, outspoken, classless, skank beast would scare just about anyone . . . except another “Housewife of Atlanta” cast member . . .

jesse

February 1st, 2011
10:34 am

DON’T HATE ONE HER SHE DOING GOOD LET HER MAKE ALL THE FAME SHE CAN YOU GO GIRL

Ooooh

February 1st, 2011
10:35 am

Don’t you just love the uneducated folks who have no command of communicative skills . . . they simply call you a “hater” . . .

and another thing...

February 1st, 2011
10:35 am

I wonder if Niki Taylor stopped by Grady Hospital to visit since the staff there worked so hard to save her life when she was seriously injured in a car crash in Atlanta in the 90’s.

timbo

February 1st, 2011
10:38 am

Good job Nene. Kinda funny, but I like intimidating these white folks in my office as well. Most of them are simply intimidated (or threatened) by an intelligent, Black male. I find it quite amusing…BWHAHAHAHA…

Orlando

February 1st, 2011
10:39 am

Nikki is so fine!!!! I have always thought she was a great supermodel. As for HE-Ne, she is a bafoon.

Bwhahaha...

February 1st, 2011
10:40 am

You think Nene’s intelligent?

john

February 1st, 2011
10:40 am

What a wonderful advertisement for the city of Atlanta . The show and it’s cast put Atlanta in a very negative light . Do these people really represent Atlanta ? Most of the cast members are either white trash or ghetto . I wish all of them would just go away .

PeeWee

February 1st, 2011
10:43 am

Yeah, the other night I was walking around 5 Points MARTA, and I felt this sense of discomfort that I might lose at Trivial Pursuit if forced to play.

really?

February 1st, 2011
10:43 am

Hmmmmmm- poor white girl in distress routine?????? have you seen NeNe? Isn’t she known for hair pulling and cat fighting, this is not a racial stereotype, she really can be intimidating and she probaby does come on strong. So what’s your problem with someone pointing this out if it’s true?
I say call a spade a spade and get rid of the political correctness.

MLK

February 1st, 2011
10:45 am

Oh no you didn’t just call Nene a spade…

Ooooh

February 1st, 2011
10:45 am

Hey “timbo”, intelligent black men neither threaten nor intimidate, it is actually much better and prefereable than the alternative, which seems to be very prevalent in Atlanta. NeNe however, is a FAR CRY from an intelligent, classy woman that represents Atlanta well . . .

Mr. Jack

February 1st, 2011
10:45 am

White people are not intimidated by blacks , they are afraid that if they challenge or reprimand you the race card will be played . No one wants to get involved in that . Yes sometimes we are intimidated by loud , brash and obnoxious behavior such as the likes of HE-NE.

MrsThang

February 1st, 2011
10:45 am

NeNe I am sad to say but you really are straight up GHETTO. and a loud mouth trouble maker. I really hope that you look back at yourself and see how your actions were horrible. I am just saying!

Gman

February 1st, 2011
10:46 am

I’d be afraid of the “Beast of Atlanta” too!

BigMike42

February 1st, 2011
10:47 am

NeNe should go away. The show has run its course and ATL is considered a joke due to the lunatics that are portrayed on the show.

Ooooh

February 1st, 2011
10:48 am

Hey MLK, you Jesse and Al need to calm down it’s just a phrase . . . :)

Comedown.

February 1st, 2011
10:48 am

What’s all the talk about uneducated from a comment? Ooooh,i know your not a educated texter by adding all the communicative skills(abbreviate) running out of space.Sometimes you can be so smart(at least think you are)and be dumb.

stives

February 1st, 2011
10:49 am

NeNe, can be overpowering to others….always creating problems! You would think that if she can’t handle her own marriage; she can’t handle everything else. She is always talking about other and it always that every do wrong, or don’t make good decision on her part; but she thinks she know it all.. that’s not right boo! NeNe is not right up there; her nose look odd from the rest of her face; it appear that it was not done correctly. Do these girls work…Kandi does; but NeNe, Shereee how do they afford what they get. Is the stuff they do part of the casting?

Ooooh

February 1st, 2011
10:51 am

Wow Comedown did you mean “”Calmdown” and it would be “an” educated not “a” maybe a look in the mirror for what dumb looks like is called for . . .

no surprise her

February 1st, 2011
10:51 am

LOL.. the racist in most of you is so evident… LOL.. Ignorance… i guess it is bliss…

No Cookie Cutter

February 1st, 2011
10:52 am

I’m no fan of the Real Houswives, and come to think of it, I can’t recall an episode, but I do hear Nene Leaks’ name quite often. There’s no surprise here because it’s evident that someone loves her regardless of how an idiot feels personally. I think she is on the right track to do what she wants to do. If you don’t like her, get over it, because she’s already here and “doing her thing.” I’d really like to see how society would see some of YOU if you were EVER able be on a show. Now let me brush up on my communicative skills….STOP HATIN.

Comedown.

February 1st, 2011
10:52 am

@Mr jack,i wonder how all this race card stuff started in the first place? Go back and think why it exist.It is what it is because of WHY it had to be created.

Julie R. Camp

February 1st, 2011
10:54 am

I stopped watching Housewives of Atlanta because of Ne Ne. Now, I have to stop watching The Apprentice. Ne Ne’s a thug and useless. She brings nothing but a bad attitude to anything she’s involved with.

Gman

February 1st, 2011
10:54 am

The use of the term “race card” is a poorly veiled attempt to trivialize any discussion of race in this country. Sad, very sad!

Lazy Eye

February 1st, 2011
10:55 am

Nene, Nene, Nene, can’t you see? Sometimes your words just hypnotize me…

Comedown.

February 1st, 2011
10:55 am

@Oooh,im commenting on facts your just retaliating.Just because you sit behind a keyboard and try to be intelligent don’t mean you are.

Ooooh

February 1st, 2011
10:55 am

Instigating can be exhilarating

PeeWee

February 1st, 2011
10:57 am

it’s SO easy to turn any comment section into a dialogue on race… Neither a healthy dialogue nor an intelligent one, but MAN are you people easily manipulated

Dillweed

February 1st, 2011
10:57 am

what do you mean, “You people”?

PeeWee

February 1st, 2011
10:58 am

point exactly

itamazesme

February 1st, 2011
10:58 am

and it only took seconds – for this blog to YET AGAIN turn into a race war. SMH

Bwahahaha...

February 1st, 2011
10:59 am

I wonder how long it will take people to realize that PeeWee, Lazy Eye, Dillweed, MLK and me are all the same person…

Ooooh

February 1st, 2011
10:59 am

For crying out loud “Comedown” it is “you’re” not “your” and “doesn’t” not “don’t” and we are all behind keyboards . . . go back to the mirror and look again for “dumb”

Robert

February 1st, 2011
11:00 am

Shanaenae…how can you call Ne Ne Leakes a Embarassment when you are using a name like Shaenaenae…come on …be forreal.

Arod

February 1st, 2011
11:00 am

CAN WE JUST ALL GET ALONG!!!!!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF YOU BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE…BLACK AND WHITE. NOW LET’S GET READY FOR THE SUPERBOWL

Ooooh

February 1st, 2011
11:00 am

PeeWee – nice one!

Comedown.

February 1st, 2011
11:00 am

@Oooh,no my SIG is comedown not calmdown.You know like if you wasn’t in front of a keyboard i would comedown and beat yo punk @#%! Smile :-)

itamazesme

February 1st, 2011
11:01 am

oh and @Johnny fontaine – others may not have caught what you posted – but I did

Bwana

February 1st, 2011
11:04 am

timbo

February 1st, 2011
10:38 am
Good job Nene. Kinda funny, but I like intimidating these white folks in my office as well. Most of them are simply intimidated (or threatened) by an intelligent, Black male. I find it quite amusing…BWHAHAHAHA…

Hey Timbo, you’re a dolt for making your comments about liking the fact that you intimidate “white folks” or make “white folks” feel threatened around your office. No one likes people like that and wants to be treated like that. I honestly doubt you intimidate or make anyone feel threatened in your office. I promise that you would not intimidate any “white folks” or make any “white folks” in my office feel intimdated or threatened. And just so you know, the majority of “native Atlantans,” people from here, feel like NeNe and the rest of that cast is not “indicative” of the “housewives” of Atlanta. We are the laughing stock of the country because of that show and it’s sad. It’s sad because those people on the show don’t really know how stupid they appear to the majority of the general public. But “ignorance is bliss, and it’s a fool’s paradise.”

Ooooh

February 1st, 2011
11:04 am

Hey, @itamazesme, @Johnny fontaine’s comment was inappropriate . . . out

Get It Right

February 1st, 2011
11:05 am

Get your facts straight! NeNe didn’t pull anyone’s hair – Sheree did! NeNe threatended to choke that ciagarette smoking bimbo!!!!!

Comedown.

February 1st, 2011
11:05 am

@Oooh(What do you have in your rear to say ohhh anyway)how much ajc is paying you to checking for communicative skills anyway? you must be getting paid a lot of $$$ to be on this site checking.

Comedown.

February 1st, 2011
11:07 am

Id you catch to checking to Ooooh in the booty? :-)