NeNe Leakes is rumored to be leaving the Real Housewives of Atlanta after eleven years on the show to take on a new shopping spinoff, similar to Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' star Lisa Vanderpump's Vanderpump Rules. According to reports, Leakes is not currently filming The Real Housewives of Atlanta and is instead focused on her new Bravo spinoff show.
There has been plenty of drama with Season 12 of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, with producers reportedly asking Leakes to sit out during filming due to poor behavior after getting physical with crew members. During the Season 11 reunion, Real Housewives creator Andy Cohen revealed Leakes had sent a producer to the hospital with a broken tooth after he tried to follow cast members Portia Williams and Kandi Burress into Leakes' closet with a camera after she'd asked them not to.
Whether or not Leakes is filming with her other co-stars in Atlanta, there are rumors that it's because she's currently in pre-production of the spinoff that is set in her new shop, Swagg Boutique. According to Bossip, the show will center on her clothing and accessories store in Maryland that she reportedly opened in May. The series will focus on the boutique's staff, very much like Vanderpump Rules, and cameras will follow them as they “work, party, and deal with drama.” With Leakes' other store locations - Swagg in Atlanta and Swaggalicious in Miami - there is potential for a new franchise in Maryland.
It's still unclear if Leakes is returning to The Real Housewives of Atlanta for its 12th season, though it has been confirmed that her longtime nemesis, Kenya Moore, will be back on the show. And this is hardly the only drama surrounding the overarching Real Housewives series leading up to a premiere as The Real Housewives of New York City star LuAnn De Lesseps has demanded a higher salary for future appearances.
Real Housewives fans msay find the fact that Leakes might have a new spinoff in the works á la Vanderpump Rules ironic, considering the Real Housewives of Atlanta hasn't exactly been a fan of Vanderpump in the past. Then again, it's possible that Leakes is fighting fire with fire by launching her own competing reality spinoff. For now, Leakes is remaining quiet about her status on the show and hasn't made any formal announcements about the rumored spinoff, so fans will have to wait a little bit longer to get their NeNe fix.