Weekly Watchlist: ‘RHOA’ Star NeNe Leakes Talks Season Premiere on ‘WWHL’

Andy Cohen (l) and NeNe Leakes (r) on "Watch What Happens Live" on Sunday. (Photo: Charles Sykes/Bravo)

Plus, Lifetime's biopic "Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B" airs Saturday and "The Hollywood Film Awards" make its TV debut Friday. There's also what's hot (Harry Belafonte' receiving the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award) and not (the hellish life Jodeci members have lived).

Whether or not you agree with Spike Lee’s recent assertion that Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” is “bringing about the destruction of the modern world,” the Georgia peaches returned Sunday for the show’s seventh season. And it was drama-filled, focusing heavily on cast mate Phaedra Park’s hubby Apollo Nida receiving an eight-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to fraud charges. Phaedra didn’t show up for his sentencing hearing and instead moved herself and their two sons out of their palatial home. “RHOA” star NeNe Leakes, the only remaining original cast member, stopped by the “Watch What Happens Live”  clubhouse Sunday to chat with Andy Cohen about how Phaedra handled her husband’s sentencing and the rest of the season 7 premiere. Here are a few highlights from that NeNe’s appearance.

On Phaedra Parks opting to miss Apollo’s sentencing hearing. “I’m in a funny place with it,” NeNe said to Andy. “I just know if it were Greg I would be there.” NeNe  acknowledged that she has been in close contact with Phaedra during this ordeal and said she feels bad for the married couple.

On demoted cast member Porsha William’s sexy photo shoot outfit. "It's a lot for the camera and the TV. She put it out there," she said.

On former BFF Cynthia Bailey and frenemy Kenya Moore discussing her.“That’s the first time that I saw that,” Nene tells Andy after he showed her the clip of them talking. “Let [Cynthia] have her moment. I don’t have the time. I’m on Broadway.”

"The Real Housewives of Atlanta" season 7 cast: (l-r) Cynthia Bailey, Phaedra Parks, Claudia Jordan, Kandi Burruss, NeNe Leakes and Kenya Moore (Photo: Alex Martinez/ Bravo

On whether she and Cynthia will reconcile their broken friendship. “No, no and no,” she said. “For somebody to sit and act like, you know, now her marriage is better because she’s not friends with me–really Cynthia?”  Andy, on the hand, really wants them to be chummy again.  Sixty-three percent of “WWHL” viewers polled share the same sentiments as NeNe while 37% thought they should make up. “Yay! she cheered in response to the poll results.

On friend Teresa Giudice of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” receiving jail time.  “I  would even visit her, I really would,” said NeNe, who then asked Andy if he would, too. He said he would if Teresa would see him. If …? What did I miss?

On next week’s “RHOA” scene featuring Apollo and Kenya discussing whether they ever hooked up. “You know what, I’ve been around this crap for so long and the going back and forth to me is just a big ole game. I don’t know. I don’t care one way or the other about it,” NeNe said. “Both of them are at fault. He’s at fault for the things that he’s said. She’s at fault for the things that she said.” 

On whether she’ll stay on “RHOA.” “I’m very over all of the drama. I’ve very over all the negativity; it is very negative. And I don’t want to be in a negative space every single time I go to work. So I must say, when I talk about growth, I have grown,” she said. It’s good that NeNe has grown because like she said, who wants to “sit with a bunch of negative women bitchin’ about nothing.” Plus, she heads to Broadway on Nov. 25 to play the Evil Stepmother to KeKe Palmer’s Cinderella. So, she does have a couple of options. Kudos to NeNe for her growth though some may say she left a trail of fire to get to this place in her life.

On whether she would call Peter Thomas a b-tch if she had to do it over again. It’s no secret that her calling him this is the main reason behind the end of her and ex-BFF’ Cynthia’s friendship. “I probably would do the same thing. I’m usually very true to who I am. If that’s how I felt at the moment and that’s what I said. It probably would come out again,” Mrs. Leakes said. Peter was injecting himself in conversations that many feel should’ve been left for the ladies to discuss. But to call your bestie’s man a b-tch to his face and in the presence of others, yeah, I don’t know about that one.

On Kenya competing on the upcoming season of “Celebrity Apprentice.” “Good. I’ve been there, done that,” she said.

Check here for the full episode “WWHL” later today. In the meantime, watch  a clip from Sunday’s “RHOA” premiere below.  “WWHL” airs Sunday through Thursdays at 11 p.m. ET on Bravo while “RHOA” airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on the network.

Watch Phaedra discuss why she stayed away from her hubby’s sentencing hearing
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 “The Talk.” Oscar winner Octavia Spencer will visit the ladies of “The Talk” to talk about her freshman Fox series “Red Band Society.” It airs weekdays at 2 p.m. ET on CBS.

“Hollywood Divas.”  I’m pretty much caught up on TV One’s new reality show and look forward to seeing what’s up with the ladies–actresses Golden Brooks, Paula Jai Parker, Countess Vaughn, Elise Neal and Lisa Wu Hartwell–this week. It airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on TV One.

“Gotham.” I’m still playing catch up on this one. It airs at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.

 “Sleepy Hollow.” Yes, this is another that’s good but I’ve got to catch up on via XFINITY On Demand.It airs at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.

 “K. Michelle: My Life.” I watched the premiere last week and like the new direction K. Michelle, a former “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” star, is headed. It airs at 9 p.m. ET on VH1.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live.”  Nate Parker, star of “Beyond the Lights,” which debuts in theaters Friday, chops it up with Jimmy. It airs weekdays at 11:35 p.m. ET on ABC.


“Friends of the People.” I watched the first two episodes and they were OK. Will continue before giving a full review. It airs at 10 p.m. ET on tru TV.


“The View.” Ashanti guest co-hosts with the ladies this week. It airs weekdays at 11 a.m. ET on ABC.

“The Wendy Williams Show.” Alexandra Shipp, star of the Wendy Williams-executive produced biopic “Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B, ” will visit along with Alicia Keys. Check your local listings for times.

“Steve Harvey.” Fellow comedian Sherri Shepherd, who stars in “Cinderella” on Broadway, will talk about life after “The View.” Should be good. Check your local listings for times.

“black-ish.” After a week off (CMAs was on), this freshman ABC comedy is back. It airs at 9:30 p.m. ET on ABC.

”American Horror Story: Freak Show.” We learned that “full-blown hermaphrodite” Desiree is really a woman born with an overabundance of estrogen and that her hubby Dell likes the fellas. We also got confirmation that Gabourey Sidibe is the late Dora’s (Patti LaBelle) daughter Regina. It airs at 10 p.m. ET on FX.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live.” Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who stars in “Beyond the Lights,” which debuts in theaters Friday, sits down with Jimmy. I got a chance to chat with Gugu during Essence Black Women in Hollywood earlier this year. She seems like a very sincere lady. “Kimmel” airs weekdays at 11:35 p.m. ET on ABC.


“The View.” The show is throwing a party for co-host Whoopi Goldberg’s birthday with performances from Patti LaBelle and Vintage Trouble. Oh, yeah! It airs weekdays at 11 a.m. ET on ABC.

“The Wendy Williams Show.” “Beyond the Lights” stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Nate Parker continue to make the rounds promoting their new movie. Check your local listings for times.

“Scandal.” Just two more episodes left before”Scandal” takes its midseason break. And last week’s episode concluded with Liv, Jake and Fitz all realizing the truth about Papa Pope. *sigh* It airs at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

How to Get Away with Murder.” This week we’ll learn more about dead co-ed Lila Stangard’s, who was 6 weeks pregnant, relationship with Annalise’s hubby Sam. We all know this won’t end well for him. It airs at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live.” Oran “Juice” Jones, yes, that Oran “Juice” Jones whose song “In the Rain” was a cult fave in the ’80s and (due to unfortunate circumstances) gained a bit of popularity in the ’90s during the O.J. Simpson murder trial, will perform. Hmm, this should be fun. It airs weekdays at 11:35 p.m. ET on ABC.

Watch the “Beyond the Lights” trailer
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“The Chew.” Wendy Williams will get the opportunity to play guest and discussing one of her favorite topics–food (Wendy’s a self-professed foodie). It airs weekdays at 1 p.m. ET on ABC.

“The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” L.L. Cool J, star of “NCIS: Los Angeles,” will visit the funnylady. Hmm, wonder if he’ll clarify his tweet about being in a Marvel film? Check your local listings for times.

“The Hollywood Film Awards.” It makes its TV debut live from the Hollywood Palladium with Queen Latifah as host. Janelle Monáe will also perform. I know, I know, another awards show.  But hey, I’ll still check it out. It airs at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

“Grimm.”  Elizabeth LascellesCapt. Renard’s youthful-looking mother, seems to be closer to helping Nick regain his Grimm powers. It airs at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.


“Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B.” I’ve watched and I think Alexandra Shipp who stars as Aaliyah did a pretty decent job. This long-anticipated biopic will premiere on Lifetime at 8 p.m. ET.

“Flex & Shanice.” I watched the first two episodes of this new reality series and enjoyed it. How do 7 adults and two children live under one roof together? You have to watch and see. It airs at 10 p.m. ET on OWN.


“The Real Housewives of Atlanta.” The season premiere caught with the ladies and focused heavily on the sad reality that has become Phaedra Parks and Apollo Nida’s lives as the latter prepared to go to jail. It airs at 8 p.m. ET on  Bravo.

“The Walking Dead.”  Was Sunday’s episode as heartbreaking for you as it was for Abraham? I mean, finding out Eugene was lying about having a cure to end the zombie madness could send anyone over the edge. SMH. It  airs at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.

 “The Good Wife.” Things continue to look kinda rough for Cary regarding his case and Alicia is looking to increase her likability among voters in the State’s Attorney race. It airs  at 10 p.m. ET on CBS.

“Resurrection.” OK, I’ve caught up on this show. It’s still moving a little slower than I’d like but I’ll continue to check in. Plus, Omar Epps is the star! It airs at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

The Hot List: Who/What’s Hot, Not
HOT: President Barack Obama nominating U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch for U.S. Attorney General (If confirmed, curious to see what she does over next two years).
NOT: The trials and tribulations, no, the HELL, that the members of Jodeci have experienced over the past 20 years that’s resulted in them not looking nor being the best they could be (It’s all kind of sad. Don’t believe me? Watch the “Soul Train Awards” on Nov. 30. SMH.).

HOT: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarding Harry Belafonte with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the 2014 Governors Awards (He’s been in the game for a while. Congrats!).
NOT: Montana KKK leader John Abarr’s desire to make the group more diverse (Or the organization could be dismantled all together).

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