Posted: 6:51 pm Thursday, February 27th, 2014

E! reports NeNe Leakes joining ‘Dancing With the Stars’ 

By Rodney Ho

MMS only, Full Take: Samsung at Red Dress Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2014 at Lincoln Center on February 6, 2014 in New York City.

MMS only, Full Take: Samsung at Red Dress Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2014 at Lincoln Center on February 6, 2014 in New York City.

NeNe Leakes knows how to keep herself in the spotlight.

She is easily the most recognizable “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star thanks to her acting stints on “Glee” and “The New Normal,” plus her time on Donald Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice.”

Now E! reports she is going to join “Dancing With the Stars,”  which officially announces its cast next Tuesday on “Good Morning America” for season 18. ABC seems to allow leaks like this keep the show in the headlines.

She would be the second “Real Housewives” to make the cut following Lisa Vanderpump, the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star who finished 11th on the 16th season a year ago. Vanderpump was the second one voted out after Dorothy Hamill dropped out due to injury and Wynonna Judd was first cut by public vote.

Leakes has a past as a stripper but she hasn’t been seen doing much dancing during the six seasons of “Real Housewives,” currently the most popular of the franchise and the most popular show on Bravo. The show is averaging close to 4 million viewers per episode. (Former “Real Housewives” member Sheree Whitfield a few years ago did a local charity event that aped “Dancing With the Stars,” an event where Kim Zolciak met Kroy Biermann. Leakes did not take part.)

She is the only original member left on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” going back to 2008.

Bethenny Frankel, formerly of “The Real Housewives of New York,” came in second on a short-lived spin-off show ‘Skating With the Stars” in 2010.

5 comments
DanJohn
DanJohn

I'm sure if the going gets tough Nene will walk out like she did on The Apprentice.

Susan89
Susan89

NeNe Leakes will have a reality check one of these days.  Now I never did have any problems with someone bettering themselves, but I do have a problem with her because she is not humble at all.  She is so full of herself.  Her head is really big now.  She is destroying precious relationships with people she was friends with before she became famous.  The very same people you dog out on your way up the ladder are the same people you will need when you pass them up when you are going down the ladder.  She will fall off her high horse one day and at that point I really don't think anybody would care.

Wisdom2014
Wisdom2014

First, they got rid of Harold Wheeler and his band. Then, the co-host, Brooke [whatever]. Now, if they have any RHOA folks on there, I will not watch this next season. I used to love this show, but so far, I don't like these changes.

I WOULD like to know the designer of that red gown, though; I never saw it anywhere. R Ho, can you find out?

bbrow23n
bbrow23n

@Wisdom2014  I totally agree with your statement.  I am so sick of and tired of the RHOA cast members!