Cast Blog: #RHOA

Ryan Murphy, My "Fairy Godmother"

NeNe explains how Ryan Murphy has changed her life.

Season 5 jumped right off with a bang, so let's go! I'm loving all the new intros, but the one that's really on fire is mine: "I have arrived and the spotlight is on me, honey!" LOL! It's good to be back and I know most of you have been wondering what's happening with all of us.

My life has just taken a whole new turn, and where do I start? With Gregg I guess. I was married to Gregg for 15 years, and he's the father of my child. A charmer and smooth talker he's always been. He and I have made mistakes along the way, but we’re having fun and I’m excited about where this could possibly go, so fingers crossed for me...

So you guys finally got a glimpse at the man I call my "fairy godmother," Mr. Ryan Murphy, the creator of Glee, American Horror Story, The New Normal, Nip/Tuck, etc. He's a great producer, director, writer, he's one of the biggest, most sought-after names in Hollywood, and he simply changed my life. Some of you caught me on Glee last season as Coach Roz, and I'm currently one of the stars of the new hit TV show The New Normal as Rocky. I'm so proud of that. As you could see, we’re not only doing business, we do dinner as well.


Kim visiting Kandi's house: I don't want to give too much away, and you guys have eyes and ears, so your eyes saw what mine saw and your ears heard what mine heard! What I will say is I've been saying these things to you guys for a while now, so you figure out what it is!Kenya Moore enters as the newest Housewife! Let's welcome her aboard. For those of you that have watched the show since Season 1, you probably caught this. Didn't it look like Kenya studied all the past seasons then sat in her interview and said something we all had said at some point? Now that seemed very contrived! Kenya saying she would kick a bitch’s ass at over 40 years old, really?!

Kenya visiting The Bailey Agency: I wish I could say something nice, but she was completely rude. And to say you are a public figure so you need "security"? We need to hear that resume again, because I didn't hear anything that said, "public figure"!
Catch me two nights a week right here on Bravo's The Real Housewives of Atlanta and NBC's The New Normal on Tuesday's at 9:30pm. Follow me on Twitter @neneleakes and visit neneleakescloset.com to purchase t-shirts, my book, etc.

Stay fierce and fabulous!
NeNe

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Claudia: I Felt Good About the Reunion

Claudia Jordan shares her thoughts on NeNe Leakes' breakdown and the reunion as a whole.

Bravotv.com: What was going through your mind when NeNe walked off?
Claudia Jordan: Well the reunion was quite an experience. When NeNe walked off, initially I wasn't sure what was going on to be honest. But I did notice she seemed to be trembling, so I knew she was definitely feeling something very real to her. I just didn't know what set her off at that point. So at first I was a little taken back. I had never seen her cry, but we are all human and everyone has their breaking point.

Bravotv.com: Do you think NeNe had a real breakthrough?
CJ: I honestly did think at that moment she really did. Her demeanor was different afterwards. And I even heard from her after the show. That to me was a good sign that perhaps we could all really move forward and start fresh. I know I'm always open to squash some beef, especially if it's nothing deep rooted and something surface. I don't see why not. But like I said on the show, we all have a story and things that we have had to deal with and overcome. I think we need to not think our problems are bigger than the next woman's and respect one another's struggles -- whether we think they are major or minor. One woman's problems are not more important than the rest. And I think if we can all learn to be sensitive to the next woman, then we are on our way. Hopefully that moment was the catalyst for change in NeNe and in others as well.

Bravotv.com: Do you feel like everyone ended the reunion in a better place?
CJ: I'd like to think so. I do think some will probably never be open for change and are just stuck in their own way, while others really took advantage of the opportunity to take something from it all. I'm not going to worry about those that do not wish to grow and move forward. I will just focus and give energy to likeminded individuals that want to get along, move forward, grow, learn, and progress. I know I felt good about the reunion. I know I didn't chime in a whole lot. And I think I had good reason. You don’t get to see everything, but I felt it was important to let the people who had real issues with each other hash it out with no outside opinions, just like I said in the Philippines. When people interject their opinions and thoughts when it’s not their issue, it just adds confusion to the situation. One of the cast members in particular is good for that. Always adding "well I think..." when it has absolutely nothing to do with her, and I feel those extra unnecessary comments can potentially add fuel to the fire and then there is no coming back. So if my silence was going to help the progress of the group moving forward, then I will take that "L."

Yes, it's "cute" to "read" and get in an epic one liner or rant, but sometimes you just need to shut the hell up and let folks deal with each other and let them do them. I have no problems with that. Plus my opinion on everyone’s situation doesn't need to always be heard -- I wish more of us felt the same way. I will say that this seemed to be a great starting point for folks to move forward and put their money where their mouths are when it comes to being a grown ass woman. I really hope everyone wants to. It'd be great to see how things could go if we spent less time fussing and more time co-existing peacefully. #ThatIsAll

 

As the season has come to an end for me, I just wanted to say wow! What a roller coaster ride it has been! I had no idea getting into this that any of it would happen. I thought I'd come on board, have a little fun, bring a little light-hearted fun, and make some new acquaintances. This show is huge and everywhere I go people come up to me and say such amazingly sweet things, and I am truly humbled when they tell me how they can relate to me and appreciate my realness. I was particularly touched when a teenage boy who was gay and biracial that had always felt like an outsider reached out to me talking about suicidal thoughts he had. We spoke and I was beyond moved when he told me that he could relate to some of the things I spoke about and that I somehow inspired and encouraged him to keep going. Those are the moments that make all the drama and fussing and fighting truly worth it. I want to continue to use this amazing platform for important issues. Again I thank Andy, Carlos, Joy, Lauren, Stephen, the entire cast and crew for this amazing opportunity. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

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