For gay fans of NeNe Leakes, it’s been a long and winding road on “Real Housewives of Atlanta.” As the show’s breakout star prepares her exit, we look back at some of our favorite stops along the way.
The sassy diva always with a quip and a smile revealed her departure last week as a “hard decision,” but it came with a hint at more small-screen fun to come from our favorite “RHOA” queen.
"I'm actually going to be doing a new primetime television show with a big legend," Leakes teases of the series she begins filming this week. "All of my fans will get to see me be really happy, witty and funny and tell all of those one liners that I always have said on ‘Housewives.’"
Leaving the show is a “weight lifted off my shoulders,” and she “won’t miss the negativity.” Right, especially the stuff that Leakes created for herself with gay fans.
Like that whole ‘queen’ slur controversy throughout Season 6.
That just kept on coming.
Until she flippantly offered to kiss gay ass.
And only became emboldened when RuPaul gave her a pass.
But of course, there are way more good vibes than sour notes. Basically, we never wrote about Nene. Well, hardly ever. Unless you count all the damn time throughout her “RHOA” run and on the town with gay Atlanta. But other than that, no never.
NeNe is a drag queen after all, honey.
From her first appearance in Atlanta's gayborhood.
To wowing the HRC Atlanta Dinner.
To serving NOH8 ‘Where my gays @’ realness
And from one gay sidekick.
After another and another.
From working it with strippers.
All the way to gay-run Atlanta fashion shows.
Nene is always part of our gayest RHOA moments.
Apparently, we can hold out a little hope that she might be back to shake things up for the “Housewives” here and there.
We love @NeNeLeakes & she is always welcome back to the house she helped build! She's a Real Housewife forever!!— Andy Cohen (@Andy) June 30, 2015
Even NeNe says it’s possible.
"I'm not saying I'm gone forever," Leakes tells People. "I'll probably pop up and play with those girls every now and then."
We’ll count the days and the above ways that we'll miss thee, Ms. Leakes.