NeNe Leakes recently shocked fans after they noticed she had deleted all traces of her appearance on fellow Real Housewives star Bethenny Frankel’s Just B podcast from her Instagram.
Frankel had invited her on the pod in September for an ‘explosive’ two-part interview that explored Leakes’ childhood and raw details about her life but did not touch on her lawsuit against Bravo.
Although the posts are gone, a source dished to Page Six that Leakes has ‘no issues’ with Frankel and that she was simply ‘cleaning up’ her page from ‘old promos.’
‘NeNe was promoting the podcast episodes AS they were airing,’ they explained. ‘There is no reason for her to promote old episodes, and Bethenny has had new episodes since then.’
The source added that Bethenny is unbothered and, instead, ‘so grateful that she and NeNe got to do a few episodes together.’
Weeks after her interview, Leakes hosted a limited podcast series with Frankel called BetheNeNe, which aired in six-parts and discussed hot topics ranging from pop culture to the RHOA star’s dating life.
Not what you think: NeNe Leakes recently shocked fans after they noticed she had deleted all traces of her appearance on fellow Real Housewives star Bethenny Frankel ‘s Just B podcast from her Instagram; seen together in 2013
They may actually be planning to work together again.
Apparently, Leakes and the Real Housewives of New York star ‘have been talking and texting all week’ about their possibly ‘future projects together.’
Leakes and Frankel, along with starring in Real Housewives franchise, have plenty in common as they’ve both voiced their disdain for Bravo’s alleged ‘systemic racism’, ‘exploitation’ and ‘unfair wage gaps.’
Back in August, a bombshell letter revealed that 80 reality stars had teamed up to accuse the network of ‘covering up sexual violence, condoning revenge porn, exploiting minors and denying mental health treatment’.
Frankel was believed to have led the charge, though the former RHONY star has since clarified that she is not one of the people who is officially taking legal action against Bravo or NBC.
Stars complained of ‘grotesque and depraved mistreatment’, with the letter claiming both current and former stars were ‘mentally, physically, and financially victimized’.
It also alleged that they were ‘threatened with ruin should they decide to speak out about their mistreatment’.
The explosive letter claimed the networks’ widely consumed reality TV universe is the reason stars’ alleged suffering ‘remained under wraps for far too long’.
‘The day of reckoning has arrived,’ the letter began, as it accused network chiefs of deliberately damaging the mental health of cast members by plying them with alcohol and depriving them of food and sleep.
When stars complained, they were allegedly denied mental health treatment despite showing signs they were struggling, the letter said.
The networks are also accused of exploiting minors by not paying them despite long-term appearances on the shows.
Sources told DailyMail.com there have been over 100 emails from talent, producers and various show runners about the issues detailed in the letter.
Showrunners were also accused of distributing, or condoning, ‘the distribution of non-consensual pornography’ – or so-called ‘revenge porn’ – and covering up ‘sexual violence’.
At the end of their alleged ordeal, stars were also not allowed to leave their shows, ‘even under dire circumstances’.
Candid: Frankel had invited Leakes on the pod in September for an ‘explosive’ two-part interview that explored Leakes’ childhood and raw details about her life but did not touch on her lawsuit against Bravo
No beef: Although the posts are gone, a source dished to Page Six that Leakes has ‘no issues’ with Frankel and that she was simply ‘cleaning up’ her IG page from ‘old promos’; the pair seen with RHOBH star Kyle Richards in 2015
In a statement, NBC said that it was ‘committed to maintaining a safe and respectful workplace for cast and crew on our reality shows’.
‘At the outset, we require our third-party production partners to have appropriate workplace policies and training in place,’ a spokesperson for NBCUniversal said in a statement to Dailymail.com.
‘If complaints are brought to our attention, we work with our production partners to ensure that timely, appropriate action is or has been taken, including investigations, medical and/or psychological support, and other remedial action that may be warranted such as personnel changes.’
Frankel later revealed she would not be taking legal action against Bravo or its parent company NBC.
‘I have not hired lawyers nor am I suing,’ she wrote in the three-slide post on Instagram. ‘I have directed wronged talent and production members legal representation and am fighting for systematic change in a damaged institution.’
Frankel appeared on RHONY’s first three seasons as a main cast member. She eventually returned for season 7 but then left for good after season 11.
Meanwhile, Leakes filed a discrimination lawsuit against Bravo, Andy Cohen and NBCUniversal in 2022.
The star claimed that the companies that produced The Real Housewives of Atlanta oversaw a hostile and racist workplace.
Leakes said in court docs that she had reported hearing racist remarks from fellow housewife Kim Zolciak-Biermann to higher-ups within the companies, and faced professional repercussions as a result.
She argued that not only had she experienced ‘systemic racism’ during her time on RHOA, but that her complaints fell on deaf ears.
By that August, however, she filed legal documents to formally toss out the case along with ‘all claims asserted’ in the lawsuit.
The dismissal was agreed upon jointly by all parties involved. But it was dismissed ‘without prejudice’ which means that Leakes has the option to refile her claims in the future, if she so chooses.
Additionally, the documents stipulated that none of the parties would seek to recoup costs or attorneys’ fees.
More to come? Apparently, Leakes and the Real Housewives of New York star ‘have been talking and texting all week’ about their possibly ‘future projects together’
United front: Leakes and Frankel, along with starring in Real Housewives franchise, have plenty in common as they’ve both voiced their disdain for Bravo’s alleged ‘systemic racism’, ‘exploitation’ and ‘unfair wage gaps’; seen with RHOA alum Kim Zolciak in 2009
The beloved TV personality had been part of RHOA since its inception in 2008, but officially left the franchise in 2020, after 12 years of being on and off the show.
Leakes renewed her allegations of racial bias on the part of the network while appearing on Bethenny Frankel’s podcast ReWives in September this year.
The reality star maintained that she ‘was treated differently’ to white Housewives, and professed to have faced ‘a lot of unfair treatment’ over ‘a period of years on the show’.
She looked back, for example, on her early years as a Real Housewife, when her old nemesis Zolciak-Biermann was on the show as the only white cast member.
‘We are a cast of black women and we have a white woman on our show. She doesn’t travel; we travel. She doesn’t shoot; we shoot,’ Leakes claimed.
Zolciak-Biermann did indeed develop a reputation for shying away from cast trips, skipping excursions to such destinations as South Africa and Spain.
Vanity Fair released a bombshell expose, which saw Ramona Singer being accused of ‘using the N-Word with a Black crew member,’ which later led to her firing, and Leah McSweeney file a discrimination lawsuit against Bravo.