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NeNe Leakes is all smiles after it was confirmed she's landed her own reality TV series after losing her peach on the Real Housewives of Atlanta.

The 52-year-old reality TV star was unceremoniously fired for insubordination and just a general bad attitude on the set of RHOA.

But the sassy former stripper landed a new show on the E! Television network title Glamsquad Showdown.

Negotiations between NeNe, Bravo Network and her manager broke down after the mom-of-two demanded more screen time in every episode, according to Tamara Tattlez, who added that NeNe was offered a 5% raise but she turned it down.

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NeNe was reportedly "hurt and depressed" over losing her six figure per episode salary on RHOA.

A source says the New York native was worried because she's responsible for three households, including her $2.1 million, six-bedroom, six-and-a-half bath mansion in Duluth, her eldest son's home, and a rental property on the West Coast.

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NeNe is the sole supporter for her unemployed husband, Gregg Leakes, a colon cancer survivor, whom she reportedly cheated on with a younger man.

The source says NeNe's finances have been impacted by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

With little money coming in from her clothing boutiques, NeNe reportedly took out loans to keep her finances afloat.

Her first round of applications for a federal grant and a PPP loan in March were rejected according to another source.
 

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NeNe Leakes responded to allegations that she was let go from Real Housewives of Atlanta for insubordination and being a b*tch to her castmates.

"I promise I'll be the first to tell you myself! Thanks you for the love," she tweeted on Thursday, after blogger B. Scott reported she was fired from the reality TV series on his blog, lovebscott.com.

NeNe's manager also shut down rumors that she was dismissed from the cast after repeated acts of insubordination on and off the set.

"It is absolutely not true that Nene has been fired from RHOA," Leakes' manager, Steven Grossman tells PEOPLE. "Furthermore, it was made abundantly clear prior that she will always be welcome on the series as long as she wants to be."

But B. Scott stands by his sources, and refused to retract his article.

A confidential source told Sandrarose.com that NeNe was "hurt and depressed" after being dismissed from Bravo's longest-running 'Real Housewives' franchise.

"She thinks her friends have abandoned her and she can't trust anyone."

Negotiations between NeNe, Bravo and her manager reportedly broke down after NeNe demanded more screen time in every episode, according to Tamara Tattlez, who added that NeNe was offered a 5% raise in her letter.

It isn't clear why NeNe turned down the raise - or if she thought the 5% was beneath her.

A spokesperson for Bravo denied the reports that Leakes was not ousted from the series.

"There is no truth to this story- NeNe was not fired and conversations for the next season are still ongoing," the spokesperson tells PEOPLE.

Remember, celebrity managers are paid to shield their clients from the truth.

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NeNe Leakes reacted to reports that she was fired from Real Housewives of Atlanta by posting an Internet meme that shows her laughing out loud (see below).

She captioned the image: "I can't chileeeeeeee."

But behind closed doors, friends say NeNe is "hurt and depressed" after being dismissed from Bravo's longest-running 'Real Housewives' franchise.

"She's hurt and depressed," an insider whispered to Sandrarose.com late Wednesday night. "She thinks her friends have abandoned her and she can't trust anyone."

The source said NeNe was "shocked" by her sudden termination, which was first reported by blogger B. Scott on Wednesday.

Bravo Network overnighted pickup letters via FedEx and emailed to the cast and their attorney of record, according to TamaraTattles.com.

Negotiations between NeNe, Bravo and her rep broke down after NeNe demanded more screen time in every episode, according to Tamara, who added that NeNe was offered a 5% raise in her letter.

It isn't clear why NeNe turned down the raise - or if she thought the 5% was beneath her.

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Cast member Eva Marcille quit before she was fired. She reportedly earned a meager $7,500 per episode last season.

NeNe will sorely miss her six figure per episode salary.

The source says the 52-year-old New York native worries about her financial responsibilities -- she pays the bills for three households, including her $2.1 million, six-bedroom, six-and-a-half bath mansion in Duluth, her eldest son's home, and a rental property on the West Coast.

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NeNe fully supports her husband, Gregg Leakes, a colon cancer survivor, whom she reportedly cheated on with a younger man.

The friend says NeNe's finances have been impacted by the ongoing coronavirus crisis. With little money coming in from her clothing boutiques, NeNe reportedly took out loans to keep her finances afloat.

Her first round of applications for a federal grant and a PPP loan in March were rejected according to another source.
 

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NeNe Leakes has been fired from Real Housewives of Atlanta, blogger B. Scott reports exclusively.

Sources tell lovebscott.com that NeNe has not been offered a contract to return to season 13 of the longest running Real Housewives franchise that she co-created.

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B. Scott said it's not surprising that she's been let go. NeNe's insubordination on and off the set and ongoing friction between her and other RHOA cast members led directly to her termination.

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Another cast member, Eva Marcille, announced her resignation from the show rather than face the humiliation of being fired.

NeNe's list of violations include:

1. Starting off season 12 suspended following her physical altercation with one of the cameramen in season 11.

2. Popping off on a producer and walking off set while filming in Greece — in addition to not appearing in other episodes.

3. Walked off set multiple times during the season 12 virtual reunion.

4. Demanded the termination of former Executive Producer Andy Cohen.

5. Made not-so-subtle threats to sue the network.

Social media reacted to NeNe's termination:

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Candace Owens angered many when she defended the actions of an Atlanta police officer who shot a Black man in the back, killing him.

The anti-black, pro-Trump conservative activist trolled her followers by stating she is raising funds to support the white officer who gunned down Rayshard Brooks in a Wendy's parking lot in Atlanta on Friday night.

Brooks, 27, died from 2 gunshot wounds to the back, according to the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office. His death was ruled a homicide.

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The cop who shot Brooks, Garrett Rolfe (pictured left), was fired on Saturday after his superiors determined his use of deadly force was not justified.

His partner, Devin Bronsan, was placed on desk duty until the investigation into the officer-involved shooting is completed.

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Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields stepped down and her resignation was accepted by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Saturday.

In a series of tweets, Owens, 31, said Brooks is a "criminal" and called for the resignation of Mayor Bottoms and the reinstatement of former police capt. Shields.

"Any person demanding justice for #RayshardBrooks is representative of the absolute vermin of American society. There should be protests DEMANDING that the police chief be reinstated and that mayor @KeishaBottoms
RESIGN for placating CRIMINALS.

I'VE HAD ENOUGH.

#BackTheBlue."

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms held a brief press conference on Saturday to announce the termination of the police officer who shot and killed an unarmed Black man on Friday night.

27-year-old Rayshard Brooks was sleeping in his car in the Wendy's drive-thru when the police woke him and attempted to arrest him for a DUI.

He was shot in the back after grabbing one officer's taser and attempting to flee.

Mayor Bottoms said the shooting was not a justifiable use of excessive force, and the officer who fired his service weapon was fired. A second officer at the scene was placed on administrative duty.

Mayor Bottoms also announced the resignation of Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields (pictured). She said Shields "offered to immediately step down" to "rebuild the trust so desperately needed throughout our community."

Shields will be reassigned to another position within the city government, and a nationwide search is underway for her replacement.

"To the family of Mr. Brooks, there are no words strong enough to express how sincerely sorry I am for your loss," said Bottoms.

A crowd formed at the Wendy's parking lot and marched holding signs on Saturday. Many Atlantans took to social media to condemn the shooting.

The fatal shooting comes three weeks after George Floyd's death at the hands of a white police officer sparked protests and unrest across the country.

Update: Surveillance video shows Brooks on the ground struggling with two Atlanta PD officers. At some point, Brooks grabbed a taser from one of the cops and pointed it at him while fleeing.
 

 

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Andy Cohen broke his silence about Stassi Schroeder's termination from Vanderpump Rules. Cohen said he supported Bravo's decision to fire Schroeder and 3 other cast members, including Kristen Doute, for their racist actions in the past.

Schroeder, who is white, was fired on Tuesday for a 2018 incident involving cast member Faith Stowers, who is Black.

"There's so much happening in the Bravo universe," Cohen said on his Sirius XM podcast show. "So much talk about Vanderpump Rules and then, of course, the reunion ended up airing last night. I will say this about what happened. I absolutely support Bravo's decision, I think it was the right decision."

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Cohen spoke up about Schroeder's dismissal after fans of the Bravo show pestered him via emails and social media.

He was quick to say he has no control over the show's programming or casting, having stepped down as executive producer in 2013.

"I want to remind people because I've been getting so many tweets and messages and whatever about Vanderpump Rules and about Southern Charm and other shows. I'm not in charge of programming at Bravo anymore," Cohen added. "I am not an Executive Producer of Vanderpump Rules. I don't have anything to do with the show except I love it and that I host the reunions."

But NeNe Leakes was not satisfied with his explanation. The Real Housewives of Atlanta alum hinted that Cohen should be fired because he allowed the racist atmosphere to prevail on his sets.

She was also annoyed that Cohen chose castmate Kandi Burruss to confide in about Black Lives Matter, rather than NeNe, who everyone knows came up with the original concept for RHOA way back when.

The show is NeNe's legal property as co-creator. That’s why NeNe can never be fired - in case you're wondering.

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Stassi Schroeder's little brother pleaded for forgiveness for his sister after she and other "Vanderpump Rules" cast members were fired for racist incidents in the past.

According to Page Six, in a now-deleted Instagram video, Nikolaoi Czermak, 15, pleaded:

"This goes out to Lisa Vanderpump, 'Vanderpump Rules,' Bravo TV, anyone that has been involved with Stassi getting fired. I want everyone to hear me out because my sister is one of the most loving people you will ever meet in your life. She deeply apologizes for what she said and I'm so desperate for her to succeed ... I just want her to go as far as she can."

Nikolai, who appeared in episodes with Stassi, continued:

"I'm asking for another chance for her, and she'll show everyone how good of a person she is and how much she cares about everyone. She likes entertaining people, that's why she does all this TV stuff ... My family is heartbroken from what’s been going on with her. Everything’s been taken away from her."

Brands terminated Stassi's sponsorships and Bravo TV fired her after former castmate Faith Stowers recalled a racist incident in 2018.

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Faith, 31, appeared on Instagram Live chat with "Floribama Shore" star Candace Rice and discussed a 2018 incident where Stassi and co-star Kristen Doute tried to get cops to investigate her for a crime she did not commit.

Faith said Stassi read a Daily Mail article about a light-skinned woman who resembled Faith. "I guess this woman was robbing people," Faith said. "And they called the cops and said it was me. This is like, a true story. I heard this from, actually, Stassi during an interview."

Stassi bragged about her detective work on "the Bitch Bible" podcast in 2018, saying, "We are like, we just solved a f--cking crime. We start calling the police. The police don't give a f--k."

Bravo also fired Max Boyens and Brett Caprioni on Tuesday for their past racist tweets.

Nikolai addressed Faith in his video, begging:

"Faith, please, is there any way that she can fix anything or do anything that can benefit both of you guys — to get her career back and to make you live the best life ever? Is there anything that we can do for you? Please. I don't want to see my sister like this anymore … I love all you guys, but please, one more chance to forgive her."

Stassi apologized to Faith on Instagram, although Faith says she hasn't heard directly from her.

Faith told Page Six: "I feel so vindicated studios and production are able to see blatant racism and make these positive changes and help move the race forward — help with the fight forward."

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Two former Atlanta police officers who were terminated for tasing a couple of college students have filed lawsuits against Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields.

Mark Gardner and Ivory Streeter filed lawsuits through their attorney on Monday, alleging their rights were violated and they were fired in violation of the city's code; without investigation, proper notice or a pre-disciplinary hearing, according to ABC News.

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Gardner and Streeter were caught on viral video dragging 20-year-old Taniyah Pilgrim and 22-year-old Messiah Young out of their car and tasing them during the Atlanta riots.

The police pursued the students as they were driving home from the George Floyd protests after a citywide curfew - but the students said they had no idea that a 9 p.m. curfew was in effect.

Gardner and Streeter were charged with aggravated assault for tasing the students when they committed no crimes.

The fired officers want their jobs reinstated, as well as back pay and benefits and an apology from the mayor.
 

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The woman who was widely criticized for calling 911 on a Black man in Central Park will be allowed to keep the rescue dog she apparently mishandled during the incident.

Rescue group Abandoned Angels apparently decided Amy had had enough punishment after she lost her lucrative job as an investment banker as a result of the backlash.

Amy adopted a rescue dog named Henry from the group shortly before the incident. Abandoned Angels took Henry back after viewing a viral video that showed her apparently choking the dog while on the phone with 911.

In an update shared to Facebook on Wednesday afternoon, the group said their vets had determined the pooch was in good health and therefore law enforcement refused to seize the dog from Cooper.

"Consistent with input received from law enforcement, we have now complied with the owner’s request for return of the dog,’ the group’s post read.

A friend posted a photo of a smiling Amy holding the dog.

Christian Cooper filmed Amy's meltdown after he politely asked her to leash Henry during a bird watching session in The Ramble.

Rather than comply with Christian's wishes, Amy made a fuss and called 911 to claim "There's an African American man threatening my life."

Social media users dubbed Amy "Karen" - a pejorative term for a snitch who targets Black people for petty retribution.

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Two prominent Black sports reporters lost their jobs at major sports networks this week. ESPN sports reporter Josina Anderson parted ways with the sports channel after nearly 10 years, and Jason Whitlock, 53, was shown the door at Fox Sports.

According to reports, Anderson's contract expired with ESPN and it was not renewed. The same goes for Jason Whitlock whose contract expired at Fox Sports.

Anderson, 41, is very active on Twitter.com but she did not acknowledge the news of her departure.

The NY Post reports the network's decision not to renew Anderson's contract was not Covid-19 related.

Whitlock, a controversial and outspoken host, was often criticized for his views about sports personalities such as LeBron James. And Anderson once reported that former NFL player Michael Sam's teammates refused to shower with him because he was in a same-sex relationship.

Whitlock, who hosted "Speak for Yourself" with Marcellus Wiley, slammed James for speaking out about the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, who was killed while running through a majority white neighborhood in south Georgia earlier this year.

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A Louisiana police office lost his job after commenting "how unfortunate" the coronavirus didn't kill all Black people.

According to KLFY, former Kaplan officer Steven Aucoin was relieved of duty and terminated after he made the comment on Facebook during the governor's press conference on Friday.

One commenter posted, "Virus that was created to kill all the blacks is death." Aucoin responded, "Well it didn't work... how unfortunate."

Chief of police, Joshua Hardy, said Aucoin's behavior is not tolerated within the police department and Aucoin was fired after an investigation revealed he wrote the comment.

"We're held to a higher standard than the normal civilians, so you got to watch what you do, you got to watch what you say. You can't just go and post anything you want on social media," said Chief Hardy.

Fellow cops and Kaplan residents defended Aucoin, calling him a good cop and saying the screenshots were taken out of context.

But Chief Hardy was adamant that Aucoin was fired after a thorough investigation. "There were some comments that... was not suitable for a police officer to put up on Facebook," he said.

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Fox News has "cut ties" with pro-Trump conservative comediennes Diamond & Silk, according to the Daily Beast blog. The duo recently appeared on Fox's streaming network, Fox Nation.

The news comes after Diamond & Silk were locked out of their Twitter account for telling people to go outside to become immune to Covid-19.
 

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The pair recently rankled liberals by appearing to question whether Covid-19 was part of an elaborate hoax to undermine President Trump.

"What I need to know is how many people have passed away in New York, and what I need to know is: Who has the bodies?" Diamond said during a March 30th livestream. "I need for somebody that does investigative work to call the morgues, to call the funeral homes. Something's not right here. Something is off here."

Diamond added: "Is this being deliberately spread? Look, I'm not being a conspiracy theorist, this is real, but I'm asking my own questions. What the hell is going on?"

One unnamed source told the Daily Beast that it is unlikely Diamond & Silk will appear on Fox News in the near future.

The duo became right-wing darlings when they professed their admiration for President Trump and took on anyone who criticized him on their popular YouTube channel.

But they have faced scorn, contempt and disdain from those on the left who oppose their political views and their loyalty to Trump.

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In a new sit-down interview, talk show host Loni Love again denied getting Tamar Braxton fired as a co-host on The Real.

Loni, 48, has repeatedly denied backstabbing Tamar and getting her fired from the daytime talk show. Rumor has it that Loni wanted to be the only "ghetto girl" on the show.

In a wide-ranging interview with Madamenoire, Loni again denied the allegations.

"I will say this, anybody that knows me, knows that I will not describe myself as a ghetto girl. I wouldn't describe Tamar Braxton as a ghetto girl," Loni said.

"I might say that we believe in the power of being ourselves. But ghetto girl?! I would never do that. And also, there's a lesson in this. When you try to help people, you have to watch who you help. I've never been against any Black woman. My fans know that. That's the reason why I wrote this book. When you read the book, you will see. I've been trying to get the truth out for years. But here, we dealing with this reality show type [mentality]."

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Loni clarified what she meant when she asked where are all the plus-size icons?

"What I'm trying to say is, there are beautiful plus-size models out here. I know that because I'm about to run this Ashley Stewart campaign and I said, 'Give me your plus-size models. Beautiful girls. But I only see them on Ashley Stewart. I don't see them on the cover of Ebony. I don't see them on the cover of Elle and Vogue. So you're telling me everybody got to be a 00 or a 2 to be on the cover of a magazine? That's what I meant."

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She confirmed making her man, James Welsh, sign a non-disclosure agreement:

"I think an NDA -- especially when you are a female that is making your way, and you meet somebody who is going to be in your life - it's not about them. It's about the people that are around them. And it's not to question their friends' character. But let me tell you something, when people need money, they do strange and odd things. And so an NDA is simply a way of protecting yourself. And that's all it is. It's not that you don't trust the person. I trust James 100 percent. But the point is, when people get upset or mad - and we're talking about down the road - things happen. It's no different than me having a prenup."

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A former Oklahoma Christian University recruiter who was fired for conducting a multicultural exercise at a high school says his reputation is destroyed.

Cedric Sunray, who is American Indian, conducted the exercise at Harding Charter Preparatory High School during a Feb. 24 assembly.

Sunray was let go within an hour after he lined up students based on their skin color and hair texture.

He said 'OK, everyone now line up from darkest to lightest skin complexion," said Korey Todd, who is in the 11th grade.

"He told us nappiest hair in the back straighter hair in the front," said 11th grader Rio Brown.

"I am embarrassed and ashamed and I am mad at what happened," said Oklahoma Christian University President Jon deSteiguer. He said he planned to visit the high school to speak with the students on Friday.

But Sunray defended his exercise, saying he was teaching how the students will be "valued and warranted" by society.

Sunray told News 4 that he conducted the same exercise 87 times this year. He called the exercise an "icebreaker."

"It's about breaking down all those walls," he said.

"I break the groups into four teams and then I say line up darkest to the front and lightest to the back," Sunray said. "From the largest afro to the tightest braid to the blondest with blue eyes. They all want to know they are valued and warranted. And that is what I provide."

Sunray said the negative press coverage destroyed his reputation as a college recruiter.

"It destroyed my reputation but my character won't change," he said.

Sunray tells News 4 that he already has a new job lined up at another metro university.

Wen asked if he would conduct the exercise again, he answered "Oh yes."

"I have been doing this exercise for years. We need to have these conversations."

He said the only thing he would do differently is give a more detailed explanation of the exercise upfront.