Sunday, July 03, 2022

NeNe Sets The Record Straight About Feud with Wendy Williams

Last week comedian Tom Arnold claimed he and NeNe Leakes lost a deal for a talk show after NeNe and Wendy got into a public fight over a Birkin bag [click here if you missed that]. 

NeNe sets the record straight and reveals it wasn't the Birkin that set Wendy off, it was NeNe referring to Wendy as "Wendell" that sank the deal...

While the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” alum tells Page Six exclusively that “there is truth” to the story the former “Roseanne” star told us, she insists there was an underlying implication that triggered her scathing blog post, which both she and Arnold believe cost them the gig.
“Wendy saw that I had defaced my Birkin bag, and yes, she posted a comment on her show’s social media page about it,” Leakes, 54, recalled.
“But that wasn’t the trigger. The trigger was what she said about it and me on her ‘Hot Topics’ [segment].”
Prefacing that she doesn’t remember Williams’ on-air comments “word for word,” Leakes alleged that the “Wendy Williams Show” host, 57, suggested she wasn’t wealthy enough to “deface” a purse that can cost upwards of $10,000.
“Kim Kardashian had done the same thing around the same time, ‘defaced’ her [Birkin] bag,” Leakes told us. “Wendy said Kim can do that because she had the money to do such a thing, but basically I didn’t.”
The reality star doesn’t necessarily feel it was her furious response to Williams – which in part read, “I am sure you’re scared I will take your place (I know you have heard! Ummhmm wink wink) BE SCARED!” – that set off the media personality.
“I responded by saying something like, ‘Now, Wendell, I have four Birkin bags, and I can do the same,’” Leakes recalled, noting that the name “Wendell” quickly went viral.
“Wendy didn’t like it,” she claimed, adding that she allegedly never heard from the production company again.
“Debmar-Mercury pulled the deal and stopped all communication with me. Our deal went dead.”