Real Housewives of Atlanta producers want NeNe Leakes to return full time next season, RadarOnline.com has learned, but the diva is refusing. So according to insiders, her bosses are threatening to cut her involvement from Fashion Police as punishment!
Leakes's involvement with Season Eight of the hit Bravo show was minimal, but still translated to higher ratings. Now, "Bravo execs want to bring NeNe back full time next year," an insider told Radar. "The fans miss NeNe and even though there is tons of drama this year without her, with her back, it would just take the show to the next level."
"NeNe isn't ready to return to the show next year, however," the source said. And NBC Universal is now getting involved.
The parent company of Bravo, NBC Universal also oversees E!, the home of Leakes's new gig Fashion Police. And according to the source, they're considering yanking her spot there if she won't do RHOA.
"NeNe loves being a part of Fashion Police, but the network is ready to cut ties if she doesn't agree to their terms," the insider told Radar.
"NeNe seems to think she is better than doing reality television and has moved on from RHOA," the source claimed. "Going back would be a step back in her plan to become a global brand. She has a clothing line, and no longer wants to be associated with a reality show."
Leakes, 48, returned to RHOA on a recent episode, and worked with Cynthia Bailey to repair their friendship in the aftermath of season 7.
Our source added, "RHOA continues to be the crown in Bravo's crown and the network wants it to shine. With NeNe."