For seven seasons Nene Leakes was the HBIC of The Real Housewives of Atlanta because she had a mouth that could chop down unsuspecting women with the mere flick of a tongue. But it’s funny to see what happens when a reality star steps outside the land of small-minded Georgia peaches and meets her match on live television.
That’s the best way to describe Nene’s appearance on The View yesterday. She was there, seemingly, to discuss her upcoming Broadway run in Chicago but, naturally, the talk show co-hosts had questions about her reality TV past and the new home Nene loves to brag about. Almost immediately, though, Nene was on guard, taking offense to every question asked, usually by Joy Behar, as if she didn’t know she was on a talk show and would be asked a thing or two. The interactions were painful to watch, but not for the reason Nene claimed when she went on Twitter after her appearance and wrote:
“Just sat with a bunch of mean girls turning up their noses, looking u up & down as if u don’t belong. The HATE was so real & SAD.”
What I actually saw was a woman outside of her comfort zone because she was no longer the Queen Bee of the circle; a woman whose larger- life-persona didn’t fly with the new crowd and whose insecurity caused her to feel attacked and interrogated when she was simply being interviewed. In short, Nene is the definition of a woman who can dish it but can’t take it. It’s not hard to be arrogant and look down on others when you’re the highest paid woman on your show and jet-setting between LA and GA for gigs, but put that woman on stage with the likes of Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, and even Raven-Symoné (for all her personal flaws) and you get nothing more than a defensive, inexperienced fish out of water who’s learning the hard way that it’s easy to be a big fish in a small pond, but when that pond expands you better find your footing fast or you end up embarrassing yourself; not the other way around.