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NeNe Leakes to star in new reality show

Shonda McClain | 4/13/2015, 10:42 a.m.
After a contentious season on the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” (RHOA) that found her bickering with almost all of her ...
NeNe And Kim

After a contentious season on the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” (RHOA) that found her bickering with almost all of her co-stars, NeNe Leakes is smiling - all the way to the bank.

According to RadarOnline, Leakes “absolutely hated ‘Housewives’ this season” and was prepared to leave the show.

In an effort to keep the original Atlanta peach on the show that built Bravo, the show’s executives offered the reality TV star a raise and gave her a new spinoff show.

“She is the most valuable person in the entire franchise and Bravo was going to do whatever she wanted to keep her. So they offered her the spinoff, which she gladly took,” a source told Radar Online.

Leakes is teaming up with her former co-star and frenemie, Kim Zolciak for “NeNe And Kim: The Road To Riches.” According to a network statement, "Atlanta's 'most driven' Housewives … drive out of their comfort zones and across the country to discover America on a one-of-a-kind adventure. … The road to L.A. may be paved with good intentions, but that doesn’t mean they won’t occasionally drive each other crazy.”

Leakes, who is the highest paid housewife, earning $1.5 million this season, will also receive a “huge” raise, according to the website.

“She even got Bravo to pay her more than they’re paying Kim on the new show. NeNe knows she is the one people want to see and so she’s going to make Bravo pay up to keep her around,” RadarOnline reported.

Zolciak left “RHOA” in 2012 after four seasons for her own spinoff, “Don’t Be Tardy,” with her husband, Atlanta Falcons player Kroy Biermann and their six children.

It has not been announced when these dueling divas will hit the road.

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