Luenell Has More Words for NeNe Leakes

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The other day comedian Luenell took to Instagram to slam NeNe Leakes for doing a comedy tour, and NeNe didn’t waste any time in responding.

Now Luenell has more to say on the topic.

In a recent interview with Eurweb, Luenell actually calls NeNe a bully and claims she feels the reality star’s response was nasty.

Here’s an excerpt from the interview:

What do you think of Nene’s comment calling you an “old hater,” and that, “if you stop begin salty and get out of your feelings you might can start opening up for me.”

Luenell: It’s mean and fu*ked up. It’s cruel and I’m not the grandmother around here, she is. We may be just a few years a part. My daughter is in college. She doesn’t have any children. I didn’t call her any names, she did, which evoked her fans to follow suit and call me names as well. I never called her any names. I wished her well. But she’s made a career out of being mean to people. She’s a very mean-spirited woman. I don’t think that bullying is fashionable. But we live in a bullying society right now. Social media has made bullying cool because they can do it under the guise of anonymity. The same people who grin in your face can go home and write the most veil stuff about you. I come from Oakland, California. I was born in Arkansas. When we have confrontations about things, we deal with it face to face. I’m not trying to brawl with anybody in the streets, but I certainly won’t back down from a verbal confrontation. I don’t clap back. I didn’t write anything about Nene. I stated exactly how I felt. She stated her truth and we were done with it. I didn’t go out and court these interviews. People have reached out to me. So, what she said to me I thought was uncalled for.

I would love to say, ‘That’ll be the day’ that I have to come to Nene Leakes for work, but I know how this business is and a year from now, I very well may be auditioning for a part on a NeNe Leakes production. I would rather chew off my left arm but I’m not so stupid enough to pass up work, and if that’s work – whatever. She may be auditioning for me someday. I hope to God that happens. But the fact that she said ‘call me,’ as if I have her number and can do that, that’s a lie and some bulls**t. We don’t call each other. We don’t know each other like that. So that was all just shade and being snarky, which is what she has made her whole brand of lifestyle about. You don’t get 26 years worth of fans being messy like that. I want to see where her fans are in 26 years. I know where mine will be, right where they are right now.

Where do you see this beef with Nene going?

Luenell: I hope within a week or so that it all dies down, but ultimately I would just like people who have worked hard in the industry to get their just do. I would like to see this reality stuff die down and let’s get back to good programming and television and theater. I’m sure that the people she worked with on Broadway were not standing on their hands excited because NeNe Leakes came to do Broadway with them, when there’s people that are trained thespians that worked all their lives to get there. I’m sure they weren’t excited about that. But she came and I understand that she did well and then she was gone. But that’s the whole point, you come, you get this money and you make this ruckus and then you’re gone. Your heart isn’t there. The people who work on Broadway, their heart is there. That’s their life. They worked all their life to get there. That’s their dream. I know that being on television and famous is NeNe’s dream, and God bless her, she’s achieved her dream, but you don’t have to step on people to do that. You don’t have to be mean and hurtful to people to do that. That is not the makings of a long-lasting career.

Do you regret making the initial comment?

Luenell: I do not regret making the comment. I stand in my truth, but I want to just add this: people act like saying that I’m salty or jealous is a sin. If you work ten years at a company and some little yuppie comes in and in three weeks later they become your supervisor, you are salty about that. Saying that out loud, I don’t see what’s so bad about that. Human beings have feelings. I simply sad what I feel and what a lot of people feel about what’s going on with these reality stars when it comes to taking jobs from viable actors these days. What I do have anguish about is, maybe I presented it in personal way. It really isn’t personal against Nene. it was personal against the industry that she promotes and is a part of. People are idolizing these quick, stir-fry, flash in the pan people who are not the people who have put in the work. It’s all about who is on TV right now and whose got the most Instagram followers. Anybody can get money. I don’t knock anyone’s grind. But when you step into my lane, and you’re coming into the area where I live, I feel like I have the right to say whatever I want to about it. I did it. I don’t regret it. I’ll do it again.

By: Amanda Anderson-Niles|urbanbellemag.com

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