LOS ANGELES (LALATE EXCLUSIVE) – Kenya Moore’s “Bye Felicia” remark dominated the RHOA Reunion in spring 2014. And now, after Moore said “Bye Felicia” to NeNe Leakes, the remark is saying “hello” to the U.S Trademark Office. LALATE can exclusively report that, right after the RHOA Reunion aired, someone registered the mark. And no, it’s not NeNe Leakes nor Kenya Moore.
The RHOA Reunion was taped in March 2014 and then aired thereafter. Coming into the reunion, Moore was actively tweeting the expression. Moore, of course, did not originate the expression. But during the RHOA Reunion, when Kenya had enough with NeNe Leakes, she toss her hand up and said to Leakes “Bye Felicia”. The expression then got a BravoTV resurgence when Carmon, Kandi Burruss’ friend, dealt it to a fellow bridesmaid during Kandi’s wedding spinoff.
However, LALATE can report that just after Moore delivered “Bye Felicia” during the RHOA reunion, someone registered the expression for trademark protection. The applicant is an Arizona resident seeking to deliver shirts, pants, and shorts carrying the expression Bye Felicia. You can “Twirl on that” (not registered) “ish” (registered).
In February, Moore tweeted “fans my blog is up. Isn’t it funny that some girls only post to sell their ish or dog u? #byefelicia”. And some RHOA fans used ByeFelicia in reference to other cast members last season. One viewer in January tweeted to Kandi “You can shout at Kenya but you can’t get Mama Joyce [and Todd] together? #ByeFelicia”. Another wrote “Nene should have told Kenya #byefelicia. Exit that way Bloop”.