LOS ANGELES (LALATE EXCLUSIVE) – Is Kenya Moore getting a Shereè Whitfield like treatment from NeNe Leakes on RHOA currently? In May 2012 LALATE first exclusively reported that Kenya Moore, known from Waiting to Exhale, Deliver Us from Eva, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and Martin Lawrence in Martin, was joining the cast of RHOA. Moore’s addition was to replace the exiting Shereè Whitfield. Fans might recall that the exit of Shereè was highly controversial at the time. Bravo Upfronts were held in New York. And at the last minute, reports surfaced online that Bravo had fired, aka not invited back, Shereè Whitfield for another season of RHOA. Bravo also allegedly told Sheree just hours before the upcoming Bravo Upfronts for RHOA cast members that Sheree was not wanted. Without much delay, Kenya Moore was added.
But now, there appears to be a distinct similarity between that exit of Shereè Whitfield and allegations that Leakes wants Moore fired as well. In September 2012, viewers were still confused about the exit of Sheree and what involvement if any Leakes allegedly had in her dismissal. NeNe Leakes told news she did not get Sheree fired. “I knew they were going to find away to blame you” tweeted one friend to NeNe. Leakes replied “don’t I get blamed for everything wrong”. She added “Look I’m powerful but I isn’t that powerful.”
How did Kenya get hired in the first place? After Miss Lawrence’s BFF Sheree Whitfield was removed from the show, Moore got word of the opening. “Lawrence and I have been friends for eight years. I was his first celebrity client”, she told the AJC at the time.
LALATE in 2012 reported that Leakes was furious that Sheree used the arrest of Nene’s son as an arguing point during the 2012 reunion show. Leakes was unhappy with Sheree discussing her son’s arrest. Brice was arrested for allegedly stealing two Mach 3 razors from Wal-Mart work valued at twenty-eight dollars. His bond was set at $301.25. On BravoTv, fans contended that Sheree’s reference to Brice was not proper during the reunion. “I was disappointed that you brought NeNe’s kid into the discussion during the reunion. Wow you are reaching in the wrong area.” NeNe said at the time “Brice didn’t steal because he was in need, he simply stole because he was giving in to peer pressure, seeking attention, looking for something to do, and being silly… I’m no different from any other parent; I want the absolute best for my son and always want see him on top!”
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But by 2013, Leakes would assure news that Sheree and Kim Zolciak were “fired” by Bravo. Leakes added “I feel like they’re [former RHOA cast members] all gone for a reason, and I don’t think any of them were smart enough to stick around for this long, and I don’t think any of them were smart enough to use this platform in ways they could have used it.”
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She added “They’re gone and I don’t think that they’re missed. Both (current cast member) Kandi (Burruss) and I have a business sense. That’s one thing a lot of girls on the show don’t have…. Some people come on these shows to be famous. I was never interested in fame. I was always interested in supporting my family.”
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Sheree at the time assured fans that she left the show. But Bravo assured news that Sheree Whitfield was not invited back last season, to be replaced by Kenya Moore.
Leakes is emphatic, then and now, that she does not have the clout to get co-stars fired. But did Leakes urge the firing of Sheree, to be replaced by Kenya, and now two years later, is doing the same thing against Kenya that she allegedly did against Sheree?
As reportedly previously on LALATE, Leakes has told news that not one but three costars, Kenya included presumably, should be fired. And Moore, on the other hand, contends that Leakes allegedly sought to “sabotage” her role on the show going forward.