NeNe Leakes Fired From Hosting Xscape Reunion Tour After Rape Joke

NeNe Leakes Fired From Hosting Xscape Reunion Tour After Rape Joke

The 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' star is no longer set to host Xscape's upcoming reunion tour after making the controversial rape remark during a comedy show.
NeNe Leakes' rape joke just cost her her job. Following her controversial remark to an audience member at a comedy show in California, she has been fired by Xscape from hosting the group's upcoming reunion tour.

The band said in a statement on Thursday, October 12 that they were "dismayed" by a remark NeNe made at Saturday's "Girls Nite Out for Laughs" event at the Paramount Theater in Oakland, California. "Like many, we were dismayed by the recent remarks made by our talented colleague and friend Nene Leakes," read the statement obtained by TMZ.

"As a result, we have decided to no longer proceed with her participation on our tour. It was an unfortunate incident for which Nene has since apologized and we wish her the best as she navigates this very difficult period."

They added, "As strong supporters of all women, we know this decision is what is best. Our hearts go out to all female victims and we stand with you! This tour is for and about our fans and we want to provide an entertaining and enjoyable experience for every single person who attends. As always, we are grateful for the love and support and we look forward to seeing all of you at 'The Great Xscape' tour."

NeNe took the stage at the comedy show on Saturday night as the host of a comedy show starring female comedians like Loni Love and Tiffany Haddish. "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" star was telling a joke about male Uber drivers trying to have sex with female passengers when the audience booed and a woman began heckling the star. Feeling offended, she fired back, "I ain't even gonna tell you about the goddamn Uber driver. I hope he rape yo' a** tonight when he take you home, b***h. And steal yo' funky hello kitty, b***h."

She later took to Facebook to apologize for her rape remark. "I truly regret and apologize for what I said from the stage in Oakland over the weekend," she wrote. "Sometimes words can cut deep and hurt when you have no intentions of them doing so. As a woman and someone who has survived abuse, I regret the words that I used. I made a mistake and I should have known better. I hope people accept my deepest and sincerest apologies. I am sorry."

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