AceShowbiz - The damage has been done! NeNe Leakes is at risk of losing another of her jobs after making a rape joke at a comedy show in California earlier this month. The reality TV star has apologized for it, but her "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" co-stars can't let it slide.
Following her controversial remark, other stars of the Bravo series reportedly refuse to film with her. "Kim [Zolciak] refuses to film with NeNe any further, so producers scrapped the all cast scene planned for last week," a source tells Radar Online. The so-called insider adds, "Porsha [Williams] is refusing to film with NeNe and is siding with Kim. Sheree [Whitfield] is also siding with Kim."
Previously, the site reported that producers were in talks about firing NeNe. A show source said the network "can't stand by her statement" and thus are "having a meeting with producers to discuss her future."
"There will be a punishment and they are determining what it will be" the source claimed, adding that "there's been so much backlash and co-stars say she's gone too far and they want her gone." The insider further dished, "By tomorrow there should be some repercussion from a leave of absence to being fired. They are filming now and would have to figure out how it will play out."
Sources also said that there had been talks about bringing Phaedra Parks back or hiring a new person should NeNe be fired.
NeNe landed in hot water after telling a female heckler at a comedy show, " I hope he rape yo' a** tonight when he take you home, b***h. And steal yo' funky hello kitty, b***h." She later apologized, stating, "I truly regret and apologize for what I said from the stage in Oakland over the weekend."
In the wake of her rape remark, NeNe was fired by Xscape from hosting the group's reunion tour which took place on October 12. "Like many, we were dismayed by the recent remarks made by our talented colleague and friend Nene Leakes," the group said in a statement to 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."