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NeNe Leakes claims Porsha Williams refused to work with her on Netflix show because of ‘issues from the past’

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“Real Housewives of Atlanta” alum NeNe Leakes claims her former co-star Porsha Williams refused to work with her on a new season of Netflix’s “The Upshaws.”

“Earlier this week, I was told by my management company that the Netflix scripted series ‘The Upshaws’ were interested in casting me for a part,” she said in a video via her Instagram Stories Friday.

Leakes, 56, added that she was “excited” to make a cameo on the show, which stars Mike Epps, Wanda Sykes and Kim Fields.

NeNe Leakes speaking on video.
“Real Housewives of Atlanta” alum NeNe Leakes claimed her former co-star Porsha Williams refused to work with her on a new season of Netflix’s “The Upshaws.” Instagram/@neneleakes
NeNe Leakes speaking on video.
“Earlier this week, I was told by my management company that the Netflix scripted series ‘The Upshaws’ were interested in casting me for a part,” she said in a video posted to her Instagram Stories Friday. Instagram/@neneleakes

“I haven’t seen Porsha. We always have a good laugh when we see each other, so I was like, ‘Ok, me and Porsha are going to kill this part,'” she further explained.

Leakes said she flew to Los Angeles and got ready with the wardrobe department, but didn’t see Williams, 42, at rehearsal.

“Porsha never came,” the former Bravolebrity claimed. “We wrapped for the evening. I went back to my hotel, and when I got to my hotel, production called me and asked me if I had any issues with any ‘Housewives’ because they were going to be recasting the other position.”

NeNe Leakes speaking on video.
The mom of two said she flew to LA for the show and realized that Williams never made it to rehearsal. Instagram/@neneleakes
NeNe Leakes speaking on video.
“I was later told that Porsha did not show up to work and had said that she did not want to work with me — that we had had issues from the past and she did not want to work with me,” she claimed before adding that she’s “more than disappointed.” Instagram/@neneleakes

Leakes said she told production she was amicable with several of her former “RHOA” castmates, including Cynthia Bailey, who reportedly ended up getting Williams’ role on “The Upshaws.”

“I was later told that Porsha did not show up to work and had said that she did not want to work with me — that we had had issues from the past and she did not want to work with me,” Leakes claimed before adding that she’s “more than disappointed.”

The former “Fashion Police” co-host said she texted the Go Naked Hair founder before sharing the news with her followers. She claimed Williams was upset with Leakes for not reaching out after she filed for divorce from husband Simon Guobadia last month.

Porsha Williams in a movie.
Leakes said Williams’ part was given to “RHOA” alum Cynthia Bailey. kandi/Instagram
Porsha Williams kissing Simon Guobadia.
Leakes claimed that the Go Naked Hair founder was upset because she didn’t reach out to her after she filed for divorce form Simon Guobadia last month. porsha4real/Instagram

Leakes said she did not want to invade Williams’ privacy or feel like she was being “nosy.”

She also recalled how she once “fought” for the mom of one to stay on “RHOA” after her 2013 divorce from Kordell Stewart.

“The bottom line is that Porsha did not want to share the spotlight. That’s it,” Leakes said.

“Professionals can share the spotlight. Porsha is not a star, she is a Bravolebrity. Be clear.”

NeNe Leakes wearing a Gucci scarf.
The “Glee” alum said Williams “did not want to share the spotlight.” Instagram/@neneleakes
Porsha Williams, NeNe Leaks, Shamari Devoe, Eva Marcille, Tanya Sam and Marlo Hampton filming "RHOA."
The last time the ladies both appeared on “RHOA” together was in 2020 during Season 12 of the Bravo show. Annette Brown/Bravo

Page Six has reached out to reps for both Williams and Netflix for comment but did not immediately hear back.


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Leakes and Williams have had their fair share of ups and downs on and off screen such as when the “New Normal” alum said she wanted the former “Dish Nation” host and Phaedra Parks off the show following Season 9 in 2017.

The last time they both appeared on “RHOA” together was in 2020 during Season 12 of the Bravo show.

NeNe Leakes smiling.
In April 2022, Leakes filed a lawsuit against Andy Cohen, NBCUniversal, Bravo, production companies True Entertainment and Truly Original and other executives, alleging they encouraged and allowed a racist and hostile work environment. Instagram/@neneleakes
Porsha Williams in a dress.
Williams announced last month that she was making her return for Season 16 of the hit reality show after a brief hiatus. Instagram/porsha4real

In April 2022, Leakes filed a lawsuit against Andy Cohen, NBCUniversal, Bravo, production companies True Entertainment and Truly Original and other executives, alleging they encouraged and allowed a racist and hostile work environment.

That August, the “Glee” alum dropped her discrimination lawsuit against the defendants “without prejudice” — meaning she can refile the case later.

Meanwhile, Williams announced last month that she was making her return for Season 16 of “RHOA” after a brief hiatus.

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