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Bravo's RHOA NeNe Leakes stunts often but other cast members are successful

Television personality NeNe Leakes attends Go Red For Women The Heart Truth Red Dress Collection 2014 Show Made Possible By Macy's And SUBWAY Restaurants at The Theatre at Lincoln Center on February 6, 2014 in New York City.
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There's a common saying, "You can tell how smart people are by what they laugh at." This is true. But what is just as true is author Samuel Butler's quote, "Friendship is like money, easier made than kept."

On Sun., April 13, NeNe Leakes showed her true colors when it comes to friendship and monetary gain.

"Watch What Happens Live" (WWHL)'s host Andy couldn't hide his look of disgust when NeNe Leakes made yet another new money* comment. Every week she talks about her acting career as if she's Halle Berry and Angela Bassett combined. Self-confidence is never a bad thing, but she's gone Hollywood without the actual stripes to back it up. This time the new money comment was about $20,000 and why Kenya Moore couldn't match that charity rate. Earlier this week on Tues., April 8, V103's "The Doug Banks Radio Show," there was a discussion about how success leads to arrogance. NeNe might be a poster child for the topic.

How many people have to have a Drake and T. Boone Pickens moment before new money realizes that no matter how much money you have, someone else will have more? Drake kept his ego in check and was the positive, humble person he usually comes across as, and he even admitted he got stunted on. But NeNe is determined to be in competition with anybody who even looks like she's an equal on "RHOA." Never mind that Kenya was accomplished long before the show started with being the second Miss USA African-American titleholder. Kenya did not get famous from a reality show. Both Kenya and NeNe are equal instigators, but the truth is that Kenya's legacy will stick long after RHOA goes off the air. And she's not the only one.

Almost all of the women on the show were making money before "RHOA" chose them as cast members, specifically songwriter/singer/producer Kandi Burruss and long-time model Cynthia Bailey.

But on "WWHL," NeNe hinted that there was too much of a balance on the show and someone should go -- and it wasn't Kenya Moore.

"I think it's time for the balance to be gone," NeNe said. "And there should be another balance to pop in. I don't think it's fair when one person gets to tell all this stuff about their story and their children and their husband and their life, and then somebody else is over here holding back or pretending to have a life that they don't have. People that do the show season and season and talk about the same thing over and over and over and over again, it's like 'Girl goodbye.'"

And once Andy called her out for sounding like she was talking about Cynthia, then NeNe played coy and acted like Andy was the one who brought her up. Subtlety is not her strong point.

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While NeNe spent this season looking for a new acting job, Cynthia spent this season talking with Peter about his bar business and her modeling agency. Both parties gave their husbands the opportunity to shine. Both parties had conflict with other cast members, although Cynthia's was short-lived. The biggest difference between the two is Cynthia more often than not kept it classy and polite -- kinda like Drake.

Need a bit more background on Cynthia?

  • She was involved with Wilhelmina Models for a five-year contract.
  • She moved to Paris and Milan to pose on runways for Fashion Week.
  • She had campaigns with Maybelline and Oil of Olay.
  • She was featured in Vogue, Elle, Glamour and Vanity Fair.
  • She was the face of ads for Macys, Neiman Marcus, Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue, Talbots, Chicos and Bregdorf Goodman.
  • She beat Naomi Campbell for a co-starring role opposite Sandra Bernhardt in her film "Without You I'm Nothing."

And while NeNe Leakes can point out the two shows she had small appearances on, if Cynthia really wanted to stunt back, she certainly could pull a T. Boone Pickens. It's always a good thing to applaud someone for their accomplishments, but there is absolutely no need to make yourself look better by making someone else look worse or trying to get them fired from their own job. And a few cast members could pull out bank statements and resumes to prove NeNe is not walking solo on her rise to the top; a few of them are already there.

* "New money" refers to people who have recently run into a large amount of cash and instantly believe they're part of the elite without proving they have a long-standing reputation for keeping this same salary. Old money refers to a family or people who are born into upper-class families. Both groups have the ability to keep or lose money, but new money is more likely to splurge and lose their funds instead of investing.

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