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'Real Housewives of Atlanta': Cynthia and NeNe no longer friends?

Part two of the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” reunion picked up where it left off with many asking will Cynthia Bailey and NeNe Leakes’ friendship survive? Cynthia and NeNe’s once unbreakable bond began in season 3 at which the two sealed their alliance with a “friendship contract”. Now that bond has been reduced to a tenuous friendship that may have come to an end.

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Cynthia Bailey
Photo by Moses Robinson

NeNe threw Cynthia under the bus on an episode of “Watch What Happens Live” with Andy Cohen. She hinted at the idea of firing Cynthia and told Andy “she is boring and brings nothing to the table”. At the reunion, NeNe stood by her comments and accused Cynthia of throwing shade too. She says Cynthia is not innocent nor is she an angel. As outsiders looking in, their rift seems trivial and silly, but everyone is not privy to goings on of their friendship behind closed doors and off camera. The portions we are allowed to see only depict a glimpse of what is happening and it provokes fans to pick a side.

At the reunion, Cynthia appeared to be distant and less vocal until she confronted NeNe about her lack of veneration. NeNe seemed unfazed with Cynthia pouring her heart out to her in a tearful plea to give her the respect she deserves. “There’s a love there, but I never felt the respect,” Cynthia cried.

NeNe was under the impression that their beef had been resolved. Cynthia admitted that after watching the show and being called NeNe’s “lapdog”, it re-opened the wound and created a distance between the two ladies. NeNe did not want to discuss the validity of their friendship on camera but is willing to do so in private.

Of all the housewives franchises, “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” is the highest rated with over 4 million weekly viewers. Since the debacle between Porsha and Kenya, its ratings have taken a significant hit, dropping down to 3.8 million, according to

Andy Cohen tried to do damage control by opening up part two of the reunion show with a disclaimer of Bravo TV’s intolerance to violence. Fans and critics of the show are calling out Andy Cohen and Bravo TV for allowing things to escalate to the level it had. Many are saying Bravo TV is sending mixed messages with their non-violence disclaimer, yet they allow the cast mates to verbally abuse one another.

Has Bravo TV let things go too far?

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