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'RHOA' star NeNe Leakes' casting in Broadway's 'Cinderella' gets big backlash

NeNe Leakes attends the 2014 NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Upfronts at The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on May 15, 2014 in New York City.
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The casting of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" star NeNe Leakes in Broadway's musical "Cinderella" has caused some very strong reactions. Unfortunately for NeNe, most of the reactions from the general public so far seems to be negative.

On Thursday, September 3, Entertainment Weekly reported that NeNe will play the wicked stepmother in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical from late November through early January, when the show ends its two-year run. She will be taking over for actress and former "The View" host Sherri Shepherd. Keke Palmer plays the title character.

Of the more than 40 comments posted to the article so far, most are negative. Many wrote that NeNe does not have the talent to be on Broadway and predicted a spectacular failure. People also wrote that it's unfair that someone with real talent who has been working hard to get a big break has been passed over in favor of a controversial reality TV star. Others wrote that NeNe's casting is proof that Broadway has gone downhill. Some even thought that it's only appropriate that NeNe was cast as the wicked stepmother because of her personality.

A Us Weekly article on the casting similarly received a ton of negative comments. One person wrote that NeNe's casting is "bordering on embarrassing," while another wrote that NeNe is perfect for the role because "she can be her usual hideous self." Some also pointed out that this will just make NeNe's ego, which some deem to have gotten way out of control," even bigger. Others took to making fun of NeNe's appearance, with one person going so far as calling her a "toupee wearing manbeast."

Of course, NeNe Leakes is likely paying no mind to her haters. On Friday, September 4, she proudly tweeted that her new gig "ain't bad 4 a little black girl from Athens Ga with a dream." Perhaps her big Broadway role will spell the end of her days on "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" for good?

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