NeNe, Kim “may” be “fired” from Real Housewives, media reports, but probably not

On Friday, there was commotion about The Real Housewives of Atlanta, but really, all it did was illustrate how stupid the media is sometimes. First, The New York Daily News’ gossip column reported that “NeNe Leakes and Kim Zolciak are demanding more money to appear on the show than Bravo cares to dish out — and producers are so fed up with their diva-esque requests, they’re quietly making plans to move on without the two.”

Especially since the report only cited some anonymous “insider” and said producers were interviewing potential replacements, this seemed like an obvious salary negotiation ploy on behalf of someone, perhaps the producers or network: Stars want more money? Show them that they’re replaceable, or show the network how valuable they are. And please: NeNe and Kim generate drama on the show, which means ratings, which means they’re not going anywhere, even if the producers add other cast members, which wouldn’t be that big of a deal.

The story plays right into the agenda of whoever leaked the information; with a quote from the source like, “Bravo feels the show is about the franchise as a whole and won’t let one person stop it,” it’s not hard to imagine who that might be.

Ultimately, the story also says that “a final decision hasn’t been made” and its headline even admitted that they only “may get dumped,” which wasn’t enough drama for other media outlets which picked up the story.

People reported in its headline that “NeNe Leakes & Kim Zolciak Fired From Real Housewives of Atlanta?” That’s a word the original story never used, and the question mark is a sly way of sidestepping the fact that it’s only a possibility. But ignoring thinly reported gossip reports and being skeptical doesn’t bring people to your web site.

NeNe Leakes, Kim Zolciak may get dumped from ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ [New York Daily News]

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about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.