Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

“Real Housewives” fans were shocked when NeNe Leakes announced her decision to leave “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” after seven seasons.  Leakes an original cast member when the show debuted in 2008, speaking out about her departure from reality TV as she starts to shoot her new gig on ABC’s “To Tell The Truth,”  “I had decided at the end of my contract I was going to not do housewives again and the moment I announced it, ‘To Tell The Truth’ producers reached out and said come over here and play with us at ‘To Tell The Truth,’ this would be a great place for you to come.”

Leakes not concerned about her career move, focusing more on making sure she is happy, “I don’t really care what people think anyway, I’m kind of that girl, I’m at a place in my life where I really don’t give a s*** about what people really think at the end of the day, cause people always gonna think something, I just want to be in a place where I’m free and I can kind of get back to me and laugh cause that’s what I like to, I don’t really like being in a place where I am not laughing.”

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NeNe hinting viewers didn’t get to see all of her on “RHOA,” “When you’re on certain shows, they only show certain parts of you, so people don’t always get to see all sides of you, I like laughing, and I like being fun, I’m a fun girl, I’m a girly girl, and I want people to see that.”

During “RHOA’s” 100th episode special on “Watch What Happens Live” recently Andy Cohen pulled NeNe’s audition tape for the show out of the vault, Leakes laughing, “I wanted to die, it’s like lookin’ at those childhood pictures of yourself, of like, oh my god. what!?! I was so much younger then and so raw and I would say anything then!”

Leakes confident she can get to the bottom of who is lying on “To Tell The Truth”  “I think I can tell when people are lying…One of the things I think people do when they’re lying is kind of look away or look around.”

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