NeNe Leakes isn't done with "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" ... TMZ has learned producers want her to come back in a reduced role, and she's game.
Our sources say, although NeNe made it seem she was gone for good, the show's producers are still angling to have her appear periodically during the season.
As we reported, NeNe bailed on the show because the money wasn't right. She's already committed to doing a primetime network sitcom, and the only way she'd continue on 'RHOA' was if they delivered a wheelbarrow full of cash ... to make the crushing workload worthwhile.
But our sources say NeNe is open to a part-time role on 'RHOA,' again if the money is right and it fits with her sitcom schedule.
We're told Bravo is absolutely interested, and the negotiations will begin soon.
NeNe Leakes is finally hitting the road after 7 seasons on 'RHOA' cause she couldn’t get the big bucks she was looking for ... and now the show’s worried she’s taking the fans with her.
Sources tell TMZ the reason for the NeNe’s change of heart had to do with contract negotiations.
Everyone part of the show is at a loss for words over NeNe’s sudden departure since the show was just about to start filming its new season in the next couple of weeks.
Cast members have been dropping like flies recently but now producers are scrambling because they just lost their queen bee ... and we’re told they’re worried they’ll take a huge hit in the ratings over it.
The show already found a replacement -- actress, model and singer Kim Fields -- but no one can really replace NeNe who was arguably the network’s biggest star.
NeNe is going to be focusing on new projects outside the biz ... one of which is her own clothing store that we reported on before.
You know what they say, you gotta spend money to make money … guess Bravo never learned that lesson.
The next time you watch "Celebrity Apprentice," the probability is ... the person doing the firing will be a minority.
TMZ has learned, a minority host is being "seriously considered" in the wake of NBC's decision to remove all things Trump from the network. One thing is certain ... Trump will not be returning to the show.
The minority host idea we're told is an opportunity to make a powerful statement discrediting Trump's campaign platform on immigration. Toward that end, the most powerful statement would be making a Mexican or Mexican American the host. That's the most logical scenario, but all we know is that the likely scenario now is a minority at the head of the boardroom.
NBC has made it clear ... Trump is now persona non grata.
There's a big clue that "19 Kids and Counting" will never see air again, because a key member of the brood is leaving the US of A.
Jill Duggar -- one of Josh Duggar's victims -- just revealed she and hubby Derick Dillard are going overseas on an extended mission trip.
TMZ broke the story ... TLC was considering reconfiiguring the show so Josh would be out of the picture and Jill and Jessa would be front and center. But with Jill out of the country, that scenario is no longer plausible.
Kim Kardashian is calling BS on a story told by the wives of the 2 men who inspired the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge -- claiming she was being uncaring and snobby.
Eyewitnesses who were with Kim tell TMZ ... Kim insists the incident, which one of the women chronicled on Facebook, did not go down the way they said.
The women claim they saw Kim and Kris Jennerin Celine -- a fancy schmancy women's store -- and asked for a pic with Kim, after explaining who they were. They say when they told Kris their husbands had ALS, Kris fliply responded, "Oh fun," and Kim and Kris blew the women off by refusing a photo.
But we're told a group of women hounded Kim and some even knocked on her dressing room while she was naked. Sources say when Kim came out Kris was talking to a couple of ladies and they told her they were in Cannes and were having a great time shopping and going to parties, and that's when Kris replied, "Oh fun."
As for denying a pic, the eyewitnesses claim neither of the women asked Kim for a photo when she walked out of the dressing room. She simply exited and smiled for all the cameras pointed in her direction.
Our sources say, Kim and her mom obviously support the cause ... as you know Kim famously did the challenge on TV, and if Kim knew the women were even there, she would have loved to sit down with them and talk about how she could help.
Brandi Glanville says she's willing to give 'Real Housewives' a second chance -- if the show wants to give her one, which is cute ... since producers already cut her, but sounds like she's still available.
Glanville went on her podcast and announced the news TMZ already broke last week -- that she's leaving 'RHOBH,' but she made it seem like it was her decision, not the show's.
As we also told you, Bravo was open to having her as an occasional guestnext season. Check out the clip -- Brandi's either totally up for that, or telling her old bosses ... thanks, but no thanks. It's hard to tell ... especially since she offered a cryptic hint about what else she might do for money.