Bravo reportedly wants NeNe Leakes to return to The Real Housewives of Atlanta full time next season but it looks like the network will have to take drastic steps to convince the 48-year-old reality star. According to Radar Online, producers are giving NeNe an ultimatum to sign back with RHOA or she’ll lose her gig on Fashion Police.

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NeNe announced last June that she will not be returning on The Real Housewives of Atlanta, adding that she will be focusing on new projects. Four months later however, it was announced that she would be returning for season 8. Her appearance mid-season drew high ratings and now producers want her back full time. 

“Bravo execs want to bring NeNe back full time next year,” an insider told Radar. “The fans miss NeNe and even though there is tons of drama this year without her, with her back, it would just take the show to the next level.”

However, the source claims that “NeNe isn’t ready to return to the show next year.”

“NeNe loves being a part of Fashion Police, but the network is ready to cut ties if she doesn’t agree to their terms,” the insider told Radar.

“NeNe seems to think she is better than doing reality television and has moved on from RHOA,” the source claimed. “Going back would be a step back in her plan to become a global brand. She has a clothing line, and no longer wants to be associated with a reality show.”

The Real Housewives of Atlanta airs Sundays at 8pm on Bravo.

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Dean Bextor

Staff Writer, BuddyTV