Is 'Real Housewives of Atlanta
' star NeNe Leakes
planning to leave the hit Bravo reality show?
According to her recent interview with Zap2it.com, the 42-year-old reality TV star is uncertain about her future with the franchise.
"I'm not really interested in joining the next season," Leakes confessed. "I'm just not really interested right now."
Leakes went on to tell the Web portal that she wants to "focus on being an independent woman."
The married mother of two said she's developing a shoe line, working on a handbag line, appearing on her local Atlanta entertainment segments and has plans to go behind the scenes producing radio and TV shows.
In 2009, there was buzz the both Leakes and co-star Kim Zolciak
could be leaving the show due to contract negotiations. (Read: 'Real Housewives of Atlanta: NeNe Leakes & Kim Zolciak May Not Return for Season 3
.') In the end, contract negotiations worked out.
Attorney Phaedra Parks
and model Cynthia Bailey
were ultimately added to season three, joining Leakes, Zolciak, Kandi Burruss
and Sheree Whitfield
reached out to Leakes directly about her future with the show. At press time, she had not replied.
Season three of 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' will wrap on Jan. 23.
The two-part cast reunion will air on Jan. 30 and Feb. 6.
Leakes will be among the contestants on season four of Donald Trump's
'Celebrity Apprentice,' beginning in March.
Sharisse "Shar" Jackson
Affiliation: 'Celebrity Fit Club: Boot Camp' on VH1
Side note: Though some may remember her as the sidekick Niecy Jackson on the groundbreaking UPN sitcom 'Moesha,' Jackson gained international tabloid attention as the mother of two children with Kevin Federline (who was married to pop superstar Britney Spears for three years). All together, she has four children.
Affiliation: 'Fantasia For Real' on VH1
Side note: The 'American Idol' champion (2005) is a best-selling author ('Life is Not a Fairytale') and garnered critical acclaim as Miss Celie in the Broadway musical 'The Color Purple.'
Affiliation: 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' on Bravo
Side note: The brazen Queens, NY native is a domestic abuse survivor and a former stripper – all revelations she detailed in her 2009 memoir 'Never Make the Same Mistake Twice.'
Affiliation: 'The T.O. Show' on VH1
Side note: Alabama's very own football star simply known as "T.O." -- literally let it all hang out for the photo shoot promoting his new reality series, in July 2009. The show revolves around his life off the field as he searches for love, repair family relationships and make the move from Dallas to Buffalo.
Affiliation: 'College Hill: Virginia State University' on BET
Side note: One of the more memorable characters from the Black Entertainment Television network reality ranks, Cunningham has become an openly gay LGBT advocate, budding actor and busy blogger, who was featured in Adam Bouska's groundbreaking NoH8 Campaign, which assembled California notables responding to the state's Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage. Cunningham was also cast in acclaimed filmmaker Maurice Jamal's new forthcoming TV project 'Friends and Lovers.'
Miss New York
Affiliation:'Flavor of Love' and 'I Love New York' on VH1
Side note: The upstate New York drama queen competed for hip-hop hype-man Flavor Flav's love twice and was rejected both times.
Affiliation: 'Hammertime' on A&E
Side note: Stanley Kirk Burrell seems to have done it all: Joined the navy; won Grammy Awards; danced for KFC popcorn chicken; fathered six children; wiggled his manhood in a Speedo bikini on a music video; went bankrupt; became a preacher; and now doing reality TV. 'Hammertime' is a look inside the family life of the man formerly known as one of the riches entertainers of his era.
Affiliation: 'The Way It Is' on BET
Side note: In an interview, thuggish ruggish rap icon Young Jeezy claimed that the hip-hop soul songstress asked him to marry her but he turned her down.
Affiliation: 'Charm School' on VH1
Side note: While promoting the movie 'Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins,' Mo'Nique told Oprah Winfrey that co-star Martin Lawrence once gave her invaluable advice about show business.
Affiliation: 'The Apprentice' on NBC and 'The Surreal Life' on VH1
Side note:The former White House staffer proudly became the superbitch of reality TV.