NeNe Leakes made a tasteless joke and is paying for it big time.
According to TMZ, the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” alum was slated to host The Great Xscape Tour featuring fellow reality star, Kandi Burruss, Monica, Tamar Braxton and more, that kicks off in November. However, on Thursday, the band announced that they were “dismayed” by a remark made by Leakes during Saturday’s “Girls Nite Out for Laughs” event and decided to part ways with the reality star.
While hosting the gig, Leakes, 49, responded to a heckler by telling her that she hopes she gets raped by her Uber driver on her way home. Not surprisingly, the star was met with a round of boos.
“Like many, we were dismayed by the recent remarks made by our talented colleague and friend NeNe Leakes,” Xscape said in a statement. “As a result, we have decided to no longer proceed with her participation on our tour. It was an unfortunate incident for which NeNe has since apologized and we wish her the best as she navigates this very difficult period.
“As strong supporters of all women, we know this decision is what is best. Our hearts go out to all female victims and we stand with you! This tour is for and about our fans and we want to provide an entertaining and enjoyable experience for every single person who attends. As always, we are grateful for the love and support and we look forward to seeing all of you at ‘The Great Xscape’ tour.”
“I truly regret and apologize for what I said from the stage in Oakland, [California], over the weekend,” Leakes said in a statement via Facebook, earlier this week. “Sometimes words can cut deep and hurt when you have no intentions of them doing so. As a woman and someone who has survived abuse, I regret the words that I used. I made a mistake and I should have known better. I hope people accept my deepest and sincerest apologies. I am sorry.”
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