NeNe Leakes may have put her foot in her mouth. But she’s bowing out graciously.
As previously reported, “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” star was released from “The Great Xscape Tour” after telling a heckler at one of her hosting gigs that she hoped she’d get raped by an Uber driver on her ride home.
Following the incident, Leakes took to Instagram where she alleged the outburst was the result of a “breakdown.”
“A lot of people know me as NeNe who’s laughing and talking,” she said in a video clip. “A lot of people don’t know me as NeNe who, you know, would have a breakdown — a moment.”
That said, Leakes revealed she is on the mend. “Trust and believe me guys, I’m so OK.” she said. “I’m in a great place today. I can’t say that I’ve been in a great place these last few days, but I am so OK. I am so OK with everything.”
The 49-year-old went on to recount the incident before apologizing to her fans, saying, “I never imagined ever ever ever stepping on stage and somebody screaming out ‘Go kill yourself’ to me.” She continued, “It literally took me somewhere else. I have apologized. I have let it go.”
“Thank you guys. Thank you so much,” she added, revealing she had been flooded with love and support, including text message and flowers. “Thank you. I am blessed and I am overwhelmed. I appreciate all the love.”
Meanwhile, in a response of their own, Xscape released the following statement in regards to Leakes’ firing:
“Like many, we were dismayed by the recent remarks made by our talented colleague and friend Nene Leakes. 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.”
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