NeNe Leakes is pulling out all the stops to ensure that she's getting what she deserves if she were to sign up for The Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 9.
She might have only been part of the previous season as a part-time cast member, but it's clear that she is the one that viewers tune in for.
Leakes, after all, is pretty much everywhere and she kind of deserves a good pay check if she's such a huge presence on the show.
“NeNe has a lot of production deals in the works,” a source close to the 48-year-old reality star told Radar Online.
This doesn't come as a huge shock. When you have someone who can effortlessly pull in the viewers, why wouldn't you try and milk it?
It should also come as no surprise that NeNe was walking away with nearly $2 million per season for the reality hit. This some of money is way higher than the rest of the ladies on the series.
If the others want to come close to that pay check, they are going to need to give us a reason to watch The Real Housewives of Atlanta online.
Producers obviously know that the chances of that happening are slim, so that's why they continue to pursue NeNe because they know the show won't be the same without her input.
The thing is, NeNe knows perfectly well that she's a hot property, so that makes negotiations tough.
Sticking with one show for so long has got to get a little tedious after a while, so it's only natural that Leakes would be weighing up her options away from the franchise, this source adds:
“And that is what she wants to do, more than just be a housewife but she knows where her money comes from and it comes from Bravo.”
The star can easily work whatever material she's given in order to turn it into a story that will resonate with the masses that watch the program.
“NeNe is not dumb. She does exactly what needs to be done on RHOA,” the insider explained to Radar.
“She is not afraid to fight with anyone and her take on every story is what the fans want. No one cares about the random ladies on the show.
"NeNe is the one they tune in to watch. So she will be back, earning the big bucks and laughing all the way to the bank.”
So... that's that then. There's no official confirmation as of yet about her return, but the consensus is that if producers add enough zeros onto her check she'll be back.
Do you think she's worth mega bucks?