NeNe Leakes’ unfiltered personality is largely the reason for her success, but even our greatest gifts can become problematic when used without forethought.
The reality star is apologizing for an off-color joke told to a heckler while onstage at the Girls Nite Out for Laughs comedy tour in Oakland, Calif.
In a clip that has now gone viral, the Real Housewives of Atlanta star is seen cracking a rape joke at the expense of a heckler.
“I ain’t even gonna tell you about the godd**n Uber driver. I hope he rape your ass tonight when he get ready to take you home, bitch, and steal your funky Hello Kitty, bitch.”
The former Apprentice contestant was immediately called out for the remark, with fans saying she took things too far, regardless of whether she was interrupted by the audience member.
Leakes is now apologizing for the joke, saying there’s no excuse for her harsh words in a post that was captioned simply, “I am sorry.”
The full apology finds the 50-year-old expressing regret for making light of sexual abuse.
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Leakes has made no other comment on the matter.
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.