Tom Arnold claims that Wendy William destroy their talk show which was set to be co-hosted with NeNe Leakes. The reason for the battle is because of the 2014 Birkin Bag debacle.
Tom Arnold and NeNe Leakes were co-hosting the talk show by the same producer who produced ‘The Wendy Williams Show’. They couldn’t do this due to the ongoing battle between the reality star and media personality over a purse.
Similarly, according to the source, Arnold stated that he connected with Williams’ producers very quickly. Likewise, he was very close with them and he further said,
“The reason they approached me is that they’d seen me go on ‘Wendy,’ and I had a great time. The goal was to have [our show] goes on right after ‘The Wendy Willams Show.’ And I said, ‘Oh, that sounds great! Let’s get together.’ And then we did.”
In addition, producers were very confident that the daytime talk show will be successful as the ‘Wendy’ show was at its peak at that time. Also, Tom said that they “felt it would be a home run” if they begin the show with him and NeNe Leakes.
What is the issue with the purse? Batlle between NeNe Leakes and Wendy Williams
Tom Arnold stated that at first, he was unknown of what was going on. And then he remembered the purse-gate which took place in the year 2014 again came out. Arnold further said,
“I thought, ‘With somebody like NeNe Leakes, how do you go wrong there?’ And then I figured out how you go wrong – make fun of somebody’s purse.”
Similarly, NeNe Leakes and Wendy argued due to NeNe showing off her custom Hermès Birkin bag covered in hand-painted “NeNe-isms”. The bag was famous on the Bravo show in which it was painted “So nasty and so rude,” “Bloop” and “Close your legs to married men.” After seeing this, Wendy Williams asked her viewers and Twitter followers,
“Hot Question: What do think about @NeNeLeakes defacing her Birkin bag?”
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Although the tweet made by William was deleted it spread in a sec. Though after seeing NeNe burst out and replied back saying,
“Wendy I am sure people think that I’ve done something to you, maybe we had a beef or I slept with your man but none of that is true! I’ve actually only been nice to you!”
Leakes further added her point regarding the issue saying,
“I gave you a beautiful black $3,200 Celine Phantom Bag to celebrate your 500th show but you haven’t spoken of that! But what you have chosen to do is constantly speak negatively of me and lie to me! What you need to do is stop spewing hate! When it comes to gossip you are the lowest of the low!”
On the other hand, she continued and gave an answer to Williams’ mouth as soon as she saw the tweet. Likewise, Leakes said,
“I know you hate me because I turned down the chance to come on your Talk Show and I am sure you’re scared I will take your place (I know you have heard! Ummhmm wink wink) BE SCARED!
As NeNe seemed so frustrated and she opens out everything.
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She gave an answer including each and everything. Additionally, she said,
“I have a clothing line on HSN coming out in a few days and I know it must be hard for a black woman to support another black woman but you should try it sometime.”
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Reason for painting the bag! Why did they cancel the show?
When people after seeing this started asking what was the main purpose of the things written in the purse. NeNe replied back that the bag was painted over to “raise money for a worthy charity.” Also, Leakes said that Wendy must have forgotten to mention the actual reason. However, she wrote,
“I don’t have one Birkin I have five now run tell that WIG.”
Tom Arnold was supposed to host the talking show with Leakes. Because of this, the producers canceled the show.
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According to Tom, one of the producers said,
“She called me and said, ‘I got some bad news. We can’t do the show.’ And I said, ‘Why?’ And she said, ‘Because NeNe made fun of Wendy Williams’ purse.’ And I go, ‘Who would care about somebody making fun of their purse?’ And the producer said, ‘Black women care.’ She explained to me it was a very personal thing. It was a big deal. She said, ‘Wendy has the No. 1 show. What if Roseanne [Barr was put in the same position]?’ I go, ‘Yeah, I guess she probably would get upset about somebody saying something about her purse.’”
The actor, Arnold then becomes shocked as he was thinking in another way. Also, he mentioned that the situation was “an eye-opener.” Furthermore, he explained his point of view regarding NeNe Leakes and her behavior too. He said,
“You know, the thing about NeNe that they liked about her was that she’s outspoken, like Wendy Williams. NeNe is fun and she’s smart and she has a lot to say. I don’t know how you could do better with a co-host.”
Tom Arnold, on the other hand, thought that if William had done it in another way then things will not end like this. He also said that,
“Felt competitive with NeNe, too, which is fine, because everybody’s competitive. But I guess the best way to get rid of your competition is to fire them.”
Besides Arnold also mentioned in the podcast on Wednesday’s episode of the “Behind the Velvet Rope with David Yontef”,
“Wendy Williams was very powerful in that company, and Wendy Williams was like, ‘If they are coming, I am leaving. I am leaving if they are coming.’”
By hearing the statements made by Tom Arnold, NeNe Leakes also confirmed that he is telling the truth.