NeNe Leakes: Ryan Murphy is 'Obsessed' with Me
July 27, 2012
NeNe Leakes will grace our televisions in her second scripted role this fall with NBC's The New Normal, and the Real Housewives of Atlanta star wants to relay a very special thank you to her glorified stalker, Glee creator Ryan Murphy.
"[Ryan] had an obsession with me," explains NeNe of how she landed the plumb role of coach Roz on Glee. "Ryan said to me that I was his guilty pleasure and he'd been watching The Real Housewives ... he would watch it on Sunday and make his bed and drink his coffee and watch me."
After several appearances on the FOX hit, Murphy apparently couldn't get enough of the outspoken star, proposing she join his new sitcom about a gay couple looking to adopt.
"He was like, a huge fan of mine and he called around looking for me and we worked it out," said NeNe.
Also starring Andrew Rannells, Justin Bartha, Georgia King and Ellen Barkin, The New Normal casts Leakes' in a familiar part: a sassy neighbor who tells it like it is.
"It's gonna be lots of laughs," she promised. "There may even be a tear. There will definitely be drama. It's gonna be a great show."
The New Normal's series premiere date is scheduled for September 11, 2012 on NBC.