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Nene Leakes offered $2.5 million to return to Real Housewives of Atlanta?

NeNe Leakes has reportedly been offered $2.5 million to return full-time to Season 10 of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, according to Life & Style magazine.

Citing an insider source, the publication said Leakes, 49, is considering the deal, which is substantially more money than she was making when she left the franchise in 2015 after seven seasons. At the time, Leakes was making $1 million per season.

“The suits at Bravo are willing to pay big money to get the best cast,” said the insider to Life & Style. According to the source, Leakes said she expected to have a higher paycheck than Kim Zolciak or she would not even consider returning to the show.

Zolciak, 38, has reportedly already signed on for a recurring role for just a little less money than Leakes has been offered, but Zolciak recently appeared on The Real saying a return to RHOA wasn't a done deal, particularly because she has her own spin-off, Don't Be Tardy.

“I’m in talks, but I don’t want to come back full-time. I have Don’t Be Tardy, so why would I want to do that? I would do both,” Zolciak said.

Though Leakes hasn't officially been a cast member of RHOA for several seasons, she has maintained a connection to the show. Most recently, she appeared on Andy Cohen's Watch What Happens Live to provide commentary on the antics of cast members Phaedra Parks and Porsha Williams .

Bravo has yet to confirm which cast members will be returning for season 10.

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