Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 7, Episode 11 Recap: Shade in the Sun! Claudia Jordan Puts NeNe Leakes in Her Place — And Gets an Apology, Too!

Claudia Jordan and NeNe Leakes
Claudia Jordan is crowned the new Queen of Shade! Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images; Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic

So much for fun in the sun! Claudia Jordan and NeNe Leakes continue their feud in Puerto Rico, and nearly manage to overshadow Demetria McKinney’s performance with all the shade thrown. Yikes!

The War Wages On

Goodbye, NeNe — hello, Nae Nae! NeNe Leakes taps into her feisty alter ego and reads Claudia as they continue their heated war of words at the dinner table. NeNe maintains that Claudia’s jealous because she can’t do what NeNe does.

“Oh yeah, that great clothing line,” Claudia snipes. “I don’t want to glue hair to my forehead, I don’t want to be a former stripper, repossessed cars…”

NeNe lays the blows low, offering Claudia a dress from her HSN clothing line since she’s wearing “some cheap s–t” and spaghetti straps.

“You should have a little less spaghetti in your diet,” an undeterred Claudia snaps back. 

“Hollywood ain’t looking for you,” NeNe tells Claudia. 

“Well Atlanta is — and I think that’s why you’re so bothered,” Claudia counters.

Even Kandi Burruss had to admit that NeNe finally met her match.

“Honestly, I think Claudia said everything that anybody has ever thought about saying to NeNe,” Kandi admits in her confessional.

Claudia, Kenya Moore, Cynthia Bailey, and Demetria decide to leave the rest of the girls and have drinks elsewhere.

“Follow the leader,” NeNe says dismissively.

Outside of the restaurant, Kenya apologizes to Demetria on the other girls’ behalf since, after all, Demetria’s the reason why the group is in Puerto Rico in the first place. Claudia also apologizes — to Demetria, for ruining her night, and to Kenya and Cynthia for being the “ratchet friend.” But it’s unlikely that NeNe will be getting an apology anytime soon.

“I had to tell that raggedy ass bitch what time it was,” Claudia declares.

Demetria and Phaedra Clear the Air

While Claudia and NeNe start a feud, Demetria and Phaedra Parks end theirs. During their respective tableside brawl, Phaedra dissed Demetria’s fledgling singing career because of her age, while Demetria chided Phaedra for Apollo Nida’s eight-year prison sentence. Demetria steps up and stops by Phaedra’s hotel room to talk things out. 

“I know I crossed a boundary last night. I apologize for how I did it,” Demetria says.

Demetria McKinney and Phaedra Parks
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Phaedra says that she realizes “that whole Apollo thing has been beat down more than Anna Mae,” but that Demetria still had no right to go there (even though she went there, too).

“I would prefer if you had come to me…and I would’ve told you I’m not tripping on you,” Phaedra tells Demetria, instead of actually apologizing on her end.

The two agree to move forward, and Phaedra promises to never say anything about Demetria’s singing career again.

Kandi Koated Game Night

In an effort to move past the shady supper from the previous night, Kandi throws another sex party on the beach — you know, since the last one back in Atlanta didn’t go over so well. The six ladies get dolled up for some candid girl talk and surprisingly manage to maneuver throughout the night without a fight! 

Kandi Burruss
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Kandi takes the opportunity to ask Porsha Williams about her boyfriend. According to the blogosphere and the Atlanta rumor mill, she’s dating a wealthy African businessman…who just so happens to be married. It’s Big Papa Part II!

Porsha admits that their distance is making the heart grow colder rather than fonder.

“So you getting tired of his ass?” Kandi asks, and Porsha agrees.

“It’s just hard dealing with somebody out of town!” Porsha admits. 

After the other ladies arrive, Kandi initiates an icebreaker challenge. She asks the ladies about things they say to their men during sex. Porsha tells the girls that calling herself different names usually does the trick.

“Hmm, I wonder what names Porsha likes to call herself in bed? I’m going to go with ‘mistress,’ ‘the other woman’…” Kenya jibes in her confessional.

The girls then play an R-rated version of hot potato, where they opt to pass a Bedroom Kandi dildo around. And in a not-so-surprising turn of events, NeNe disqualifies Claudia from the game.

“I don’t think that a Bedroom Kandi dildo would work on a person that doesn’t have a clit,” NeNe says in her confessional. “I think they need to have prosthetic surgery!”

Busted!

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The Real Housewives of Atlanta premiered on Sunday, Nov. 9. Alex Martinez/BRAVO

On the way to Demetria’s performance, the girls hop on a shuttle bus from the resort…and proceed to initiate the ride from hell. NeNe, still stung by Claudia’s comments about her cancelled NBC show The New Normal, announces her role in Broadway’s Cinderella and offers each Housewife two tickets.

“Say anything you want to say. The deal is, I’m on Broadway. And you’re at home,” NeNe deadpans in her confessional.

Cynthia tells NeNe that despite their differences, she appreciates a hardworking black woman and that she’ll definitely be using her ticket. Surprisingly, Claudia agrees.

“For you to be on Broadway, I recognize what that is,” Claudia tells NeNe. “But recognize when other people are doing [their thing] too.”

NeNe tells Claudia that whatever she’s accomplished, she’ll never snatch that away from her. Claudia reminds NeNe that she already did.

“I didn’t start with you,” Claudia reminds NeNe. “I will finish…I just hope that you can give me that same respect. I’m far from a whore.”

After more back-and-forth, Claudia does the impossible — she gets an apology from NeNe!

“If I said anything as far as taking any accolades from you, I apologize to you for that,” NeNe tells Claudia. But Claudia just can’t let it go. Porsha steps in and sticks up for NeNe, applauding her effort to try and mend things. 

“I don’t appreciate the double standards in this group,” Claudia tells Porsha. “I just don’t like how you were kiki-ing and laughing when she was calling me a whore the other night…but I know for a fact that the guy who got you the car is a married African dude.”

Porsha denies it and tells Claudia she knows nothing about her personal life, but Claudia reminds Porsha that they have mutual friends.

“We don’t want to get into how many times you’ve been to Africa sleeping with married men for bags, cars and shoes,” Claudia says in her confessional. “I love a bag, a car and a shoe…but I’m not going to put miles on my vagina to get it!”

Kenya backs Claudia’s claims, revealing that the paperwork for the car came to the home of Porsha’s ex-husband, Kordell Stewart. Porsha maintains that it’s all in her name, and that she bought the car with money from her hair company. 

“There you go, knocking my accomplishments. You’re such a contradictory!” Porsha tells Claudia, flubbing the word’s usage. 

The group finally makes it to Demetria’s performance, flustered from the fight and fashionably late. They put on a united front and show support for their new friend, even taking a group photo — a sweet, Southern reconciliation…for the time being.

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