‘Glee’ Goes Swimming With NeNe Leakes

by | December 20, 2011 at 10:52 AM | Glee

NeNe Leakes (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

NeNe Leakes is taking a dip in uncharted territory. The “Real Housewives of Atlanta” and “Celebrity Apprentice” star is entering the scripted TV realm with an upcoming guest spot on “Glee.”

Chris Colfer and Lea Michele announced the casting news on last night’s episode of “Watch What Happens Live.” According to the duo, NeNe will play a synchronized swim coach named Roz who raises hell for cheerleading boss Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch).

“We saw that her [NeNe's] real name was Linnethia… which I am obsessed with now,” Michele gushed to Andy Cohen. “She’s awesome.”

NeNe later confirmed the role on Twitter, slipping in a few more details on Roz:

“The secret is out! YES I hav a recurring role on GLEE! I’m coach Roz Washington the synchronized swim coach! So honored,” she tweeted. “Running through the house screaming Gleeeeee! Coach Roz Washington is gonna get that Sue Sylvester! I’m so proud of myself,” she wrote, adding, “Studying lines now! My memory is just gone LOL! Gotta head right back 2 the Glee set after the holidays.”

According to “RHOATL” gossip site tamaratattles, NeNe has already filmed scenes for two episodes – the Jan. 17 “Grease”-themed episode and the following week’s Michael Jackson tribute episode.

Watch The Announcement Below:

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