For months rumors have maintained that Kim Zolciak might return to The Real Housewives of Atlanta. The biggest hint yet may have been dropped after former cast member, NeNe Leakes, appeared on People NOW this Thursday with Fashion Police co-stars Melissa Rivers and Brad Goreski. She spilled some juicy stuff about what might be ahead in season 9.

Producers try NeNe's deal on Kim?

In her talk with People, NeNe said rhoa producers tried convincing her to return to the show and when none of the negotiations were successful, they went to Kim.

"I heard once they couldn't work their deal out with me, they went to Kim Zolciak," NeNe said.

"I'm just telling you the truth!"

NeNe Leakes said she told producers that she didn't want to come back as a full-time housewife or as a friend of one of the other women on the show. She wanted to make guest appearances on a recurring basis instead.

"When we couldn't work the deal out on me making appearances, then they went to Kim to work the same thing, I suppose," Leakes said. "I'm assuming she took it."

A significant amount of buzz has surrounded Kim Zolciak and whether she'll make a comeback to The Real Housewives of Atlanta. In late July chatter began that Kim was hoping to come back to RHOA because she needed the money in spite of her skincare line having her own show, Don't Be Tardy. Her husband, Kroy Biermann, was just let go from the Buffalo Bills when it looked like he was going to be a member of the team.

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According to TMZ, he's meeting several other teams that include the Panthers, Titans and possibly his old team, the Falcons.

Kim returning to season 9?

NeNe added that it's going to be "odd" having Kim return to the show because it's been so long since she was on it. She left in season 5 to star Don't Be Tardy. She has a tense relationship with some of the cast members, namely Kandi Burruss, Cynthia Bailey, and Phaedra Parks. Since Kenya Moore and Porsha Williams were newcomers when Kim left RHOA, it's hard to know what their dynamics might be on the show if she returns.

NeNe Leakes seemed to know something no one else did. She's suggesting that Kim will be on the show as a guest from time to time. Another hint was dropped by Kim's daughter, Brielle, when she tweeted a message about how awesome RHOA was when her mom was on it. She took a poll to see how many fans want her mom back on the show and a whopping 78 percent said "Yes!"

Will Kim Zolciak be returning to The Real Housewives of Atlanta in season 9?