NOOO! NeNe Leakes is leaving The Real Housewives of Atlanta, the Bravo star told Us Weekly in a statement on Monday, June 29.
“After seven seasons of being part of Real Housewives of Atlanta, I can confirm that I am not going to be returning to the show for Season 8. I am grateful to Bravo, Andy Cohen and True Entertainment for giving me the opportunity to show the world NeNe Leakes and sometimes to show them NayNay,” the reality star told Us. “Being part of RHOA has been a big part of my life but I’m excited for new the beginnings I am pursuing and embarking upon. Thank you so much to everyone who has watched and supported me over the years on this amazing platform. With lots of thought and prayer I’ve decided to step out on faith and not fear.”
Leakes, who after making her debut on Season 1 of the hit show went on to act in series including NBC’s The New Normal, also addressed her exit via an Instagram photo, thanking her fans for their support.
Despite the sad news, Leakes’ time on the small screen isn’t over. As exclusively revealed by Us this past April, Leakes is working with Kim Kardashian on an upcoming project.
The Bravolebrity, who was also in talks to co-host E!’s Fashion Police, also recently joined Kardashian’s mobile game, Kim Kardashian: Hollywood.
Leakes’ costar and frenemy Claudia Jordan is also leaving the show.
It’s still unclear who will join Cynthia Bailey, Kenya Moore, Kandi Burruss, and Porsha Williams for upcoming Season 8.
Bravo is airing The Real Housewives of Atlanta: 100th Episode Watch What Happens Live Special on Sunday, July 12 at 8 p.m. ET.
Updates to come…
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