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NeNe Leakes

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After months of speculation, NeNe Leakes, one of the original castmates of the Real Housewives of Atlanta (RHOA), announced that she will not be returning to film the 13th season. She made the announcement on social media.

In her YouTube series Life of NeNe, Leakes shared that after lengthy, exhausting, and emotional negotiations, she decided to give up her peach and exit the reality show.

“I have made the very hard and difficult decision to not be a part of Real Housewives of Atlanta season 13,” she said. “It wasn’t an easy decision for me. It was hard.”

Real Housewives of Atlanta

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Leakes expressed her gratitude for having had the opportunity to introduce a Black ensemble cast to reality TV. She also thanked her fans and teased that we would see her again.

READ: Would You Watch A RHOA Spin-Off Starring NeNe Leakes?

We may see Ms. Leakes sooner than later. According to her attorney Steven Grossman, Leakes is in conversation with NBC Universal for other deals.

The OG RHOA star’s departure from the show isn’t a first. In season seven, Leakes left the show to focus on her television roles on GleeThe New Normal, and E! ‘s Fashion Police. Then, in season 8, she returned as a guest. She was absent in season 9 and returned for season 10.

Will this be a final goodbye for the reality star and actress? Guess we’ll have to wait and see!

Listen to NeNe’s full message below:



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