And the Real Housewives casting shake-up continues!
After the publicized departure of Brandi Glanville and rumored exit of Kim Richards from the Beverly Hills housewives franchise, star of the Real Housewives of Atlanta, NeNe Leakes is the next reality personality to leave the hit Bravo series. NeNe, who starred in RHOA for 7 seasons, confirmed her decision with People, saying, "This was definitely a hard decision for me. Me and my husband have been going back and forth on it for weeks now. But my contract is up and I just think this is the right time. This is my opportunity to spread my wings and do different things."
NeNe faced intense animosity from her costars in the seventh season, with women like Kenya Moore and Claudia Jordan constantly attempting to exert dominance over the successful/original housewife, but NeNe may not be gone for good, "I'm not saying I'm gone forever, I'll probably pop up and play with those girls every now and then." Andy Cohen later tweeted that NeNe will always have the option to return to the series on the Bravo network, saying, "We love @NeNeLeakes & she is always welcome back to the house she helped build! She's a Real Housewife forever!!"
NeNe has graciously given us seven years of superb one liners and popular retorts, so her presence will definitely be missed by the viewers; and to those housewives who have continued to give her grief over the last few seasons, (as NeNe would say) "Goodnight wig!"