“I have made the very hard and difficult decision to not be a part of ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ season 13. It wasn’t an easy decision for me. It was hard,” Leakes says in a video posted to her Youtube channel.
“I’m just so happy that I can say that I was part of a genre that opened up a door for Black ensemble reality shows. I want to thank everybody that has looked up to me over the years. I want to thank Bravo for all the memories. Thank you to the cast for all of the memories.”
Fans of the show may be taking Leakes’ exit with a pinch of salt. This is not the first time she has said goodbye to the franchise. The Glee actress also walked away after season seven, made a brief appearance on season eight. She then skipped season nine but came back for season 10.
“We wish Nene all the best in her future endeavors and thank her for sharing her journey for over a decade with the fans of ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta.’ She’s been instrumental since the start and will truly be missed, and maybe one day she’ll hold the peach again,” the network’s statement reads.