Bloop! Nene Leakes is officially walking away from the ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ after seven drama-filled seasons. From her iconic one-liners, to the amount of shade she can throw, she will be missed dearly. It’s the end of an era.
Nene Leakes, 47, has been a main cast member on The Real Housewives of Atlanta since the beginning, but she has decided not to return for an eighth season. While many hope she would return, the sad news has now been confirmed by the reality star. Find out what Nene said about her tough decision.
“This was definitely a hard decision for me,” Nene told PEOPLE. “Me and my husband [Gregg Leakes] 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.”
We’ve already seen Nene expand her career with acting gigs on shows like The New Normal and Glee, so we have no doubt that her career is just getting started. “I’m actually going to be doing a new primetime television show with a big legend,” Nene continued. “All of my fans will get to see me be really happy, witty and funny and tell all of those one liners that I always have said on Housewives.”
“I feel a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders. There were times when I was a target. I won’t miss the negativity. I think some of the girls will be happy,” Nene told PEOPLE. “They always felt like I was the star, and they were never able to really shine with me there, so here’s their opportunity to shine. But lest they get too comfortable, I’m not saying I’m gone forever. I’ll probably pop up and play with those girls every now and then.”
Season 7 was quite a tough ride for Nene. In fact, during the reunion taping it all seemed like too much for her to handle as she nearly suffered a breakdown on TV. We think a break is a good thing for Nene. It’s your time, and we can’t wait to see what you accomplish next. Many fans are already taking to social media and sharing their thoughts on Nene’s decision to leave. Check them out below.
We love @NeNeLeakes & she is always welcome back to the house she helped build! She's a Real Housewife forever!!
— Andy Cohen (@Andy) June 30, 2015
— Kenny Seaman (@KennySeaman) June 30, 2015
— Archie Hardin (@archiejayhardin) June 30, 2015
— Charlie Luna (@CharlieLuna86) June 30, 2015
you made the show, owned the room , you'll be missed 😘 @NeNeLeakes
— ΔΔ σ σ κ (@_MXXK) June 30, 2015
NENE LEAKES IS LEAVING THE SHOW OH MY GOD WHYYYYY? 😩😩😩😩
— so fetch. (@fukkmerihanna) June 30, 2015
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— Joey Parker