The last surviving member of the original Real Housewives of Atlanta cast is calling it quits. Right after the shocking announcement fans immediately made their feelings known on the matter. Some were thrilled with the news and others boldly proclaimed they would no longer be a dedicated viewer because NeNe is who made the show. Still others wondered what could of caused Leakes to want to leave the popular show behind. Leakes is not leaving fans in a state of confusion she mentioned,
“This is so hard for me to type! I cry as I do so! I am so Grateful for all the love and laughs! Thank you so much to everyone that has watched and supported me over the years on this amazing platform! With lots of thoughts and prayer I’ve decided to step out on faith and not fear. #nomoRHOA4me”
However, Nene assures all that the decision not to return to next season’s RHOA was not made on whim. NeNe went on to say,
“This was definitely a hard decision for me,” NeNe told People of her departure. “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…I’m actually going to be doing a new primetime television show with a big legend. 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.'”
It looks as though Leakes career is continuing to grow and shine brightly. During last season’s episodes fans got to see Leakes do a very successful stint on Broadway in the Cinderella musical starring KeKe Palmer who was also the first black woman to play the title character on Broadway. Nevertheless, Leakes may be thrilled to be moving on, but feels that not all will be unhappy about her sudden departure. NeNe revealed,
“I think some of the girls will be happy. 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… I feel a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders.”
However, have no fear NeNe fans, Leakes has not said her final Bloop! Leakes did hint that she will not be gone forever so there is still a possibility of a return to the show in the future. Therefore, close your legs to married men and NeNe will be back before you know it!