NeNe Leakes The Real Housewives of Atlanta - RHOA

Nene Leakes Is Leaving RHOA: ‘It Wasn’t An Easy Decision’

Bye Wig!

It’s official; NeNe Leakes is leaving the Real Housewives of Atlanta.

On Thursday, September 17, NeNe announced her exit from the Real Housewives franchise after months of speculation.

“I have been on an extremely, extremely long, exhausting, tiring, emotional negotiation,” NeNe explained in a YouTube video posted to her channel. “There’s been a lot of emotion flying from both sides. It has been hard, and I have made the very hard and very 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.”

“I’m just so happy that I can say that I was a part of a genre that opened up doors for Black ensemble reality shows,” she noted. “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.”

Shortly after NeNe’s announcement, Andy Cohen posted a tribute to the RHOA OG on his Instagram page.

“Nene Leakes is an icon of the genre. She is a gif and catchphrase machine. In 11 years of #WWHL, Nene has been our most frequent guest, and she is always A BLAST. Nene nicknamed me “Buttercup” the first day we met and still calls me that today. Through her whole run, she has always had a serious concern and drive to maintain the success and well-being of #RHOA. I am going to miss Nene on the show, but I’m hoping we work together again soon and will remain in each other’s orbits forever. XO, Buttercup,” Andy gushed.

I’m surprised but not surprised by NeNe’s departure as I think we all knew it was coming. I don’t believe in this economy NeNe, or any Housewife is going to find a Bravo-sized paycheck very easily, which is why if it was me I would have taken any contract and stuck around. My guess is NeNe will be back in a season or two. I think RHOA is in her blood and that she can’t stay away for too long.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta will return to Bravo for season 13 in late 2020 or early 2021.

Will you miss NeNe next season? Sound off below!

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