“Nene Leakes to Leave Real Housewives of Atlanta"

 

After eight long years of drama, laughs, and fights, Nene Leakes has decided to finally leave The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Nene was the only original member left from the first season. She was one of the only members out of all the housewives to actually build off of her presence on the “reality” hit TV show, even going on to appear on Broadway. Leakes had a lot to say about her ATL Housewives journey when announcing her departure:

"This was definitely a hard decision for me," Leakes toldPEOPLE. "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." 

On future endeavors:

"I'm actually going to be doing a new primetime television show with a big legend," Leakes teases of the series she begins filming this week. "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's a positive new direction that the mother of two is more than happy to take. 
"I feel a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders," says Leakes, who throughout the years was the center of many arguments and altercations on the show. 

Good for you, Nene. Wishing even more success upon you and your upcoming projects. What do you guys think about Nene’s departure? Will you still tune in to RHOA? Tell us below!