NeNe Leakes Is Leaving ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ Ahead of Season 13


She made up her mind. NeNe Leakes announced her exit from The Real Housewives of Atlanta after much speculation as to her future on the Bravo reality .

“There’s been a lot of emotions on both sides,” the 52-year-old TV personality in a Thursday, September 17, YouTube video posted to her channel. “It’s been hard, and I have made a hard, difficult decision to not be part of Real Housewives of Atlanta season 13.”

NeNe Leakes Is Leaving The Real Housewives of Atlanta Ahead of Season 13
NeNe Leakes attends the National ’s History Museum 5th Annual Women Making History Brunch in Beverly Hills on September 17, 2016. Sara De Boer/

She reiterated: “It wasn’t an easy decision for me. It was hard.”

Leakes is proud of her legacy on the show despite her departure. “I’m just so happy that I can say that I was part of a genre that up a door 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.”

NeNe Leakes Is Leaving The Real Housewives of Atlanta Ahead of Season 13
Porsha Williams, Kandi Burruss Tucker, Kenya Moore, NeNe Leakes, Eva Marcille, Cynthia Bailey Tommy Garcia/Bravo

The reality star concluded by telling fans that she is “going to miss” them.

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