Last dance for NeNe!
The Real Housewives of Atlanta star was voted off Dancing With the Stars Monday night due to an underwhelming Latin routine and a second group dance. She and partner Tony Dovolani had earned a combined 66 points—just behind James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd, who earned 70.
"It was a great, amazing, positive experience for me," she told GMA Tuesday. "I felt blessed to be there...made friends for life." She also thanked her fans on Twitter for their love and support—and remained proud that she had fared so well among stiff competition.
THANKS 4 THE LUV & SUPPORT! I'AM SO PROUD OF MYSELF! I DANCED AGAINST OLYMPIANS WOW! CATCH ME ON GMA & THE VIEW N THE MORNING
— NeNe Leakes (@NeNeLeakes) April 29, 2014
The competition on the show—now in its 18th season—is beginning to wear on the contestants. Amy Purdy was sent to the hospital during a live broadcast and actress Danica Patrick has been recovering from a broken rib.
Though NeNe may not be dancing on the show anymore, she hopes that she's left a lasting impression. "I hope I [have] inspired women all over the world!" she wrote on Twitter. "No matter what u r going thru or been thru, u can reach ur dreams! Never [give] up."