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Kandi Burruss Reveals New Details About the "Heart-to-Heart" She Had with Andy Cohen About Her RHOA Departure

The RHOA alum opened up about how Andy reacted after she decided to step away from the show. 

By Abby Feiner

When Kandi Burruss announced last month that she was leaving The Real Housewives of Atlanta after 14 seasons on the cast, Andy Cohen gushed on Instagram that Kandi is "one of the greats" and a "superstar." On his Sirius XM show, Radio Andyhe declared, "She impacted not only the show, but she impacted the way that we do business behind the scenes, and that is powerful."  

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More recently, Kandi shared new details about how Andy initially reacted to the news. 

Kandi Burruss shares how Andy Cohen reacted to her RHOA departure

On the February 29 episode of The Viall Files podcast, Kandi clarified that she chose leave the show and went on to detail the conversation she had with the Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen host after he heard the news. "Andy was actually sad that I left," she said. "He and I had our good heart-to-heart before anybody else in the world knew. We had our own moment."

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Once Andy confirmed he had been notified of Kandi's departure, "He was just like, 'I mean, I don't know how I feel about this,'" Kandi shared. "And I said, 'Well, I don't know how I feel about it either, but I just think it's time.'"

A split of Kandi Burruss and Andy Cohen.

Bravolebs react to Kandi Burruss leaving RHOA

Kandi first announced she was leaving RHOA while walking the red carpet at the 2024 Grammy Awards in February. "I decided I’m not coming back this year," she told Variety. "I’m going to take a break, I’m going to take a moment… I’m not coming back this year."

When Andy posted about the news on Instagram, several Bravolebs commented on his post with heartfelt reactions. Cynthia Bailey dubbed her former RHOA castmate "the people’s champ," while Guerdy Abraira and Lesa Milan both called Kandi a "queen." Gizelle Bryant also praised Kandi for being "a straight shooter." 

Kandi Burruss smiling in a fitted nude and blue, crystal embellished, knee length dress and a shoulder length bob in front of a portugal inspired set.


Shortly after Kandi announced her departure, it was also confirmed that Marlo Hampton will also be stepping away from the cast ahead of the new season. Meanwhile, Porsha Williams confirmed her return for the upcoming Season 16 of RHOA.

Take a look back at Kandi's RHOA reunion looks in the video above. 

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