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Nene Leakes announced that she would not be returning to The Real Housewives of Atlanta in a video on her YouTube channel on September 17. "I have made the very hard and difficult decision to not be a part of Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 13," Nene said. "It wasn't an easy decision for me. It was hard."
"We wish Nene all the best in her future endeavors and thank her for sharing her journey for over a decade with the fans of 'The Real Housewives of Atlanta,'" Bravo said in a statement to The Daily Dish. "She’s been instrumental since the start and will truly be missed, and maybe one day she’ll hold the peach again."
Nene has been with RHOA since the very beginning, appearing as a cast member in Seasons 1 through 7. After taking a couple of seasons off, Nene was back in Season 10 and was part of the cast through Season 12, RHOA's most recent season.
Nene reflected on her many seasons with the show in her message on YouTube.
"I started on The Real Housewives of Atlanta in 2008. We took off like a rocket. I mean, we took off," she said. "You could have never told me that I [would have] starred on this little show and it still be going strong 13, 14 years later — and it is. 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 to step up and be a part of what we all now love so much: reality TV."
She also showed her gratitude to everyone who has been a part of her RHOA journey.
"Thank you so much for your love and support. I want to thank BravoTV. Thank you, Bravo, for all the memories, the laughs, the tears. Thank you to my production company, Truly Original. Thank you guys so very much. Thank you. You guys are like family to me. I love you, and I thank you," Nene shared. "Thank you to the cast for all of the memories. Thank you so much to my team who have stood with me during this time and supported me, pushed me. Thank you guys so much."
Finally, Nene thanked her fans for all of their love and support. "It has just been amazing. Thank you guys so much," she said. "You guys mean so much to me, and I will see you again real soon. Love you guys! I'm gonna miss you. I love you!"
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