WATCH: Nene Leakes Emotionally Announces Decision To Leave ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’
In an emotional five-minute YouTube video, Real Housewives of Atlanta star Nene Leakes has announced she will not be returning to the show.
Twelve years after her debut in 2008, an “extremely, extremely long, exhausting, tiring, emotional negotiation” with cable network Bravo has influenced her decision to leave.
“There’s been a lot of emotion flying from both said. It’s been hard,” she says in the video. Without explaining exactly what went on, she went on to say her thank yous to cast, crews and fans. Despite their apparent clash, she also thanked Bravo TV.
Fans have been responding to the announcement on Twitter with love and support for Leakes, much of it in the form of GIFs of her most iconic scenes in the show.
You are one of the greatest and truly original! I am happy that you are happy. You will be sorely missed! pic.twitter.com/f5SkbvONMV
— Debonair🎩Lar (@DebonairLar) September 18, 2020
— All Things Nene (@allthingsnene) September 17, 2020
They couldn’t Handle u on BEVERLY HILLS🤣 pic.twitter.com/8GhJWEvJp1
— Teeman71 (@TerenceDarget) September 18, 2020
There are also some viewers considering boycotting the show because of Leakes’ departure.
Our Queen made the decision not to be apart of season 13 of RHOA. Let’s not watch season 13 and show BravoTV, BravoWWHL, Andy that we want @neneleakes or we won’t watch. F that show without Nene!
— Sharonda Thomas (@SSDThomas9) September 17, 2020
No need to even watch #RHOA now that @NeNeLeakes is gone unless they make the season JUST @Porsha4real Tanya and Marlo…. those others are boring…. how much can we bet the first few episodes will be bashing Nene while she’s gone… oh well time to stick with #RHOP pic.twitter.com/fDgQB1hMRY
— KING RA of… (@MRNurse27th) September 17, 2020
Because of fans’ love for Leakes, and the fact her announcement specified that she will not appear in season 13, it is unknown whether she plans to return to future installments of RHOA.