Sheree Whitfield Says She's Leaving Real Housewives of Atlanta
updated 04/18/2012 AT 04:40 PM EDT
•originally published 04/18/2012 AT 03:10 PM EDT
"After four solid seasons of helping Bravo build the show into its most successful Housewives franchise, I have decided to leave," the Real Housewives of Atlanta castmember tells Wetpaint Entertainment. "The direction the show is going in is no longer a fit for my lifestyle. I'm tired of the fighting and the cattiness."
Continues the reality star: "I want to be part of something that empowers and inspires women to not only be healthy, but to treat themselves with respect. I wish the rest of the women the best of luck."
Whitfield, an original member of the cast, was a vocal combatant on the show, often getting into loud altercations with castmates such as NeNe Leakes and Kim Zolciak, whose wig she pulled in a dramatic season 2 fight. And in one memorable season 2 scene, she almost came to blows during a heated confrontation with a party planner.
During season 4 of the show, which recently wrapped, she was locked in a battle for child support with her ex-husband, former NFL player Bob Whitfield.
On Wednesday afternoon, Bravo confirmed the news of her departure, saying in a statement, "We have enjoyed working with Sheree as part of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. We wish her all the best in the future."