09:27 PM EDT 06/30/2015
Real Housewives of Atlanta
Originally posted 06/30/2015 03:10PM
The star has left the building!
At least that's how NeNe Leakes feels about her grand exit from Bravo's hit Real Housewives of Atlanta.
Leakes will not return for the show's eighth season, she announced to PEOPLE exclusively Monday.
Originally posted 06/30/2015 09:40AM
As she's arguably the biggest star of Bravo's Real Housewives franchise, NeNe Leakes' departure from Real Housewives of Atlanta in advance of its eighth season has been a bitter pill to swallow for her fans.
But how did her cast mates, who she told PEOPLE "will be happy" now that they have an "opportunity to shine" with her gone, react?
Kenya Moore was the first of the RHOA ladies to respond on social media to Leakes' departure. When asked by a fan if she was glad to hear the news, Moore answered with three nail-painting emojis. (As any emoji scholar knows, the nail-painting emoji is the shadiest of the emojis, second only to the tea emoji.)
Though she's moving on to bigger things, this moment is bittersweet for Leakes, too. The 48-year-old reality star took to Instagram on Monday night to thank her fans directly for their support over the years and to express how difficult the choice was for her to make.
Originally posted 06/29/2015 07:25PM
You're going to need a glass of wine for this one. After nearly eight drama-filled years on Bravo's hit Real Housewives of Atlanta, fast-talking fan favorite NeNe Leakes is calling it quits, she tells PEOPLE exclusively.
Leakes, 48 – arguably the network's biggest star, who's been with the show since its inception – will not be returning for season 8. She says there comes a time when enough is enough.
"This was definitely a hard decision for me," Leakes tells PEOPLE. "Me and my husband [Gregg Leakes] have been going back and forth on it for weeks now. But my contract is up and I just think this is the right time. This is my opportunity to spread my wings and do different things."
Originally posted 06/29/2015 10:10AM
Oh, how the time flies.
It was way back on Oct. 7, 2008, when the world was introduced to The Real Housewives of Atlanta – and now the Bravo reality show is celebrating a milestone with a brand-new TV special.
"I've been on the show for 100 episodes?" NeNe Leakes asks host Andy Cohen in a preview clip exclusive to PEOPLE. "Stop it ... Oh my God. We need a therapist."
Originally posted 05/12/2015 08:35PM
After going on Millionaire Matchmaker and hitting it off with her date James, Real Housewives of Atlanta's Kenya Moore was surprised to find out that he is actually a married man, she claims.
Moore – who saw a relationship fall apart on her first season of RHOA and, in March, confronted her trust issues with Patti Stanger – wrote on Instagram Tuesday: "Unfortunately, I just learned today that the man I met and fell in love with from Millionaire Matchmaker was married a week after the show aired."
Real Housewives of Atlanta Reunion: A Sobbing NeNe Leakes Exits the Reunion Finale in Hysterics over Her Mother
Originally posted 05/10/2015 10:00PM
It was Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion finale – and Mother's Day – viewers won't soon forget, as a sobbing NeNe Leakes left the set, unable to talk about her mother.
"I can't talk about my mom … I can't talk about my mom," a nearly hysterical Leakes repeated Sunday night, before exiting.
The drama began when Dr. Jeff Gardere returned to rehash what exactly happened when Leakes stormed out of the friend-ter-vention that she organized with him and the other wives earlier this season.
"I knew about your issues of abandonment," he told a solemn, shaking Leakes. "She has been abandoned. … Your pain is part of your power."
Real Housewives of Atlanta Reunion: NeNe Leakes and Kenya Moore May Have Just Had the 'Fight of the Century'
Originally posted 05/03/2015 09:45PM
It was Floyd Mayweather Jr. versus Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night, but the Fight of the Century may have taken place on part two of Sunday's The Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion.
Originally posted 04/27/2015 07:10PM
Nene Leakes has a lot to say following the first part of the Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion that aired Sunday night on Bravo.
During the special hosted by Andy Cohen, Kenya Moore accused Leakes of flirting with Cynthia Bailey's husband Peter.
"Now see, she went too far ... they played me right there," Leakes said on NBC's New York Live on Monday.
Originally posted 04/26/2015 11:25PM
There was no delay with the drama as part one of The Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion started on fire and just kept getting hotter.
"My husband definitely has a temper, and he can get out of hand," Phaedra Parks said about estranged husband Apollo Nida, who stormed into her home this season before starting his eight-year prison sentence for fraud.
"Did he ever get physical with you?" asked Andy Cohen.
"I just don't know if I need to discuss that with you, to be honest," Parks finally stated after a very long silence, looking as if she were holding back tears.
Originally posted 04/22/2015 11:50AM
Specifically, Kandi Burruss and NeNe Leakes get into it over some alleged trash-talking on the part of Burruss, who turned the charge around on Leakes. "You were showing us signs that you would blast a person with information that you know about them if y'all are no longer friends," said Burruss.
Leakes countered, "If you don't like me, just say it to the world."
Burruss, however, insisted that it's not that she doesn't like Leakes – she doesn't like her "superior" attitude, "but when you're fun and you're laughing and you're having a good time, I love that."
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